Bijou Jubilee! Benefit Returns to Krutch Park Extension

We've said it many times, but it bears repeating: The Bijou Theatre is one of the best things about Knoxville, a glorious venue with history, top-notch acoustics, and surprising intimacy, even in the back corners of the balcony. There's really not a bad seat in the house.

Every now and then, it's fair that the theater that offers so much should ask for a little bit in return. This year's Bijou Jubilee! fund-raiser is a good way to pay back the people who make the Bijou's magic happen week after week. The 2012 installment of the annual benefit takes place on Saturday, May 12, from 7-11 p.m. in the Krutch Park Extension on Gay Street, and features vaudeville-style entertainment underneath a big tent.

"We had so much positive response from last year's Jubilee!, we knew we had a winning formula," says Michele Purcell, president of the Bijou's board of directors in a press release. "This year we are kicking it up a notch with the food, the beer and wine pairings, and the nouveau-vaudeville atmosphere. What I love is that it all relates back to great eras in the history of the Bijou."

Entertainment will be provided throughout the evening by the Big Orange Banditos brass band, buskers, and roving magicians. Music memorabilia from Loretta Lynn, Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, and Huey Lewis will be auctioned off, and food and drink will be offered from Holly's Eventful Dining, Bearden Beer Market, and Ashe's Wine and Spirits. Tickets aren't cheap at $100, but it's for a good cause.