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 full heat of summer is upon us. Most of us reach for a cold beer or cider if we want something alcoholic to help cool down.

But Lake Effect’s regular wine contributor Ray Fister says don’t ignore the fruits of the grape, and don't be afraid to try something new: 

Ray Fister is the co-creator and voice of the wine blog and podcast Life Between the Vines and the owner and engineer of 5th Floor Recording Company.

Photo Courtesy of David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

Most art curators work for museums and tend to have substantial academic credentials in art history and museum studies. David Wagner is not an art historian. His academic background is in musical performance and arts administration. But he is a curator.

Wagner’s Milwaukee-based business, David J Wagner LLC, produces and manages traveling exhibitions for museums and other cultural and scientific institutions in North America and abroad. 

Theater RED

Theater RED has been presenting shows on Milwaukee stages since 2013.  That’s relatively young, as far as Milwaukee theater companies go, but it’s positively a veteran group compared to the brand-new [untitled] Productions group.  The two organizations are teaming up to present a one-woman show on stage this weekend.

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The Zablocki VA Medical Center and UW-Milwaukee have discovered they make good partners in providing military veterans with a wide range of services. For the past few years, the Zablocki VA has teamed up with UWM's Military and Veterans Resource Center, or MAVRC, to hold a veterans mental health summit. The sixth annual summit takes place this Saturday, June 23 at UWM's student union.

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Geoff Carter has been teaching high school English in Milwaukee Public Schools for nearly 30 years. Most of his students were and are considered at-risk, and he has strong opinions about the importance of public schools and about the dynamics that exist here among public, private, charter and voucher schools and their advocates.

UPAF

The annual campaign for the United Performing Arts Fund, or UPAF, wrapped up this week. It successfully raised more than $12 million for local performing arts groups. In addition to the financial support it provides, the UPAF campaign connects people who have performed in Milwaukee over the years.

This year, acting couple Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry were UPAF’s special closing week guests. People of a certain age will probably remember the husband and wife team from the iconic 1980s TV series, “LA Law."

Pfister Hotel

The Pfister Hotel has always been a place of opulence and luxury. During its 125 year history, it has been host to countless important events and dignitaries, including visits from Prussian royalty and American presidents. Now, Anna Lardinois has the chance to share and become a part of the hotel's history.

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As many coffee aficionados know, love for coffee can be a powerful force. But widespread adoration for coffee is nothing new. In fact, Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated a song to the beloved beverage many years ago. On Friday, Great Lakes Baroque performs Bach's "Coffee Cantata" at the Skylight's Cabot Theatre as part of an all-Bach musical program.

The Golden Age of Hollywood ran from 1929 - when the “talkies” were introduced - to the 1960s. Film stars were groomed and promoted by a studio system that could be both supportive and exploitive. When the studios began to break up in '60s, many of the stars they made famous were entering their old age. Some were still working by the late '70s, others were happily, or not, retired. But they were still accessible to fans in a way that modern celebrities aren’t.

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This weekend, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra accompanies the Academy Award®-winning motion picture West Side Story live on stage at the Marcus Center.

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PrideFest Milwaukee kicks off today, starting Milwaukee's busy season of festivals along the lakefront. This year's PrideFest features bands like The B-52s and LGBT activists such as Danica Roem. But the festival is about more than national acts - it's also an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work.

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Robert Cohen is an internationally recognized cellist who joins Lake Effect each month to talk about the life of a working classical musician. It's a series we call On That Note.

Cohen is no stranger to working with young musicians - a great part of his career is about teaching young, aspiring cellists, students who hope to perform on the world's concert stages one day. But more recently, Cohen has also been working with students who have no such dreams or professional expectations. These older adults choose to learn to play the cello for other reasons.

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Every two years, Milwaukee hosts Piano Arts, an internationally renowned competition for young, early career pianists. For the past week, students have been performing in a series of recitals, and soon the finalists will take the stage to compete for the top prizes.

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1968 was a pivotal year for so many facets of American culture, from the anti-war and civil rights movements, to rapidly changing musical styles, to women’s rights. It was also a time of great change in America’s gay society. While the Stonewall riots in New York City didn’t happen until a year later, 1968 was a crucial year in Milwaukee’s gay history, especially in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.

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Milwaukee singer-songwriter, Claudia Johnson and her band, recently released their new EP, Nothing But Time.

The five-member Milwaukee band hasn’t been around all that long, but almost all of the musicians in the group are well-known on the local scene.

Singer and songwriter Claudia Johnson is joined by Joe Hite on keyboard, Kelp Chofs on bass, and Jack Forbes on drums. Don Moore will play guitar for the performance at Club Garibaldi.

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