IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Sat, 25 Apr 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Belly dancing beauties Belly dancing beauties
 This Saturday, see some of the Midwest’s most talented belly dancers shimmy, shuffle and shake during the Tribal X-Change belly dance show at the Hilton Springfield. Performers include Dawn �...]]>
Petapalooza Petapalooza
 Pet owners and their animal friends are invited to the annual Ani-Mall Pet Exposition on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building. This i...]]>
Take a step for autism Take a step for autism
 This Saturday, April 25, take a step for autism at the 2015 Autism Awareness Walk and Family Fun Day, hosted by the Autism Society of Central Illinois. All activities, which will be held at Sout...]]>
Starry Springfield night Starry Springfield night
 University of Illinois Springfield announces the return of their annual Friday Night Star Parties, which will be held, weather permitting, every Friday night during April from 8 to 10 p.m., at U...]]>
A collaboration spanning a century A collaboration spanning a century
 On Saturday, April 18, the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site hosts a publication event to celebrate A Net to Snare the Moonlight, a children’s book of poems written and illustrated by tw...]]>
Art en plein air Art en plein air
 On Saturday, April 18, join the Prairie Art Alliance and Springfield Audubon Society to paint, draw, photograph, create and explore the beautiful grounds of Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. The second ...]]>
Fiddle virtuoso Jeremy Kittel Fiddle virtuoso Jeremy Kittel
 On Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., violin and fiddle virtuoso Jeremy Kittel joins the Illinois Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Evan Chambers’ “Concerto for Fiddle” and Stravinsky...]]>
Learning with Legos Learning with Legos
 The second annual Central Illinois Junior First Lego League Expo will be Sunday, April 12, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Cass Gymnasium at Lincoln Land Community College. The expo showcases the wo...]]>
Locally sourced, thoughtfully prepared Locally sourced, thoughtfully prepared
 This spring, local foodies will enjoy the return of Slow Food Springfield’s annual morel mushroom dinners. The dinners will be served Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., a...]]>
An artistic approach to genetics An artistic approach to genetics
On Thursday, April 2, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., stop by the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery for the opening reception for BIO-fied, a group mixed-media art exhibition that explores v...]]>
A classic children’s tale A classic children’s tale
 This weekend enjoy a performance of Charlotte’s Web by Jacksonville’s Playhouse on the Square. The play, based on the classic children’s tale by E.B. White, will be performed April 2, 3 an...]]>
Speechwriter, poet, author Speechwriter, poet, author
 On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., poet, speechwriter and author Jericho Brown will present the keynote speech at the UIS Student Technology Arts and Research Symposium (STARS), at UIS Brookens Libr...]]>
Leading ladies Leading ladies
 On Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m., join the Springfield branch of the American Association of University Women to view a documentary on groundbreaking women in politics, medicine and other field...]]>
Women on wheels Women on wheels
 On Saturday, March 28, Decatur’s Prairieland Punishers, a women’s flat-track roller derby league, will host the Central Illinois Showdown roller derby bout. This bout is the 2015 season home...]]>
Public service powerhouse Public service powerhouse
 On Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m., the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library plays host to Abner Mikva, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 for a career of service spannin...]]>
Skate, spin, sparkle Skate, spin, sparkle
 The Springfield Figure Skating Club’s annual Spotlight on Ice returns to the capital city this weekend for three dazzling performances. The theme of this year’s showcase is “It’s Magic�...]]>
Magnificent “Messiah” Magnificent “Messiah”
 This Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., join the Springfield Handel Society for a performance of the Easter portion of Georg Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” Written by G.F. Handel in 1741-1742, t...]]>
Studying the sex trade Studying the sex trade
 On Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. join the University of Illinois Springfield’s ECCE Speaker Series for a Women’s History Month presentation on the exploitation of girls and women via sex traf...]]>
From books to off-Broadway From books to off-Broadway
 Fancy Nancy is a young girl with a big personality and a penchant for everything fancy. When her teacher announces plans for a class show, Deep Sea Dances, Nancy and her best friend, Bree, are t...]]>
Who will solve the mystery? Who will solve the mystery?
 Join the Springfield Theatre Centre March 13-15 and 20-22 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts for an interactive fundraiser dinner benefitting the STC. For an unknown reason, Albert Doornale, an...]]>
A man with many jobs A man with many jobs
 This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, join host Evan Mitchell and The Garbage Shop for a celebration of one of the world’s oldest art forms – the one-man band. The first two nights of this first...]]>
Night at the museum Night at the museum
 If you enjoyed the Illinois State Museum’s First Friday events in 2014, you will love 2015’s Second Fridays. It’s the same location, same concept, held on the second Friday of the month to...]]>
The art of text The art of text
 The first portion of a new art exhibition spanning multiple Springfield venues opens this week at the Illinois State Museum. Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art explores the varied ways that a...]]>
Cultures and characters Cultures and characters
 The UIS ECCE Speaker Series continues on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m., with a presentation and readings by fiction writer and poet Stuart Dybek. Dybek will read from his new collection of short st...]]>
Many artists, multiple mediums Many artists, multiple mediums
 This Saturday, join the Prairie Art Alliance for Mystic Harmony, a collaborative mixed-media art exhibition by Prairie Art Alliance members. The featured artists for this exhibit are Toni Wright...]]>
Cinematic concert Cinematic concert
 Cinematography meets the symphony on Sunday, March 4, from 4-6:30 p.m., at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Attendees of Night at the Movies will enjoy live performances of popular film soundtr...]]>
Abstract expressionism at UIS Abstract expressionism at UIS
 Sublime Light, a visual art exhibit by Lyle Salmi at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Visual Arts Gallery, explores the relationship between light and space through the vehicle of abst...]]>
Attention area thespians Attention area thespians
 If you dream of seeing your name in lights, consider auditioning for a role in the 2015 season at New Salem’s Theatre in the Park. Open auditions for children will occur at 9 a.m., and open au...]]>
A Pan-African and American dialogue A Pan-African and American dialogue
 On Monday, Feb. 23, visit the Out of Africa Heritage Center, located at 422 E. Monroe St., for a book signing and discussion with Seenaa G-D Jimjimo. Seenaa will be signing copies of her book, T...]]>
Sustainable design Sustainable design
 Sustainability will be the topic of discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m., at Lincoln Library. Sustainable design leaders from Springfield and Chicago will share the stories behind their ...]]>