Frank Pieper

Frank Pieper

Frank's Faves: Actors and actresses who have never won an Oscar

"We are the champions, my friends. And we'll keep on fighting till the end." — Queen

It's one of those years for me. Again.

I'll be watching the 91st Academy Awards this Sunday (or at least as much as I can) without having seen a single nominee for best picture.


Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 17, 2019

The Canopy Club in Urbana is the place to be this week for millennial rock — highlighted by those musical faves of Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, SXSW and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" fame —Young the Giant.

Frank's Faves: 'Return' movies

"Yeah, we tease him a lot 'cause we got him on the spot, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back ... " — John Sebastian

Hello again, faves fans! Sorry we missed each other last week. I took a few days off for a road trip to celebrate my wife's birthday, and didn't get the chance to write a column in advance of that break as I normally do.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 10, 2019

No need to sit out February like a groundhog hiding from its shadow. The C-U Folk & Roots Festival's third annual Folk and Roots Winter Weekend in downtown Urbana offers ample reason to venture out and get down this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 3, 2019

If you like music that moves you — literally — look no further than Krannert Center's Foellinger Great Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for a unique pairing of the University of Illinois' quartet-in-residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, and the community's resident master in the Chinese martial art of Tai Ji, Chungliang Al Huang.

Frank's Faves: Movies that were better than the book

"The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader. That's why we go to movies and say, 'Oh, the book is better.'" — Paulo Coelho

When you fall behind on your correspondence (with anyone or with everyone), do you first answer the oldest unanswered mail in your inbox, or the most recent?

Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 27, 2019

I don't often give a lot of ink to tribute acts or artists, but with the 28th annual Great Cover Up coming up next month at The City Center in Champaign, now seems like the perfect time to pay them some tribute. A perfect opportunity has just presented itself (cue the "Bohemian Rhapsody" gong).

Frank's Faves: 'Blood' movies

"Don't go 'round tonight. It's bound to take your life. There's a bad moon on the rise." — Creedence Clearwater Revival

Did you happen to venture outside last Sunday night to check out the super blood wolf moon?

Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 20, 2019

The Russian National Ballet Theatre has been performing winter classics at Krannert like clockwork since 1999, and they're still a rare treat. They return this week for two nights and two performances of two different all-time faves.

Frank's Faves: Movies where plans go wrong

"Plans are worthless, but planning is everything." — Dwight D. Eisenhower

You know the old Robert Burns line about the best-laid schemes of mice and men, right?

Gang aft agley.

What? Oh, well, that's how the Scottish poet put it. These days, we translate it: They go awry.