Risking It: A Recap

Risk. Some people avoid it like the plague, taking calculated risks only when absolutely necessary. Others believe without risk there’s no real reward. On Friday, November 17th the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center invited Ex Fabula to its beautiful stage for a special, curated Storytelling event focused on the theme “Risking It.” The event featured stories from community members – including several first-time tellers who participated in storytelling workshops earlier this fall.

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Havenwoods neighbors share the promise and heartache of a distinct community

Havenwoods neighbors partnered with Ex Fabula to tell their stories of righting wrongs and growing businesses, of old shopping trips and newfound love, as part of an event that highlighted a community that stands out beyond Milwaukee.

“People in this part of Milwaukee have figured out how to create communities and businesses and workplaces and parks that reach across boundaries of race, ethnicity and class in ways other parts of the city and nation have not figured out,” said Dr. Aims McGuinness, a historian from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, during the event.

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Risking It Sneak Peek

What does “Risking It” look like? Do those stories change between baby boomers, millennials and Generation Z? We’ve been exploring those questions through a partnership with the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center that will culminate in a curated StorySlam this Friday November 17

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StorySlam: Work Recap

Our StorySlam: Work brought seven new tellers to the stage to tell their unique and hilarious stories. If you want to reminisce about the event, check out our Facebook photo album and start tagging away! In case you missed these new voices, then read on to know their work stories.

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the 5 Storytellers and emcee Nelson Lopez

A Refugee Curated StorySlam Recap

A dedicated Ex Fabula volunteer, Sue Blaustein, attended the curated StorySlam “Refugees” at Haggerty Art Museum on November 2nd.  The coveted art museum on Marquette University’s campus was filled to the brim with audience members and Ex Fabula volunteers.  Here’s what Sue had to report on the special event.

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Storytellers on stage

Guest Blogger Shares Their “On The Road” Experience

Guest blogger Tamara Burkett attended the curated “On The Road” StorySlam on October 19th at the Milwaukee Historical Society. The event was presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wilde Subaru.

Here’s her take on the night.  You can read more of Tamara’s thoughts on her blog, which has a whole section of travel stories to check out as well!

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What Could Go Wrong Recap

On October 17 we welcomed the Ex Fabula crew back for Season 9’s opening StorySlam: What Could Go Wrong? Before the stories got underway at Hot Water Wherehouse, two groups participated in the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s On The Table discussions. Participants shared their personal stories and discussed questions like “what do you love about your neighborhood,” and “what was the story about race that you grew up with?” After strengthening community bonds in our small groups, we rejoined the audience for the beginning of the StorySlam.Continue reading “What Could Go Wrong Recap”


Finding Your Voice on the Road

It’s those long drives with good friends that start great memories and even better stories. Road trips are some of our best memories and stories to tell, and the most interesting to listen to. Join us on October 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to hear the best road trip stories, but in the meantime, see what they have to say here.

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Three guests sit in movie theatre seats.

Shorts: Stories We Tell – Milwaukee Film Fest

This year’s Shorts: Stories We Tell is a masterful combination of storytelling and cinematography as wondrous and mesmerizing as we’ve come to expect from this Milwaukee Film Fest favorite. You’ll want to go with a friend because these shorts leave you not just wanting but needing to discuss (and probably Google) many of these little ditties. Continue reading “Shorts: Stories We Tell – Milwaukee Film Fest”


Projected words outside of a theater.

Returning to the Milwaukee Film Festival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, well for us, anyway. Ex Fabula’s Season 9 starts on October 17, and the Milwaukee Film Festival starts on Thursday. September 28. We’re proud to be returning as Community Partners, to this wonderful Milwaukee tradition that brings people and communities together. Continue reading “Returning to the Milwaukee Film Festival”