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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InTandem Theatre

InTandem Theatre does a lot of interesting and provocative work. And their newest production, Lamps for My Family, is no exception.

Opening Friday at InTandem's space in the big red church on Wisconsin Avenue, the play is a one-man tour de force about Milwaukee playwright Michael Neville's life in a large Irish Catholic family.

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Last week was a big one for  the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. The school was designated a top research institution, and the UWM physics team was among the researchers credited with proving the existence of gravitational waves. And the Peck School of the Arts played host to political theater -the sixth Democratic debate, which was broadcast nationally from the Helen Bader Concert Hall at the Zelazo Center for the Arts.

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Today is the second installment of the monthly music series The Monthly Beatdown featuring Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger.

Once a month on Lake Effect, Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into WUWM's performance studio to play and chat.

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The Zika virus outbreak has been at the forefront of health coverage recently, as Ebola, AIDS and influenza have been in the past. But controlling infectious disease isn’t the only global health concern. Inequality of access to health care is a prevailing problem in many parts of the world, and setting up the legal structures needed for countries to create equitable public health policies can be complicated.

Richard Clark

Love it or hate it, this Sunday is Valentine’s Day. And if you celebrate the holiday, the pressure is on to be, well, romantic. Shakespeare wrote that if music be the food of love, play on. And that’s exactly what the Florentine Opera Studio Artists will do this weekend.

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In his tenure as artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet, Michael Pink has developed a number of new works - from Dracula to Peter Pan and Mirror, Mirror. His newest, Dorian Gray, is based on the Oscar Wilde novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

While it’s Pink’s newest work, it has been in development for a long time. Dorian Gray gets its American premiere Friday night at the Pabst Theater.

Paul Sereno is proof that the dinosaurs don’t need to be alive for the adventure to be real.

Sereno is a paleontologist, National Geographic explorer-in-residence, and professor at the University of Chicago.  He’s also discovered several new species of dinosaur in places like Mongolia, Morocco, and Niger.

Sara d’Ippolito and Kenny Reichert perform around Milwaukee as the duo Sara and Kenny.  They’re regulars in some irregular places for live music – places like Sendiks’ in Shorewood, Groppi’s on Brady Street and the small east side bar and restaurant called Allium.

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The dance department at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts opens a four-performance run of its Winterdances 2016 series, titled Evolve as We EnterThursday night. The performance showcases work by a number of choreographers, including Deb Loewen, Dani Kuepper and Amaniyea Payne.

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Even people who didn’t major in the classics or theater history have some passing knowledge of the Trojan War.  Like any good epic story, it’s full of larger-than-life characters, revenge, lust and sacrifice.

Ever since Homer included it as part of his Odyssey, many of the stories have become fodder for other works of art.  Aeschylus is considered the first of the three great tragic dramatists of ancient Greece and his Orestia trilogy includes the story of the Trojan War. 

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A new organization in Wauwatosa wants to offer local amateur musicians of all ages and abilities a chance to join together to make music. Anne Marie Petersen is one of the co-founders of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra, which works to bridge the age gap between musicians.

"We're really trying to create a family and a warm place for people to be and share their love of music making," Peterson says, "but also share those life lessons that each has to give to the other group."

Courtesy of Robert Cohen

Beethoven, Brahms, Bach. These composers are synonymous with great classical music that has been performed from the 1600s to modern times.

Cellist for the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet, Robert Cohen, discusses the intricate dance that occurs between musician and composer - starting with the requirement that a musician respect the composer's work.

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Elephants are often among the biggest draws that to zoos around the world, including here in Milwaukee. The relationship between these wild animals living in captivity and their human caretakers is a complex one, and one that visitors generally don’t get to see.

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More new construction is coming to Milwaukee’s near west side. A new athletic research facility will be built on four city blocks bordered by Michigan Street, north 6th Street, 10th street and the Marquette Interchange. The project is a partnership between Marquette University, Aurora Healthcare and the Milwaukee Bucks.

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It’s always exciting when new scientific discoveries are announced. It’s even exciting to talk about scientific discoveries that aren't yet confirmed. Such is the case for the potential ninth planet that astronomers have been theorizing about based on observations of the solar system.

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