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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 22, 2017
 First Stage's "Luvabye Dragon" offers the perfect introduction to live theater
 In case anyone wonders about the ability of live theater to create an almost mystical connection with an audience, I invite you to "Luvabye Dragon," an hour-long production that's part of the First Steps program at First Stage.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 22, 2017
 Genesis competition at MKE Ballet brings young stars to The Pabst Theater
 The national and international reputation that Michael Pink has built with the Milwaukee Ballet gets yet another punch when the biennial Genesis International Choreographic Competition comes to The Pabst Theatre. It starts Feb. 18.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 22, 2017
 Heartbreak and hope fill a painful void in Renaissance's "Luna Gale"
 There may be nothing so painful and heartbreaking as watching the soul of a woman tortured by demons that she can't or won't face. That's what you get in the biting and powerful production of "Luna Gale" that opened at Renaissance Theaterworks over the weekend.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 21, 2017
 Complexities of hate and humanity lie at the heart of The Rep's "Disgraced"
 "Disgraced" by Ayad Akhtar opened at The Rep Friday night to a rapt audience enthralled by one of the most powerful plays of this or any other season. It's a play designed to engender deep, and perhaps troubling, thought, and it succeeds with punch.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 19, 2017
 A "Taming of the Shrew" unlike any you have ever seen before
 Most of the actors had only a nodding acquaintance with the unique sound of Shakespeare's language, sight gags ranged from risque bumping and grinding to pratfalls, and the entire scenery budget was $65 but this production of "The Taming of the Shrew" was plenty funny,
 Sports - January 19, 2017
 With a new king of the QB hill, Begel's Favre bromance fades into the sunset
 Dave Begel has long maintained a bromance with Brett Favre forever and long resisted all claims that Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in Packers history. Until now. After the display at the Palace in Dallas, it is now time to put the crown on Rodgers' head.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 17, 2017
 Trump and "Disgraced" open on the same day
 It could hardly be more appropriate to our times that The Milwaukee Rep unveils a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about Muslims in America the very week that we are getting a new president who has made Muslims a target of his vitriolic political campaign.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 14, 2017
 "Welcome to Bronzeville" gets a half-baked treatment at First Stage
 "Welcome to Bronzeville" is a world premiere at First Stage about the vibrant and exciting neighborhood that existed in Milwaukee. The play can't capture that vibrancy and delivers a performance that is without any excitement.
 Buzz - January 13, 2017
 Anti-abortion assault hits too close to home
 When I was a young man in the U.S. Navy, stationed far from my home, I had to borrow $300 from my father in order to pay for an abortion. It's stayed with me since then and I now find myself thinking of it again as new abortion attacks are underway,.
 Arts & Entertainment - January 10, 2017
 Should small theater companies get financial help to avoid constant struggle?
 It's clear that the Milwaukee theater community faces challenges of young artists leaving town in order to find work. How to keep them here is a question that deserves attention and consideration of a variety of ideas that could step that tide.

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