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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 - October 20, 2014
 Florentine's "Flying Dutchman" is a chance to hear opera at its very best
 It was just a rehearsal - no costumes, no set, no orchestra, no chorus, no plush seats, no lights on stage. As a matter of fact, there was no stage at all, just a piano. And the whole thing was in German. In spite of all of those things that weren't there, the thing that was there was a fascinating story and some amazing voices that told the story with such romance and strength that I followed the whole thing from my folding chair.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 19, 2014
 Renaissance creates absolute magic with Civil War-based "Amelia"
 From "Romeo and Juliet" to "Love Story," the tale of youngsters who fall in love, only to see death and a search for meaning in it all is so often told that it seems to have become almost a cliche of itself. But when that story gets mixed with history and put into the hands of a small coterie of very creative people, the story creates the kind of theatrical magic that comes only on occasion. That's what happened when "Amelia" opened Saturday night.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 18, 2014
 First Stage's "Sherlock" shines a bright light in the theatrical sky
 Most of the time when a play opens, it's easy to figure out who the star is - usually an actor with a major part. Sometimes, the star can be something else, like a director or a composer or a costume designer. Rarely would anybody pick a lighting designer as the star, unless they see the wonderful production of "Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars" that opened the season for First Stage.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 17, 2014
 Alchemist's "Suicide Sleep" is a wildly fascinating Halloween treat
 Alchemist Theatre billed "Suicide Sleep"as its Halloween show, but nobody in the audience was trembling or closing their eyes to keep phantoms away. Instead, they were all on the edge of their seats - as was I - riveted with curiosity about just where this journey was going to take us.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - October 16, 2014
 Televised gubernatorial debates are a colossal waste of time and effort
 The second and last televised debate between Scott Walker and Mary Burke is tomorrow night from 7 to 8 p.m. and I've got a couple of suggestions for you. Walk your dog. Clip your toenails. Call your mother. Organize your kitchen cupboard. Order a pizza. Clean out your email folders. Sleep. Anything! Anything to avoid this farce being perpetrated on the people of Wisconsin.
 
 Sports - October 14, 2014
 UWM Panther Arena should not be demolished
 I support the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in its battle to keep the old Milwaukee Arena (now the UWM Panther Arena) from meeting the wrecking ball in order to build a new Downtown arena. One, I love the building's history. Two, there is a better spot for a new arena.
 
 Dining - October 13, 2014
 Engine Company No. 3 is a spirited and adventurous breakfast spot
 There's hardly anything I admire more than a chef who can take wildly different flavors, put them on a plate and serve something that is more delicious than you ever imagined. That admiration was reinforced Friday when I stopped for breakfast at Peter Sandroni's Engine Company No. 3.
 
 Music - October 13, 2014
 Blues takes center stage to honor harp king Liban's 50th anniversary
 Liban has had quite a 50 years. He's been up and down and up and down and up. He's faced substance abuse, charlatan promoters, empty promises, dark and dingy clubs, big stages, European tours, the death of a loved one, some racial uncertainties and eventually his present state of comfort. If that sounds like a blues song, it's because his life has been like a great tune.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 12, 2014
 "Shear Madness" is nothing but sheer joy for McGivern and company
 There's this thing about cheap jokes: They can either be just cheap jokes, or they can be incredibly funny cheap jokes. And it's the incredibly funny kind that fill the two-plus hours of "Shear Madness," what may well be the longest running non-musical play in history.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 11, 2014
 "Carrie: The Musical" is a dramatic horror story at Theatre Unchained
 Taking one of Stephen King's most chilling books - "Carrie" - and turning it into a musical has proven to be a difficult task for the world of big time theater. Now, the truth of that great book has emerged after endless rewrites and re-scores and re-re-re-how can we fix this. Just how good a musical they've ended up with was on joyous display Friday night when Theatre Unchained opened "Carrie: The Musical."
 


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