IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Thu, 19 Oct 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 BAND SPOTLIGHT | Jacob Lyda BAND SPOTLIGHT | Jacob Lyda
 An accomplished and successful Nashville songwriter, Jacob Lyda has had cuts by artists such as Blake Shelton (“Doin’ it to Country Songs,” 2016) and Uncle Si from “Duck Dynasty.” The...]]>
HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS | Costumes, candy and creatures HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS | Costumes, candy and creatures
 Don’t miss Zoolie Ghoulie, an annual trick-or-treating event hosted by the Springfield Park District at Henson Robinson Zoo. The fun spans three days, from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturda...]]>
HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS | Seriously scary HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS | Seriously scary
 The Boo Crew Haunted House ranks on many lists as one of the scariest haunted houses in Illinois. On Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3-6 p.m., the Boo Crew Haunted House will host a children’s matinee...]]>
Nighttime bike brigade Nighttime bike brigade
 On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8-11 p.m., join Chef Michael Higgins and the Springfield Bicycle Club for a Moonlight Bike Ramble. The ramble will begin in the parking lot behind Boone’s Saloon, an...]]>
Challenging the landscape of reform Challenging the landscape of reform
On Wednesday, Oct. 18, take in an ECCE Speaker Series presentation titled “Challenges of Youth, Young Adults and Adults to Creating, Impacting and Enacting Reform,” featuring three leaders and pro...]]>
Haunted Halloween fun Haunted Halloween fun
 A favorite fall haunting event is back and spookier than ever. Don’t miss Riverside Stables’ Extreme Haunted Hayrides and Zombie Paintball Rides every Friday and Saturday night through Oct....]]>
Kingdom Brothers Kingdom Brothers
 Based out of St. Louis while reaching out across the Midwest, Kingdom Brothers are achieving their stated goal “to do something really different on the St. Louis music scene,” as professed b...]]>
The role of photojournalists and reporters The role of photojournalists and reporters
 This October, Hoogland Productions presents six performances of Time Stands Still, the Tony-nominated play written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donald Margulies. The fictional love story foc...]]>
Historical brews, tours and tunes Historical brews, tours and tunes
 On Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m., join Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery for an event in support of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation. In addition to offe...]]>
Public art in private spaces Public art in private spaces
 Founded in Oak Park, Illinois, by artist Sabrina Ott and author John Paulett, the Terrain Biennial is an international exhibition of site-specific artwork created for front yards, balconies, por...]]>
A celebration of cultures A celebration of cultures
 On Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m., Lincoln Land Community College will host its 14th annual Multicultural Fest. The annual event showcases a variety of cultures via ethnic food,...]]>
Two days of Illinois history Two days of Illinois history
 Enjoy two days of panels and presentations about the political, cultural and social history of Illinois during the 19th annual Conference on Illinois History, hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presi...]]>
The ultimate ‘ladies night out’ The ultimate ‘ladies night out’
 Take a trip through the 1940s, 50s and 60s on Sunday, Sept. 24, during Leaders of the Pack, a 90-minute celebration of the major female musical artists from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The retrospec...]]>
From Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z From Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z
 On Saturday, Sept. 23, Black Violin, a classically trained violin duo that combines an array of daunting musical influences (such as jazz, hip-hop, funk and classical) to create a signature soun...]]>
Art and music gone wild Art and music gone wild
 On Friday, Sept. 15, join The Legacy Theatre and the Artrageous troupe for an interactive explosion of the visual and performing arts. Each Artrageous performance features a live band, captivati...]]>
Local podcast goes live Local podcast goes live
 Join local comedians Jeremy Hughes and Larry Smith on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m., for a live performance and recording session of their popular podcast, “Comedians with Day Jobs.” During...]]>
A contemporary take on classical ballet A contemporary take on classical ballet
Don’t miss the Springfield Ballet Company’s 24th annual contemporary approach to classical ballet. This year’s iteration is titled Rockballet: MIXTAPE, features live music by Down State and is a...]]>
You be the jury You be the jury
 See the “other” side of fairy tales this weekend during Fairy Tale Courtroom, an interactive comedy written by Dana Proulx, directed by Erin Sullivan and presented by M.A.S.S. Media Producti...]]>
Four years of DEMO Project Four years of DEMO Project
 Celebrate four years of contemporary arts programming on Friday, Sept. 8, at the DEMO Project. The gallery launched in September of 2013 with a solo installation by visual artist Betsy Odom, and...]]>
Celebrate all things German Celebrate all things German
 Don your lederhosen and practice your slap dancing and stein holding in preparation for the Knights of Columbus 364 German Oktoberfest, a Munich-style celebration of all things German. The festi...]]>
Small-town kicks on Route 66 Small-town kicks on Route 66
 Hit the Mother Road this weekend and make the short jaunt to Elkhart for a party of epic proportions. Elkhart’s Route 66 Labor Day Fall Celebration offers two-days of jam-packed fun for the en...]]>
Have fun while fighting crime Have fun while fighting crime
 Join CrimeStoppers for their second annual “Take Flight in the Fight against Crime” hangar party Sunday, Sept. 3, from 2-8 p.m. at LRS Hanger, located at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The...]]>
Plains Spokin’ Plains Spokin’
 Join Springfield Bicycle Club on this annual recreational bicycle ride the Sunday after Labor Day. This year’s theme is “Plains Spokin’” as riders head to Pleasant Plains for lunch and t...]]>
Doggie divers Doggie divers
 See dogs run, jump and swim during the DockDogs Dog Jumping Competition, hosted as a main attraction at the Federal Ammunition Hunting Exposition, Aug. 25-27, at the Springfield Scheels location...]]>
Up, up and away Up, up and away
 Don’t miss the annual Lincoln Balloon Festival, held Aug. 25-26, at the Logan County Airport in Lincoln. This fun festival features balloon glows at dusk, evening and morning hot air balloon f...]]>
Cool blues, hot summer nights Cool blues, hot summer nights
 Enjoy a weekend of blues, barbecue and beer during the longtime Springfield tradition of the Old Capitol Blues & BBQ festival. Managed by The Alamo and the Central Illinois Blues Club, the f...]]>
Women of WWII Women of WWII
 Step back in time and take in a performance of Loose Lips Sink Ships at Theatre in the Park, located within Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. Showtime is 8 p.m. nightly Aug. 18-20 and 2...]]>
Celebrate baseball Celebrate baseball
On Saturday, Aug. 19, celebrate America’s pastime with an All-American Picnic. Hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the all-ages event features an evening of baseball-theme...]]>
Solar eclipse bash Solar eclipse bash
 On Monday, Aug. 21, avoid the chaos and the crowds in southern Illinois and #GetMooned at Danenberger Family Vineyards during the Great American Solar Eclipse. During the eclipse, the moon will...]]>
Three exhibitions; one night Three exhibitions; one night
 On Friday, Aug. 11, celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions at the DEMO Project, a modern art gallery directed by Springfield-based contemporary artists. The first exhibition, titled “D...]]>