Frank Pieper

Frank Pieper

Frank's Faves: 'New' TV shows I've started watching lately

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” — Dr. Seuss

Late? Who, me? That doesn't sound like me at all, except ...


Frank's Weekend Faves, Sept. 23, 2018

East Central Illinois suffers no shortage nor lack of diversity among its music festivals, and certainly one of the most eclectic to grace multiple days, disciplines and venues across Champaign-Urbana is the 14th annual Pygmalion Festival, running this Wednesday through Sunday, Sept.

Frank's Faves: Closing lines

"I hate posterity — it's so fond of having the last word." — Hector Hugh Munro


Sinfonia da Camera opening 35th season with 'Siren Songs'

If you feel yourself inexplicably drawn to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts this Saturday evening, don't be alarmed.

It's only the call of the Sirens that's reeling you in.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Sept. 16, 2018

There's nothing like a free local concert to support a great cause — and to celebrate a special occasion — which is why there's nothing quite like 'Boom-Bash,' scheduled for this Saturday night at Boomerangs Bar and Grill in Urbana.

Boomerangs is hosting the seventh annual "Boom-Bash" featuring local acts Sun Stereo on an outdoor stage from 9 to 11 p.m.

Frank's Faves: Split-personality movies

"I'd like to talk for a moment about the very serious subject of schizophrenia." "No, he doesn't." "Shut up, let him talk!" — Robin Williams

Did you catch Sunday night's NFL opener between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers? What a great game, right?

Or horrible heartbreaker, depending on your loyalties.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Sept. 9, 2018

I love to check out the creations of up and coming local artists, and this weekend offers a perfect opportunity when the Urbana Civic Center plays host to the fourth annual Urbana Art Expo, which this year runs for two days, Sept.

Frank's Faves: Downer movies

"I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor: Don't bring me down." — Electric Light Orchestra

One of the many funny things about faves that I have discovered from writing about them is that sometimes a category suggested to me virtually rules itself out before I even get the chance.

Wait — how's that again?

Frank's Weekend Faves, Sept. 2, 2018

Happy 50th anniversary, Krannert! Now, let's party! Of course, I don't need to tell that to the University of Illinois-based performing arts center, as no one throws an Opening Night Party like the Krannert folks, and as they say, this one — starting at 6 p.m.

Frank's Faves: Good movies with bad titles

"It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything." — Oscar Wilde

Just as ideas for faves can be inspired by the oddest of occurrences, they can also come about in the unlikeliest of places.