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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What do you know about Bulgaria? Most of us, if we have any thoughts about it, think of a dark mysterious place behind the Iron Curtain. And though democracy came to Eastern Europe in the 1990s, Bulgaria still brings to mind a place largely closed off from the modern developed world.

Of course, that's not exactly the case in 2018. It’s a place where cellist Robert Cohen recently performed, and for this month’s On That Note segment, he joins Bonnie North to talk about the experience. Cohen says he was actually excited to be back in that part of the world.

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Dave Holland stands shoulder to shoulder among other jazz giants like Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, and Hank Jones. In his five decade career, Holland has played and recorded with all of them, and many others.

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Black holes have a bad reputation.  The line is that they’re so dense, not even light can escape, and many of us imagine being pulled inexorably toward an enormous vacuum cleaner or a drain with no hope of escape.

The truth is a little more nuanced than that.  And we know much more about them today because of the Hubble Space Telescope. 

"The Hubble Space Telescope gave us the first concrete evidence of the existence of a super massive black hole in another galaxy," notes astronomy contributor and director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium at UW-Milwaukee, Jean Creighton.

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Fourteen years before Lewis and Clark crossed the North American continent to "discover" the Pacific Ocean, Scottish fur trader and explorer Alexander Mackenzie did it in what is now northern Canada.

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Raise your hand if this is how your typical Friday night goes: If you aren’t ill or out of town, you are probably somewhere like the North Shore American Legion Post 331 in Shorewood. You might be meeting friends after a long week at work. You’re probably there for a beer or an old fashioned (make mine a brandy sour, please). And, you are definitely there enjoying a fish fry.

Our beloved fish fry is what makes Friday nights extra special in Milwaukee – and around the entire state of Wisconsin.

The meal most likely consists of cabbage, rye bread, potato, and fish.

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The last time wine contributor Ray Fister joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North, he talked about the impact that a historically bad wildfire season in California was having on the wine grape industry.

It’s been several months since those fires, and Fister says, "It's amazing how things have come back" in the Napa and Sonoma regions.

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Humans have visually oriented brains. Our vision evolved to help us survive predators and also helped us capture our dinner. As Shiela Reaves says, our vision evolved to help us defeat camouflage.

Reaves is a professor of Life Sciences at UW-Madison, and a member of the UW McPherson Eye Research Institute.

But today there is a different stress on our vision. We are bombarded by images. Some of us look at computer screens all day, absorbing the pictures Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other apps offer us. We watch many hours of television.

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Milwaukee band Various Small Fires performed in, and outside of, our studio recently. This is their original tune Shine:

The band plays a full set at The Up and Under Pub Saturday night during the Battle of the Bands competition. The award is a place on the 2018 Summerfest lineup.

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A pipe organ in full throttle can literally rumble the floor beneath your feet. The sounds they make - sometimes grand, sometime soft and intimate - all depend on the combination of stops, keyboards, and foot pedals the performer uses.

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Danceworks’ spring performance, Secrets From the Wide Sky, takes flight Friday evening at the Danceworks Studio Theatre on Water Street. The show is a mix of original choreography, music, and the shared secrets of its performers.

Danceworks’ Artistic Director Dani Kuepper explains more about the show, which originated with company founder Sarah Wilbur’s idea of a wide sky performance:

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Wisconsin native Thornton Wilder's Our Town is an iconic and Pulitzer-prize winning piece of American theatre. In the 80 years since it was first produced, there have been innumerable productions from grade school to Broadway.

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At first blush, the overlap between European Jewish musical forms and African-American spirituals may seem unclear. But singer Anthony Russell says the connection is not only deeply rooted in the histories of these two peoples, but in the history of American pop music.

Russell, who trained as an opera singer, is African-American and Jewish - a conversion prompted by both his love of Jewish culture and his husband, who happens to be a rabbi. 

Marcus CineLatino Film Festival

On Wednesday night, the 11th of April, Milwaukee's 2nd annual CineLatino Hispanic Film Festival gets underway. The kickoff event is at the Bistroplex at Southridge and the remainder of the festival takes place at the South Shore Cinema in Oak Creek.

 

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From Wichita Lineman to All I Know to If These Walls Could Speak, Jimmy Webb’s songs have been covered by many in the pop and rock pantheon. In many ways, his catalogue of songs has defined American pop music for the past 5 decades. And since the early 90s, Webb has been on the road himself, performing his own songs in his own way. 

But it was the late Glen Campbell who truly shaped Webb's career:

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Wael Farouk is a formidable pianist. He's deeply expressive and his technique is virtuosic.

And Friday evening, April 6, at Carthage College in Kenosha, Dr. Farouk will perform an especially Herculean feat: All five Beethoven piano concertos.

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