IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Tue, 23 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Books in a box http://illinoistimes.com/article-14434-books-in-a-box.html Books in a box
 The public is invited to a dedication of a new free library in Springfield on Sunday, Sept. 14. It is just north of McClernand Elementary School on Fifth Street at the home of Jacqueline D. Jack...]]>
Sound giving http://illinoistimes.com/article-14435-sound-giving.html Sound giving
 Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation’s HumpFest takes place Wednesday, Sept. 17. Activities will include live camel rides, kids’ carnival activities, a fashion show and live music by 2nd Ch...]]>
Feet first http://illinoistimes.com/article-14436-feet-first.html Feet first
 Springfield Ballet Company presents a merging of ballet, modern jazz and other dance styles with classic rock from 1975-76 during Rockballet, Sept. 13-14, at Sangamon Auditorium UIS. Featuring l...]]>
A la arte http://illinoistimes.com/article-14437-a-la-arte.html A la arte
 Two days of fine art, bell music and fun for kids takes place at Art Spectacular at Washington Park, Sept. 13-14. Founded by Rees Carillon Society Trustee Barb Walker, Art Spectacular is a profe...]]>
Wheels in motion http://illinoistimes.com/article-14406-wheels-in-motion.html Wheels in motion
 This year’s Capital City Century is headed for new territory – historic Clayville, just east of Pleasant Plains. Riders can do loops from the Clayville food stop to add mileage before return...]]>
Craft brew tastings http://illinoistimes.com/article-14407-craft-brew-tastings.html Craft brew tastings
 The fifth annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, rain or shine at the Inn at 835. Enjoy craft beer from more than 30 brewers across the Midwest and nationall...]]>
Comedic concert http://illinoistimes.com/article-14408-comedic-concert.html Comedic concert
 Blue Man Group is a wildly popular stage act consisting of three guys who paint themselves blue and perform a theatrical show that combines comedy, music and multimedia. If you’ve never seen B...]]>
Madness and humor http://illinoistimes.com/article-14409-madness-and-humor.html Madness and humor
 Shakespeare’s classic play Hamlet comes to the Hoogland Center for the Arts. What’s great about this performance is that local actress Aasne Vigesaa is playing the role of Hamlet. Something...]]>
Our objects, ourselves http://illinoistimes.com/article-14379-our-objects-ourselves.html Our objects, ourselves
 University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery kicks off their season Monday, Aug. 25, with the installation project Filler by Springfield native Jeff Robinson, UIS Visual Arts Gallery d...]]>
Beer and vittles and pipes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14380-beer-and-vittles-and-pipes.html Beer and vittles and pipes
 Rain or shine, Sunday, Aug. 31, enjoy a festival put on by a group that likes to have a good time. Central Illinois St. Andrew Society and the folks of Celtic Mist invite you to their second ann...]]>
Just Abe http://illinoistimes.com/article-14381-just-abe.html Just Abe
 There are two days left to catch John O’Connor as Mr. Lincoln in the Theatre in the Park production Mr. Lincoln that opened with two amazing performances earlier in the month. A one-man play w...]]>
Great taste ’n’ tunes http://illinoistimes.com/article-14347-great-taste-%25E2%2580%2599n%25E2%2580%2599-tunes.html Great taste ’n’ tunes
 Kicking off a fast approaching fall festival season, the ever-popular Old Capitol Blues and BBQS has great blues music paired with a food favorite, barbecue. Put on each year by Downtown Springf...]]>
Two nights of funny http://illinoistimes.com/article-14348-two-nights-of-funny.html Two nights of funny
 The popular Portuguese Rodeo Clown Company returns to the Hoogland Center for the Arts Aug. 22 and 23 with live improvised comedy theater. Get your tickets now by phone or online – these...]]>
Things are looking up http://illinoistimes.com/article-14349-things-are-looking-up.html Things are looking up
 A mere 30 minutes north of Springfield, the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival, Aug. 22-24, combines small town charm with the magic of hot air balloons. The fun takes place at two locations, on t...]]>
Installation environments http://illinoistimes.com/article-14313-installation-environments.html Installation environments
 Contemporary art gallery DEMO Project will host an opening reception Friday, Aug. 15, for the exhibit Communal Paradox by Illinois artist Lauren Turk. “These installation environments tell the...]]>
Not a sleeper http://illinoistimes.com/article-14314-not-a-sleeper.html Not a sleeper
 Theatre in the Park at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy Pajama Game on Aug. 15-17 and 21-23. Directed by Sean Rose of Jacksonville, the st...]]>
Talk of the town http://illinoistimes.com/article-14315-talk-of-the-town.html Talk of the town
Thursday, Aug. 21, is the next installment of the entertaining and informative PechaKucha at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Some of Springfield’s movers-and-shakers take the stage and talk about...]]>
Family fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14284-family-fun.html Family fun
It’s that time of year again. The Illinois State Fair will be held Aug. 7-17. The Twilight Parade starts at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7. Great days for families are Friday, Aug. 15, which is Futures for Kids D...]]>
Charming characters http://illinoistimes.com/article-14285-charming-characters.html Charming characters
Springfield Municipal Opera’s third show is Shrek the Musical directed by Craig Williams II. Eight shows at The Muni will each come alive with large-scale special effects, say show organizers. Expla...]]>
Where there’s a will there’s a way http://illinoistimes.com/article-14286-where-there%25E2%2580%2599s-a-will-there%25E2%2580%2599s-a-way.html Where there’s a will there’s a way
Tickets are still available for the rescheduled Willie Nelson concert taking place on Tuesday night, Aug. 12, at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS. We’re ecstatic Willie’s back in town. The incomparable Ne...]]>
Wheel of a deal http://illinoistimes.com/article-14254-wheel-of-a-deal.html Wheel of a deal
 Powerlight Abe Lincoln Supercruise and Car Show Spectacular begins Friday, Aug 1 with a car parade from Ace Hardware on Wabash Ave. to Quaker Steak and Lube on MacArthur. Afterwards, The Da...]]>
Huge hoopla http://illinoistimes.com/article-14255-huge-hoopla.html Huge hoopla
 Decatur holds its annual downtown family street festival Aug. 1-3. If you’re not familiar with the Decatur Celebration – It’s huge! Everyone is certain to find something that will excite t...]]>
New ensemble http://illinoistimes.com/article-14256-new-ensemble.html New ensemble
 Springfield has a new professional choral ensemble. Meet the Gloriana Chamber Choir at their inaugural concert on Sunday, Aug. 3 at First Presbyterian Church. “Long Live Fair Oriana: A Concert...]]>
Creation stories http://illinoistimes.com/article-14257-creation-stories.html Creation stories
 Read up on your creation stories. Genesis, The Musical premiers Aug. 1 at Playhouse on the Square in Jacksonville. There are nine performances through Aug. 10. Written by playwrights Ken Bradbur...]]>
Block party http://illinoistimes.com/article-14221-block-party.html Block party
 Springfield Art Association rolls out its colorful festival Paint the Street in downtown Springfield Saturday, July 26. Anyone can purchase a six-foot by six-foot square to fill with their imagi...]]>
Group gardens http://illinoistimes.com/article-14222-group-gardens.html Group gardens
 University of Illinois Extension will host Roots to Rooftop Tour: Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture and a Rooftop Garden on Sunday, July 27. Extension educator Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant sa...]]>
Creative camerawork http://illinoistimes.com/article-14223-creative-camerawork.html Creative camerawork
 There’s a new gallery in town! 1227 is located at 1227 S. Pasfield Ave., behind The Pharmacy. Five local photographers Lou Fremgen, Tom Handy, James Hawker, Greg Laun and John Record, a group...]]>