- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 10, 2001

The International Storytelling Festival, which gets under way Tuesday (March 13) , explores the theme "Island-Hopping."

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The stories will focus on islands sometimes as metaphors for sanctuaries and also as exotic places.

Now in its third year, the festival begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday with the open-mike storytelling series "SpeakEasy" at HR-57, a jazz cultural center at 1610 14th St. NW. Host Kristin Garrison will be joined by local storytellers Joy Jones, Cristy West, Stream Ohrstrom and the Silver Spring Shadow Play to elaborate on the theme "By the light of the silvery moon … ." The cover charge is $5.

On Wednesday, Antonio Sacre brings to life the experience of 40 men and an equal number of "at-risk" youths as they grapple with race, class and ethnicity at a retreat in a Northern California forest. He will perform "Brown and Black and White All Over," which he also wrote, at 8 p.m. at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Tickets are $16.

The next night, Tristan E. Gribbin performs "The Saga of Gudridur," Brynja Benediksdottir's play about the sister-in-law of Leif Ericsson. She became the first European woman to travel to North America and raise a family. It will be presented at 8 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Tickets are $12.

Batt Burns presents his creation "Whisperings of Ireland" at 8 p.m. Friday at the Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court NW. The $35 ticket includes a reception at 7 p.m.

The main day of the festival, March 17, will feature six performers representing different cultures. They are Gerald Fierst, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Folke Tegetthoff, Alice McGill, Miss Gribbin and Mr. Sacre. They will be at the Austrian Embassy beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5.

For tickets and information, call 301/891-1129.

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