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The Historical Guild Theater in Oak Park was alive with poetry,
fashions and music for Ladies Night Out this past Saturday night,
April 2, 2011. Award winning local poet and community leader Terry
Moore hosted the sold out event as a benefit for the Center for
Families and Fathers Sacramento.
The Emcee for the evening was Petri Hawkins-Byrd, is best known as the
bailiff on the television show Judge Judy. Hawkins-Byrd did a
wonderful job keeping the audience laughing and the show moving with
jokes, heart-felt commentary on the poetry and light-hearted
introductions for the wide variety of local talent recruited by Moore
for the occasion.
The ladies night theme of the evening started off with a short film
entitled Ms. Understood by Director/Writer/Producer Nicole Mattox.
Singer Lenny Williams, Jr. then set the tone for the event with a
gospel tune that was well received by the female dominated audience.
Thereafter, a fashion show organized by local designer Faatui Toele,
featured approximately a dozen confident models using the stage and
aisles as their runway.
Following the fashion show, poets Nikki Brock, Kelly Richardson, Ms.
Kottyn and Larah each took the microphone and graced the audience by
reading or reciting two works of original poetry. The featured poems
provided insight into the lives, loves and struggles faced by women
dealing with men, raising children and maintaining a sense of self in
an increasingly complex world.
Singers Qui510 and Tessa Evans were met with enthusiastic audience
approval as they amped up the crowd by belting out several tunes each.
After an intermission, door prizes were given away, donated by the
numerous event vendors and local businesses that supported the event.
The evening then proceeded with its program packed with high quality
entertainment. Another round of models in high fashion strutted across
The standout poets of the evening were none other than Sacramento’s
Poet Laureate, Bob Stanley, and the event’s organizer, host Terry
Moore. Both gentlemen were backed up by some very outstanding live
music provided by local band LSB (Love Somebody). Stanley brought
along jazz guitarist Robert Nakashima, whose riffs and solos in
between verses of poetry demonstrated to the crowd his smooth style
developed through years of experience. Moore brought along singer
Kaleo, who really put his heart into one of Moore’s signature pieces,
"12 Things I’ll Do To Keep You.”
Thereafter, poets Taifa Jamari P.S. (Poetically Speaking) and the
E-Legal Tag Team each moved the crowd with their unique individual
styles of poetry. As the evening drew to a close, singers T.D. Trice
and Tony R. let the ladies know how much they were appreciated. After
a brief dance number by Sonic Boom, singer Bajan closed the evening
with a very moving original song accompanied by guitarist Charles
Those audience members who stayed through the nearly three and a half
hour event certainly got their money’s worth at $10.00 per ticket.
Audience member Mechelle V. stated, “Although I was thoroughly
entertained all evening, the poetry was the best.”
“The evening was good, very good!” said Bernadette Andrews from her
seat in the balcony.
Moore, the event’s founder and coordinator stated, “I was so pleased
to see a full house. The event turned out to be all I dreamed of and
more. I'm planning even greater things for the future for Ladies Night
at the Guild Theater. This is going to be a wonderful event for our
Because this event was so well received, as evidenced by the advance
ticket sales, Moore already reserved June 24, 2011 for the next Ladies
Night Out extravaganza.
Be sure to contact Terry Moore well in advance at (916) 208-POET or
email@example.com to purchase your tickets. It is sure to be
another sold out event.