Some folklorists consider universal human values the outcome of one big global game of telephone: An experience becomes a story; new details emerge with each telling; the story picks up some embellishment, gets passed on, finds itself a moral; it becomes a myth, a legend, a fairy tale, a fable. Something in the story is lost and something else gained at each new presentation, and culture is created in the passing—it’s the telling that counts. Today, pick up the receiver and listen in on the state of the story as master tellers from Austria, Brazil, China, Ireland, and Uganda join Washington Storytellers Theatre for its International Storytelling Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Free. For reservations call (301) 891-1129. (Colin Bane)