IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Fri, 21 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
You look like a monkey http://illinoistimes.com/article-14726-you-look-like-a-monkey.html You look like a monkey
White-handed gibbon Jari is not technically a monkey, but she is a member of the primate family. Sing “happy birthday” with meaning this Saturday, Nov. 22, at her first birthday party at the Henso...]]>
The punishment fits the crime http://illinoistimes.com/article-14727-the-punishment-fits-the-crime.html The punishment fits the crime
 On Monday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m., join the Springfield Race Unity Committee at Lincoln Library for a public meeting on restorative justice, expungement of court and arrest records and mentoring. Sa...]]>
Compete for cash http://illinoistimes.com/article-14696-compete-for-cash.html Compete for cash
 Come on down to Sangamon Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. for The Price is Right Live, an interactive production of the hit TV game show by the same name. This high-energy stage show...]]>
Save our species http://illinoistimes.com/article-14697-save-our-species.html Save our species
Celebrate the biodiversity of Illinois at the Illinois State Museum on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is designed to raise awareness for the wide variety of plant and animal...]]>
African arts for Ebola awareness http://illinoistimes.com/article-14698-african-arts-for-ebola-awareness.html African arts for Ebola awareness
 On Saturday, Nov. 15, from 5-7 p.m., join Africans in Central Illinois and Grace United Methodist church for a night of African culture, fun and support of a worthy cause, the Doctors Without Bo...]]>
Film fanatic fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14664-film-fanatic-fun.html Film fanatic fun
 Independent films will be shown in Springfield this weekend at the 13th annual Route 66 Film Festival. This Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., r...]]>
Circus capers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14665-circus-capers.html Circus capers
 This Friday through Sunday, Nov. 7-9, the Royal Hanneford Circus descends on the Prairie Capital Convention Center to offer six dazzling circus performances, presented by the Springfield Ansar S...]]>
Beatlemania returns http://illinoistimes.com/article-14666-beatlemania-returns.html Beatlemania returns
 Yesterday, the famed Beatles tribute show band, makes a stop at the Hoogland Center for the Arts for one night only, this Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. Formed by Lennon impersonator Don Bellezzo,...]]>
Riveting reprisal http://illinoistimes.com/article-14649-riveting-reprisal.html Riveting reprisal
 This Saturday, Nov. 1, make the short trip up Interstate 55 to Elkhart for The Ultimate Betrayal: The Insanity Trial of Mary Lincoln, a unique presentation of the court proceeding which resulted...]]>
Anything goes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14650-anything-goes.html Anything goes
 On Friday, Oct. 31, don your Halloween finest and join Springfield Sala and host Adam Nicholson in the Club Room at the Hoogland Center for the Arts for an open-format, anything goes open mic ev...]]>
Spectacular spookadelic http://illinoistimes.com/article-14651-spectacular-spookadelic.html Spectacular spookadelic
 Live music lovers of all ages will not want to miss Springfield’s biggest Halloween party this Friday, Oct. 31, at Donnie’s Homespun. The five-and-a-half-hour festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m....]]>
Celebrity choreography http://illinoistimes.com/article-14613-celebrity-choreography.html Celebrity choreography
 Springfield celebrities will pair with local dancers to razzle and dazzle guests in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 8, during the Prairie Art Alliance’s annual Dancing with the...]]>
Farmers market fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14614-farmers-market-fun.html Farmers market fun
 The Old Capitol Farmers Market wraps up the 2014 season with a special Halloween-themed bash this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition to hosting the local farmers, artisans and other...]]>
Not your average fall festival http://illinoistimes.com/article-14615-not-your-average-fall-festival.html Not your average fall festival
 For most of us in the 21st century, fall is synonymous with fun. It’s a time for parties, pumpkin carving, corn mazes, costume contests, apple cider, trick-or-treating, haunted houses and more...]]>
Grinning gourds http://illinoistimes.com/article-14586-grinning-gourds.html Grinning gourds
 The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular returns for its 10th year Oct. 17-18. Inspired by a similar festival for professional artists in Providence, Rhode Island, the Springfield celebration will feature...]]>
Monumental mileage http://illinoistimes.com/article-14587-monumental-mileage.html Monumental mileage
 Lace up those sneakers and bust out those energy gels; it’s marathon time! The second annual Springfield Marathon returns on Oct. 19, though runners will need to register no later than Oct. 18...]]>
Little people, long sentences http://illinoistimes.com/article-14588-little-people-long-sentences.html Little people, long sentences
 The United States is the only country in the world that regularly sentences children to life and death in prison. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the Springfield branch of the American Civil Liberties Unio...]]>
Autumnal artisans aplenty http://illinoistimes.com/article-14557-autumnal-artisans-aplenty.html Autumnal artisans aplenty
 Indian Summer Festival from Lincoln Memorial Garden returns Oct. 11-12. This fun two-day event consists of family friendly activities with a seasonal flair. Kids will love the whimsical Fairy Ga...]]>
Costumed crusaders http://illinoistimes.com/article-14558-costumed-crusaders.html Costumed crusaders
 Star Wars Reads Day will return to Barnes & Noble on Saturday, Oct. 11. This family friendly event will offer Star Wars readings, light saber demonstrations, a treasure hunt, giveaways, craf...]]>
Horrifying hearse http://illinoistimes.com/article-14559-horrifying-hearse.html Horrifying hearse
 Along the river and through the woods, on a haunted hayride pulled by hearse you’ll go! The spookiest ride in town has returned to Riverside Park for its 15th year. The hayrides occur every Fr...]]>
Canine costume contest http://illinoistimes.com/article-14527-canine-costume-contest.html Canine costume contest
 Springfield’s only Halloween party for dogs is Saturday, Oct. 4. Bring up to two of your canine companions, 6 months or older, to the Stuart Park Dog Run for a fun-filled afternoon of games an...]]>
Funny honeys http://illinoistimes.com/article-14528-funny-honeys.html Funny honeys
 Oct. 3-5 and 10-12 are the performance dates of the comedy musical, Pete ’n’ Keely, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Pete ’n’ Keely is about a divorced couple who are forced back tog...]]>
Northend neighborhood http://illinoistimes.com/article-14529-northend-neighborhood.html Northend neighborhood
 Seventeen historic homes make up this self-guided walking tour ranging from those completely renovated to those needing someone to make them beautiful again. Many of the houses are for sale. Eno...]]>
Remarkable rides http://illinoistimes.com/article-14499-remarkable-rides.html Remarkable rides
 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show returns to Springfield, Sept. 26-28. More than 80,000 folks are expected to filter downtown to see more than 1,000 cool cars and lis...]]>
Hallowed halls http://illinoistimes.com/article-14500-hallowed-halls.html Hallowed halls
 Bomke’s Patch brings you something a little dark in a good way: a corn maze at night seeped in 80s music. The Patch offers four opportunities to walk the maze under the stars, Sept. 26-27 and...]]>
Strong roots http://illinoistimes.com/article-14501-strong-roots.html Strong roots
 Every once and a while a musician seemingly pops into the public’s view and immediately captures their hearts. Sarah Jarosz is that sort of musician. Looking younger than her 22 years, playing...]]>
Intelligent design http://illinoistimes.com/article-14487-intelligent-design.html Intelligent design
 For 25 years, Springfield Art Association has hosted its popular Edwards Place Fine Art Fair in the fall. In its 26th year, the weekend soirée features more than 80 artists and their work, Sept...]]>
African rhythm http://illinoistimes.com/article-14488-african-rhythm.html African rhythm
 Here’s something a little different from the normal musical selections around town. Kilimanjaro Rumble, master drummers from Central African Republic, Liberia, Congo, Togo and Nigeria, will be...]]>
Pioneer past http://illinoistimes.com/article-14489-pioneer-past.html Pioneer past
 Step into the past at the Clayville Fall Festival, Sept. 20-21. Families will have an entertaining and educational time at this old pioneer village that was once a stage coach stop for central I...]]>