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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 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 - December 6, 2016
 Of snowflakes and 60 lit windows, plus some of the nuttiest of Christmas lyrics
 Massive efforts and cooperation were required to bring the brand new version of "A Christmas Carol" to The Pabst Theater by The Rep. The building of the set and the technological challenges were overcome with coordination of all the big jobs.
 Buzz - December 4, 2016
 Our long municipal nightmare is over! Parking regulations that make sense
 Grab your flags, your noisemakers, your flashing lights. Our long municipal nightmare is over, as Ald. Nik Kovac has spearheaded a drive to change the 24-hour parking regulations to make some sense.
 Arts & Entertainment - December 4, 2016
 In Tandem starts another riot with "Holiday Hell: The Curse of Perry Williams"
 The special time of Christmas is perfect for "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker" and glorious light displays in the park and music in the malls and families gathered around the fireplace. And then there is In Tandem.
 Buzz - December 3, 2016
 Tales from the Road: An Uber ride for an escort
 I got my first escort. Not the old Ford, but a woman who works as a professional escort.The call came to pick up a fare near the airport about 7:30 in the morning. I pulled up to the address and after waiting for about five minutes a woman named Lora came out.
 Arts & Entertainment - December 3, 2016
 Brand new "A Christmas Carol" is an exciting adventure for Clements, Rep
 A brand spanking new production of "A Christmas Carol" floated into the Pabst Theater on the wings of a cast of hundreds, an actual snowfall and a Ghost of Christmas Past who melts into the floor right before our very eyes. It's a stunning production.
 Arts & Entertainment - December 2, 2016
 "Black Nativity" creates a joyful holiday noise at the Marcus Center
 The church doors are open and all are welcome, but be prepared to hold onto your hat, tap your foot, bob your head and even find yourself singing along with the choir. It's the second year of "Black Nativity," being mounted by Black Arts MKE and the Marcus Center.
 Arts & Entertainment - November 28, 2016
 "Hamilton" speech to Pence sparks intense discussion among local artists
 A couple of weeks ago the vice-president elect, Mike Pence, attended a performance of the hit show "Hamilton" on Broadway. After the performance, one of the actors delivered a short lecture to Pence. That sparked a discussion among Milwaukee artists.
 Arts & Entertainment - November 28, 2016
 First Stage's "Rudolph: The Musical" offers a magical sleigh ride
 Nobody does family theater better than First Stage, and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" is a perfect example. Running at the Marcus Center, the production is full of the wonder that keeps families riveted to the stage.
 Arts & Entertainment - November 26, 2016
 Honor and dishonor sneak into the picture in Chamber's "Lobby Hero"
 One of the most interesting things about each of our lives is how we grow, shrink and change from one thing to another to another and another. It's on full display at a deep and moving production of "Lobby Hero" that opened at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre over the weekend.
 Arts & Entertainment - November 23, 2016
 Belief in Santa's elves gets a workout at Marcus Center's "Elf"
 The answer to a flying sleigh, and other Christmas mysteries, lies in "Elf," the musical running at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. And when you get down to it, the whole thing is really pretty simple as we find out from an elf named Buddy.

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