Mea Fabula Profile: Andy Nunemaker & The Vogel Mansion

 

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The Vogel Mansion, also known as Greengate, has been host to several local fundraising events and tonight welcomes Ex Fabula’s Mea Fabula. This breathtakingly stunning residence, built in 1904, boasts a pool, a gym, a coach house, a fully operational Schlitz bar, ample parking, plenty of bedrooms & bathrooms and a stunning kitchen. The mansion has had some updates since originally constructed and is currently on the market.

Local entrepreneur and avid art collector Andy Nunemaker is the Mansion’s current owner. He serves as CEO and is the co-founder of Dynamis Corporation. Mr. Nunemaker’s art collection includes works from Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder as well as local artists. The variety and beauty of the pieces collected, in a wide range of artistic mediums, is a sight to behold. Mr. Nunemaker, his art collection and the mansion have been featured on www.jsonline.com, www.urbanmilwaukee.com and www.buildmke.org .

 

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Want to see the mansion and the art collection up close & personal? Tickets will be available at the door for $40, so join your fellow Milwaukeeans and peruse Mr. Nunemaker’s art collection while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Watch as your true, personal story is transformed into a unique theatrical piece, a song, a poem or a painting courtesy of a local Milwaukee artist. Your purchase helps Ex Fabula expand its programming, which includes workshops, StorySlams and community collaborations, giving more Milwaukeeans the chance to be heard, thus building community and strengthening our city.

 

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Mea Fabula Artist Profile: Tia Chianti Richardson

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Do you have story that transcends words? Ever been the unwilling victim of a caricature portrait? Tia Chianti Richardson, a community-integrated artist based in Milwaukee, can solve both of those problems. She is a portrait artist, muralist, graphic designer and educator. Tia will live paint your true, personal story into what will no doubt be a beautiful and personal memento or gift.

Tia specializes in using group talking circles to support a space of generous listening to each other’s personal & collective stories. She then embodies the stories in the form of a mural. In her personal work, she uses oil and acrylic to create paintings about nature, Goddess and humanity. Tia is also a live painter for Playback Milwaukee Theatre Company, which uses a form of improv where audience members tell a true life story. They then watch as it’s played back on the spot using a mix of music, improv movement, spoken word and visual art. To view some of Tia’s creative works, visit her website, www.cosmic-butterfly.com. You can also check her out at https://www.facebook.com/PlaybackMilwaukee.

You’d like a piece of yourself forever immortalized in time don’t you? In order to have your own joy of painting experience visit http://meafabula.brownpapertickets.com to purchase your ticket for Mea Fabula today! Tickets are only $40! Your purchase & support helps Ex Fabula expand its programming, which includes workshops, StorySlams and community collaborations, giving more Milwaukeeans the chance to be heard, thus building community and strengthening our city.

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Mea Fabula Artists Profile: broadminded comedy

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Ever wanted to experience something before it happens? Or maybe relive a moment in time, with a more hilarious, less embarrassing ending? The ladies of broadminded comedy, Milwaukee’s premier (and only) all-female sketch comedy group can make that a reality! The broads (Stacy Babl, Anne Graff LaDisa, Melissa Kingston and Megan McGee) will transform your true, personal story into comedy gold! You are more than welcome to record the chicas as they are replaying your story, which you can and should share with family, friends and perhaps the occasional stranger.

 The broads honed their comedic skills at ComedySportz Milwaukee and Chicago’s Second City Conservatory. In 2006 they awesomely combined their powers and began writing & performing sketches “By Women. For Everyone.” Their shows have been described as “both intelligent satire and straightforward comedy” (Russ Bickerstaff, ExpressMilwaukee). They have performed more than three hundred sketches at festivals, conferences, and parties throughout the Midwest.

Check out this hilarious video commercial parody, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sZtLxHIjrk, and this comical sketch titled “Dentist”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTsdiXjYBRU.

To really experience broadminded comedy in all of their riotous glory, purchase your ticket for Mea Fabula! Tickets are $40 and are available NOW for purchase at http://meafabula.brownpapertickets.com/. Don’t miss out on a chance to be a part of a unique storytelling experience! Your purchase helps Ex Fabula expand its programming, which includes StorySlams, workshops and community collaborations, giving more Milwaukeeans the chance to be heard, thus building community and strengthening our city.

Website: www.broadmindedcomedy.com

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Mea Fabula Artist Profile : Ben Merens

 

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Do you have the music in you? Have you ever found yourself walking down the street, wishing everyone can hear the theme music in your head? Now you can! He can do it! As an improvisational singer/songwriter, Ben Merens transforms your personal tale into song, singing for you immediately after hearing you share your story. For the past three years, Ben can be found performing his craft professionally on the first Saturday of each month at Pop More Corks in Lake Geneva.

Merens is a professional storyteller, speaker and broadcaster. He is also a listening expert with two audio books to his credit, People Are Dying To Be Heard” and “Uni-Tasking: 25 Tips For Better Listening.about how to live and listen in the moment. A former talk radio host on Wisconsin Public Radio for more than twenty years, Ben now makes his living as a podcast co-host/instructor & conflict resolution trainer and coach. He works for Brand XLerator and The Vistelar Group located on Milwaukee’s East Side. Additionally, he is creating a storytelling school for business executives and others who want to hone their storytelling skills.

Check out this video of Ben at The Shops of Grand Avenue, practicing his craft for writer Lisa England: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dKZtI1eEPc. For more information regarding Ben & his work feel free to check out his website, www.benmerens.com.

Tune stuck in your head? Song in your heart? Get it out of there and come on down to Mea Fabula! Tickets are now on sale, for $40, and are available for purchase at http://meafabula.brownpapertickets.com/. Your purchase helps Ex Fabula expand its programming, which includes workshops, StorySlams and community collaborations, giving more Milwaukeeans the chance to be heard, thus building community and strengthening our city.

 

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Mea Fabula Artist Profile: Anja Notanja Sieger

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Anja Notanja Sieger is the founder of “La Prosette,” a one-woman typewriter performance writing service.  “La Prosette” has been featured on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, USA Today Online, MSN Hotmail News and Yahoo News.  You tell Anja your personal story and she can convert it into a typed response poem.

Writing letters requires Anja to pretend that for the duration of the composition she is the client.  You can become the superhero you’ve always dreamed of, gain closure regarding a lost love or finally have your Office Space moment. The finished product is suitable for framing, a treasured family keepsake or for having future generations of students read in English class! Anja’s live stories have won Milwaukee area slams held by Ex Fabula and the Pfister Hotel. Anja is currently an artist-in-resident at In Tandem Theatre and is the Pfister Hotel’s resident narrator. For more information regarding Anja & “La Prosette”, please check out the links below.

Want to experience “La Prosette” first hand? You’re in luck! Tickets for Mea Fabula are now on sale! Purchase yours for $40 at http://meafabula.brownpapertickets.com/. Your purchase will help Ex Fabula expand programming, which includes workshops, StorySlams and community collaborations, in order to give more Milwaukeeans the chance to be heard, thus building community and strengthening our city.

Website: www.laprosette.com.

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Milwaukee artists bring stories to life at MEA FABULA!

We know you’re sad that Season 5 is over. But don’t despair – you can still get one last story fix at our upcoming “Mea Fabula” event. And bring your stories because this time – it’s all about YOU!

 

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We are pleased to announce “Mea Fabula” on Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm at the Vogel Mansion. Located at 2221 North Terrace Avenue across from the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and also known as Greengate, the Mansion is home to Milwaukee entrepreneur and art collector Andy Nunemaker.

This fundraiser, whose name comes from the Latin words for “my story”, will provide attendees with a unique storytelling experience. Milwaukee artists stationed throughout the house will listen to short personal stories from attendees and convert them into songs, poems, watercolors, and brief theatrical pieces. Attendees will be able to observe the artists up close during the creative process. They will also have the opportunity to peruse Mr. Nunemaker’s extensive art collection as they enjoy drinks and hors d’oevres.

Tickets are available for $40; all proceeds will help Ex Fabula expand programming, which includes workshops, StorySlams, and community collaborations, in order to give more Milwaukeeans the chance to be heard, thus building community and strengthening our city. We highly recommend that you purchase advance tickets!

We hope to see you there, fellow storyholics!

How do you want YOUR story told?

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“ALL STARS” Recap

by Ex Fabula blogger Kimberly Ousley

 

I see stars….All Stars that is! Ex Fabula’s ALL STARS show at Turner Hall Ballroom featured season five’s crowned storytellers sharing various tales of Mother Load proportions. Leah Delaney and Dasha Kelly joined forces once again as emcees for the evening, dishing random facts about the ALL STARS.

Before the storytellers graced the stage Yelp’s very own Rachel Fell warmed the crowed up with some UltraShorts. Comedian Tim Higgins kicked off the evening with a tale of how not wanting a relationship eventually leads to marriage, with a costume themed wedding of course. Next up teddy bear whisperer Dave Hendrickson reminisced about his college days of beer and girls who liked bad poetry. Tom Shanahan’s hunting tale, complete with a few mishaps, eventually netted him a ‘mother load’ of a catch. After a short break, Virginia Pothier captivated the crowd by revealing what ‘mother load’ means to a teenage girl: dating her crush after scaring the crap out of him. Last up Aims McGuiness shared how he became known as ‘the muffin man’ and gained profound insight into motherhood while living abroad.  As the votes were being counted, the crowd was treated to special surprise guests Shaquille Grandberry & Destinny Fletcher, each wowing & delighting the crowd with their powerful spoken word performances.

And the winner is….Aims McGuiness!! Congratulations on being Season Five’s Audience Favorite! Special thanks to our surprise guests and to all of our storytellers, tonight and from the entire season. Thanks to Leah & Dasha for being awesome emcees, to Turner Hall and its courteous staff. Ex Fabula appreciates all of the volunteers and sponsors for their support in helping to further build the community.

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