IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Tue, 12 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 43 years of Clara and her Nutcracker 43 years of Clara and her Nutcracker
Don’t miss The Nutcracker, the timeless, holiday ballet performed annually by the Springfield Ballet Company. The Nutcracker features a cast of more than 120 SBC dancers, local adult actors, young d...]]>
Merry and mischief Merry and mischief
Don’t miss the 2017 Old Capitol Holiday Walks, held Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-6 p.m. through Dec. 20. The walks offer local shopping at downtown’s charming brick-and-mortar st...]]>
Doo-wop Christmas Doo-wop Christmas
 See The Alley Cats, the United States’ premiere doo-wop comedy act, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, as part of their 2017 nationwide holiday tour. The sea...]]>
Experience the wizarding world Experience the wizarding world
 Attention witches, wizards, muggles and squibs of all ages! On Saturday, Dec. 2, from 6-9 p.m., don your wands, cloaks and brooms and celebrate the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Enjoy an even...]]>
Lavish lights Lavish lights
 Join the Springfield Park District for their annual Holiday Zoo Lights event, on display Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Dec. 7-10, Dec. 14-17, Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30, from 5-9 p.m. nightly. Thanks to a new...]]>
The Brat Pack The Brat Pack
 Hailing from the great city of Champaign, home of the University of Illinois, this group of fun-loving music makers really do “almost totally 80s music” as their promo states, and has been h...]]>
A one-horse open sleigh A one-horse open sleigh
 Make reservations now for a charming, horse-drawn carriage ride through picturesque Washington Park, decked for the holiday season. The carriage rides are hosted by Red Gate Farm LLC in conjunct...]]>
Chip Davis Christmas Chip Davis Christmas
 Join the multi-platinum American Gramophone recording artists known as Mannheim Steamroller on Monday, Nov. 27 to celebrate the start of the holiday season, the 30-year anniversary of the first...]]>
Artistically decorated arbors Artistically decorated arbors
 Gather your loved ones and take in some holiday splendor during Memorial Medical Center’s 28th annual Festival of Trees. This year’s theme is “Skates, Sleds and Snow” and the featured co...]]>
Dazzling trees, wreaths and decor Dazzling trees, wreaths and decor
 Enjoy a long-standing Jacksonville tradition from a new location as Jacksonville’s annual Festival of Trees has relocated from Woodhaven Hospice to Pathway Services Unlimited. The three-day fe...]]>
Artisan-made gifts Artisan-made gifts
 Kick off your holiday season with a special Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping event at the Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center, home to the Split Rail Shop. The annual holiday market feature...]]>
A play at the Place A play at the Place
 Don’t miss Peculiar Inspirations, a fictitious theatre piece about modern Springfield writer Amy Lombard, who has been commissioned to write a play about Abraham Lincoln. An information-gather...]]>
Band Spotlight | Girl Billy Band Spotlight | Girl Billy
 Back in 2013, when Corey Wagar (vocals) and Tori Allen (fiddle, vocals) first got together, their fire burned for success in the music business. Soon GirlBilly came to be and was on the rise, cr...]]>
A story within a story A story within a story
 Don’t miss Brooklyn The Musical, a story within a story about a troupe of street performers, five homeless musicians known as the City Weeds, who perform theater pieces via a makeshift stage o...]]>
Protecting bees Protecting bees
 On Wednesday, Nov. 15, attend a presentation by natural history and conservation photographer Clay Bolt that features images and stories about the rusty-patched bumble bee and other native North...]]>
Elvis is in the building Elvis is in the building
 Elvis impersonator Joseph Hall will make a triumphant return to the Legacy Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. The talented 33-year-old performer has been paying tribute to Elvis Presley sinc...]]>
Learn the art of figure drawing Learn the art of figure drawing
 Hone your figure drawing skills each week by attending The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space’s weekly open studio figure drawing sessions, held Monday and Tuesday nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The s...]]>
Attack of the B-list movie posters Attack of the B-list movie posters
 Enjoy a fun evening out while celebrating some of the worst movies ever made. On Friday, Nov. 3, join the Springfield Art Association for a “Canvas and Cocktails” event where attendees can p...]]>
Spooky songs and dance Spooky songs and dance
 Don’t miss Muni Mayhem, a new Halloween happening brought to you by The Muni and Landmark Auto Group. The highlight of Muni Mayhem is the “Muni Mayhem’s Mainstage Massacre,” which featur...]]>
Celebrate Halloween downtown Celebrate Halloween downtown
 On Saturday, Oct. 28, join The Parent Place and HSHS Medical Group for downtown Springfield’s first-ever Halloween parade. The family-friendly event will feature festive lighted floats, Mayor...]]>
A haunted outdoor attraction A haunted outdoor attraction
 2017 marks 25 years of haunting for Terror on the Square, and they have truly outdone themselves with Terror in the Graveyard, their most intense show yet! Located just one mile north of Petersb...]]>
 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...]]>