Stories from across the globe

This year’s storytelling festival takes place Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Performing Arts Center, even though long-time organizers, English professors Nancy Malone and Isabella Dibari have stepped down from their key role. 

Instead, anthropology professor Steve Johnson and music professor Bruce Cook are carrying on the school’s tradition of showcasing the diverse culture of the community. 


The Ethnic Storytelling and Musicology Festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. and includes performances by Chinese-American storyteller Charlie Chin; Celtic harpist and storyteller Patrick Ball; and Carlos Baron, a professor of theatre arts from San Francisco State, who tells traditional Latin American stories. 

The night session begins at 7 and includes musical performances by the Cajun and Zydeco group Andrew Carriere and the Cajun All Stars; blues from The Frank Samuels Band; and the Spirit Roots Ensemble, a group from West Africa that plays traditional Malinke music.

Former DVC student Mitch Polzak, who has traveled to Germany and formed four separate bands in the Bay Area, will perform with the Cajun All Stars.

Admission is free. For more information contact Steve Johnson at (925) 685-1230 Ext. 2866.