Ex Fabula

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.

Ex Fabula: Firsts

Aug 26, 2017
Kimberly Ousley

You never forget your first time. Your first day of school, first kiss, car, child, or first time on the Ex Fabula stage. As the summer comes to a close and we coo at our old school photos on social media, we thought we'd reminisce on a few of our favorite Ex Fabula “First” stories, as well.

Kathrine Schleicher

This weekend the summer of festivals continues as the lakefront goes green in celebration of Milwaukee’s Irish Fest. In tribute to the celebration, we deiced to look into the Ex Fabula archives for a little Irish inspiration of our own.

Brooke Maroldi grew up in an Irish Catholic neighborhood where St. Patrick’s Day was a holiday second only to Christmas. When Brooke found herself face-to-face with the monsignor during a pre-St. Patrick’s Day confession, she realized it would take more than an act of contrition to save her.

Kat Schleischer

The stories of our youth - they are the stories we tell sitting around campfires, or at dinner with old friends, and they often begin with, “Remember the time...?” These are some of our favorite stories from the Ex Fabula stage, and today we bring you two of the best.

Art Montes / Ex Fabula

Hello August! While many of you are beginning back-to-school preparations and others are just excited about State Fair, we at Ex Fabula are excited to announce that applications for the Season 9 Ex Fabula Fellowship program are now open. Ex Fabula Fellows are community members who use personal stories to inspire community-led dialogue around some of the most pressing issues in the Greater Milwaukee area – segregation and economic and racial inequality.

Art Montes

Who doesn’t love a good adventure? Or maybe you’re more of an adrenaline junkie. The Ex Fabula archives are full of colorful tales of youth gone wild, testing the limits, and moments of “what was I thinking?” As we get older, some of us continue searching for new ways to push our limits...say, by mountain climbing, skydiving, or traveling to far off lands.

Ex Fabula: Volunteerism

Jul 22, 2017
Art Montes

Many of us have - at some point in our lives - had dreams of traveling abroad and volunteering to help those in need. Today we'll meet two men who actually did that. Not only did they venture to Samoa and Tanzania, but they brought some fun stories back with them.

While these voices may sound unfamiliar, they have been the "silent voices" behind Ex Fabula: board members who are now moving on to their next adventures. It's with gratitude, as well as sadness, that we say a fond farewell to retiring board members Bob Pothier and Adam Weise.

Ex Fabula: Water

Jul 15, 2017
Art Montes

Hey Milwaukee! Just when you think there’s nothing left to explore we’ve found a whole lot more. Are you up for the challenge? Yes? Well you’re invited to the Great Water Race on July 22nd. Be among the first members of the public to experience the roll out of the new Water Story MKE app, a digital water-themed scavenger hunt across Milwaukee.

Art Montes

One of the best things about living in Milwaukee is that we are the City of Festivals! The Big Gig is ending its run this weekend, but we’re busy making plans for next weekend. Whether you plan on celebrating in Parisian style “Vive la France,” or you’re continuing a long-held family tradition by heading to Bay View’s “Blow Up the Beach” - there’s fun for everyone.

In honor of these Milwaukee traditions we thought we’d share stories from the places that inspired these city favorites.

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