What 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.
Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, columnist for The New York Times-owned About.com, a Land Park resident, and a Land Park real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout Sacramento. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 35 years of real estate experience to work for you.
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