Be a ‘Friend of the Bijou’

Susan EspirituDowntown, Our Town Neighbors

You know when my heart skips a beat and I hope it doesn’t trip over itself?

Many things do that to me these days but a big one is when performances are announced at the Bijou Theatre in Downtown Knoxville.

The Bijou was built in 1909 as an addition to the Lamar House Hotel which was built in 1817 and the theater has been a venue for everything from vaudeville to pornographic movies.

While the Lamar welcomed five of our presidents over the years, the Bijou was the stage for performers such as the Marx Brothers, Dizzy Gillespie, John Philip Sousa and many more. The Bijou’s mission now is to enhance the cultural and economic development of our city, and it offers patrons opportunities to become more involved by becoming a “Friend of the Bijou.”

Being a friend of the Bijou comes with some special perks like waived service fees on your tickets, access to the best seats in the house and even exclusive dinners. Info at and prepare to have your heart skip a beat!


Downtown Fun Run: Friday, March 17, 6:30 p.m., Pour Taproom. Free. Info: 865 Running. Join us every Friday for a 3-mile social run through downtown, World’s Fair Park, and the river walk. Afterwards drinks with 10% off. All levels.

The Lucky Kidney Run is Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at World’s Fair Park, sponsored by East TN Kidney Foundation as part of Knox Shamrock Fest. Participant options include the traditional in-person 6k and 1 mile walk, as well as virtual involvement. Festival is from 1-5 p.m. with the run starting at 3 p.m. Register online.

Family Fun Day at Knoxville Museum of Art is Saturday, March 18, from 11 a.m. -3 p.m.

Artists Grants: Are you an artist living full-time in the city of Knoxville? You may qualify for an American Rescue Plan Grant made available through the Arts & Culture Alliance. Awards range from $500 to $15,000. For more information, email Liza Zenni, executive director of the Arts & Culture Alliance or download guidelines and application here. Deadline for applications is Sunday, April 16.

Elections: Info (deadlines and such) for upcoming city council races here.

Stadium: Keep up with the downtown baseball stadium here. For FAQs, go to

Email announcements to [email protected]/.  No charge. It’s what we do!


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