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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Dave Begel

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With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as OnMilwaukee.com keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.

Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.



Recent Articles
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 19, 2014
 Sondheim gets strong treatment from Theatre Unchained's "Company"
 If God had meant for man to live alone, he would never have made Eve. That's the central theme of the Stephen Sondheim play "Company," currently running at Theatre Unchained through April 27. It is a delightful evening of song and theater, a good story and great music.
 
 Marketplace - April 18, 2014
 An OP reflects on YP Week
 Today ends YP week in Milwaukee, co-sponsored by OnMilwaukee.com, where I work, and a creature of Newaukee, the organization of young professionals that is working to make this a better place to live and work and play. As an OP, allow me to reflect.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - April 17, 2014
 Can we secede from Wisconsin's Tea Party nuts?
 Recently, it was news that the state Republican Party is going to vote at its convention on a resolution that says the state party "supports legislation that upholds Wisconsin's right, under extreme circumstances, to secede." Secede? You've got to be kidding me. Maybe we should all find a way to get the Tea Party to secede from the rest of us who have at least a little bit of common sense.
 
 Sports - April 15, 2014
 No Tiger, no problem: golf is great without him
 Tiger Woods missed the Masters Tournament last week, which was won by Bubba Watson. Waton had to fend off 20-year-old Jordan Spieth to claim his second green jacket, and it proves to me that the game is better off without Woods.
 
 Dining - April 14, 2014
 George Webb's takes the high road in Brewers' burger giveaway
 You really have to hand it to George Webb, the venerable Milwaukee restaurant chain. There may be a "new" kid on the block, trying to mimic Webb's claim to fame, but the Webb people aren't all that concerned.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 13, 2014
 Rep's "History of Invulnerability" suffers from an identity crisis
 Ever since he made his debut into the American pop culture world, Superman has been a character who made people wonder what he really was. After all, he's technically an alien disguised as a human. That was kind of the way I felt walking out of the opening night of "The History of Invulnerability" at the Milwaukee Rep. I wasn't totally sure what I had just watched, but I knew whatever it was had made me a little uncomfortable.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 12, 2014
 Chamber's "Lend Me a Tenor" needs a higher interest rate
 Everybody wants Tito Morelli except his wife, and she's ambivalent about the whole thing. It's those burning desires from six wacky characters that are at the heart of "Lend Me a Tenor," the Ken Ludwig chestnut that opened at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Friday night and runs through April 27.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - April 10, 2014
 Putting on a happy face for the public can be a trying task
 In these trying times it's obviously good to have a job, but some jobs are much harder than others.
 
 Sports - April 8, 2014
 Another thrilling ride could be coming for Badgers
 This season was a thrilling ride for the Wisconsin Badgers and it seems almost too much to hope for another one next year. But on paper, next year's team looks even stronger than this season's.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 7, 2014
 "Mr. Marmalade" is a troublesome proposition for Splinter Group
 In a way, the theory behind "Mr. Marmalade" is admirable. Take Lucy - a 4-year-old with an imaginary friend - and give her a whole bunch of experiences that are more suited to adults on massive drug cocktails than to a child, no matter how precocious. Unfortunately, the show itself - which runs through April 19 - is just too much of a one trick pony.
 


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