IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Sat, 18 Aug 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 The timeless tale of Huck Finn The timeless tale of Huck Finn
 Catch the opening weekend of Big River, Mark Twain’s timeless tale of Huck Finn, who helps his friend, Jim, a slave, escape to freedom near the mouth of the Ohio River. Big River is driven by...]]>
Lounge on the lawn Lounge on the lawn
 Celebrate Edwards Place on Saturday, Aug. 18, with a traditional garden party from 1-4 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment from Peaches and Bacon (1 p.m.) and Wild Columbine (2 p.m.), p...]]>
An end-of-summer soiree An end-of-summer soiree
 On Saturday, Aug. 18, enjoy an evening of live jazz music and refreshments in support of the education and preservation programs of the Dana-Thomas House Foundation. “Jazz in Bloom,” an even...]]>
National Farmers Market Week National Farmers Market Week
 Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at Springfield’s Old Capitol Farmers Market at Fourth and Adams streets on Saturday, Aug. 11. Special features and activities include yoga under the mura...]]>
A special star party A special star party
 On Monday, Aug. 13, from 8:30-11 p.m., join the University of Illinois Springfield Astronomy-Physics Program, Lincoln Memorial Garden and the Sangamon Astronomical Society for a special star par...]]>
A hard-knock life A hard-knock life
The Muni kicks off their fourth and final show of the 2018 season with Annie, directed by Carly Shank. The Tony Award-winning musical originally opened on Broadway in 1977 and is based off the “Litt...]]>
A celebration of community A celebration of community
 Celebrate the residents of Springfield and neighboring communities during the second annual Blacks, Whites and Blues Festival. The two-day event will feature family activities, health education,...]]>
Learning is fun Learning is fun
 Elementary and middle-school age children are invited to ease back into education with complimentary back-to-school activities for children at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library on Saturda...]]>
Prizewinning photography Prizewinning photography
 On Thursday, July 26, join Illinois Times, the Springfield Art Association’s SAA Collective and other sponsors in congratulating the adult, youth and teenage winners of the 2018 Images of Illi...]]>
A bride’s search for her father A bride’s search for her father
 This weekend, visit the Legacy Theatre and take in the regional premiere of Mamma Mia!, the charming, feel-good musical set to the music of ABBA. Mamma Mia! is the story of 20-year-old Sophie, a...]]>
Five decades of arts programming Five decades of arts programming
 Celebrate the 50th birthday of the Decatur Area Arts Council with a birthday celebration titled “Half-Century Hullaballoo! A Birthday Bash” on Saturday, July 28. This event, open to adults a...]]>
Memorabilia, appraisals, exhibitions Memorabilia, appraisals, exhibitions
 The biggest show and sale of political campaign memorabilia in the nation, hosted by the American Political Items Collectors, will take place at the Crowne Plaza Springfield on Saturday, July 21...]]>
The wait is over The wait is over
 On July 21, bring your brood downtown to celebrate the grand opening of the Kidzeum of Health and Science. The fun begins with a “Kids Day” celebration at the Old Capitol Farmers Market from...]]>
Vintage WWII aircraft Vintage WWII aircraft
 From July 23 through 25, aviation enthusiasts will have the opportunity to explore and/or fly aboard extremely-rare vintage WWII aircraft during the 110-city “Wings of Freedom Tour” hosted b...]]>
Valley girl turned law student Valley girl turned law student
Don’t miss The Muni’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Based on the Legally Blonde novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film by the same name, the musical contains music and lyrics by...]]>
Debut choral performance Debut choral performance
 On Saturday, July 14, enjoy a debut concert by Spero Chamber Chorale, a new, Springfield-based choral ensemble founded as an outlet for local music teachers and professional singers. According t...]]>
Author Peggy Grande Author Peggy Grande
 On Tuesday, July 10, attend a book signing and presentation featuring author and former assistant of 10 years to Ronald Reagan, Peggy Grande. Peggy’s book, titled The President Will See You No...]]>
Artifacts come to life Artifacts come to life
 Anybody’s Story: 200 Years of Illinoisans and Their Stuff is a series of vignettes inspired by the “Bicentennial and Beyond” exhibition at the Illinois State Museum, which features rare an...]]>
Small town, big family fun Small town, big family fun
 When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more extensive small-town festival than Assumption Fest. This epic three-day festival with free parking a...]]>
An on-stage throwdown An on-stage throwdown
 Don’t miss Beatles vs Stones, a high-energy musical showdown on Friday, June 29 at 8 p.m. at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. During this top-rated event, The Fab Four will be represented by...]]>
From the club to a convent From the club to a convent
 Catch the final weekend of The Muni’s stage adaptation of Sister Act, the hilarious 1990s comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, a Las Vegas lounge singer, who, after discover...]]>
Tour on-road bicycle facilities Tour on-road bicycle facilities
 Celebrate Springfield’s achievement of bronze status as a “Bicycle Friendly Community.” This casual-paced, one-hour tour of some of Springfield’s on-road bicycle facilities starts and en...]]>
Urban agriculture and garden tour Urban agriculture and garden tour
 On Sunday, June 24, tour four community gardens and the rooftop garden at Maldaner’s Restaurant during the Roots to Rooftop Tour, sponsored by Slow Food Springfield, University of Illinois Ext...]]>
Fresh flowers and family farms Fresh flowers and family farms
 Tour a family farm near Rochester and enjoy a hands-on lesson on flower arranging during this installment of the “Women Who Farm Field Day” series, brought to you by The Land Connection. Thi...]]>
Run, roll or ride Run, roll or ride
  Enjoy safe recreation with minimized vehicular traffic in Washington Park now through the end of September during the Springfield Park District’s annual “Bike and Hike Days.” “Bike and...]]>
ISM Super Saturdays ISM Super Saturdays
 Take in a fun-filled afternoon of art and science activities during the Illinois State Museum’s “Backyard Art and Science Family Event” on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rai...]]>
A Father’s Day festival A Father’s Day festival
 Celebrate dad during the “Wild West Festival” on Sunday, June 17, at Indian Creek Farmstead and Pumpkin Patch. The live entertainment, food and fun begins at 11 a.m. and features the Dan Bar...]]>
Adolescent Abraham Adolescent Abraham
 On Saturday, June 9, visit Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site to attend a book signing in celebration of Young Lincoln, a historical fiction novel for readers of all ages. Young Lincoln i...]]>
A colorful children’s ballet A colorful children’s ballet
 Don’t miss the Springfield Youth Performance Group’s production of Alice in Wonderland on Saturday, June 9 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The engaging and energetic ballet will feature...]]>
Art and activities in the garden Art and activities in the garden
 In 2016, Our Vibrant Community and genHkids teamed up to design a community garden mural to compliment the community garden located on the west side of the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA. The comm...]]>