Ex Fabula

True & Personal Stories

Ex Fabula is a Milwaukee nonprofit organization that strengthens community bonds through the art of storytelling. Ex Fabula produces StorySlams, workshops, community collaborations, a podcast, and radio pieces, all in order to provide platforms for people to come together and share true, personal stories.

Website: ExFabula.com

Twitter: @ExFabula

Ex Fabula: Traditions

Dec 9, 2017
Kathrine Schleicher

This week, we're celebrating traditions. They can mean very different things to different people, from baking Christmas cookies with Grandma to tailgating the Brewers Season Opener with your friends for 20 years-in-a-row. But what if you don't feel you have any traditions to pass along? That's the question that inspired Rochelle Fritsch to share her story about family customs.  

For our second story, we veer off the path of traditionalism a bit to look at another type of...ritual told by Brian Moore, Liza Bielby, and Barney Baggett:

Ex Fabula: 200 Nights

Dec 2, 2017
Art Montes

Though 2018 will mark 50 years since the passage of the Fair Housing Act, Milwaukee, the city that started it all, remains the most segregated city in the nation. Since August 28th of this year, the 50th anniversary of the night the Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches began, community groups across the city have hosted interactive, educational events reflecting on our city’s history of racism with where we are today and how far we need to go.

Art Montes

Well, the holidays are upon us with Black Friday shoppers, Thanksgiving Day diners, and Christmas carolers.  All around, old traditions are lovingly observed and shared, while new ones are born and cultivated.

Here at Ex Fabula, we're also getting into the holiday spirit, with two heart-warming tales to enjoy with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Art Montes

Volunteers are the backbone of Ex Fabula. From the President of the Board of Directors, to that friendly guy that greets you at the door of every StorySlam, and every and little task in between, our volunteers make us who we are. This Tuesday, November 21st, we hold our last Volunteer Orientation of 2017 - and you're invited (find more info here).

Ex Fabula: Risking It

Nov 11, 2017

We all take risks. Some of us take them more often - and more willingly - than others, but without the risk, we can’t have the reward. Ex Fabula began because a group of friends took a collective risk, and continues to do so. With that in mind, we’re excited to team up with the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center on November 17th for a special curated storytelling event, Risking It.

Ex Fabula: Work

Nov 4, 2017
Art Montes

Work. It means different things to different people. Homework, housework, and the ever present, “So, what do you do?” Everyone has a work story and as Ex Fabula’s Season 9 gets into full swing, we want to hear from you. On November 9th, you’ll get your chance to share that story you could never tell around the water cooler for our November StorySlam: WORK. It’ll be a work-night we can all look forward to.

Ex Fabula: Battle of Wits

Oct 28, 2017
Art Montes

Trick or treat. Thousands of costumed kids will hit the Milwaukee streets this weekend sing-song-ing those very words. And it’s Milwaukee, so hundreds of adults will hit the Milwaukee nightlife looking for some tricks and treats of their own. So this week, we looked for some fun Ex Fabula stories that delivered both a trick and a treat.

Art Montes

Wow, Milwaukee! Thank you for helping us kick-off Season 9 with a bang! What could go wrong? Absolutely nothing. It was a night of fun and laughter with several familiar faces gracing the stage and many more newbies taking a chance. And this is just the beginning.

Art Montes

The wait is over, Milwaukee - it’s finally here! Ex Fabula’s Season 9 kicks off this Tuesday, October 17th with a night of fun, folly, and, "What Could Go Wrong?" Get your tickets early to ensure you get a seat.

 

Ex Fabula: On The Road

Oct 7, 2017
Kat Schleischer

StorySlams, Workshops and the Film Fest, Oh My! Like the October weather, Ex Fabula Season 9 is coming in hot, with multiple storytelling events including a special curated StorySlam with the Journal Sentinel’s Wisconsin Trails. Ex Fabula Storytellers will join the Journal Sentinel’s Wisconsin Trails journalist, Chelsey Lewis and other community members to share personal stories about their favorite road trips and "On the Road" adventures.

This week we’re going “On the Road” as well with two tales of road trip adventures and self-realization.

Kat Schleischer

Lights...camera...action! It’s time for the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival!  For the next two weeks the city will be abuzz with special events and screenings of nearly 300 new films. Ex Fabula is excited to return as a Community Partner for Shorts: Stories We Tell. We at Ex Fabula love a good, true, personal story and so naturally we love the wide-ranging collection of personal narratives in this category.

Ex Fabula: Doors Open

Sep 23, 2017
Nicole Acosta / Botanica Creative

This weekend our city celebrates with Doors Open Milwaukee; so we thought we’d get in on the fun with some Milwaukee stories of our own. Doors Open Milwaukee is a “two-day public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture and history. This event offers behind-the-scenes tours of more than 150 buildings throughout Milwaukee’s downtown and neighborhoods and in-depth tours led by community leaders.”

Kat Schleischer

They know our secrets. They know our stories. They’re the ones that laugh hardest when we say, “Remember when” and are the first ones to answer when we call in the middle of the night. They are our Girlfriends. From the Golden Girls to the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, the bonds of female friendships have long been celebrated on screen and in literature. So this week we thought we’d bring the celebration to the airwaves with our own special tribute to our favorite gal pals.

Ex Fabula: Dreamers

Sep 9, 2017
Art Montes

Ex Fabula celebrates the power of true and personal stories to connect individuals through universal experiences. This weekend we want to celebrate our American immigrants while acknowledging that the road to the “American Dream” often looks to very different for the Dreamers among us.

Nicole Acosta

The official start to Ex Fabula Season 9 isn’t until October. However, like football (only more fun) we, too, have a pre-season line-up for you beginning on September 7th. Join us at the Milwaukee Art Museum for Ex Fabula: Power, Dissent & Youth Empowerment.

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