IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Sun, 11 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 A grand holiday tradition http://illinoistimes.com/article-18013-a-grand-holiday-tradition.html A grand holiday tradition
 Join the Springfield Ballet Company for three performances of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11. The SBC’s 42nd annual rendition of the timeless ballet classic features...]]>
A small-town Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-18014-a-small-town-christmas.html A small-town Christmas
 This weekend, travel to the zany town of Tuna, Texas, for an unforgettable Christmas play about the antics surrounding the citizens of small-town Texas. The play, which originally premiered as p...]]>
Historic holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-18015-historic-holidays.html Historic holidays
 Take a step back in time this holiday season and learn how American soldiers celebrated the holidays during four major conflicts (Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II) at t...]]>
Christmas characters come to life http://illinoistimes.com/article-17998-christmas-characters-come-to-life.html Christmas characters come to life
 See scenes and characters from beloved holiday stories come to life during “A Storybook Christmas” in downtown Hillsboro. The two-day holiday celebration hosted by Imagine Hillsboro runs 5-9...]]>
Elvis is in the building http://illinoistimes.com/article-17999-elvis-is-in-the-building.html Elvis is in the building
 For an unforgettable holiday show celebrating the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, don’t miss Joseph Hall’s “Elvis Rock ’n’ Remember Christmas Show” on Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., at The Legac...]]>
An alternative to Black Friday shopping http://illinoistimes.com/article-17953-an-alternative-to-black-friday-shopping.html An alternative to Black Friday shopping
 On Black Friday, escape the stress and headaches generated by crowds and shopping and enjoy some family-friendly fun at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. The ALPL’s Fun Frosty Friday e...]]>
All aboard the Polar Express http://illinoistimes.com/article-17954-all-aboard-the-polar-express.html All aboard the Polar Express
 Don your holiday jammies and hop aboard the Polar Express for a screening of the 2004 film based off the 1985 book by Chris Van Allsburg plus an open-house style pre-show cocoa and crafting part...]]>
Girls on ice http://illinoistimes.com/article-17927-girls-on-ice.html Girls on ice
 Ice skating enthusiasts and American Girl fans unite! The Springfield Figure Skating Club is excited to host their annual fall skating even and tea party on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 12-2 p.m. The e...]]>
Just in time for Thanksgiving http://illinoistimes.com/article-17928-just-in-time-for-thanksgiving.html Just in time for Thanksgiving
 Since many farmers have found creative ways to extend growing seasons into the colder months, it is easier than ever to enjoy fresh, locally grown food during the holidays. On Saturday, Nov. 19,...]]>
Contemporary visual artists http://illinoistimes.com/article-17898-contemporary-visual-artists.html Contemporary visual artists
 This Friday, visit DEMO Project for the opening receptions of “Sequel Sequence” by Mark Reamy and “Tie Them Up” by Angela Lopez. “Sequel Sequence” is a stunning installation that exp...]]>
Women in the Civil War http://illinoistimes.com/article-17899-women-in-the-civil-war.html Women in the Civil War
 The Old State Capitol State Historic Site is offering families a new way to experience history this November with Civil War Saturdays. This week’s program will be presented by the Springfield...]]>
Celebrate ethnic diversity http://illinoistimes.com/article-17884-celebrate-ethnic-diversity.html Celebrate ethnic diversity
 Celebrate 39 years of diversity at the University of Illinois Springfield by attending the Annual International Festival on Friday, Nov. 4, from 5-8 p.m. The free festival is hosted each year by...]]>
Independent films in Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-17885-independent-films-in-springfield.html Independent films in Springfield
 See some of the top films from around the world shown right here in central Illinois during the 15th Annual Route 66 Film Festival. The two-day festival consists of five sessions of films along...]]>
The healing power of art http://illinoistimes.com/article-17886-the-healing-power-of-art.html The healing power of art
 On Monday, join the University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speaker Series (ECCE) for a presentation and discussion of the 2005 documentary film Shakespeare Behi...]]>
Spooky science http://illinoistimes.com/article-17854-spooky-science.html Spooky science
 The Lincoln Land Community College Chemistry Club hosts its fourth annual “Haunted Lab” on Friday, Oct. 28, on the upper level of Sangamon hall at Lincoln Land Community College. The event,...]]>
Comedic canines http://illinoistimes.com/article-17855-comedic-canines.html Comedic canines
 You’ll howl your way through this slapstick act featuring Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College graduate Johnny Peers and his 12 talented dogs that perform challenging and diffi...]]>
A smashing good time http://illinoistimes.com/article-17856-a-smashing-good-time.html A smashing good time
 With more than 50 years of experience as a touring comedian, Gallagher has filmed 14 Showtime specials, made more than 4,000 appearances, and destroyed countless watermelons in the process. But...]]>
See the http://illinoistimes.com/article-17836-see-the.html See the
Although Teresa Caputo reports that she has been seeing spirits since she was four years old, it wasn’t until she was well into her 20s that she began to understand her role as a medium and learned...]]>
Passionate Pickers http://illinoistimes.com/article-17834-passionate-pickers.html Passionate Pickers
 Kirk Hanser was gifted his first guitar in 1978. This gift immediately launched Hanser on a journey into the world of classical guitar, and by the mid-1980s, he had already launched a career, pe...]]>
Stories of elections past http://illinoistimes.com/article-17835-stories-of-elections-past.html Stories of elections past
 On Saturday, bring your political memorabilia to the Old State Capitol for a History Harvest hosted by the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Department of History. Students from Devin Hunte...]]>
Lincoln’s first film festival http://illinoistimes.com/article-17812-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-first-film-festival.html Lincoln’s first film festival
 Don’t miss the inaugural Lincoln Film Festival, the brainchild of co-founders Brenda Chapman, Oscar-winning director of Disney’s Brave, and David Lanternman, owner of the Lincoln Grand 8 The...]]>
An aca-perfect concert http://illinoistimes.com/article-17813-an-aca-perfect-concert.html An aca-perfect concert
 Artistic producer Deke Sharon, best known for his vocal direction on Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 as well as his work on NBC’s hit a capella singing competition “The Sing Off” is hail...]]>
Pumpkin party http://illinoistimes.com/article-17814-pumpkin-party.html Pumpkin party
 Show your support for the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Gardens by attending the 2016 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. The annual pumpkin party showcases the 2,016 J...]]>
Famed funnyman http://illinoistimes.com/article-17777-famed-funnyman.html Famed funnyman
 See comedian Kevin Farley live this weekend at Donnie B’s Comedy Club. While Kevin is commonly known as the younger brother to “Saturday Night Live” superstar Chris Farley and the older br...]]>
Female health fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-17778-female-health-fair.html Female health fair
 Springfield’s premier event devoted to the physical, emotional and financial health and well-being of women of all ages returns to the Illinois State Fairgrounds’ Orr Building this Saturday...]]>
Springfield’s history and heritage http://illinoistimes.com/article-17779-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-history-and-heritage.html Springfield’s history and heritage
 See actors and actresses in period costume portray eight people buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery whose actions were central to the development of Springfield. Portrayed individuals include Leanna Do...]]>
World’s largest photography event http://illinoistimes.com/article-17749-world%25E2%2580%2599s-largest-photography-event.html World’s largest photography event
 Spend your Saturday morning shooting and sharing photos of historic central Illinois during the Ninth Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. The Springfield walk will be lead by Robert Fox, a...]]>
Solar energy at work http://illinoistimes.com/article-17750-solar-energy-at-work.html Solar energy at work
 See solar energy hard at work in Springfield during the 10th annual Illinois Solar Tour, hosted by the Illinois Energy Association. The free, open-house-style event takes place on Saturday, Oct....]]>
Historical medieval battle http://illinoistimes.com/article-17751-historical-medieval-battle.html Historical medieval battle
 See a different type of historical reenactment this weekend. Witness medieval fighters from around the world compete in full-contact medieval steel combat during the Battle of the Nations on Sat...]]>
Route 66 rivalry http://illinoistimes.com/article-17725-route-66-rivalry.html Route 66 rivalry
 Jacksonville’s Playhouse on the Square is pleased to present Bleacher Bums, a Cubs/Cardinals comedy presented in nine innings. Originally penned by Tony Award-winning actor, producer, director...]]>