About BONK!

BONK! is a performance series held at a different location in Racine, WI each month. It is almost always held on a Saturday, but it can be any Saturday of the month, and the events run from about 6:00pm-8:15pm. BONK! features poets, writer, musicians, and other performance artists from all over the country as well as a short local spotlight from the Racine/Kenosha area. BONK! was originally founded in October 2008 by Nick Demske with Matt Specht and Nicholas Michael Ravnikar.

The BONK! Crew

Nick Demske the leader of this merry band of misfits as well as the curator for BONK! He is the cruelty free glue that keeps us together.
Jennifer Simpkins runs our “Local Spotlight” segment of each event. She also forces people to give us their e-mail addresses. And she’s darn good at it.
Peg Rousar-Thompson: our most excellent video homie. She records every BONK! and uploads the video to YouTube.
Amanda Gaastra our digital art diva. She creates all of the mad-gorgeous posters we have for every event.
Dan Scheidell the guy who’s can-do attitude keeps BONK! running smoothly. He sets up sound equipment, takes photos, puts up posters. If you see a BONK! flyer around town, Dan probably put it there.
Alex Reilly our digital press wizard. They are the one who sends you emails, updates Facebook, runs this website.
Elkid Alvarez the newest addition to the BONK! Crew. Her love of numbers helps us keep track of the little things that make a big difference.

BONK! is sponsored by

Racine Public Library
Racine Community Foundation

Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation

Friends of the Racine Public Library

Racine Arts Council

Racine Arts Council Art Seed Grant

Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church

Olde Madrid Spanish Restaurant