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.
|Holiday Guide - December 5, 2013|
|Is Milwaukee a jolly hometown?|
|'Tis the season to be jolly. But what does it mean for something ike a city or a county? What makes the Milwaukee family jolly or happy? As the old year leaves at the end of holiday season Dave Begel is trying to get a handle on what we need to be a happy place.|
|Sports - December 3, 2013|
|Packers without Rodgers create a sick feeling|
|Has football changed so much that when your starting quarterback goes down you might as well toss your chips on the felt and walk away from the table?|
|Holiday Guide - November 30, 2013|
|"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is worthy of its bold title|
|Christmas stories need a moment to galvanize an audience and make the story a memorable one, maybe bring some tears and possibly make people think a little differently about the holiday. Something like George Bailey getting the money. Or when Santa proves to be the real thing in "Miracle on 34th Street." On that score - and on every other - "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" hits the mark.|
|Holiday Guide - November 28, 2013|
|What I'm thankful for...|
|Thanksgiving is here, so here's some of what Dave Begel is thankful for, not just today, but most of the time.|
|Sports - November 27, 2013|
|Questions remain about Braun's PED use|
|During Ryan Braun's news conference, he talked about how he wasn't going to get into specifics about what had happened and that he was only focused on moving forward. The problem with that answer to questions from reporters is that it makes Braun continue to look like he's a liar.|
|Sports - November 26, 2013|
|Tie is a bad omen for Packers playoff chances|
|I know this is the season when we are supposed to be thankful for stuff. And I want to play, too. I'm thankful this Green Bay Packers season is almost over and we can all get on with fixing things for next year.|
|Arts & Entertainment - November 24, 2013|
|Rep's "Noises Off" is a first-rate farce|
|There are a lot of different things you can expect when you go to the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, but you would never expect this. A ballet. Right on the stage of the Quadracci Powerhouse. And with "Noises Off," a farce written by Michael Frayn and directed by KJ Sanchez, the Rep has staged a show that has everything that a great ballet has, except the music.|
|Arts & Entertainment - November 24, 2013|
|Chamber's "Things Being What They Are" is a comedic delight|
|A frequent pitfall for playwrights that write comedies is a temptation to wind things up at the end with some meaningful reform for the comics that turns them into serious human beings. Most often those attempts end up being sappy and sending an audience home with decidedly mixed feelings wondering whether they were supposed to be laughing all that time. Nothing like that plagues "Things Being What They Are."|
|Arts & Entertainment - November 23, 2013|
|Skylight's "Les MisÚrables" is a blessing for the audience|
|Go ahead and pick any adjective you want. Not one of them - or all of them - can possibly do justice to the glorious production of "Les MisÚrables" that opened Friday night at the Skylight Music Theatre. But blessed may come close for those lucky enough to see it. After it was over, I felt blessed.|
|Arts & Entertainment - November 22, 2013|
|The journey from page to stage proves difficult for "The Old Garde"|
|Writing a play is a difficult proposition just by itself. Then transferring the play from the page to the stage adds yet another layer of potential - and problems - to the process. All of this is important background information because Thursday night was the premiere of "The Old Garde," a play written by veteran Milwaukee journalist Bruce Murphy, and produced and directed by Mark Bucher at his Boulevard Theatre.|
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