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

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February has been quite the month. The headlines and heartbreak can be overwhelming. Sometimes the best thing to do is to listen. When we listen to other people’s stories we learn, mourn and heal. On March 7th we’ll have a whole new set of stories at our March StorySlam, “Karma.” However “Karma” has shown up in your life (or if you’re still waiting for it) we’re looking forward to a night of entertaining stories and a few life lessons.

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Given the national discussion surrounding food, nutrition and poverty, we’re taking you way back to our first seasons and stories from our outdoor StorySlam, Comfort Food, at the Fondy Farmers Market. These stories showcase the importance of food when it comes to community, family, and heritage and, we hope, makes us think a little deeper about how these bonds are affected when food and resources are scarce.

Ex Fabula: Milwaukee Love

Feb 10, 2018
Artemio Montes

We know what you’re thinking....."Not another dumb Valentine episode? Nope. Negative. The pattern is full." Okay, this weekend IS about love, but it’s about love of another kind: hometown love, neighborhood love, and...well, yes, there’s a little love story, too. But you’ll love it. We promise.

Ex Fabula: First Time

Feb 3, 2018
Ex Fabula

Do you remember your first time? Your first kiss, your first time driving, first job interview, first broken bone, first time in a plane. There are universal firsts and then there are unique firsts and we’re looking forward to hearing all about them next week Wednesday at our February StorySlam. We’ll be returning to Lakefront Brewery on February 7th for our February StorySlam, "First Time." Will you make it your “First Time” telling a story?

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.

Art Montes

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.

Art Montes

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.

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).