Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer / Co-host

Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

Bonnie spent over twenty years working as a director, technician and stage manager in professional, educational, and community theaters. She comes from a family of musicians and artists and grew up playing all kinds of music. But her interest in and love of the arts is not limited to performance. She enjoys other art expressions as well, including painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, and writing.

Bonnie's introduction to Public Broadcasting came at Vermont Public Radio (VPR) in 1992. She spent 7 years there in various positions, including hosting classical and jazz shows and as a production associate and operations manager.

Just prior to joining WUWM, Bonnie worked in the defense industry. She spent two years in the Balkans, first in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where she managed a group of linguists that provided Serbo-Croatian interpreting and translation services for the US and NATO stabilization forces. She then went to Kosovo to manage the overall linguist program for Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Bonnie holds a bachelors degree in English Literature/Drama Studies from Purchase College-State University of New York.

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If a movie passes the Bechdel test, it features at least two women talking to each other about a subject besides a man. There are more of those films than there used to be, but they’re still not a given in Hollywood.

However there are signs of a significant shift of sorts to more older women playing key roles. It’s a trend that our film contributor Dave Luhrssen has taken note of.

Cremona, Italy is the home of Antonio Stradivari, possibly the greatest maker of musical instruments in history. With more than two hundred violin makers living in the small picturesque town, it would make sense that cellist Robert Cohen would find himself there.

"Every restaurant, every hotel, every shop window has violins in it, has instruments of all sorts. It's one of the few places in the world you can walk around with a cello and nobody asks you, 'what is that?'" Cohen says.

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We’ve probably all wondered what we might talk about if a compelling figure from history dropped by for coffee, and Acacia Theatre's latest production puts two historical figures together for one last conversation.

Freud’s Last Session envisions a meeting between Sigmund Freud, the father of much of contemporary psychology; and the writer C.S. Lewis.  The two were actually contemporaries, but never met in real life.

Puccini’s Tosca is the very definition of grand opera. Love, betrayal, death and huge, sweeping arias. It’s the kind of show you expect to see on a stage as large as the opera’s score and emotions.

However, the Skylight Opera’s current production of Tosca approaches the piece a little differently including all the passion and music in force, but on a smaller scale to fit into the smaller confines of the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre.

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The refugee crisis in Europe continues to dominate headlines as the European Union struggles to manage the influx and craft humane policies.  Hundreds of thousands of immigrants have been streaming towards Europe from war-torn Syria and other locations for months. 

But the refugee crisis in Europe is much older than many people realize. Until recently, it’s been Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Spain, and Italy that are hit the hardest. 

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Singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer has had a lot happen to him in his 33 years. His father died suddenly when Scheuer was 13, his family drifted apart, Scheuer learned the guitar, and then he was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 28.

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Although it has been 14 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the fear those attacks engendered in us as a nation has lingered.

It shows up in the way we travel by air, the ways we barricade our public offices and the ways we give up more personal freedoms in search of more security.

September and October are traditionally the months when performing arts organizations of all kinds begin their new seasons in Milwaukee, and the past few weeks here have been no exception.

From the film festival to various theaters to the symphony and other musical groups, arts patrons in southeastern Wisconsin many options from which to choose.

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If you’re under age 10 or the parent of someone who is, the name “Doctor Scott” is likely a name you’ll associate with science.


When Chicago-based filmmakers Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky first encountered Peter Anton, they didn’t expect to spend the next eight years making a film about the elderly, outsider artist. But that’s what happened.