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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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.

Bonnie North

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. 

courtesy of First Stage

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.

courtesy of Robert Cohen

Johann Sebastian Bach's 6 Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are masterworks of the Baroque era. They are beautiful to hear and fiendishly difficult to play, and they are considered among the greatest of Bach's many brilliant compositions.

Each suite contains six movements, and performing just one of them during a concert requires a great deal of concentration and skill on the part of the cellist. But to perform all six during a single concert? That's a marathon.

Photo courtesy of Museum of Wisconsin Art

There are still a couple of weeks left to visit the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend to see the 2018 Wisconsin Biennial exhibition. The statewide competition is open to artists working in all media. The prize selections are made by an outside jury.

Cirque du Soleil

Thursday through Sunday, the BMO Harris Bradley Center will be taken over by the magic of Montreal's Cirque du Soleil. A number of Cirque shows have been here before, but this is the first time the troupe is bringing Corteo to Milwaukee.

Like all of Cirque's shows, Corteo is both a story and a spectacle of precision acrobatics, beautiful music, and dramatic lighting and costumes.

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All this week, our latest Project Milwaukee series, To Protect and Serve, is examining the state of police-community relations here.


Last month our Astro Chat with contributor Dr. Jean Creighton began a short series on the impact NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has had on our understanding of the universe.

Previously, we talked about how the Hubble confirmed for us that the universe is expanding. This month, it's all about exoplanets. As Creighton points out, "the Hubble Space Telescope was not the first instrument that saw exoplanets. But it was one of the first that could photograph an exoplanet."

Courtesy of 'Wisconsin Foodie'

Wisconsin Foodie turns 10 years old this year, but it first began as a vague idea sketched out on a cocktail napkin. The Emmy® Award-winning television series and companion website was the brainchild of Milwaukee-based documentary filmmaker Arthur Ircink, who back in 2007 was watching the popularity of cooking shows explode nationally.

courtesy of Ensemble Caprice

On Saturday afternoon at the Zelazo Center on the UWM campus, Early Music Now welcomes Ensemble Caprice, one of Canada’s preeminent early music groups.  The group is based in Montreal, but are on a North American tour, and will bring Milwaukee audiences a program of familiar and unusual baroque works in a program they call iLove Baroque.