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.

Ways to Connect

MARK FROHNA

Moviegoers may be familiar with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane playing Georges and Albin, two gay men running a flamboyant gay nightclub in the 1996 movie The Bird Cage.

Johannes Ritter

Thirty years ago, Milwaukeean Thallis Drake decided that the city needed an organization devoted to presenting the best of early music, or medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque music.  

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It’s been a few months since Marcelle Polednik took over as the new director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. But her appointment to such a prominent role in the Milwaukee cultural scene is attracting plenty of attention.

Milwaukee Magazine’s editor, Carole Nicksin, is also a recent addition to the scene, and she had the chance to profile Polednik in the November issue. 

This time of year finds many theaters and performing arts groups producing holiday fare, from “A Christmas Carol” to “Black Nativity” to “The Nutcracker”, to more tongue-in-cheek performances like “Holiday Hell: The Curse of Perry Williams.”

Asher Israelow Studio

The Creativity Series at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design presents New York based furniture designer and builder Asher Israelow in conversation tonight. 

Israelow, who began his career by studying architecture and who still works in that field as well, was one of Forbes Art and Style’s 30 under 30 designers in 2012.

Michael Brosilow

The current political climate in this country suggests a less-than-warm reception for foreigners on American soil. Certainly, the foreigner in the eponymously named play opening at the Milwaukee Rep would agree.

But Larry Shue’s 1983 play, written for The Rep, manages to be both funny and poignant as it tells the story of an outsider in a small Georgia town.

Valerie Booth

A concert by jazz pianist, singer, and composer Patricia Barber is a rare thing these days in Milwaukee. Although Barber lives pretty near by, the Chicago-based musician carefully picks and chooses her tour stops, and will make a special appearance at the Back Room at Colectivo this Saturday

Reginald Baylor

Milwaukee artist Reggie Baylor has made a name for himself as both a painter and the creator of public art projects. He’s deeply committed to his home town of Milwaukee.

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The reverberations from the election of Donald Trump to the presidency are continuing to echo around Wisconsin, the country, and the world.  In fact, it seems people in other countries are having almost as many conversations about the historic 2016 election as in the United States. 

Claire Bolderson is a former BBC correspondent and now independent journalist who has covered numerous US elections and other momentous ballot issues, such as the Brexit vote earlier this year.  From London, she added her take on the election.

Boys and Girls Clubs

Whether its Beyonce's Run the World (Girls) or Emma Watson's (Hermione from Harry Potter) #HeforShe campaign, young people are increasingly seeing the world through the lens of female empowerment.

When it started, more than 125 years ago, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee only served boys, but they’ve progressed over the intervening decades.  Since 1984, the organization has been open to girls as well.

Felix Schmidt

Any artist will tell you that they couldn’t have gotten where they did without the influence of mentors. For cellist and Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen, that person was the late British cellist William Pleeth.

In this month's On That Note segment, Cohen shares more about his mentor, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.

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It’s November, and the holiday juggernaut is almost upon us.  And if you drink, it’s a time you might be buying more wine than you normally would.  But if you don’t know a lot about wine, this can be a daunting task.

Wine contributor Ray Fister has the answers, and one of his recommendations includes trying out different dessert wines during the holidays.

Rineke Dijkstra

One of the things that the renovation of the Milwaukee Art Museum created is a new exhibition space for video installation and photography exhibits. Back in September, the first expansive set of video installations went on display to the public.

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There have been a lot articles written, and a lot of interviews conducted, about how millenials are shaping life in the U.S. and Milwaukee in particular.

Our discussions of real estate and residential patterns, public transit, employment, and even shopping delve into the newest generation of adults who call Milwaukee home. Gen X-er and Wisconsin Foodie host, Kyle Cherek, says we should add food and food culture to that list. 

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra is the oldest fretted orchestra in the country, and possibly the world. It's perhaps no surprise then, that the group will be performing an ambitious concert which includes a first for a mondolin orchestra - the complete "Four Seasons Suite" by Antonio Vivaldi.

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