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: All Stars!

May 13, 2017
Art Montes

As we count down the final days to the Ex Fabula All Stars event, this week - last but not least - we’re featuring our final two Audience Favorites of Season 8: two fellas who are no strangers to the Ex Fabula stage or donning the coveted velvet crown.

Art Montes

We’re closing in on the final stretch, friends. The flowers and trees are blooming, Memorial Day is coming up, and our Ex Fabula ALL STARS Event is just two weeks away! This is when the crème de la crème of storytellers from Season 8 take the stage of the historic Turner Hall Ballroom to share their tales of  “Unfinished Business.” The audience will then vote on to decide who is the ultimate All Star of Ex Fabula's 2016-17 season.   

Art Montes

If you joined us last week, you know that we’re counting down to our Season 8 finale, the Ex Fabula ALL STARS StorySlam on May 18th! In just a few short weeks, all of the Audience Favorites from Season 8 will take the Historic Turner Hall stage for a night of “Unfinished Business” and determine who will be the top audience favorite of Season 8. 

Art Montes

We’re only a few short weeks away from our Ex Fabula season finale, the Season 8 Ex Fabula ALL STARS StorySlam on May 18th! That’s right, the time has flown by and soon the May flowers will greet us along with the gaggle of Audience Favorites from Season 8, who have some “Unfinished Business” they’d like to share. In the coming weeks, we’ll feature the stories that won these tellers the velvet crown, and giving you a taste of what you can expect on May 18th.

Art Montes

Just like that we’ve come to the end of our regular season. That’s right, next Wednesday April 12th will be our last regular StorySlam of Season Seven. But we’re ending it on a high note with a theme we all have a story about: Only in Milwaukee. Not ready to say good-bye to Ex Fabula just yet? Well, we’re not either. Check out what we’re doing with Milwaukee's Big Read and join us for a special bilingual StorySlam in May as well as our Ex Fabula All Stars event, “Unfinished Business.” 

Art Montes / Ex Fabula

Well here we are only a month away from the end of Season Seven. What an incredible journey it’s been. And how fitting that as we near the Season’s end, we do so by partnering with Milwaukee Public Library for Milwaukee's Big Read. Like Ex Fabula and WUWM, The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and this year, Milwaukee Public Library will offer a month of exciting events, programs, and discussions related to Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies.

Artemis Photography

The secret is out!  Monday night, March 27th, join us for an Ex Fabula that is “Out of this World.” While our Secret Fabula events are usually members-only, we’re inviting everyone to a night under the stars. The evening includes light snacks, planetarium show, community building and fantastic stories from both planetarium staff and Ex Fabula guests alike.

This week we have two entertaining stories from women looking for new adventures - adventures full of interesting experiences and hilarious outcomes.

Adam Ryan Morris

Ah yes, another St. Patrick’s Day has descended upon Milwaukee, turning the city and its merry "Irish for a day" revelers green. At Ex Fabula, we’re reflecting on how fast the Season has gone. For some of us, St. Patrick’s Day represents the coming spring (snow or no snow), and in just two short months we’ll wrap up another amazing season supported by our dear community. How lucky we are! So in the spirit of counting our blessings, this week we’re bringing you stories of luck. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t.

Art Montes

How do you identify yourself? Are you a middle-aged disabled woman; a working single mother; a transgendered project manager; a social justice activist? Maybe you are several of these identities. Have you ever considered how the boxes we check to identify ourselves can both empower and imprison us?

This week we have two powerful stories about identity and the boxes we assign to others and ourselves.

Kat Schleicher / Ex Fabula

Love. Right now, there are countless people celebrating it, cursing it or searching for it. And who can blame them? Love is a many splendor thing. So this week, we’ve asked some of our volunteers what their favorite Ex Fabula Love Stories are and now we’re sharing them with you.

Art Montes

Education has been front page news since the beginning of 2017. From the controversial appointment of the new United States Secretary of Education to Tuesday’s Wisconsin Primary for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, all eyes are on education. This week we’re featuring stories about the importance of educatio - not from those making decisions at the top, but the importance of those in the classrooms. Educators, we salute you.

Ex Fabula: Water

Feb 18, 2017
Art Montes / Ex Fabula

Humans are 50% water. The Earth is 70% water. As Milwaukeeans the water is part of our identity; Milwaukee - a great place on a great lake. It’s no wonder why our February StorySlam theme is Water. Not only are we excited to honor and celebrate stories of Water, and those who work to sustain it, but get to do so for our first time at Lakefront Brewery! Even more exciting, event partner Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions will unveil Water Story MKE a free app developed by Reflo in collaboration with Ex Fabula to reveal the water stories hidden in plain sight throughout Milwaukee.

Nicole Acosta / Botanica Creative

If you tuned in last week, you know that Ex Fabula is joining the festivities for this month’s Tosa's All-City Read. The idea is “to bring neighbors together and build a sense of camaraderie and community while promoting literacy at all ages.” This month, the community will dive into the pages of A Man Called Ove, a novel about neighbors and so much more.

Ex Fabula: Neighbors

Feb 4, 2017
Nicole Acosta / Botanica Creative

We all remember our neighbors. Whether it was the kids we played with until the sundown, the families who invited us over for barbecues on the weekends, the noisy one upstairs, the kind one who always offered to take out your trash, or the bully down the street, we always remember.

Greater Together

Ex Fabula is very excited to be joining Marquette University’s Mission Week 2017.

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