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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Itzhak Andres / Wikimedia

The rise of digitization has made archiving and sharing scholarly information much easier than it once was, especially for subjects with a selective appeal. Such is the case with Yiddish theater. The Yiddish theater flourished in 19th and early 20th Century Europe and, towards the end of its heyday, in the United States. The subject matter ranged from the humorous, to the melodramatic or even political. No matter the central topic, Yiddish theater was wildly popular for Jewish audiences...

Renaissance Theaterworks

The plot reads like something out of a tabloid. Over the course of three years, three women all marry the same man. Not at the same time, of course. But they befall the same fate - murdered for their trouble. The fact that this is a true story just adds to the intrigue. Renaissance Theatreworks opens their season with The Drowning Girls , based on the true stories of "The Brides in the Bath" murders in England, during the early 1900s. Director Mallory Metoxen says she was drawn to the play...

Chris Ranson / Lakefront Brewery

A UWM professor has teamed up with Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery to recreate an Iron Age brew, inspired by evidence her team uncovered in an archaeological dig.

Nathaniel Davauer

As the Milwaukee Ballet prepares to open its 47th season with a new production of Scheherazade , audiences will see a new dancer on stage in the role of "The Moon Prince." Jonathan Batista comes to Milwaukee from the Cincinnati Ballet. Meanwhile, a more familiar face, Rachel Malehorn , is featured in the second ballet of the double bill, Angels in the Architecture . This is the beginning of Malehorn’s tenth season with the ballet, but she started performing in the city well before that. "I...

Beth Lipman

Glass artist Beth Lipman is known far and wide for her detailed, overlapping glass installations that appear to drop over the edges of tables and look as though they could fall over with a puff of wind. Her work is in permanent collections at the Smithsonian and the Milwaukee Art Museum, among other places. But the exhibit currently on view at Jewish Museum Milwaukee gives you a chance to get up close and personal with the work of the Sheboygan-based artist, in a way you don’t normally get to...

Devin Pedde

One of public radio’s flagship shows is beginning a new chapter. Chris Thile officially begins his tenure as the host of A Prairie Home Companion with Saturday evening’s broadcast live from the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. The show was created by Garrison Keillor in 1974. And except for a few years in the late 80s and early 90s, Keillor has remained its face and voice. But last year Keillor announced his retirement and the transition to the new host began. Chris Thile was...

The Marion Consort / Facebook

The early 13th century was a time when Western music was beginning to experiment with harmony singing and with pieces heard outside the context of a church mass. And its in this period that we find the repertoire for a concert coming to Milwaukee this weekend. The Milwaukee and Chicago-based Marion Consort will present a series of medieval choral works this Sunday, October 16 at Christ Church on East Oklahoma Avenue. Singers Melissa Curtis, Molly Pufall-Brown and Amy Bearden came to the Lake...

digboston / Flickr

A pretty special concert tour is rolling into Milwaukee. Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Robert Plant and others are all on the same bill to perform and raise awareness and money for refugees around the world. The tour is called LAMPEDUSA and it benefits Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative . Also on the bill is legendary singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris. In her long career, she has won 13 Grammys and has worked with a myriad of well-known artists including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson...

Mitch Teich

Like all music groups, the Milwaukee-based band Dead Horses has evolved over time. In fact, they weren’t always a Milwaukee-based band – they started in Oshkosh in 2010. Since then, they, and their following, have gotten a lot bigger. The band has now shared the stage with acts like Trampled By Turtles and Elephant Revival . And now their latest, long-anticipated album is officially out – Cartoon Moon . Vocalist and songwriter Sarah Vos says she has no qualms about writing intensely personal...

Mitch Teich

This week's Bubbler Talk question comes from Jim Thompson, who teaches mechanical drawing at MATC. "I saw on a map there were two Honey Creeks in Milwaukee. One’s down close to the [Kinnickinnic River], and the other is up by the Menomonee [River] in Wauwatosa. And I was wondering if they’re just one stream or two separate streams." Before we searched for the answer, we were curious why Jim wanted to know: "I happened to be putting together a jigsaw puzzle…" A jigsaw puzzle – of Honey Creek?...

Photo by Stephanie Berger / sistercarrie.com

Theodore Dreiser was one of America’s great novelists in the early part of the 2oth century. His books reflected a changing America as the country and the world became a less rural and more urban place. Among the themes he explored was the changing role of women, far before the modern feminist movement. Sister Carrie is an early Dreiser novel and follows Carrie from rural Wisconsin to Chicago as she seeks to make a new life. This novel is also the subject of the world premiere opera of the...

Tanya Dhein

Milwaukee's InTandem Theatre is known for its love of comedy. And the play opening Thursday falls square in the realm of comedy. Local playwright Michael Neville wrote Dracula Vs. the Nazis a couple decades ago, and InTandem put it on ten years ago. It’s a two-person, quick-change show that sees each actor take on multiple roles. The show stars Doug Jarecki and Chris Flieller, reprising his role from the original production. The men play about six or seven characters each, which can be pretty...

Bonnie North

The harp has been around for millennia. There is evidence that people were making and playing some form of the instrument throughout Africa, Europe and Asia from at least as early as 3500 BCE. The instrument we generally think of as a modern harp, however, is a relatively new addition to the fold - it’s only been around since the late 17th century. The concert harp has a series of pedals that enable the performer to change the pitch of individual strings – allowing them to play all the notes...

LMspencer / Fotolia

Sean Carroll is the Alan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at UW-Madison, and author of the new book, The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters . His book uses true stories of scientific discovery to explain how scientists connected the dots and came to understand that all of life is interconnected. "We're animals and we need animals and plants for food and for maintaining the places that we live, and if we don't do that - bad things happen,...

Michael Brosilow

When Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947, it was a huge step forward in the role of African-Americans in professional sports. But big-time, professional sports had a much earlier story of integration in this country. Jack Johnson was the first black man to win the world heavyweight boxing championship in 1908. It was a story every bit as charged as the Jackie Robinson story for how it affected Americans, and the athlete himself. This real-life story informs the fictional...

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