Story & Music: The Terminal Milwaukee Finale
It is with great pleasure and a tinge of disbelief that Ex Fabula invites you to the final event of the “Terminal Milwaukee” series.
The culminating event of the year-long storytelling series brings Ex Fabula to new heights with bagpipes, a resurrected 70s punk band, a Grammy nominated polka accordionist, a Gospel choir and one of the most compelling, unique and idiosyncratic Milwaukee voices, WMSE’s Station Manager, Tom Crawford. The event will take place on Saturday, April 28th, 8 p.m. at Alverno College’s Pitman Theatre (corner of Morgan and S. 39th St.).
Through the “Terminal Milwaukee” series, Ex Fabula has experienced Milwaukee through the eyes of a lifelong resident, Tom Crawford. The neighborhoods he has lived and worked in over the years have all been tied to one another with his and others’ compelling and utterly fascinating narratives. Throughout the series, audiences have heard Tom recount his days working as a longshoreman on Jones Island, growing up in his father’s Barbershop in Capitol Heights, experiencing the racial divide of 1960s Milwaukee manifest by the Menominee Valley and his eventual rise from overzealous fan terrifying his favorite WMSE DJ to WMSE Station Manger and Milwaukee icon.
The Alverno Presents event on Saturday April 28th explores the pivotal role music has played in Crawford’s only-in-Milwaukee life. The Billy Mitchell Scottish Ensemble, Steve Meisner, the legendary Milwaukee punk band The Lubricants and gospel music from The Gill Singers will offer sonic embellishments to Tom’s stories.
Each Terminal Milwaukee event has also featured Milwaukee historian and author, John Gurda, providing historical context for each distinct Milwaukee neighborhood in which the events have been set. Gurda will continue to share his unique insight and provide historical vignettes in this series finale.
The diverse narrative from each Terminal Milwaukee event has been nothing short of amazing, with each neighborhood and each distinct story sewn together with the visceral, powerful and personal account of Tom Crawford. It is with a heavy heart that we see this exceptional series draw to a close; however, we’re ecstatic to see the final chapter of the Tom Crawford project play out on the stage of Alverno Presents.
It is our sincere hope that you will join us for this final event and celebrate the varied, diverse and plentiful stories that this great city and its extraordinary people create and harbor every day.
Single tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased through the Alverno Presents Box Office at 414-382-6044 or on-line at http://alvernopresents.alverno.edu.
“Terminal Milwaukee” is funded in part by a major grant award from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin. The WHC receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin.
Ex Fabula Presents: Terminal Milwaukee
Ex Fabula is proud to announce a new storytelling series, “Terminal Milwaukee”. The project is a seven event series that will lead audiences through five distinctive neighborhoods of Milwaukee following the dynamic life story of Tom Crawford, a standout storyteller from Ex Fabula All Stars 2010 and self-described “terminal” Milwaukeean.
Through the “Terminal Milwaukee” series, Ex Fabula will see Milwaukee through the eyes of a lifelong resident, Tom Crawford, and visit the neighborhoods he grew up in and worked in over the years. He has worked as a longshoreman on Jones Island, a baker’s apprentice and a hide washer in a tannery. He began in radio in 1983 and eventually became Station Manager of WMSE, where he currently works as a community linchpin. Tom Crawford’s visceral personal stories are gripping, vivid and filled with detail and affection for the neighborhoods they are set in. Accordingly, each event will also feature storytellers preselected from residents of those neighborhoods.
Milwaukee historian John Gurda will contribute historical vignettes to each event to fill out the evening. Throughout the course of the series, audience members will have the opportunity to share their memories and experiences in the neighborhood. The series will be documented in audio and video form and these will be shared throughout the year long project.
The series began at Ex Fabula ALL STARS 2011 season finale on June 2nd at Turner Hall. In addition to Tom’s story on the evening’s theme of “Secrets and Lies”, the show included the unveiling of the project’s video trailer. The first neighborhood event will take place at Club Garibaldi at 8 pm on Saturday July 23rd, and the theme will be “All in a Day’s Work”. On Friday September 9 at 8 pm, Satin Wave will host an event with a theme of “Barber Shop”. Sherman Perk will host “Intersections” on Saturday November 5 at 8 pm. In 2012, the series travels to Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall for an event on the theme of “Generation Gap” on Saturday January 28 at 8 pm. Then on Thursday March 29, 2012 at 6 pm 91.7 WMSE will host an event in studio which will be broadcasted live; the theme will be “Frontier Radio”. The series will resolve in a final live storytelling and musical event, presented in cooperation with Alverno Presents; the theme of “Terminal Milwaukee” will come to life on Saturday April 28, 2012, at Alverno’s Pitman Theatre.
Admission to most events will be free with donations accepted to support this project as well as Ex Fabula’s mission of building community by connecting storytellers with audiences.
“Terminal Milwaukee” is funded in part by a major grant award from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin. The WHC receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin.
In the fall of 2009, the five founders of Ex Fabula began organizing live events in Milwaukee to provide an outlet for true, personal storytelling. The goal was to create shared experiences for individuals from different communities in the city. The fledgling organization was called “Ex Fabula” – Latin for “from stories”.
For more information about Ex Fabula or the “Terminal Milwaukee” series, call Amy Schleicher, Project Director, at 414-840-3930.