IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Mon, 27 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Teenagers recite poetry http://illinoistimes.com/article-18324-teenagers-recite-poetry.html Teenagers recite poetry
 In 2005 the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation established the Poetry Out Loud contest, which utilizes poetry as a vehicle to test teenage students on their oration and in...]]>
Sample Illinois wine http://illinoistimes.com/article-18325-sample-illinois-wine.html Sample Illinois wine
 Discover a wide variety of Illinois wines in one relaxed setting on Friday, Feb. 24, from 7-10 p.m. This annual festival is combined with the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association’s...]]>
Become storm savvy http://illinoistimes.com/article-18326-become-storm-savvy.html Become storm savvy
 On Monday, Feb. 27, the National Weather Service will offer a free “Severe Weather Storm Spotting” course in the student union on the lower level of Menard Hall at Lincoln Land Community Col...]]>
Hot home trends http://illinoistimes.com/article-18308-hot-home-trends.html Hot home trends
 Don’t miss the 2017 Springfield Area Home Builders Association Home Exposition, which features more than 120 vendors showcasing the latest trends in home building and remodeling. The annual sh...]]>
Junie’s tips, tricks and trip-ups http://illinoistimes.com/article-18309-junie%25E2%2580%2599s-tips-tricks-and-trip-ups.html Junie’s tips, tricks and trip-ups
 On Friday, Feb. 17, enjoy a musical adventure based off the popular book series by the late children’s author Barbara Parks. The Junie B. Jones book series was created for beginning readers an...]]>
All-star audition advice http://illinoistimes.com/article-18310-all-star-audition-advice.html All-star audition advice
 If you’ve ever expressed curiosity and a desire to take to the stage, attend The Muni’s Audition Workshops on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. This event will be split...]]>
Fragrant flowers http://illinoistimes.com/article-18279-fragrant-flowers.html Fragrant flowers
 Bask in the beauty, complexity and diversity of the orchid family this weekend during the Prairie State Orchid Society’s annual show and sale. With between 20,000 and 30,000 different species,...]]>
An artistic double-header http://illinoistimes.com/article-18277-an-artistic-double-header.html An artistic double-header
 On Friday, Feb. 10, the DEMO Project hosts an opening reception for contemporary artists Emily Ward Bivens and Frances Lightbound, the brains behind the two newest exhibitions housed inside the...]]>
Working together for the Lincoln legacy http://illinoistimes.com/article-18278-working-together-for-the-lincoln-legacy.html Working together for the Lincoln legacy
 Celebrate the 208th birthday of Abraham Lincoln and the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lincoln Land Community College by attending the Lincoln Legacy Lectures on Monday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m., at...]]>
Poetry, music and dance http://illinoistimes.com/article-18231-poetry-music-and-dance.html Poetry, music and dance
 Don’t miss the Vachel Lindsay Association and Springfield Youth Performance Group Foundation’s “VOLTA: Animal Kingdom” show. VOLTA is an annual performance that showcases Springfield’s...]]>
An intimate theater experience http://illinoistimes.com/article-18232-an-intimate-theater-experience.html An intimate theater experience
 Step back in time to a fabled world of kings, queens and medieval sword-fighting during The Lion in Winter, the first production of 2017 from Springfield’s Legacy Theatre. Although The Lion in...]]>
The ins and outs of lobbying http://illinoistimes.com/article-18204-the-ins-and-outs-of-lobbying.html The ins and outs of lobbying
 On Friday, join the University of Illinois Springfield’s Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies for a seminar on how to effectively lobby the Illinois General Assembly. The progra...]]>
Springfield Area Many Ethnicities http://illinoistimes.com/article-18205-springfield-area-many-ethnicities.html Springfield Area Many Ethnicities
 As our world increasingly turns to digital media, it is easy to underestimate and overvalue the role of libraries as cultural and community centers. But according to Lincoln Library director Nan...]]>
Figure drawing http://illinoistimes.com/article-18206-figure-drawing.html Figure drawing
 Attention artists of all skill and experience levels: Are you interested in honing your figure-drawing skills? Come to the The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space on Monday and Tuesday nights for a s...]]>
Inauguration questions answered http://illinoistimes.com/article-18174-inauguration-questions-answered.html Inauguration questions answered
 The 2016 election has shaken longstanding assumptions about American politics, leaving many people with more questions than answers. On Inauguration Day, the Springfield Art Association and Univ...]]>
Reflections on race http://illinoistimes.com/article-18175-reflections-on-race.html Reflections on race
 The Springfield Race Unity Committee presents eight local small conversation groups (including Springfield police officers) reporting on past, present and future efforts to promote unity, interr...]]>
Artistic little monsters http://illinoistimes.com/article-18149-artistic-little-monsters.html Artistic little monsters
 On Saturday, Jan. 14, bring your little monster to the downtown YMCA for a “Cookies and Canvas”-themed “Kids Night Out” event. Under the guidance of the YMCA’s art staff, kids will pai...]]>
A search for passion and adventure http://illinoistimes.com/article-18150-a-search-for-passion-and-adventure.html A search for passion and adventure
 On Wednesday, Jan. 18, treat the family to a performance of Pippin, the high-flying, death-defying Broadway musical that features choreography in the style of Bob Fosse, amazing acrobatics by Le...]]>
Reflections on local government http://illinoistimes.com/article-18151-reflections-on-local-government.html Reflections on local government
 In 1987, a U.S. District Court determined that Springfield’s city government was not representative of its citizens. Judge Harold Baker ruled that the city’s at-large system of electing coun...]]>
The quirks of community theater http://illinoistimes.com/article-18130-the-quirks-of-community-theater.html The quirks of community theater
 Exercise your creative side by auditioning for Historical Fiction, a production that showcases the quirks of community theater. Set backstage during a local production about the life of Abraham...]]>
Heal from food struggles http://illinoistimes.com/article-18131-heal-from-food-struggles.html Heal from food struggles
 If your new year’s resolution is to take charge of your nutrition, this “Winter Nutrition Retreat” hosted by AnnaNutrition might be the resource you need. Split into three sessions, the re...]]>
Illinois’ funniest mayor http://illinoistimes.com/article-18069-illinois%25E2%2580%2599-funniest-mayor.html Illinois’ funniest mayor
 Jeremy Nunes is a 15-year comedy veteran best known for his clever observations, unique storytelling style, and ability to improvise with audience members. Initially from Dawson, Jeremy formally...]]>
A luminous stroll http://illinoistimes.com/article-18070-a-luminous-stroll.html A luminous stroll
 You still have two chances to view the Henson Robinson Zoo decked out as a winter wonderland, as the zoo’s annual “Holiday Lights” event continues through Friday, Dec. 23, from 5-8 p.m. ni...]]>
Telemann, Hindemith, Beethoven http://illinoistimes.com/article-18041-telemann-hindemith-beethoven.html Telemann, Hindemith, Beethoven
 Escape the chilly outdoors and enjoy a heartwarming concert by the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra on Friday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Springfield’s First Presbyterian Church. The concert wi...]]>
Bluegrass band of brothers http://illinoistimes.com/article-18042-bluegrass-band-of-brothers.html Bluegrass band of brothers
 Who says you can’t have it all? Enjoy a little bit of everything this Christmas by taking in a holiday concert highlighting a variety of genres by the DePue Brothers Band, also known as the �...]]>
Remember, honor, teach http://illinoistimes.com/article-18043-remember-honor-teach.html Remember, honor, teach
 The public is encouraged to remember fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve, and teach children the value of freedom by participating in one of three Wreaths Across America ceremonies to be...]]>
A grand holiday tradition http://illinoistimes.com/article-18013-a-grand-holiday-tradition.html A grand holiday tradition
 Join the Springfield Ballet Company for three performances of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11. The SBC’s 42nd annual rendition of the timeless ballet classic features...]]>
A small-town Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-18014-a-small-town-christmas.html A small-town Christmas
 This weekend, travel to the zany town of Tuna, Texas, for an unforgettable Christmas play about the antics surrounding the citizens of small-town Texas. The play, which originally premiered as p...]]>
Historic holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-18015-historic-holidays.html Historic holidays
 Take a step back in time this holiday season and learn how American soldiers celebrated the holidays during four major conflicts (Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II) at t...]]>
Christmas characters come to life http://illinoistimes.com/article-17998-christmas-characters-come-to-life.html Christmas characters come to life
 See scenes and characters from beloved holiday stories come to life during “A Storybook Christmas” in downtown Hillsboro. The two-day holiday celebration hosted by Imagine Hillsboro runs 5-9...]]>