ALL STARS 2017: Unfinished Business Recap

There’s nothing quite like the end of yet another successful Ex Fabula season. And unlike the theme of this year’s ALL STAR StorySlam hosted at historic Turner Hall this past Thursday night, we can honestly say there are no signs of Unfinished Business regarding our goals for season 8. Because the goal is simple: to bring people together to tell true, personal stories. And that’s exactly what we did. Continue reading “ALL STARS 2017: Unfinished Business Recap”


MKE Big Read: COURAGE

The Force was with us on May 4th as Ex Fabula took over the stage at Milwaukee Central Library’s Centennial Hall for the MKE Big Read Bilingual StorySlam. This year Ex Fabula was pleased to partner with Milwaukee Public Library for the 2017 MKE Big Read and our Storytellers showed some amazing “Courage” as they shared stories on this theme.Continue reading “MKE Big Read: COURAGE”


A college-age woman writes intently on a worksheet.

Practicing Courage: a storytelling workshop recap

Talking about courage takes a lot of courage. At the MKE Big Read storytelling workshop on Thursday, April 13 at the UWM Union, an intimate group of ten storytellers came together to craft and share their tales of courage. I was one of them. I didn’t intend to be. I thought I’d just volunteer, write a blog post and that’d be it. No courage needed. I was wrong. Continue reading “Practicing Courage: a storytelling workshop recap”


Only In Milwaukee StorySlam Recap

Milwaukee is a uniquely diverse city. We’re known for our beer and brats, but locals know there’s much more. We’ve got the Bronze Fonz, The Calatrava and some might say, we even had a lion. On Wednesday, we gathered at 3041 North. Nine storytellers shared their “Only In Milwaukee” experiences.

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Screen with text: speak more science: musings from the stratosphere. -Jean Creighton

Secret Fabula Recap: Out of This World

Our first Secret Fabula of 2017 took us on a wild, out-of-this-world adventure. A sold-out crowd of about 70 Ex Fabula members and friends gathered in the intimate UWM Planetarium for team trivia and stories under the stars.

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Acquired Taste StorySlam Recap

They say first impressions are everything, but some of us need a few tries to really enjoy something new. Ex Fabula fans met on March 13 at the Times Theater to talk about our Acquired Tastes. Continue reading “Acquired Taste StorySlam Recap”


Stewart tells his water story

Water Recap

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”


Secret’s Out: New Year Spectacular Recap

Whether or not if it’s a secret between friends, spouses or one we keep to ourselves, the secrets we keep and share can ultimately reveal something about us and our humanity. Nearly 200 guests found out how little secrets can have a big impact in our lives at Alverno’s Pitman Theater for our New Year Spectacular with the theme “Our Little Secret.” This special, curated event featured various storytelling formats, and each teller had 10-minutes to share.

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"Change of Heart" at Sugar Maple. Photo by Art Montes

Change of Heart Recap

When February arrives, it will be impossible to escape the talk about matters of the heart. Before the Valentine’s flood begins, we gathered for the first story slam of 2017: Change of Heart. On Tuesday, January 10th, we met at Sugar Maple to talk about the sweet and sticky situations that arise during a change of heart.Continue reading “Change of Heart Recap”


Times Cinema

Perfect Storm – Recap

December 14th–The first true breath of Wisconsin winter. The Wind Chill blew a bitter, bone-chilling cold, which seemed to only embolden the Ex Fabula audience to bundle up and face Old Man Winter for our December StorySlam (and the last of 2016), “Perfect Storm.”

As the crowd meandered into the Times Theater, there was an electricity in the air. While holiday tunes played overhead, strangers and friends chatted as audience members freed themselves from their protective layers and settled in for a night of love, laughter and loss.Continue reading “Perfect Storm – Recap”