Storytelling all weekend long

This weekend there's nary a reason to go without sweet storytelling love--let's run down the schedule of spoken-word entertainment.

Rockstar Storytellers, who're getting to be a Bryant-Lake Bowl institution, take stage tomorrow at 10 with a program of stories on that most tumultuous of subjects, religion. The Rockstars, as a group, sport a polished, radio-style storytelling, dripping with coffee-and-cigarette-soaked hipster irony--a reflection of their backgrounds doing Fringe, non-storytelling spoken word, and in some cases, radio itself.

Saturday tune in to KFAI's celebration of International Women's Day, in which several local tellers will be participating. Especially interesting is a segment at 4pm called "My War: From Bismarck to Britain and Back," a performance piece by three local women, Dorothy Cleveland, Ann Reay and Sara Boyle Trautner, inspired and constructed from 79 letters written home by a woman who served in the Red Cross during WWII as well as her mother's private war diary.

That evening, Java Jack's and Northstar Storytelling League hold their monthly performance-and-open-mic combo. This Saturday's event calls on not the usual three, but five performers chosen by host Dave Schaal, telling their own versions of the American Dream. The night serves as a preview of the League's upcoming celebration of World Storytelling Day on the 22nd.

Finally on Sunday swing back to Bryant-Lake Bowl for Dave Mondy and friends' newest project, Radio All Stars. The premise is a bit like Prairie Home Companion modernized--a radio variety show, complete with storytelling, quizzes, and radio plays, recorded live on-stage. But instead of Guy's All Star Shoe Band, there'll be a live DJ and local musicians; instead of Tom Keith on sound effects, a laptop provides the audio accouterments--and if you can't make it, head to the group's website afterwards to listen in on the podcast version.