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

Art Montes

While the days are getting longer, many us have a case of the "January Blues."  While there are folks excited about that next snowfall, there are just as many (if not more) ready to hop on a plane to somewhere warmer. With just under a week until Groundhog Day, we're wondering: Will we have another six weeks of winter? Whether you want that answer to be yes or no, we have a story that should hit the spot.

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Earlier this week the nation celebrated the life and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From the nation’s capitol to the smallest classrooms here in Milwaukee we reflected on MLK’s activism, achievements and his timeless dream.  It’s been 55 years since King’s “I have a Dream” speech called for an end to racism, and for civil and economic rights. And here we are in 2018 still fighting to make that dream a reality.

Ex Fabula: Break Free

Jan 13, 2018
Photo by Carolina Mulvey-Videla

It’s the second week of the new year; a time when those resolutions and new healthy habits start becoming harder to keep (for some). However, the beauty of a new year is the chance at a new beginning - real or metaphorical. It’s a time for renewal, a time to break free from bad relationships, bad habits and/or bad people. In anticipation of next week’s Ex Fabula New Year Spectacular on January 18th at Turner Hall, we’re bringing you two stories that we hope will inspire you to “break free” in the new year!

Art Montes

Happy New Year from all of us at Ex Fabula! We’re excited about 2018, and have a January full of workshops and events that we hope will inspire you to try something new this year.  Although if you just want to hear some great stories, maybe our New Year Spectacular StorySlam is more you speed.

For this week's show, we have stories of two things that go well together: children and adventures.

Ex Fabula: Take A Chance

Dec 30, 2017
Art Montes

As 2017 comes to an end we look back at this past year and set new goals for the year ahead. So, in the spirit of new beginnings, we leave 2017 with two stories by women who decided to take a chance on something new.

Ex Fabula: Holidaze

Dec 23, 2017
Art Montes

Being in the holiday spirit this week, we decided to bring you an encore of our recent "Traditions” event. Whether you’re running to find those last-minute gifts or just kicking back, these stories will keep you smiling.

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As we approach the second biggest travel time of the year, we thought it’d be fun to share some travel stories. From a terrifying taxi ride in a foreign land to a 12-hour cross-country train ride, our stories this week come complete with planes, trains and automobiles.

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.

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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.

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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.

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