Bucks and Ballads

Money is one of the biggest curses for nationally competitive high school students, not counting the stomping Cloverfield monster of misfiled spelling-bee paperwork. Maybe it’s a good thing that our budding young high school poetry slammers are learning early about the limited earning potential of composing and reciting free verse — it could feed their creative outrage. But still.Fortunately, the American Jazz Museum has stepped up to slay the money monster for the kids on Center High School’s Poetry Team by fronting the $500 entry fee for the International Youth Poetry Slam later this month in Washington, D.C. Today’s 7 p.m. poetry slam at Center High School (8715 Holmes, 816-349-3330) will be the public’s last chance to see the kids in action before they take their verses east. Admission is free, but donations are requested.

Thu., April 10, 7 p.m., 2008