Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer

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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Arts & Culture
2:08 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The Nej, Ancient Turkish Flute, to be Featured at Concert

Kamran Ince comes to Wisconsin to share his passion and talent for the nej flute.

Considering the musical worlds in which they inhabit, it’s perhaps surprising that Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince and Turkish-American composer, multi-instrumentalist, and academic scholar Mehmet Ali-Sanlikol have never worked together.

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Arts & Culture
1:26 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Noh Print Collection on Display at Villa Terrace Art Museum

Tsukioka Kōgyo, "Kumasaka" from "Nogaku Hyakuban," Woodblock print, 15x10 in.

The Noh prints on display are from the collection of Richard and Mae Smethurst; Annemarie Sawkins is one of the curators of the exhibit. The three of them spoke with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

An exhibit at Milwaukee’s Villa Terrace Art Museum casts a spotlight on one of the world’s oldest forms of theater -- Noh.

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Creating An Art Exhibit: A Closer Look At MAM's Kandinsky Installation

Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866–1944) Fragment I for Composition VII (Center), 1913 Oil on canvas 34 15/16 × 39 7/16 in. (88.74 × 100.17 cm) Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1958.12 Photographer credit: Larry Sanders #169; Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Credit Milwailee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum's chief curator and co-curator of the Kandinsky exhibit Brady Roberts and exhibit designer David Russick took Bonnie North on a tour of the exhibit.

The Wassily Kandisnky exhibit is entering its final weeks at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  

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Arts & Culture
11:55 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Taking Wisconsin to Luxembourg Through New Artist-In-Residence Program

A new partnership between the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend and the Ministry of Culture in Luxembourg will provide a three-month artist-in-residence program at Bourglinster Castle funded by Wisconsin’s Ansay Development Corporation.
Credit Museum of Wisconsin Art

A quick geography quiz – where’s Luxembourg?  Okay, we’ll settle for “someplace in Europe.”  Many of us might have a difficult time precisely placing the small country on a map – it’s wedged in between Belgium, Germany, and France. 

Its population is about 500,000 – less than the city of Milwaukee, and it is 200 square miles smaller than Milwaukee County. But why are we telling you this? 

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12:11 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Slain Journalist James Foley: "Awful Things Can Happen"

James Foley, who was a Marquette University graduate, was executed by Islamist militants in Syria Tuesday, a year-and-a-half after being abducted there.
Credit Marquette University

James Foley talking with Lake Effect's Bonnie North in 2012.

James Foley, a journalist and Marquette University alum, was executed Tuesday by the militant group Islamic State, about a year-and-a-half after being kidnapped while covering the turmoil in Syria.

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Arts & Culture
2:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Scottish Musician Alasdair Fraser Roams the Planet With "Fiddlespeak"

Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Scottish fingerstyle guitarist Tony McManus perform at Irish Fest.
Credit Bonnie North

Scottish musician Alasdair Fraser gives us a master class in traditional fiddling.

Alasdair Fraser is one of the world’s preeminent Scottish fiddlers and teachers. 

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Arts & Culture
2:45 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Maria Callas: Compelling On and Off the Stage Yesterday and Today

Maria Callas, soprano, was recently the focus of Milwaukee Chamber Theater's "Master Class."
Credit Peter Proadisch, wikicommons


Maria Callas may have died in 1977, but she remains a compelling figure in opera and the wider world even today.  Callas was known for her musical and acting skills that span styles, and her complete dedication to her art.

"You feel so much when she sings a simple phase," says Patrick Byrne. "She infuses each word of the text with passion or appropriate emotion."

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Gathering of the Cornish Cousins Welcomes Celebrated Native Sons Luxon, Biscoe

Benjamin Luxon (left) and Bert Biscoe traveled to Wisconsin to take part in the Cornish celebration in Wisconsin.
Credit Bonnie North, WUWM

Our guests come from Cornwall, the very southwestern most tip of England, that has its own song, poetry and story traditions. It’s a tradition that’s alive a well in Wisconsin. Many Cornish people came here to settle in the late 19th century.

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Thu August 14, 2014

New Trad Trio "The ALT"

John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy, and Eamon O'Leary are The Alt
Credit Bonnie North

The Alt is a new trio made up of three of the finest musicians currently working in the Celtic tradition: Nuala Kennedy, vocals, flutes and whistles, John Doyle, vocals and guitar, and Eamon O’Leary, vocals, bouzouki and guitar.

They're performing at Irish Fest this weekend and played three songs for us: Going for a Soldier, Lovely Nancy, and One Morning in May.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Milwaukee's Tallymoore Band - Tradition With a Twist

Tallymoore (l-r): Dave Kennedy, Ryan Cappleman, Sean Ward, Erin Hoffmann, Karl Suechting, and Matt Voell
Credit Bonnie North


Milwaukee's Tallymoore band in Lake Effect's Studio C1

The members of the Milwaukee band, Tallymoore, have been playing together for two years, this month. 

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