Frank Pieper

Frank Pieper

Frank's Weekend Faves, June 23, 2019

Country-music fans, Philo is the place you want to be today. The Heart of Texas Roadshow is in town.

The next stop for the roadshow, as seen on RFD-TV, is at 3 p.m. today at the R.E. Franks Meeting Center, 127 W. Washington St. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 217-684-2562 or at the door.

Frank's Faves: Movie deaths

"Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree." — Hermann Hesse

There's a lot less shade in my yard these days, and it has nothing to do with the weather.

A near-bicentennial shingle oak that had towered over our home for generations before we took up ownership three years ago is no more.

Sort of.

Frank's Weekend Faves, June 9, 2019

It's shaping up to be a great weekend to get out and take in some live music. On Saturday, CobraFest 2019 will be heating things up with seven bands on two stages indoors and out at the Loose Cobra in Tolono.

The red-hot musical lineup of area talent features Elsinore, Terminus Victor, We The Animals, The Dry Look, The Bashful Youngens, Nectar and The Falbonauts.

Frank's Faves: D-Day movies

"You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. ... " — Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 6, 1944

It's hard to believe, but we're actually observing the anniversary of a historical event this week that happened way back even before I was born.

Frank's Faves: Pig movies

"Everywhere there's lots of piggies, living piggy lives ... " — George Harrison

I don't get to say these words nearly often enough, but one of my favorite things came my way recently — via my email inbox.

It was a Faves fan letter, of course, but more so, it was my two favorite kinds of Faves fan letter:

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 26, 2019

Ever hear of the Hogchute Opry? Now we both have. The secret is officially out on this offbeat 13-hour jam way back in the woods of rural Monticello. The only trick is finding your way there, but once you do, you might not want to leave.

Frank's Faves: Career movies

"Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something, not even me. All right? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want something, go get it. Period." — Will Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness"

You remember Victoria, right?

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 19, 2019

I've always been all about the therapeutic benefits of getting down, and this summer's monthly event series in downtown Urbana is exactly what I'm talking about. The Downtown Get Down debuts at 5 p.m. Saturday, and C-U's premier Latin American dance band will be there.

Frank's Faves: Movie foreshadowings

"Where I am at, is not actually where I am at. Where I am at is merely a point on the path to where I am going." — Tony Cleaver

It's not my fault! For those who noticed, you didn't see a Frank's Faves last week, not because I didn't write one, but because there simply wasn't room in that edition of On the Go.

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 5, 2019

If the old saying's true and the third time's a charm, prepare to have your boots charmed right off your feet when the C-U Folk and Roots Festival hosts its third annual "Tribute to Hank Williams and Other Honky-Tonk Heroes" this Friday at the Rose Bowl in Urbana.