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Even though all of our glowing screens are constantly connected by a series of tubes, humans aren't exactly excelling in the interpersonal-communications department of late. Oh, we can type witticisms to one another all the livelong day, but ask us to interact face to face, and you've got a rude mess on your hands, if the shoppers at grocery stores everywhere are any indication (carts are not weapons, people — what happened to aisle etiquette?). While the St. Louis Storytelling Festival (314-516-5961 or visit doesn't offer any courses in manners, it does provide many positive examples of humans communicating with humans, telling stories, passing along traditions and offering entertainment. To get a feel for how it's done, head to any number of locations in St. Louis city and county, St. Charles County and Illinois over the course of the four-day fest (Wednesday through Saturday, April 28 through May 1). There are events for adults — such as "Finding Your Corner of the Porch" hosted by Loretta Washington at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue) — and stuff for kids, too, and the fest closes with a big to-do at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, during which all of the featured performers will do their thing. Admission is free to all Storytelling Festival events.
April 28-May 1, 2010