IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Wed, 25 Nov 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 The journey of the season The journey of the season
 Don your jammies, present your ticket and hop aboard the Polar Express! This weekend, The Legacy Theatre hosts four showings of The Polar Express, the story of one boy’s extraordinary journey...]]>
A 26-year tradition A 26-year tradition
 Memorial Medical Center’s Festival of Trees is celebrating its 26th season as a central Illinois holiday highlight. The goal of the festival is twofold: to bring holiday cheer to all ages and...]]>
A sacred oratorio A sacred oratorio
 Join the Springfield Choral Society for its annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” the English-language oratorio originally intended as a thought-provoking work to be performed around E...]]>
Learning with lyrics Learning with lyrics
 “Schoolhouse Rock,” the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon that used music and the power of imagination to teach children about history, grammar, math, science and more, makes...]]>
A symphony of gratitude A symphony of gratitude
 Join the Illinois Symphony Orchestra for the annual Holiday Pops in the Heartland concert, a central Illinois holiday tradition. During this special performance of festive music and traditional...]]>
A shared meal A shared meal
 On Saturday, Nov. 21, join the Coalition of Rainbow Alliances for a Thanksgiving dinner that is open to all individuals in the community, regardless of age, sex, gender or sexual orientation. CO...]]>
Terrific triskelion Terrific triskelion
 On Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5:30-7:30pm, join local authors Barb Olson, John Knoepfle and Sandy Baksys as they sign and read short bits from their new books – The Aloe of Evening (poems) by Kno...]]>
The case for bipartisanship The case for bipartisanship
 Throughout his career in Washington, Raymond LaHood has purported that partisan pettiness is hindering our nation’s ability to successfully face its challenges, which range from a crumbling in...]]>
A classical concerto A classical concerto
 This Saturday, relax and enjoy a solo concert by classical guitar virtuoso William Yelverton. His acclaims and accolades are large in scope, including being named a Prize Winner in the Guitar Fo...]]>
Walk among dinosaurs Walk among dinosaurs
 If you’ve ever wanted to walk among the dinosaurs, this event is for you. This Saturday and Sunday, the Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building will host T-Rex Planet, a traveling dinos...]]>
A touring comedy troupe A touring comedy troupe
 The Second City meets the capital city on Saturday, Nov. 7, when their “Blue Team” touring cast performs at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The Second City, based in Chicago, consists of c...]]>
Buzz about art Buzz about art
Buzz Spector is a St. Louis-based visual artist, internationally recognized for his work in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, photography, printmaking, book arts and installation. Core...]]>
Halloween at the Hoogland Halloween at the Hoogland
 Here’s a Halloween party the whole family can enjoy: The Halloween Family Carnival, hosted by the Hoogland Kids, Teens and Juniors. The carnival features booths complete with candy and prizes,...]]>
A Hallows Eve double feature A Hallows Eve double feature
 This Saturday, join the Boo Crew Haunted House crew at the Prairie Capital Convention Center’s Bank of Springfield plaza for an unforgettable evening combining film, fun and food. Bring your c...]]>
A spooky, sensory performance A spooky, sensory performance
 This Halloween, experience a spooky, sensory concert performed by Christopher Holman on the First Presbyterian Church’s Brombaugh Pipe Organ. Musical selections include “Toccata in D-Minor�...]]>
Trick-or-treat where Lincoln walked Trick-or-treat where Lincoln walked
 Children ages 12 and under are invited to don their Halloween costumes on Friday, Oct. 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and enjoy a free trick-or-treating event compliments of the Lincoln Home Employee A...]]>
Craft beers, wines and liquor Craft beers, wines and liquor
 Love craft brews? Then the Springfield Jaycees Annual Beer Festival is the place for you on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 8 p.m. The beer bonanza features more than 125 local, regional and nation...]]>
Funny Frank Ferrante Funny Frank Ferrante
 On Sunday, the Kirkland Center for Fine Arts welcomes award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante as he performs his hilarious show portraying the third-born Marx brother, Groucho Mar...]]>
Haunted history Haunted history
Join the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on Sunday, Oct. 17 for an evening of Halloween games, stories and magic. Guests of all ages will enjoy historical characters “haunting” the museum’s...]]>
Support suicide prevention Support suicide prevention
 Walk to end the stigma associated with mental health this Saturday during the Out of Darkness Community Walk for suicide prevention. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the nation�...]]>
A tragic romance A tragic romance
 The Springfield Theatre Centre is proud to present the “powerful pop opera” Miss Saigon Oct. 16-18 and 23-25 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The Tony Award-winning musical is the 11th l...]]>
Love dogs? Love dogs?
 The Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building will host 1,200 to 1,300 dogs daily this Thursday through Sunday during the Annual Prairieland Classic AKC All Breed Dog Shows, one of the prem...]]>
From funeral home to graveyard From funeral home to graveyard
 The Terror on the Square scare squad takes haunting to a whole new level in this year’s Terror in the Graveyard event. The veteran crew has manned the popular Terror on the Square haunted hous...]]>
A Sunday stroll through history A Sunday stroll through history
 This Sunday, a popular walking tour returns to Oak Ridge Cemetery after a seven-year hiatus. The public is invited to enjoy a guided stroll through Oak Ridge Cemetery, during which they will lea...]]>
Gender in the world of Hogwarts Gender in the world of Hogwarts
 This Tuesday, enjoy a UIS ECCE Speaker Series presentation that features analysis and discussion on the gendering (masculine, feminine, androgynous or gender bent) of characters in J.K. Rowling...]]>
Bigger, better than before Bigger, better than before
 There’s something for everyone at the 17th Annual Old Capitol Blues and BBQ Festival, hosted by Downtown Springfield Inc. The food lineup is mouthwatering, with vendors offering everything fro...]]>
Wilkommen! Bier! Wilkommen! Bier!
 This Saturday, the Jacksonville Rotary Club’s annual Oktoberfest celebration celebrates a fifth year of fun, heritage and, of course, bier. Modeled after the 205-year-old Oktoberfest celebrati...]]>
New Salem at night New Salem at night
 Enjoy the rich history of Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site during the annual Candlelit Walk Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, from 7-9 p.m. The village will be illuminated with campfi...]]>
Awareness for homeless pets Awareness for homeless pets
 This Thursday, bring your leashed pet(s) to Southwind Park and join the Animal Protective League, along with animal welfare organizations around the world, for a Remember Me Thursday pet walk an...]]>
Obliterating musical categorization Obliterating musical categorization
 Music lovers will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind concert that brings two legendary musicians side by side in a stellar live performance combining blues and classical music. Join “harmonic...]]>