IllinoisTimes - IT Picks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-41-1-it-picks.html Fri, 23 Feb 18 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Top home trends http://illinoistimes.com/article-19711-top-home-trends.html Top home trends
 Hosted annually by the Springfield Area Home Builders Association, the 2018 Home Expo showcases the latest trends and designs in the home building and remodeling industry. The multi-day expositi...]]>
Food and wine pairings http://illinoistimes.com/article-19712-food-and-wine-pairings.html Food and wine pairings
 Celebrate the wines of winter on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., in the Crowne Plaza Springfield, during the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association’s annual Winter Wine Festival. The fest...]]>
A hilarious, yet heartbreaking tale http://illinoistimes.com/article-19713-a-hilarious-yet-heartbreaking-tale.html A hilarious, yet heartbreaking tale
 Hoogland Productions is proud to present the final three performances of A Little Night Music, directed by Joe-Michael Jackson. A Little Night Music is the four-time Tony Award-winning musical w...]]>
Featured author Scott Faingold http://illinoistimes.com/article-19687-featured-author-scott-faingold.html Featured author Scott Faingold
On Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6-8 p.m., join Twelve Winters Press for an open mic session and reading by local novelist and journalist Scott Faingold. Faingold, who received his bachelor’s in semiotics...]]>
Illinois at the Bicentennial by Dr. Samuel Wheeler http://illinoistimes.com/article-19688-illinois-at-the-bicentennial-by-dr-samuel-wheeler.html Illinois at the Bicentennial by Dr. Samuel Wheeler
 This Sunday, join the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College and the Illinois State Museum for the first of nine Bicentennial Speaker Series programs in honor of the Illi...]]>
Prairie State Orchid Society http://illinoistimes.com/article-19662-prairie-state-orchid-society.html Prairie State Orchid Society
 Orchids are beautiful house plants that produce lush, blooming flowers when bathed in enough sunlight. This weekend, view and shop from a selection of beautifully grown orchids and talk with Pra...]]>
An innovative illusionist http://illinoistimes.com/article-19663-an-innovative-illusionist.html An innovative illusionist
 On Sunday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m., take in an unforgettable performance by Vitaly Beckman, an innovative Russian illusionist who views magic as a form of art and strives to bring art to life using magi...]]>
ECCE Speaker Series http://illinoistimes.com/article-19649-ecce-speaker-series.html ECCE Speaker Series
 On Thursday, Feb. 1, from 7-9 p.m., hear former white supremacist Joseph Pearce chronicle his life from racist revolutionary to his rejection of that ideology. Pearce, a former leader of the Nat...]]>
A humorous hypnotist http://illinoistimes.com/article-19650-a-humorous-hypnotist.html A humorous hypnotist
 On Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m., catch a hilarious performance by professional stage hypnotist Jeff Harpring. Jeff’s comedy hypnosis shows offer an interactive brand of humor where volunteer...]]>
The power of puppies http://illinoistimes.com/article-19651-the-power-of-puppies.html The power of puppies
 On Feb. 6 and 7, join Ryder and the Paw Patrol pups for an unforgettable live-action adventure during Paw Patrol: Race to the Rescue at Sangamon Auditorium. The show is set on the day of the Gre...]]>
Jokes and juggling http://illinoistimes.com/article-19618-jokes-and-juggling.html Jokes and juggling
 See Mark Nizer, one of the greatest entertainment comedians and jugglers of today, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., at Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Decatur. Mark’s one-man show has been astoun...]]>
Film buffs and foodies unite http://illinoistimes.com/article-19619-film-buffs-and-foodies-unite.html Film buffs and foodies unite
 If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the people, places and history behind the food you eat, this film festival is for you. The 10th Annual Slow Food Springfield Film Festival will run fr...]]>
Musings of Mr. Matheny http://illinoistimes.com/article-19620-musings-of-mr-matheny.html Musings of Mr. Matheny
 Hear a presentation by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., inside the Sherman Gymnasium at Illinois College’s Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center. Mathen...]]>
Concert and conversation http://illinoistimes.com/article-19589-concert-and-conversation.html Concert and conversation
 On Saturday, Jan. 20, take in an evening of stories and songs from songwriters Sally Barris, Amy Benton and Tom Irwin. Sally Barris is a sought-after Nashville songwriter who has penned music fo...]]>
Featured author Tim Hunt http://illinoistimes.com/article-19590-featured-author-tim-hunt.html Featured author Tim Hunt
 Join the Vachel Lindsay Association on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 2-4 p.m., for the first “Poets in the Parlor” event of 2018. The featured poet will be Tim Hunt, author of three poetry collect...]]>
Training horses for film and TV http://illinoistimes.com/article-19591-training-horses-for-film-and-tv.html Training horses for film and TV
 Warm up on Friday, Jan. 26, with a hearty meal paired with a captivating presentation by Dr. Karl Luthin, a veterinarian who is experienced in training horses for film and television. Luthin has...]]>
Honoring MLK http://illinoistimes.com/article-19569-honoring-mlk.html Honoring MLK
 The keynote speaker for the 43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, hosted by Frontiers International of Springfield, is W.J. Michael Cody, a practicing attorney in Memphis, T...]]>
A comedic thriller http://illinoistimes.com/article-19570-a-comedic-thriller.html A comedic thriller
 This weekend, take in a performance of Deathtrap, a nerve-wracking thriller by Ira Levin, author of Rosemary’s Baby. The play is a joint production between Hoogland Productions and Playhouse o...]]>
Silver screen surprise http://illinoistimes.com/article-19543-silver-screen-surprise.html Silver screen surprise
 Beginning Jan. 8 and continuing on the first Monday of each month through May 2018 is the new Mystery Movie Monday series at The Legacy Theatre. The series will feature films spanning a variety...]]>
Introducing independent films http://illinoistimes.com/article-19544-introducing-independent-films.html Introducing independent films
 Film fans, rejoice, for the Springfield Art Association has added an additional event to the annual Molly Schlich Film Series, the SAA Film Series Preview Party. Held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 7...]]>
Celebrate our state http://illinoistimes.com/article-19545-celebrate-our-state.html Celebrate our state
Celebrate the 200th birthday of Illinois with themed crafts and activities that teach children about the prairie state and its state symbols, such as plants, animals and food. Super Saturday events ar...]]>
Shared soup http://illinoistimes.com/article-19527-shared-soup.html Shared soup
 On Monday, Jan. 1, join the Sangamon Valley Group Sierra Club for a Stone Soup Hike. During this annual event, attendees are invited to enjoy vegetarian or meat-eater soups and a guided hike thr...]]>
New Year’s Eve for youngsters http://illinoistimes.com/article-19528-new-year%25E2%2580%2599s-eve-for-youngsters.html New Year’s Eve for youngsters
 On Sunday, Dec. 31, children who can’t stay up late can still celebrate the coming year during the Children’s Museum of Illinois’ annual “Happy Noon Year” event. Enjoy a confetti ballo...]]>
A presidential Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-19492-a-presidential-christmas.html A presidential Christmas
 Learn how past presidents celebrated holidays during the newest exhibition at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, titled “Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas.” The exh...]]>
A zany Christmas comedy http://illinoistimes.com/article-19493-a-zany-christmas-comedy.html A zany Christmas comedy
 On Friday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m., take in a performance of Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold. The play is written by the creators of Late Nite Catechism and sponsored...]]>
Homestyle holiday breakfast http://illinoistimes.com/article-19494-homestyle-holiday-breakfast.html Homestyle holiday breakfast
 This Christmas Day, enjoy a hot breakfast in a comfortable and cordial atmosphere. The 14th annual Holiday Interfaith Breakfast, hosted by Temple B’rith Sholom, offers attendees a hearty meal...]]>
Winter concert http://illinoistimes.com/article-19456-winter-concert.html Winter concert
 Don’t miss Collegiate Choir, the vocal ensemble of Illinois Wesleyan University, performing at Blessed Sacrament Church, Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is one of five appearances th...]]>
All aboard the Polar Express http://illinoistimes.com/article-19457-all-aboard-the-polar-express.html All aboard the Polar Express
 Don your pajamas, slippers and housecoats and make the short trip to Mason City’s historic Arlee Theater to experience the magic of the Polar Express. During this event, attendees will enjoy c...]]>
Baseball in December http://illinoistimes.com/article-19458-baseball-in-december.html Baseball in December
 On Saturday, Dec. 16, baseball fans of all ages can enjoy an afternoon of baseball-themed crafts, a tour of the ongoing “Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry” exhibition, and a chance to mingle w...]]>
43 years of Clara and her Nutcracker http://illinoistimes.com/article-19429-43-years-of-clara-and-her-nutcracker.html 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...]]>