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.

Ways to Connect

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The last time wine contributor Ray Fister joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North, he talked about the impact that a historically bad wildfire season in California was having on the wine grape industry.

It’s been several months since those fires, and Fister says, "It's amazing how things have come back" in the Napa and Sonoma regions.

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts And Letters

Humans have visually oriented brains. Our vision evolved to help us survive predators and also helped us capture our dinner. As Shiela Reaves says, our vision evolved to help us defeat camouflage.

Reaves is a professor of Life Sciences at UW-Madison, and a member of the UW McPherson Eye Research Institute.

But today there is a different stress on our vision. We are bombarded by images. Some of us look at computer screens all day, absorbing the pictures Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other apps offer us. We watch many hours of television.

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Milwaukee band Various Small Fires performed in, and outside of, our studio recently. This is their original tune Shine:

The band plays a full set at The Up and Under Pub Saturday night during the Battle of the Bands competition. The award is a place on the 2018 Summerfest lineup.

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A pipe organ in full throttle can literally rumble the floor beneath your feet. The sounds they make - sometimes grand, sometime soft and intimate - all depend on the combination of stops, keyboards, and foot pedals the performer uses.

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Danceworks’ spring performance, Secrets From the Wide Sky, takes flight Friday evening at the Danceworks Studio Theatre on Water Street. The show is a mix of original choreography, music, and the shared secrets of its performers.

Danceworks’ Artistic Director Dani Kuepper explains more about the show, which originated with company founder Sarah Wilbur’s idea of a wide sky performance:

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Wisconsin native Thornton Wilder's Our Town is an iconic and Pulitzer-prize winning piece of American theatre. In the 80 years since it was first produced, there have been innumerable productions from grade school to Broadway.

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At first blush, the overlap between European Jewish musical forms and African-American spirituals may seem unclear. But singer Anthony Russell says the connection is not only deeply rooted in the histories of these two peoples, but in the history of American pop music.

Russell, who trained as an opera singer, is African-American and Jewish - a conversion prompted by both his love of Jewish culture and his husband, who happens to be a rabbi. 

Marcus CineLatino Film Festival

On Wednesday night, the 11th of April, Milwaukee's 2nd annual CineLatino Hispanic Film Festival gets underway. The kickoff event is at the Bistroplex at Southridge and the remainder of the festival takes place at the South Shore Cinema in Oak Creek.

 

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From Wichita Lineman to All I Know to If These Walls Could Speak, Jimmy Webb’s songs have been covered by many in the pop and rock pantheon. In many ways, his catalogue of songs has defined American pop music for the past 5 decades. And since the early 90s, Webb has been on the road himself, performing his own songs in his own way. 

But it was the late Glen Campbell who truly shaped Webb's career:

Bonnie North

Wael Farouk is a formidable pianist. He's deeply expressive and his technique is virtuosic.

And Friday evening, April 6, at Carthage College in Kenosha, Dr. Farouk will perform an especially Herculean feat: All five Beethoven piano concertos.

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Canadian fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter Calum Graham is only 26-years-old, but has already had a fairly illustrious career. He performed at the Olympic games in both Vancouver and London, has released five acclaimed albums, and was recently named one of the top 30 guitarists under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. 

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Antarctica, WI. It's not an actual place. But it is a play about Milwaukee, about its divisions and its places of connection, and about a group of teenagers trying to navigate their world and hopefully make it better.

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Dr. Bernice King was just 5-years-old when her father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated. A lot changed for her that day, but much more would change in the following years. By the time she was 11-years-old, King had lost her father, her grandmother, and her uncle - a surrogate father who shaped her early childhood. 

In a conversation on stage at the Pabst Theatre, presented by the Jewish Community Center Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Urban League, King talked about her father’s legacy, her work, and what life was like after that harrowing day in 1968.

Galaxy Publishing

Lawyer Jonathan Ficke isn't in the courtroom this week. That's because the Waukesha resident has been flown to Los Angeles to participate in the Writers of the Future writing workshop that leads up to the organization's annual awards ceremony on Sunday.

Ficke will be collecting an award for his short story, The Howler on the Sales Room Floor. The story is published by Galaxy Press, in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34.

Renaissance Theaterworks

Sometimes it feels like nothing really changes. The same battles seem to come around to be fought again and each generation thinks, "Wait a minute, I thought we settled this one..."

So for Renaissance Theaterworks to stage British playwright Caryl Churchill's 1982 play, Top Girls, now seems fitting. Many of the play's themes - the price women pay to have both families and careers, the definition of success for women - are still relevant today, 36 years after its first production.

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