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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It wasn’t too long after the Milwaukee Art Museum opened its renovated galleries a year ago that then director Dan Keegan announced his retirement. The intensive, international search for his successor led to the hiring of Marcelle Polednik, who began her tenure there in August. Polednik came from the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, located at the University of North Florida. While director there, she spearheaded audience outreach and. cutting-edge exhibitions. While director, the...

US Bureau of Ships / Wikimedia

75 years ago, the Imperial Japanese Air Force bombed the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Although Europe had been engulfed in conflict since 1939, and the Japanese had invaded China even earlier in the decade, the attack on Pearl Harbor was the event that catapulted the United States into the Second World War. 2,400 people were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack, and 1,177 of those victims were on the USS Arizona. Reporter Meg Jones was interested in just 21 of those victims for her...

Jenny Plevin

When Black Nativity opened in New York in 1961, Langston Hughes had been a published poet and essayist for 40 years. It was one of the first plays by an African American to be staged off-Broadway. And it has received productions around the country ever since. "I think he wanted to show that there's divinity in the African-American community, as well. I mean, during that time we can all remember through history what was going on in our country in the early '60s," says director, Malkia...

Jacobo Lovo

For more than a quarter century, Latino Arts, Inc. has been celebrating Latino culture through music and art. From the Mariachi orchestra made up of local school children, to hosting international musical acts and artists in its facilities within the United Community Center on the near south side, Latino Arts serves as a model for arts education, urban youth development and cultural engagement. Last month, Latino Arts welcomed Jacobo Lovo as its newest artistic director. A graduate of the...

Penguin Random House

Winston Churchill was the prime minister of the United Kingdom during the dark days of World War II. This was during a time when Britain seemed to stand alone against Nazi Germany. Churchill’s leadership is largely credited for keeping up the spirit of the British people, especially during the German air blitz and the allied defeat at the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940. But Churchill's natural leadership skills were evident many years before he became prime minister. As author Candice Millard...

Michael Brosilow / Milwaukee Rep

For more than four decades, the Milwaukee Rep has presented an annual production of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol . For many of those years, the show has moved from the usual Milwaukee Rep stages to the historic Pabst Theater. This year is no exception. But what has changed this year is the script, and many of the production elements. Milwaukee Rep artistic director Mark Clements decided a few years ago that it was time to refresh the story. And to do that, he wrote a new...

NASA / mars.nasa.gov

On this day in 1964, the Spacecraft Mariner 4 was launched into its 228 day mission that would bring the spacecraft within about 6,000 miles of Mars. That mission resulted in the first close-up photos of the Red Planet. In celebration of that historic mission, November 28 th is known as Red Planet Day. "At first, all we wanted to do was learn more about the environment, but now, of course we want to get [to Mars]. We want to send a person there," says astronomy contributor and...

Once a month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into Lake Effect 's performance studio to play a song. For the November special edition of The Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger , the singer-songwriter has a Thanksgiving themed song called "No One to Thanks But Myself." John Sieger, and a host of other musicians, with “No One to Thank But Myself,” a Thanksgiving edition of The Monthly Beatdown with John Sieger .

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Cranberries are one of the only truly traditional foods present at the Thanksgiving table. While a full-turkey likely wouldn't have been on the menu at the first Thanksgiving, cranberries were a staple part of early American diets. Lake Effect food contributor, Kyle Cherek, says the cranberry is one of the only fruits native to North America. The tiny fruit was originally cultivated by Native American tribes in bogs in the Northeast, but eventually made its way to Wisconsin. "They...

MARK FROHNA

Moviegoers may be familiar with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane playing Georges and Albin, two gay men running a flamboyant gay nightclub in the 1996 movie The Bird Cage . That movie was taken from the original French play from the early 1970s, called La Cage Aux Folles , which was made into a Broadway show. The plot centers around what happens when the couple meets the very straight-laced parents of Georges' son’s fiancée. Skylight Music Theatre launches into the holiday...

Johannes Ritter

Thirty years ago, Milwaukeean Thallis Drake decided that the city needed an organization devoted to presenting the best of early music, or medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque music. The first group that the newly created Early Music Now presented 30 years ago was Sequentia, and it's the same group that will perform for their 30th anniversary concert on Saturday, November 19 at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa. The program is called “Monks Singing Pagans: Medieval Songs Of Gods,...

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It’s been a few months since Marcelle Polednik took over as the new director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. But her appointment to such a prominent role in the Milwaukee cultural scene is attracting plenty of attention. Milwaukee Magazine ’s editor, Carole Nicksin, is also a recent addition to the scene, and she had the chance to profile Polednik in the November issue. "My top-line impression: she's very smart, and she's very passionate about art," she says. "She also seems to have a...

This time of year finds many theaters and performing arts groups producing holiday fare, from “A Christmas Carol” to “Black Nativity” to “The Nutcracker”, to more tongue-in-cheek performances like “Holiday Hell: The Curse of Perry Williams.” This year, Next Act Theatre’s holiday offering is a world premiere, written by local theater luminaries John Kishline and Edward Morgan. “ Unsilent Night ” stars another prominent local theater name, David Cesarini as radio DJ Frank Willis. "We're set in...

Asher Israelow Studio

The Creativity Series at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design presents New York based furniture designer and builder Asher Israelow in conversation tonight. Israelow, who began his career by studying architecture and who still works in that field as well, was one of Forbes Art and Style’s 30 under 30 designers in 2012. His furniture is made in small batches and incorporates both wood and metal - often including specific star patterns that reflect a day and time important to the person...

Michael Brosilow

The current political climate in this country suggests a less-than-warm reception for foreigners on American soil. Certainly, the foreigner in the eponymously named play opening at the Milwaukee Rep would agree. But Larry Shue’s 1983 play, written for The Rep, manages to be both funny and poignant as it tells the story of an outsider in a small Georgia town. "The play has always been hilarious. It has always had a huge heart. It's always had this wonderful message. But the thing that's...

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