Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer

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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Arts & Culture
1:02 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Cabaret Depicts Woman's Perspective in 'It's a Man's World'

Kelley Faulkner stars in It's A Man's World
Credit Uprooted Theatre Company

Cabaret often conjures up images of a late night, smoky club in New York City where a world weary chanteuse leans on the piano singing of lost love.

But while Milwaukee-based singer and actress Kelley Faulkner might sing of lost love in her upcoming one woman show, It’s A Man’s World, it’ll all be rocked up with a full band and include a lot of other kinds of music, including the James Brown tune of the same name.

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Education
11:49 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Two Milwaukee Educators Win Award for Promoting and Teaching Music

We talk with two people honored for their contribution to arts education today.  John Waite is the director of instrumental music at Hamilton High School in Sussex and the winner of the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee’s 2014 Music Teacher of the Year Award.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Enduring Appeal of Puccini's Opera La Bohème

Soprano Alyson Cambridge
Credit Florentine Opera Company

An interview with Soprano Alyson Cambridge and tenor Noah Stewart

Even people who say they don’t like opera often fall in love with La Bohème.

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Regional
2:55 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Milwaukee Chef Justin Aprahamian Wins James Beard Award

Chef Justin Aprahamian
Credit Sanford Restaurant

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews "Wisconsin Foodie" Kyle Cherek about the James Beard nominations, prior to the announcement of the winners.

Milwaukee's Justin Aprahamian of Sanford restaurant has been named Best Chef in the Midwest by the James Beard Foundation.

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Arts & Culture
10:01 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Milwaukee Art Museum Revamps Addition Design, Lead Architect Returns

Revamped designs for the addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum just have been released.
Credit HGA Architects

Dan Keegan and Jim Shields discuss the project with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

After a firestorm of criticism last month, the Milwaukee Art Museum has released updated designs for its new addition.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Fortissimo Is Not a Problem for the Knightwind Ensemble

The Knightwind Ensemble started 60 years ago as an Elk Lodge wind band.
Credit knightwind.org

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Eric Janners, music director and conductor of the Knightwind Ensemble.

When we talk about classical music we usually talk about symphonic groups. Bands are for militaries and other kinds of marching, like for football game half times. But symphonic bands can be just as musically sophisticated as orchestras.

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Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Book: Milwaukee Once Had a Strong Underground Punk Rock Scene

Steve Nodine's "The Cease is Increase" explores the underground world of Milwaukee's punk scene.
Credit Barnes and Noble

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with author Steve Nodine.

If you were in your teens or early twenties in Milwaukee from, say, the late '70s to early '80s, you certainly had your pick of local punk rock bands to follow.

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Music
6:11 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

VIDEO: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish Band Goitse

Irish band Goitse describes itself as Irish music with a twist.
Credit Goitse

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we thought it only appropriate today to feature the Irish band, Goitse - a name which means “Come Here” in Irish.

We recorded them on stage recently at the ICHC – the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center on Wisconsin Avenue.  The five-piece group was born at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, Ireland, a few years back.

They won fans at last year’s Irish Fest, and have recently returned from an extended tour of China.

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Arts & Culture
6:04 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

PHOTOS: Milwaukee Rep's 'An Iliad' Takes Audience on Odyssey of War's Horror

Jim DeVita as the Poet in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2013/14 Quadracci Powerhouse production of "An Iliad"
Michael Brosilow

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews actor James DeVita and cellist Alicia Storin of the Milwaukee Rep's "An Iliad."

You may have read Homer's "The Iliad" in high school, but you've never seen it quite like this: as an atmospheric one-man play exploring humanity's relationship with war.

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Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

"Dirt is My Favorite Color": The Photography of Paul Calhoun

Paul Calhoun was inspired by the shirt worn by the boy on the left.
Credit Paul Calhoun

Lake Effect's Bonnie North chats with Milwaukee photographer Paul Calhoun

Photographer Paul Calhoun has traveled the world with his camera.

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