Court school kids act out their experiences via performance 

Most parents shudder to think of their kids acting out. But just the opposite was true for 12 students at the Principal Center Collaborative Campus, a San Francisco Unified School District court school that provides support to youths during their juvenile-probation terms. They were encouraged to act out their personal experiences using the arts as a framework. Today, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, 1519 Mission St., in San Francisco, they’ll share their conclusions through hip-hop, spoken-word and theater performances.

"I think … people are going to be amazed to see what these kids have accomplished in such a short amount of time," says poet Bryonn Bain, who — along with theater director Mei-Ann Teo and record producer Cava Menzies — taught the workshop.

Their creative process, which included tracking an original music/poetry album, was caught on film by local documentary ace Tania Cuevas-Martinez for her upcoming "Lyrical Minded 415" project.

Bain, a poet-in-residence at the New School University in New York City who was wrongfully imprisoned by police during his second year studying law at Harvard, is pleased with the results of this court school project. He says, "We have brilliant youth leaders here."

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