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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 - January 25, 2015
 "The Kreutzer Sonata" is a sound of music with a story of love and treachery
 Nothing entertains like a great love story with a murderous ending, and that's what you get in "The Kreutzer Sonata" at Renaissance Theaterworks. The one man play starring James Pickering is a story you won't soon forget.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 24, 2015
 Rep's "Good People" about our home and either getting out or getting stuck
 The Milwaukee Rep opened "Good People" Friday night and gives it a spectacular production, looking at where we come from, where we go, and how we either get there or don't.
 Sports - January 23, 2015
 Walker to include "jock tax" for financing Bucks' arena in his budget proposal
 Sources have confirmed that Governor Scott Walker has decided to include the "jock tax" revenues in his budget to help fund the new arena in downtown Milwaukee.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 23, 2015
 Bitten by the bug, Przybylski's eager to claim a spot in the theater world
 Cyndi Przybylski is a software engineer at Rockwell, but she has been bitten by the theater bug. She is taking a scientific approach to it all, realizing that she has a lot to learn and seems ready to learn it.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 23, 2015
 Alchemist's "True West" is a tortured tale of brotherly love and hate
 Sam Shepard's "True West" is a tale of brothers, joined by blood and driven apart by everything else in their lives. Alchemist Theater gives it a daring and bold production until the end of the month.
 Milwaukee Buzz - January 22, 2015
 Task force pays close attention to potential terrorism threats in Milwaukee
 Capt. Dave Salazar of the Milwaukee Police Department supervises the intelligence gathering efforts to try and keep terrorist activities at bay. It's a job that requires lots of cooperation from various agencies, and from the general public.
 Sports - January 20, 2015
 Putting Packers' disappointment in perspective
 Finding the right words for what happened to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday is a challenging task, and I was struggling with it. Enter Brent Hazelton, the Associate Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Rep. He had a Facebook post that captures just about everything I was feeling. I am pleased to share it with you here.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 19, 2015
 "Beautiful Music" at the Rep belongs more in a classroom than a theater
 "The Beautiful Music All Around Us" is a long and involved journey through the early days of American folk music. The problem is that the whole thing, with Stephen Wade as the professor, seems more like a college lecture than a night of theatrical entertainment.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 18, 2015
 "Stargirl" shines spectacularly bright in First Stage production
 Life for the new kid in a high school can be tough especially if that kid is a little bit unlike the other kids in school. Stargirl is clearly different, but she stays true to herself and find unlikely truths in her new classmates in the First Stage production.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 17, 2015
 Forward Theater's "The Other Place" is an unforgettable, difficult journey
 The play by Sharr White at Madison's Forward Theater Company is a spectacular production of a play fraught with difficult situations and one that strikes home for each of us. We each have "The Other Place" and what waits for us there is part of the joy of living.

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