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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 - September 27, 2016
 "Man of La Mancha" magic created by corps of artists behind the scenes
 They don't get much credit or recognition, but the artists who operate behind the scenes are critical to the success of any play. The artists who helped create "Man of La Mancha" at The Rep are all at the very top of their game.
 Arts & Entertainment - September 25, 2016
 Rep's "Man of La Mancha" tells a moving and spectacular tale of honor and love
 Don Quixote, a man with a twisted sword and a broken lance, is living proof of the nobility of love, duty, honor and passion. And that's all on magnificent display in "Man of La Mancha," which opened to spectacular applause at the Rep Saturday night.
 Arts & Entertainment - September 24, 2016
 "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur" is an unbridled joy at Chamber Theatre
 "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur" is one of the less frequently produced Tennessee Williams plays, but the character portraits are familiar to anyone who knows Williams. And thanks to a perfect production from the Chamber Theatre, it feels valuable and vital.
 Arts & Entertainment - September 23, 2016
 Off the Wall's "Passage to India" sparks search for a passage out of the theater
 Off the Wall Theatre opened Dale Gutzman's version of "A Passage to India" Thursday night, and though Gutzman both wrote and directed this production, the whole thing fails to reach the high level of work Off the Wall normally delivers.
 Arts & Entertainment - September 20, 2016
 Florentine Opera prepares a world premiere with "Sister Carrie"
 Having struck artistic and critical gold once before, the Florentine Opera is preparing another world premiere with the same team that won two Grammys - except this time they are trading Sinclair Lewis for Theodore Dreiser.
 Arts & Entertainment - September 13, 2016
 A unique First Stage production, and Edo says "adieu" to MKE Symphony
 First Stage is taking another step with Fineghan Kruckemeyer and developing a play around themes suggested by Milwaukee kids. First Stage has co-commissioned Kruckemeyer to craft a new play inspired by conversations with area young people and their parents.
 Arts & Entertainment - September 12, 2016
 Despite great music, too many tales dim Rep's "Lady Day"
 Few performers ever live up to their legend, but Billie Holiday, the singer and sinner who died tragically over 50 years ago, was one who absolutely did. All of it is on parade at "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," at the Stackner Cabaret.
 Buzz - September 9, 2016
 Longtime talk radio host Eric Von dies at 58 of heart attack
 Eric Von, a longtime leader in black community talk radio, died Thursday at the age of 58. Cause of death was an apparent heart attack. Von had survived a heart attack just one month earlier. He was a radio host at WNOV when he died.
 #RaiseMKE - September 8, 2016
 Milwaukee Talks: Police union president Mike Crivello
 The recent uprisings in Sherman Park have once again brought to attention the conflict between the black community and the Milwaukee Police Department. Mike Crivello is the president of the Milwaukee Police Association and he's been a member of the force since he was hired in 1991.
 Living - September 6, 2016
 I'm done being fat: Bariatric surgery is the life-changing choice
 I've been on a road to gluttony that has had a profound impact on my life. It's a road that will come to an end in a week when I bow to science and have bariatric surgery at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital. Let's hope it's life-changing.

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