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Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 09:49 am
In the market for a movie date this coming Valentine’s Day but want to avoid the usual RomCom clichés? Affairs of the heart have rarely been so absurdly and ineptly dramatized as they are in The Room, a notorious and unintentionally hilarious cult film oft -reputed to be the Citizen Kane of bad movies, which is starting at Champaign's Art Theater on Friday, February 11. Director-wri...
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 07:03 pm
The following was my first published piece of writing. I submitted it to the Illinois Times in November of 1987, at age 20, and it led to my unofficial position as go-to rock music writer for the paper over the next three years. More than two decades on, it still seems almost inconceivable that the Dead Milkmen and Mojo Nixon actually did a show at the PCCC. But it happened. I was there. And h...
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 03:25 pm

 In the new fact-based comedy-drama I Love You Phillip Morris, (opening at Champaign’s Art Theater this Friday, January 28, 2011) Jim Carrey has the role of a lifetime as gay confidence man and multiple prison escapee Frank Russell. Perhaps even more over-the-top than any previous character portrayed by Carrey, Russell’s compulsion to manipulate, lie and go to outrageous extremes t...
Friday, July 16, 2010 03:47 pm
Big Boi formerly of the hip-hop Beatles, actually known as Outkast, just released his stupendous solo album, “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.” It’s really good, and it lends even more credence to the rumors of an Outkast reunion. Which is the greatest thing ever. I’m not the world’s biggest Outkast fan. When they were huge, I mostly listened to (ugh) ...
Friday, July 9, 2010 09:26 am
As a person who has more than a passive interest in pop music, I am always disappointed by the summer. It’s a time when the radio is ruled with trashy throwaway ballads that mostly appeal to people who tweet about lying out by the pool. It’s disposable, usually focused on how much cheap beer you can drink, overly sexual without any winking charm and generally just not much fun to liste...
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999 12:00 am
Once again, Faingold at Large proudly presents Between the Cracks - the recurring feature designed to shine a light onto Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us, won't yo...

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