Frank Pieper

Frank Pieper

Ebertfest 2019 Day 2 | Our favorite moments

Arts-and-entertainment expert Frank Pieper's take:

Ebertfest 2019 Day 1 | Our favorite moments

Arts-and-entertainment expert Frank Pieper's take:

Ebertfest 2019 Day 1 | Fashionably late stars shine at opening gala

CHAMPAIGN — "I'm a little giddy this evening," Chaz Ebert admitted to guests at Wednesday's opening gala for the 21st Roger Ebert's Film Festival.

"I'm giddy because I'm so happy," she explained, noting that it takes a full year to bring the event together, and it's a thrill for her to see it finally all come to fruition.

Frank's Faves: Ebertfest 2019 movies I'm looking forward to

"I'm sorry, I can't come to the phone right now. At the sound of the tone, please leave your name, number and suggested faves, and when I'm done covering the 21st Ebertfest this week, I promise I'll get back to you ... when it's, um, favorable."

Frank's Weekend Faves, April 7, 2019

Rosin up your bows, classical-music fans. The University of Illinois School of Music's artists-in-residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, have two intriguing yet distinctly different performances coming up this month, starting this Wednesday.

Frank's Faves: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon and Virginia Madsen films

"Good things come in threes." — Old saying, up until now unproven

Roger Ebert's 2019 Film Festival is next week, and once again, it'll be my good fortune to be covering it for The News-Gazette. (Hey, the job has its moments!)

Frank's Weekend Faves, March 31, 2019

The Boneyard Arts Festival isn't the only fest in town this weekend. Two music festivals are competing for your attention as well — one celebrating its 10th anniversary at one of Champaign's oldest venues; the other just getting started at one of its youngest.

Frank's Faves: Movie mysteries

"Ah! Sweet mystery of life, at last, I've found you..." — Rida Johnson Young

Among the things I've found that make life worth living at any age is its never-failing propensity for producing mysteries.

Frank's Weekend Faves, March 24, 2019

Two Illinois institutions are celebrating golden anniversaries this year, and they'll be doing so together this Saturday when The Other Guys present their 50th anniversary reunion concert at Krannert Center in Urbana.

Frank's Faves: Road trip movies

"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses." "Hit it." — Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in "The Blues Brothers" (1980)