Richard Thompson Played an All Request Show at The 24th Street Theatre in Curtis Park Sacramento

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scottish kiltWhat is your opinion on men who wear "man skirts?" I ask because my husband and I spotted a fellow with a ponytail in row 2 at the 24th Street Theatre (part of the Sierra 2 in Curtis Park) who wore a short denim skirt last night to the Richard Thompson concert. It had plenty of pleats, too. It wasn't a kilt. He paired it with a black, form-fitting shell and walked past us barefoot in the aisle. I didn't notice skirt guy, but my husband did.

He has a right, noted my husband, to be comfortable and wear whatever he wants, but it's too bad that he has to be "that guy," which left me confused about what he was trying to say. The dear love of my life went on to explain. When my husband was fitted for his first suit, he had selected a double-breasted suit. The tailor told him no, if he wore a double breasted suit, he'd always be known as "that guy -- that guy in the double-breasted suit."

Doors opened at the 24th Street Theatre at 6:30. The place holds only 300 people. An usher handed out slips of paper on which we were instructed to write our song requests, one per person. I let my husband select my favorite Richard Thompson song because, quite frankly, standing out there in the hot sun after a full day of dealing with Sacramento short sales left my mind blank. The only song that I could think of off the top of head was his take on "Oops, I did it again."

Once seated, the air conditioning blasted me in the face. I froze during most of the concert, which is what I get for wearing a t-shirt and not bringing a sweater. Then, I felt somebody kicking my chair from behind. You know what it's like to be sitting on a airplane with a 3-year-old behind you who keeps kicking your chair back, right? First couple of kicks don't bother you, but by the time it gets to be repetitive, you may have to curb the desire to climb over the back of your chair and beat the kid to a bloody pulp with your barf bag.

I waited for the kicking to stop. But it didn't. So, I turned around and tapped the knee of the woman behind me. "Excuse me," I smiled, "But I believe you are absentmindedly kicking the back of my chair." She instantly pointed the finger to her husband and blamed him. Yup, he was kicking my chair all right. "Do you want me to continue?" he laughed. Hey, it's irritating. He stopped.

The first act was the Alternative String Band. First and second violin, a guy playing a viola (which he described as a "violin on steroids") and a cello. They were much better than I had anticipated, opening with Eleanor Rigby. Their set consisted of songs by Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, The Turtles, U2, Annie Lennox and The Cream. Penny Lane, by the Beatles, was an exceptional number.

Richard Thompson appeared on stage about 8:30, wearing his trademark beret. He stood during the entire performance, plucking songs out of a basket that looked like the type of basket a snake charmer would use and playing requests. He opened with The Who's Substitute, played a bunch of requests in between, including 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, and then closed after 3 encores with a Jimi Hendrix tune: Hey Joe.

I was frozen by the time the show ended. I was so cold that I had actually considered ripping the socks off my husband's feet and wrapping them around my arms, that's how desperate I was for warmth. Here's a tip: if you go to the 24th Street Theatre in Curtis Park, bring a jacket or don't sit under the vents near the front.

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Comments (7)

Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Kilts?; if the weather is accommodating. Cant say they would be fashionable for me.That would have drove me a little testing with that kicking. Better than someone elbowing you all the time though.

Jul 02, 2009 04:30 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Elizabeth, I no longer go to packed movie theatres for the reason that I always seem to get the kid that kicks the back of the seat until you politely ask them a couple of times to stop...and then have to stand up, turn around and VERY FIRMLY tell them to STOP!!! I also will overdress to events so that I do not freeze!

Jul 02, 2009 05:01 AM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

My wife is always taking a sweater to inside events even in the hottest part of the summer.  I guess it is difficult to adjust the place to a comfortable level.

Jul 02, 2009 03:09 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
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And yet nobody mentioned whether they like Richard Thompson.

Obviously, that's why I was there. :)

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Jul 02, 2009 04:03 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Elizabeth, I'm sorry to hear you were cold..I hate air conditioning that is so cold that if it were winter people would ask for heat!  Our office air conditioning used to be so cold that I swore you could hanf meat in there! LOL  Well, I love Richard Thompson, at least the couple of albums we have of his. It sounds like it was a great concert. ( except for the air)

Jul 02, 2009 04:31 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

OK Elizabeth - You need to educate me here.  So, when is a pleated skirt worn by a man, not a kilt?  Does the answer to that question dwell in whether or not the guy is wearing anything beneath the kilt/skirt?

Jul 03, 2009 07:56 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

See, Mary, I knew we had similar tastes.

Myrl: I could be wrong as I have no Scottish in my family, but I would think a kilt needs to be made from a tartan cloth, and this skirt was denim. But only you would ask about the guy's underwear.

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Jul 04, 2009 01:54 AM