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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 31, 2014
 New stars are born at Milwaukee Ballet's "Don Quixote"
 One of the major commitments Michael Pink has as the artistic director for the Milwaukee Ballet is to provide opportunities for dancers to stretch and move into roles where they are challenged to progress in their careers. As a result of that commitment, it is possible to sometimes see a star being born. That was the case Thursday night when the ballet opened Pink's "Don Quixote" at the Marcus Center.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 30, 2014
 Next Act combines dinner, wine and a provocative play in one package
 What could possibly deliver more fun than a night of cool food, great wine selected just for you and an evening of wonderful theater? That's the idea behind the Saturday Date Night package created by David Cecsarini's Next Act Theatre.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - October 30, 2014
 14 reasons Begel supports Burke
 This is my last column before the election next Tuesday and so, I have debated and thought and listened to friend and foe alike and I have finally reached a decision. I have weighed and examined the issues and the personalities and the promises and the past records and I'm done. Here are the top 14 reasons to vote for Mary Burke.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 28, 2014
 Milwaukee Opera Theatre stages an opera about a monkey
 You want to stage an opera, but you have this commitment to letting new voices and new ideas be heard and seen - even if it means you sometimes have to climb out on that limb while the only thing you hold in your hand is a baby monkey clad in cute little jump suit.
 
 Sports - October 28, 2014
 For Begel, arena debate is just a sports story
 Regarding a new arena, the rhetoric is about politics, Downtown development, recreational facilities and history versus progress - but it's really all about the Milwaukee Bucks and the ability of this city to keep them here.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 26, 2014
 Dysfunctional family lies at the heart of Splinter Group's "Gamma Rays"
 One of the greatest American plays ever written, "The Glass Menagerie" is about a controlling, difficult mother and her two children, both trapped by their own devils. Take that famous play, shoot it full of steroids and you've got "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds," the Paul Zindel play currently getting a striking and emotional treatment by Splinter Group.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 24, 2014
 Milwaukee Ballet dances "Don Quixote" into the Marcus Center
 Michael Pink, the artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet, is an artist who has a great respect and affection for the literary and musical giants of past, just has he has a diligent commitment to encouraging and producing new works. But more than anything else, Pink is a storyteller, a man in love with a good yarn that tells a tale of romance, adventure and the forces of good and evil.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - October 23, 2014
 Gigante's "My Dear Othello" is a spare, to-the-point production of a classic
 Betrayal, revenge, a little more betrayal, a little more revenge, then even more revenge and a white lace handkerchief. That's about all you have to know about "My Dear Othello," the Theatre Gigante production opening tonight at the Kenilworth Studio 508 Theater.
 
 Living - October 23, 2014
 Voters would win if political ads were banned from broadcast media
 When you want to decide who to vote for in a particular election -- like the governor's race that's on our doorstep -- probably the absolute worst way to get information about the candidates is through television or radio ads. There is probably nothing more inaccurate of deceitful than these ads which are created by campaigns, parties and various support groups.
 
 Sports - October 21, 2014
 Is it more fun to watch a rout or a nail-biter?
 The Green Bay Packers destroyed the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and were leading, 21-0, after one quarter. It led me to wonder: is it better, or more fun to watch, a rout or a nail-biter.
 


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