Frank Pieper

Frank Pieper

Frank's Weekend Faves, June 17, 2018

OK, break's over! Time to get back to work bringing you the best — or at least my favorites — among all that the local arts & entertainment scene has to offer. And picking up where I left off two weeks ago, my open invitation for visually artistic faves was answered within five minutes of my return to work this past week with a call from Ruthie Counter at Parkland College in Champaign.

Frank's Faves: Movie downpours

"I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering where it will go ..." — The Beatles

Hi, everybody! Sorry we missed each other last week while I was on vacation. I sure could have used a few of you out in my garage during the latter part of my time off while embarking on the greatest downsizing project since the fall of the Roman Empire.

Frank's Faves: Movie doomsday devices

"Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, eh?" — Peter Sellers in "Dr. Strangelove" (1964)

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 27, 2018

I got an email from reader Ann McDowell this past week pointedly observing that over the past several months in The News-Gazette, 'there is hardly ever a mention of visual arts — local art exhibits, art galleries, art museums. In "On the Go" listings, 99% of the time, there is no information on anything to do with visual arts.

Frank's Faves: Uh-oh moments in movies

"In every doomed relationship, there comes what I like to call 'The uh-oh moment.' When a certain little something happens, and you know you've just witnessed the beginning of the end. And suddenly you stop, and you think, 'Uh-oh, iceberg ahead.'" — Jude Law in "Alfie" (2004)

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 20, 2018

My favorite local music concert this week? This month? All year?

No question. It's the Red-Headed Stranger and Champaign's favorite fiddler, together in concert Tuesday night at State Farm Center.

Frank's Faves: Graduation movies

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." — Dr. Seuss

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 13, 2018

My favorite local performance this week? Sure, I love music and theater of all sorts. But for sheer eye-popping, breath-catching, how-did-they-do-that appeal, you can't beat a magic show — especially one with a cast of five.

I'm talking, of course, about "The Illusionists," direct from Broadway to the State Farm Center in Champaign, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.

Frank's Faves: Current TV series

"We owe a lot to Thomas Edison — if it wasn't for him, we'd be watching television by candlelight." — Milton Berle

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 6, 2018

Hey, good lookin'! Got a hankering for some lovesick blues — and maybe the plaintive twang of a steel guitar?