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Dave Begel's Articles
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Arts & Entertainment - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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.
Arts & Entertainment - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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 - Oct. 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."
Marketplace - Oct. 9, 2014
Greater Together is Hanson's vivid, passionate dream
Greater Together is a challenge to have people create and submit an idea to help address the problem of racial difficulties. It is a labor of love for local designer Ken Hanson, who has spent his own money funding the first year of Greater Together.
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