Water can give life or take it away. It can be merciful and kind on a hot summer day or life-threatening on a winter’s day. Water sustains and water retains. Water keeps Milwaukee bustling and thriving. Water is something we all appreciate but simultaneously take for granted. We explored all those ideas at our February 21st “Water” StorySlam. Continue reading “Water Recap”
There’s something magical about the spirit of collaboration. It brings people from different organizations and backgrounds and unites them all around a common theme. That is the idea behind Secret Symphony, a unique Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra event that will take place this Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 PM at Milwaukee’s Central Library.
This interactive experience will feature the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Middle East. The central focus is the legend of Scheherazade – a storyteller who told her sister tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba and other historical figures. Attendees can sample Middle Eastern delicacies, watch the talents of the ladies from Tamarind Belly Dancing, and listen to the sounds of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
Of course, since Ex Fabula is involved, there must be storytelling, right? Create some magic of your own at Ex Fabula’s UltraShort booth, where attendees can share stories on the theme “family history”. After the orchestra plays, we’ll read some of the best UltraShorts submitted and hear Rochelle Fritsch’s tale about her own journey towards discovering her family’s history.
Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, male or female, there’s no better phrase than “it’s complicated” to describe the mixed emotions Americans have felt over the last couple of weeks. And while many emotions come into play – surprise, frustration, and more – November’s “It’s Complicated” StorySlam reminded us that complications are part of our lives, for better and for worse.
Milwaukee: home to some since childhood, while brand new to others. If there’s one thing people can agree on, though it’s that Milwaukee is special. At least that was the consensus during the Doors Open Milwaukee StorySlam on Saturday evening at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society. Ex Fabula teamed up with Historic Milwaukee for a series of Milwaukee-inspired stories from a hand-picked group of tellers and a common thread could be heard: you don’t have to attend Doors Open Milwaukee to see the openness this city offers year-round.
There’s a lot to be said for someone who can get up on stage and tell a personal story in front of a room full of strangers. It takes guts and confidence and a clear voice. No one understands that better than us!
Unfortunately, some people face additional barriers, and that’s especially true when it comes to people with disabilities. An individual who uses a wheelchair, for example, will find that few stages have ramps. However, storytelling is a participatory activity and more than that, it’s an exercise in community-building that demands aggressive inclusivity. A blind person shouldn’t be defined solely by his or her blindness but rather related to as a person who is experiencing all of life’s love, joy, loss, and happiness, much as any other person.