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RAW 

When: Fri., April 5, 7:30 p.m., Sat., April 6, 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 12, 7:30 p.m., Sat., April 13, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., April 14, 5 p.m. 2013
Price: $6-$30

What have the kids been up to after school? Well, those who head to Oakland's Destiny Arts Center after the final bell have been busy making RAW, a hero's tale expressed through hip-hop, modern, and aerial dance with theater, spoken word, video, and rap elements, premiering Friday and Saturday, Apr. 5-6, and Friday through Sunday, Apr. 12-14 at Odell Johnson Theater at Laney College (900 Fallon St., Oakland). Created by the members of Destiny's Youth Performance Company, who range in age from nine to eighteen, RAW explores middle-school bullying, global warming, gun violence, and more. The kids' collaborators are Destiny artistic directors Sarah Crowell and Rashidi Omari, Philadelphia-based hip-hop wunderkind Rennie Harris, and Amelia Rudolph of Oakland's famed aerial troupe Bandaloop. That's one heck of an after-school program. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m.; $6-$30. 510-597-1619 ext. 100 or DestinyArts.org

— Claudia Bauer

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