IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Mon, 02 Mar 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Cinematic concert http://illinoistimes.com/article-15156-cinematic-concert.html Cinematic concert
 Cinematography meets the symphony on Sunday, March 4, from 4-6:30 p.m., at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Attendees of Night at the Movies will enjoy live performances of popular film soundtr...]]>
Abstract expressionism at UIS http://illinoistimes.com/article-15157-abstract-expressionism-at-uis.html Abstract expressionism at UIS
 Sublime Light, a visual art exhibit by Lyle Salmi at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Visual Arts Gallery, explores the relationship between light and space through the vehicle of abst...]]>
Attention area thespians http://illinoistimes.com/article-15158-attention-area-thespians.html Attention area thespians
 If you dream of seeing your name in lights, consider auditioning for a role in the 2015 season at New Salem’s Theatre in the Park. Open auditions for children will occur at 9 a.m., and open au...]]>
A Pan-African and American dialogue http://illinoistimes.com/article-15114-a-pan-african-and-american-dialogue.html A Pan-African and American dialogue
 On Monday, Feb. 23, visit the Out of Africa Heritage Center, located at 422 E. Monroe St., for a book signing and discussion with Seenaa G-D Jimjimo. Seenaa will be signing copies of her book, T...]]>
Sustainable design http://illinoistimes.com/article-15115-sustainable-design.html Sustainable design
 Sustainability will be the topic of discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m., at Lincoln Library. Sustainable design leaders from Springfield and Chicago will share the stories behind their ...]]>
Clown comedy http://illinoistimes.com/article-15116-clown-comedy.html Clown comedy
 If you are a fan of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” or The Second City, you will not want to miss this weekend’s Portuguese Rodeo Clown Company performances. In this live, improvisational two-h...]]>
Architecture accentuates music http://illinoistimes.com/article-15086-architecture-accentuates-music.html Architecture accentuates music
 Local talent Ben Bedford, a singer, songwriter and storyteller lauded nationally for writing beautiful songs about historical events, will perform a special Valentine’s Day concert on Saturday...]]>
A program about progress http://illinoistimes.com/article-15087-a-program-about-progress.html A program about progress
 On Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., join the Sangamon County Historical Society and Oak Ridge Cemetery executive director Michael Lelys for a program focusing one of the nation’s leading histori...]]>
A Broadway show for children http://illinoistimes.com/article-15088-a-broadway-show-for-children.html A Broadway show for children
 The newest show for children at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Dr. Dolittle, Jr., is a musical adaptation of the popular book authored by Hugh Lofting and the film of the same name from Twent...]]>
Internationally acclaimed artist alert http://illinoistimes.com/article-15063-internationally-acclaimed-artist-alert.html Internationally acclaimed artist alert
 On Friday, Feb. 6, from 6-8:30 p.m., DEMO Project hosts a reception to celebrate the opening of O White Gods, a contemporary art exhibition by visual artist Travis Shaffer. The Missouri-based ar...]]>
Lincoln’s loyal leaders http://illinoistimes.com/article-15064-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-loyal-leaders.html Lincoln’s loyal leaders
 The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2015 season. On Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m., stop by the Lincoln Home Conference Center for an information ses...]]>
Famed orations from Frederick Douglass http://illinoistimes.com/article-15065-famed-orations-from-frederick-douglass.html Famed orations from Frederick Douglass
 On Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., head to UIS Brookens Auditorium for a Black History Month event hosted by the UIS ECCE Speaker Series. This living history presentation features actor Fred Mors...]]>
The wonderful world of wine http://illinoistimes.com/article-15028-the-wonderful-world-of-wine.html The wonderful world of wine
 Join the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association for a Winter Wine Tasting Festival. The Friday night event offers the public an opportunity to sample wines from more than 20 Illinois wi...]]>
Back in plaid http://illinoistimes.com/article-15029-back-in-plaid.html Back in plaid
 Forever Plaid tells the fictional story of a young male vocal group, The Plaids, who perished in a car accident on their way to see the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. By some m...]]>
A Friday night fairytale http://illinoistimes.com/article-15030-a-friday-night-fairytale.html A Friday night fairytale
 This weekend’s hottest – or should we say iciest – party for kids is the Sangamon Valley Youth Performance Group’s Fairytale Ball. The Friday night dinner and dancing event is open to Fr...]]>
Presenting polite pirates http://illinoistimes.com/article-15017-presenting-polite-pirates.html Presenting polite pirates
 Pirate School is an interactive variety show for children ages 4 and up. Created by New York City-based comedian and actor, David Engel, the show utilizes everyone’s favorite “briny buccanee...]]>
Caring for chickens http://illinoistimes.com/article-15018-caring-for-chickens.html Caring for chickens
 Backyard chicken coops have steadily been gaining popularity in the U.S. during the past several years. Backyard chickens make innovative pets and function as an extremely local food source, off...]]>
Springfield speaks out on race http://illinoistimes.com/article-15019-springfield-speaks-out-on-race.html Springfield speaks out on race
 Current events have thrust race relations in America, specifically between African Americans and law enforcement, into the spotlight. During this roundtable discussion, five panelists plus a mod...]]>
Hidden treasures http://illinoistimes.com/article-14962-hidden-treasures.html Hidden treasures
 Here’s a fun secret from the museum and gallery world: When it comes to planning and installing exhibits, often the most unique and most interesting artifacts and works of art never see the li...]]>
Let the music speak http://illinoistimes.com/article-14963-let-the-music-speak.html Let the music speak
 April Verch truly loves the music she’s making and the people she’s making it with. This shines through in all aspects of her being. April cites her father, an avid guitar player and singer...]]>
Corporate clog turned comedy cash cow http://illinoistimes.com/article-14964-corporate-clog-turned-comedy-cash-cow.html Corporate clog turned comedy cash cow
 The outrageous, fun and ridiculous Greg Hahn draws comedic inspiration from his varied life experiences. Lucky for his audiences, Greg’s life is fascinating. Hailing from South Florida, Greg s...]]>
Icy Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-14951-icy-illinois.html Icy Illinois
 This Saturday, Jan. 10, join the Illinois State Museum for another fun “Super Saturday” themed event. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children ages 3-8 and their families will enjoy learning about t...]]>
Gut-busting burlesque http://illinoistimes.com/article-14952-gut-busting-burlesque.html Gut-busting burlesque
 The Randy Dandies are a burlesque sketch comedy troupe based out of St. Louis. They have been dazzling live audiences with their zany, interactive stage shows for the past five years. Each Randy...]]>
Round she goes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14953-round-she-goes.html Round she goes
 A fun skating event hosted by Springfield’s only female roller derby team, Midstate Mayhem. The “Fresh Meat” program is created especially for women ages 18 and up with all levels of skill...]]>
Comedy, theatrics, sports http://illinoistimes.com/article-14918-comedy-theatrics-sports.html Comedy, theatrics, sports
 Everyone’s favorite international basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters, returns to the Prairie Capital Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. This electrifying game will be pla...]]>
Bird is the word http://illinoistimes.com/article-14920-bird-is-the-word.html Bird is the word
 Springfield’s portion of the 115th annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count will take place at the Adams Wildlife Society on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 1-3 p.m. This seasonal activity is designed...]]>
Scavenge for symbols http://illinoistimes.com/article-14892-scavenge-for-symbols.html Scavenge for symbols
 Get the kids out of the house and keep their brains sharp this winter break with the Illinois State Museum’s Winter Holiday Search. The free activity is available for pickup at the museum’s...]]>
“…and a happy zoo year!” http://illinoistimes.com/article-14893-%25E2%2580%259C%25E2%2580%25A6and-a-happy-zoo-year_%25E2%2580%259D.html “…and a happy zoo year!”
 Children ages 5-12 are invited to enjoy a New Year’s Eve celebration that won’t keep them up past their bedtime but still involves a countdown until 12. Noon Year’s Eve is an annual New Ye...]]>
Bring your “A” game http://illinoistimes.com/article-14894-bring-your-%25E2%2580%259Ca%25E2%2580%259D-game.html Bring your “A” game
 Put on your game face, round up the troops and prepare for some friendly, familial competition with a new-old-fashioned game night. The Rochester Public Library is the place to be on Friday, Dec...]]>
Classical Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-14844-classical-christmas.html Classical Christmas
 Unwind on Friday, Dec. 19 at The State House Inn with a free Holiday Piano Concert featuring pianist Zakia Hart. Zakia, accompanied by Chris Warren on drums, Tom Myers on bass, Artie Logan on sa...]]>