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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Middle aged people often find themselves asked to provide care and support to aging and increasingly infirm parents – many of whom do not want to leave their homes to enter full time nursing home care. The stress many of those children feel is usually compounded by also needing to hold down a full time job at the same time.

Christine Lalla

For a contemporary composer, seeing and hearing your work live is a rewarding experience that offers a unique privilege to work with the musicians performing a piece.

Our “On That Note” contributor, Robert Cohen, was just on the other side of that equation.  Cohen is a cellist and recently had the opportunity to play work by a living composer – work that was composed for Cohen himself. 

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What happens when everything you know to be true, isn’t? How do you cope? Where do you turn? Who do you become? In her first novel, Noah’s Wife, author and Milwaukee native Lindsay Starck tackles questions of identity and faith.

Photo by Pear Photography / Theater RED

On first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking Bachelorette was an on stage episode of the TV show Girls Behaving Badly. There's drugs, swearing, drinking, sex and cruel behavior. The young women are grasping, insecure and, on the surface, not very likable.

But as you get to know the play's three bachelorettes, and later on the bride herself, you begin to see the people they are trying to hide underneath all the reckless behavior. And when you do, it's heartbreaking.

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Say Detroit and what comes to mind? Urban blight? White flight? Bankruptcy? What about neighborhoods? Many artists and entrepreneurs have moved to Detroit in recent years because they can afford the studio and living spaces and are willing to put up with a deteriorating infrastructure. Their arrival has changed the city, for better or worse. But what about the people who already lived there?

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News of the discovery of gravitational waves dominated the news a couple of weeks ago, and UWM scientists were among those who played a large role in that discovery.

Our astronomy contributor and the director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium, Jean Creighton, was not only excited about the discovery for its scientific importance, but also personal significance.


Storytelling is having a moment in the sun. From national programs like The Moth to local ones like Ex Fabula, telling our stories out loud in front of an audience seems to something we want to engage in and listen to. PostSecret:The Show is a bit different.

photo by Paul Mitchell / Wild Space Dance Company

Wild Space Dance Company takes its name seriously. For three decades, founder and artistic director Deb Loewen has taken dancers and audience members on creative and wild adventures.

Site specific works, often in places like industrial ruins in the Menomonee Valley, or an old building in the 5th Ward, push the notions of movement, performance and of dance itself.

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The strings program at the near-south side's Latino Arts has been hailed for providing top-notch education, free of charge, to low-income Latino students across Milwaukee. 

One highlight of the programs is their annual Guitar Festival for area youth. In fact, it was such a success that it grew to include not just a student competition, but also master classes for the whole community.

Chris Popio

The writer Harper Lee, who died this week, has been herself written about as much as any American writer in the last 75 years. 

Hal Leonard

One of the hallmarks of jazz is that its players know how to improvise. So it would seem that the idea of teaching improvisation is a contradiction in terms.

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From downsizing to health care, there are many difficult issues to sort through as people age. Some of these decisions are exacerbated when financial security is also an issue.

"Elder abuse is a broad area that includes a lot of financial exploitation," SeniorLAW director Matthew Hayes says. Financial abuse can range from telephone scams to family members trying to take money from older relatives.

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.

Bonnie North

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.