Sunday Arts: Young at Art
Actresses/singers Aly Michalka, left, and AJ Michalka of the band Aly & AJ perform onstage during the Radio Disney Totally 10 Birthday Concert.
Actresses/singers Aly Michalka, left, and AJ Michalka of the band Aly & AJ perform onstage during the Radio Disney Totally 10 Birthday Concert.
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Earlier this summer, KidsPost asked for visual responses to the question "What does it mean to be [insert your age]?" The call yielded a range of artwork from kids ages 9 to 12.
 
Remember the V-chip? The PMRC? Parents today face more challenges than ever in controlling children's entertainment.  But is control really the answer?
 
Tweens now have their very own pop culture and the ability to propel artists up the real pop charts, not just the kiddie lists.  Radio Disney is tapping into that fan base.
 
The dreams of Max, a Bethesda seventh-grader, and Mollie, a Fairfax sixth-grader, were kindled as orchestras swelled and unseen hands wove their magic in the dark.
 
Once a corner of the record store dreaded by parents, today's children's aisle is a hipper, happier place thanks to artists like Dan Zanes, formerly of the Del Fuegos.
 
So what is it about Mario? Twenty-five years after his debut, "Super Mario" is the most popular game character among 9-to-12-year-olds.
 
They may be young but their talent is hardly unformed. Meet three local kids with a lot to look forward to.
 
Performer-author Trevor Romain guides kids through the harsh realities of growing up -- We all die. You'll die. Cliques happen. Bullies are waiting to get you.
 

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