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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The Pewaukee-based, Americana band Rebecca and the Grey Notes has been heard from stages around the Milwaukee-area for the last five years, but this is the first time the group has joined together in the Lake Effect Performance Studio. 

The band features Rebecca Famularo on vocals, backed up by the Grey Notes - songwriter and Rebecca’s dad, Tyler, on lead guitar; Michael Juley on bass; and Jeff Franks on drums.

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For eight years (and counting), game aficionado James Lowder has joined Lake Effect to talk about the best games of the year. We are talking about classic games here, not the kind that are played on a screen.

"The thing that's amazing is how much this has become mainstream culture," Lowder says. "Everybody's watching the Marvel movies and everybody's familiar with The Lord of the Rings, so they understand the tropes and they understand the storytelling."

Bonnie North

Five years ago, Ben Bedroske decided to create a chamber choir for people who don’t always sing in chamber choirs: recent college graduates. Thus the Chant Claire Chamber Choir was born. Now numbering 56, the choir gives its members a chance to keep their performing skills sharp and bond with a group of their peers. 

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Milwaukee's Irish Cultural and Heritage Center is hosting internationally acclaimed harpist Kim Robertson for its Holiday Harp concert. The Wisconsin native is joined on stage by a number of local musical friends, including mutli-instrumentalist Brett Lipshutz.

Lipshutz is a member of Myserk, a band which focuses on the Celtic tradition in Brittany, and he showcased his whistle playing in a performance with Robertson for Lake Effect

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Starting Wednesday, December 6, the UW-Milwaukee Theater is presenting George Bernard Shaw’s classic Major Barbara.  The play is typical of Shaw in its subject matter - it tackles arms manufacturing, pacifism, women’s rights, class and the evils of poverty.

Fine Arts Quartet

Every month cellist Robert Cohen talks about his life as a professional musician in a segment called On That Note. The conversations range from how to travel with a cello to how to best memorize music, and a wide array of other topics that explore what it means to work as a musician. 

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Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Rep opened the 42 consecutive year of its production of A Christmas Carol. The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic has gone through a number of changes at the Rep over the years.

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Scrooge in Rougewhich opens this week at InTandem Theatre, features some characters familiar to fans of the Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, but the setting might be a bit less familiar to modern audiences. 

The play is set in a late 1800s, English music hall. Set designer and muralist, Linda Freund, created the setting not just on the stage but in the lobby as well. 

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As the holiday season gets underway, there are a myriad of new productions opening at theaters throughout Milwaukee. Lake Effect contributor and local theater critic Dave Begel, regularly joins us to talk about shows on stage around Wisconsin and some of the big topics impacting theater around the world. Begel offers his opinions on the latest round of theater openings and the must-see productions this season. 

Mark Frohna

There are a lot of holiday options on stage around town right now, from First Stage’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas to the Milwaukee Rep’s annual A Christmas Carol. Just across town, there's another production at Skylight Music Theatre that is playing to rave reviews and packed houses. 

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For most of us, Thanksgiving is a day that is about both gratitude and food. For a Milwaukee area woman, the two are inextricably linked. Kathy Bero survived two bouts with cancer by integrating wholesale changes in her diet with more conventional therapies.

Bero says she wanted to find a compliment to the allopathic treatments she was undergoing. "I wanted to show that you don’t have to stick to what they know," she explains. "You can engage a much larger cache of tools that exist worldwide, not just here."

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It's Thanksgiving Day and today we celebrate the bounty on our tables by learning about the origins of the some of the foods that make the holiday meal. Wisconsin Foodie host Kyle Cherek says that much of what we serve today actually originated on this side of the Atlantic.

"Maize (corn), potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins, peppers, blueberries, gourds, wild rice... and turkeys. And that's just the tip of the iceberg," he says.

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Every month Jean Creighton comes down to the studio from her usual haunt in the Manfred Olson Planetarium to tell us stories about the cosmos. Today we talk about color, or lack of it, in the universe:

Michael Brosilow / Milwaukee Rep

There's nothing elementary about the new production Holmes and Watson at the Milwaukee Rep. This Midwest premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's play is directed by the Rep’s former artistic director Joe Hanreddy.

It stars Norman Moses and Mark Corkins - two men very familiar to Milwaukee theatre audiences. Between them, they have decades of on stage experience and in this play they get to show off all of that skill and experience to great theatrical effect.

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Vida Cross teaches English literature and creative writing at Milwaukee Area Technical College. But the Chicago native practices what she teaches at MATC and has just published her first book of poetry.

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