Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bijou Jubilee!

Remember when I told you about the Bijou buying a new marquee sign for its 100th year Jubilee celebration? Well that Jubilee celebration is officially here. I got the calendar of events in the mail the other day, and holy curtain call, Batman, the events are pretty much nonstop from Wednesday evening until Saturday night. And it's all either cheap or free to attend.

The event schedule is here, but I'll try to hit the highlights of some of the less-publicized events for you. (I'm guessing you've heard Henry Cho and Dave Barnes are playing?) Sorry if this is kind of event-calendery, I'm just really excited about some of this stuff.

The new sign will be lit Wednesday (tomorrow) at 5 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of the theater AND THERE'S FREE CAKE INVOLVED. I'm totally thinking about skipping out on work to eat free cake. And see the new sign, of course. At 7 p.m. is Tennessee Shines. I haven't been able to catch it in person yet, but I've listened to the broadcast and the music is always fantastic.

UT professor and author Michael Lofaro is giving a lecture on his restoration of Agee's "A Death in the Family" for $5 on Friday at 2 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a must-read for every Knoxvillian. Lofaro went through Agee's original manuscripts and rearranged (and added to and subtracted from) the novel in an effort to restore it back to the way he believes Agee wanted it to be (the book was edited and published after his death, so he didn't have a whole lotta say in the process). I've read Lofaro's version of the novel, and I must say it's different but I prefer it.

At 4 p.m. on Friday, Knox Heritage is giving a free tour of the theater and the Lamar House, and once again ... FREE. At 5:30 p.m., Knoxville's improv comedy troupe, Einstein Simplified, will be performing an hourlong show for $5.

OK, now here are my favorite two events: a showing of "Psycho" at 10:30 p.m. on Friday followed by a midnight ghost tour of the theater, both $5. The tour is hosted by ... get this ... the East Tennessee Paranormal Society. Awesome? I think so. I'm not sure I can handle these two on my own, so who's joining me?


max said...

i'll be paranoid / mal with you!

Anonymous said...

Mike Lofaro (james agee scholar) was a professor of mine when I was in grad school. he is awesome and i think all who can should attend his lecture.

Anonymous said...

don't forget about the great show with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Tennessee Stage Company, and Circle Modern Dance on Thursday at 7pm.

Mickey said...

Aw, dang! I wish I were going to be around on Friday! That sounds very cool.