Courtesy Ralph Stocker

On February 5th, as part of its annual storytelling festival, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum will feature a rather unique team: the father-daughter duo of Ralph and Genevieve Stocker. The two use an unusual medium for storytelling -- sand. The Stockers combine music, sand and light to create multimedia adaptations of books and movies. 

courtesy of Kimberly Dark

Sociologist and storyteller Kimberly Dark will be in Kalamazoo this week as part of the annual diversity program Respecting Differences. Dark will give performances at Chenery Auditorium on Tuesday and Wednesday. She'll also perform at Western Michigan University on Friday.

Dark is famous for talking about those things you’re not supposed to mention at the dinner table.

Courtesy of Washington Productions, Incorporated

The art of storytelling in the African American community is one that has dated back centuries. Because this kind of storytelling is so steeped in history, it has become even more important to make sure that stories of civil rights, racial equality, and breaking barriers are made relevant to youngsters - and adults - in the 21st century.

courtesy of Allison Downey

Allison Downey is a singer-songwriter, an associate professor of elementary education at Western Michigan University, and a renowned storyteller. Downey will be one of about seven storytellers at this year's storytelling festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on Saturday.

'Aeneas' Flight from Troy' by Federico Barrocci

What could be more epic than reading an epic poem in the way it would have been read more than two thousand years ago? How about reading it in English from beginning to end? The Western Michigan University World Languages department is doing a live marathon reading of Virgil’s The Aeneid on Friday.