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.
|Buzz - May 26, 2016|
|Sykes' national star continues to rise|
|Charlie Sykes has long been a star of conservative politics, having built a kind of cottage industry mixing radio, television, books and his own peculiar brand of journalism. He may now be part of "The Mainstream Media."|
|Arts & Entertainment - May 26, 2016|
|Skylight board will take time to name replacement for Subbaraman|
|A kind of social media pandemonium got underway Wednesday when Viswa Subbaraman announced he was resigning as the artistic director at Skylight Music Theatre. The board will take its time, however, finding a replacement.|
|Arts & Entertainment - May 25, 2016|
|Milwaukee loses a shining light as Subbaraman steps down at Skylight|
|No matter how it gets spun, Milwaukee's performing arts community took a severe hit Wednesday when Viswa Subbaraman announced he was leaving his post as artistic director of the Skylight Music Theatre.|
|Arts & Entertainment - May 24, 2016|
|19 best plays of the 2015-16 theater season|
|The Wisconsin theater season generally begins in early summer when The American Players Theatre opens in Spring Green, shortly after the previous Milwaukee season comes to an end in spring. The 2015-16 season is now over and it's time for Dave Begel's annual list of the best plays of the season.|
|Arts & Entertainment - May 21, 2016|
|Skylight's "Pirates" is a one-act riot that sadly takes two to finish|
|Skylight's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" delivered a rollicking and laugh-filled first act. As for the second act? Unfortunately, that's where the Skylight's season finale ran out of gas.|
|Arts & Entertainment - May 20, 2016|
|Milwaukee Ballet's "Alice (in wonderland)" is a spectacular, sensory triumph|
|There are rare moments in the life of an arts organization when something happens that is a stamp of its style and the core belief that makes it who it is. The Milwaukee Ballet unfurled a moment just like that Thursday night with "Alice (in wonderland)."|
|Buzz - May 19, 2016|
|OSPP school plan faces tough and experienced opposition|
|Demond Means, a skilled and accomplished educator, is a guy who deserves some sympathy for being caught between a rock and a hard place as he tries to move the rock. He faces tough opponents in reform efforts.|
|Buzz - May 18, 2016|
|Does Milwaukee really need a new flag?|
|Somebody somewhere needs to sit me down in a corner and explain why the City of Milwaukee needs a new "People's flag" to replace the one we've had for over 60 years.|
|Arts & Entertainment - May 17, 2016|
|"Alice (in wonderland)" set to dazzle under Webre's choreography|
|Septime Webre is about to step down after 17 years as artistic director of the prestigious Washington Ballet. Before then, however, he is in Milwaukee to direct his "Alice (in wonderland)" with the Milwaukee Ballet.|
|Arts & Entertainment - May 14, 2016|
|"Lily's Purple Plastic Purse" holds surprises, giggles and big laughs|
|Just as First Stage produces a lot of play with messages directed at older kids - most of which can be enjoyed by adults as well - the company can also deliver for the little kids like "Lily's Purple Plastic Purse."|
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