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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Milwaukee Repertory Theater

The Milwaukee Rep has teamed up with the Cincinnati Playhouse to produce the prequel to Peter Pan.

The Tony Award-winning play, Peter and the Starcatcher, opens Friday. The story features Peter Pan's backstory, answering such questions as: Why didn't Peter want to grow up and where did the lost boys come from?

buamusic.com

Brian Miller, guitarist for the band Bua, was in the Lake Effect studio not too long ago to support his wife, Minnesota singer Norah Rendell. But in Bua, he's one of four equal partners in playing traditional Irish music.

Miller, along with Sean Gavin, Devin Shephard and UWM grad Brian Ohart, is on a rare Midwest tour.  The band will playFriday evening at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, but first they visit the Lake Effect studio with a set of jigs:

Broccoli Theatricals

For those of us old enough to remember him, Sid Caesar was the king of live television in the 1950s. In Your Show of Shows Caesar all but defined the sketch comedy TV show. He also surrounded himself with a bevy of equally brilliant writers, many of whom who would go on to great things on their own: people like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, and Neil Simon.

Kreyòl Roots, Facebook

The Milwaukee-based organization, Youthaiti, has spent years working to improve sanitation and living conditions in Haiti.  They’ve done ecological projects, built sanitary toilets, and taken on other work in an effort to help the people of the impoverished island nation.

Chris Hildreth / quincytroupe.com

Quincy Troupe’s best-known book doesn’t even carry his name.  He co-wrote the autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, with Milwaukee native Chris Gardner.  The book was made into a major movie, starring Will Smith.

tofuttibreak, flickr

From The Botany of Desire to The Joy of Cooking to Kitchen Confidential, books about food fill our bookshelves - if not literally our stomachs.

Archival Inkjet Print © J. Shimon & J. Lindemann / Museum of Wisconsin Art

Wisconsin is home to a great many world class artists. Among those are the photographers Julie Lindemann and John Shimon, both of whom were born in the state and have made it their professional home.

The two are a couple personally and professionally, and are known as J. Shimon & J. Lindemann.

Listen To Your Mother

Five years go, a Madison woman created a spoken word event to celebrate motherhood. That event, called Listen To Your Mother, drew such interest that it spawned events in cities around the country, and has also resulted in a book, bringing together some of the most compelling essays from the series.  

"We look for the beautiful unifying thread of motherhood. Under the umbrella of motherhood, we can all understand each other so much better," says coordinator Alexandra Rosas.

Timothy Westbrook

For most people, their first exposure to Timothy Westbrook was his short-lived run on the Lifetime TV show Project Runway.  But before that, Westbrook was the artist-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel. 

For a second consecutive year, Marquette University’s English Department, and its friends and alumni group, are throwing a birthday party. The honoree isn’t technically a Marquette alum, but it’s hard to fathom that there’s an English major who isn’t intimately familiar with him.

The party honors Shakespeare, and like last year, some famous people from around Milwaukee will each do a reading. English professor and event organizer C.J. Hribal says this year the readings will extend to other works of literature that mean a lot to the readers. 

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