Tuesday, March 20, 2012
On the Inside Looking Out
I'm still working on images from my long weekend in Sacramento. The state competition for the Academic Decathalon was held in the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. The Auditorium is an imposing reddish brick structure that covers a full city block. The first time I was in it was for an amateur boxing match way back in 1978. My roommate partook in a three round bout and got his clock cleaned by his opponent.The building was built in 1926 to commemorate those that died fighting for the United States. It is one of the most recognizable and famous buildings in Sacramento. It is listed on the National Historic Register. For over eighty years the Auditorium has drawn audiences to a wide variety of events,from Big Bands and violin virtuosos to the Beach Boys and the Harlem Globetrotters. It was closed for a brief time from 1986 - 1996 since that time the auditorium stage has welcomed artists such as Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Melissa Etheridge, comedians George Lopez, Mike Epps and Ron White and bands from The Doobie Brothers, The Moody Blues, and Duran Duran to Death Cab for Cutie and The Killers.
During the decathalon I had plenty of time to wander the venerable old halls and enjoy the building. I'm glad it was the stage for such a wonderful academic venue.
God's precious light and love to all,