IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Fri, 30 Jan 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Star-studded seasonal showcase http://illinoistimes.com/article-14845-star-studded-seasonal-showcase.html Star-studded seasonal showcase
 For one weekend only, The Hoogland Center for the Arts hosts the sights and sounds of Springfield’s favorite local celebrities and the Hoogland Teens, Kids and Juniors. This annual event showc...]]>
Celebrate the sacred journey http://illinoistimes.com/article-14846-celebrate-the-sacred-journey.html Celebrate the sacred journey
 This Saturday, Dec. 20., travel back in metaphorical time with Edge of Perception and the Trailhead Healing Arts Center for a Yule Winter Solstice Celebration. The Winter Solstice Celebration is...]]>
Festive flora http://illinoistimes.com/article-14818-festive-flora.html Festive flora
 For two weeks in December, the Washington Park Botanical Gardens morph from a tropical paradise into a festive holiday forest. During Dec. 6 through 21, gather your family and friends and stop b...]]>
Share your sketches http://illinoistimes.com/article-14819-share-your-sketches.html Share your sketches
 From Dec. 1 through 18, community members of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to put their art on display during the A Community Sketchbook exhibition in the Lincoln Land Community Co...]]>
A truce for tradition http://illinoistimes.com/article-14820-a-truce-for-tradition.html A truce for tradition
 On Saturday, Dec. 13, let the Illinois State Military Museum’s living historians take you back 100 years to Christmas in No-Man’s Land, France, as they present a picture of Christmas 1914, a...]]>
Pancake party http://illinoistimes.com/article-14789-pancake-party.html Pancake party
 Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claus is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a special breakfast with zoo animals and the big guy himself. Children and their parents are invited to join the Henson Robinso...]]>
All aboard the Polar Express http://illinoistimes.com/article-14790-all-aboard-the-polar-express.html All aboard the Polar Express
 Don your favorite Christmas jammies and climb aboard the Polar Express. The famed, fictitious train will stop in Springfield for a series of film showings and holiday pajama and hot cocoa partie...]]>
Cabaret Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-14791-cabaret-christmas.html Cabaret Christmas
 This Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, join the Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus at the Little Flower School Activity Center for a fun-filled, cabaret-style holiday show. The vocal styling of this...]]>
Feeding our community http://illinoistimes.com/article-14757-feeding-our-community.html Feeding our community
 On Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., join the University of Illinois Extension local food system and small farms educator Bill Davis for a program on seed saving and why seed libraries fos...]]>
Walking in a winter wonderland http://illinoistimes.com/article-14758-walking-in-a-winter-wonderland.html Walking in a winter wonderland
 For the past 24 years, Memorial Medical Center has transformed the Illinois State Fairgrounds Orr Building into a winter wonderland at the annual Festival of Trees event. This year will be no di...]]>
Distinguished documents http://illinoistimes.com/article-14759-distinguished-documents.html Distinguished documents
 Abraham Lincoln is widely recognized as one of the best public speakers of all time. Through his speeches, Lincoln inspired citizens to vote him into the White House, abolish slavery, reject war...]]>
A Winter Fable http://illinoistimes.com/article-14725-a-winter-fable.html A Winter Fable
 On Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., enjoy a classic tale of romance and deceit performed by the sweet sounds of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The symphony will be joined by St. Louis-based Circus...]]>