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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
 
 Sports - April 15, 2014
 No Tiger, no problem: golf is great without him
 Tiger Woods missed the Masters Tournament last week, which was won by Bubba Watson. Waton had to fend off 20-year-old Jordan Spieth to claim his second green jacket, and it proves to me that the game is better off without Woods.
 
 Dining - April 14, 2014
 George Webb's takes the high road in Brewers' burger giveaway
 You really have to hand it to George Webb, the venerable Milwaukee restaurant chain. There may be a "new" kid on the block, trying to mimic Webb's claim to fame, but the Webb people aren't all that concerned.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 13, 2014
 Rep's "History of Invulnerability" suffers from an identity crisis
 Ever since he made his debut into the American pop culture world, Superman has been a character who made people wonder what he really was. After all, he's technically an alien disguised as a human. That was kind of the way I felt walking out of the opening night of "The History of Invulnerability" at the Milwaukee Rep. I wasn't totally sure what I had just watched, but I knew whatever it was had made me a little uncomfortable.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 12, 2014
 Chamber's "Lend Me a Tenor" needs a higher interest rate
 Everybody wants Tito Morelli except his wife, and she's ambivalent about the whole thing. It's those burning desires from six wacky characters that are at the heart of "Lend Me a Tenor," the Ken Ludwig chestnut that opened at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Friday night and runs through April 27.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - April 10, 2014
 Putting on a happy face for the public can be a trying task
 In these trying times it's obviously good to have a job, but some jobs are much harder than others.
 
 Sports - April 8, 2014
 Another thrilling ride could be coming for Badgers
 This season was a thrilling ride for the Wisconsin Badgers and it seems almost too much to hope for another one next year. But on paper, next year's team looks even stronger than this season's.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 7, 2014
 "Mr. Marmalade" is a troublesome proposition for Splinter Group
 In a way, the theory behind "Mr. Marmalade" is admirable. Take Lucy - a 4-year-old with an imaginary friend - and give her a whole bunch of experiences that are more suited to adults on massive drug cocktails than to a child, no matter how precocious. Unfortunately, the show itself - which runs through April 19 - is just too much of a one trick pony.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 7, 2014
 Renaissance rings the right bells with moving "Skin Tight"
 Ten years ago, I saw the Renaissance production of "Skin Tight," a story of love and life. A decade later, the company brought back the original cast and its original director, Laura Gordon. This new version, running through April 27, is even richer and more nuanced than the original.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 5, 2014
 Next Act's "Three Views of the Same Object" soars on shoulders of giants
 "Three Views of the Same Object," the Henry Murray play that opened Friday night at Next Act Theatre and runs through April 27, is a story is of honor and betrayal, truth and lies, the things we do either for or to the people we love. And in this production, it's a story told on the shoulders of giants.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - April 4, 2014
 Alchemist's "Use No Place Soon" provides a disappointing night
 When I walk into a theater, there are several things on my wish list. I hope that if the play has faults, the actors will carry it. I hope that if the actors aren't up to snuff, the play is of such quality that even weak performances can't bring it down. I hope that if neither of the above happens, then the director will find something upon which we can all hang our hats. Unfortunately, none of those things come true in "Use No Place Soon."
 


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