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Dave Begel's Articles
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Milwaukee Buzz - Nov. 20, 2014
Potawatomi deserves to have Kenosha proposal turned down
Scott Walker has until Feb. 19 to decide whether to approve a casino in Kenosha. But that facility would clearly have an impact on Milwaukee's Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, and that would certainly be an added hardship for hundreds of charities in the city.
Sports - Nov. 18, 2014
Fireworks expected in Wisconsin, Marquette game
In the 121st meeting between the two programs, fireworks are the rule, rather than the exception between the Wisconsin Badgers and Marquette Golden Eagles.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 16, 2014
"Frankenstein" is constantly intense but could use a break or two
"Frankenstein" has all of the intensity and drama you'd expect from the creation of a monster, but the pace is relentless and that can wear you out. It would have been helpful to have a little bit of room to breathe and sit back in your seat.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 15, 2014
"Heresy" is far too obvious and unfunny to pass theatrical muster
A. J. Gurney's play is supposed to poke fun at the rich, big business and big religion, but it falls apart in an avalanche of trite liberal talking points. Next Act deserves and normally delivers much better.
Milwaukee Buzz - Nov. 14, 2014
From the TV weatherman's handbook of unsurprising advice
When winter hits local television news stations go nuts with the kind of advice we've heard over and over again. Who doesn't know that you ought to slow down if the roads are covered with snow and ice?
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 14, 2014
"The Lion King" roars triumphantly into Milwaukee Theatre
"The Lion King" has sold out on Broadway for almost 15 years, and they've brought that caliber show to the Milwaukee Theatre. It's a spectacular pageant that's wonderful for the entire family.
Milwaukee Buzz - Nov. 13, 2014
Violence is a cancer that defies the same tired old solutions
The shooting of Laylah Petersen is just one more cry for Milwaukee to stand up and face the problems that are part of the root causes of this kind of violence.
Sports - Nov. 11, 2014
Embarrassment of riches on state sports landscape
We are rapidly approaching the season of glad tidings and if you are a sports fan in Wisconsin it is just possible that all of our holiday season wishes may be on the verge of coming true. Talk about good news for sports fans in this area. We have a Thanksgiving bounty that threatens to overflow our basket.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 10, 2014
"Liberace!" hits all the right notes in a delightfully honest production
When you set out to tell the story of a man, there are at least two ways to go about it. One is to focus on something sensational, some single aspect of the man's life and build your story around it. This approach is exploitive and rarely captures the story you hope to tell. The other way to to do it honestly, upfront with everything. That's the kind of honesty that fuels the remounting of "Liberace!" which opened over the weekend at the Milwaukee Rep.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 9, 2014
Soulstice's "Moon Over Buffalo" is an eclipse that doesn't quite shine
When you produce a farce, you want to come out with high energy and get the audience laughing in the early going so that they are used to it and will laugh along the rest of the night. Unfortunately, Soulstice Theatre's production of "Moon Over Buffalo" doesn't get going until there are only about five minutes left in the play. By then, the urge to laugh has left on a train to nowhere, and it's hard to get into the mood after all this falderal.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 8, 2014
"Lucy" is an incredible triumph for Milwaukee Opera Theatre
The formula for creating the kind of memories that will last a lifetime is one part brains, one part talent and one part courage. This production of "Lucy" by the Milwaukee Opera Theatre hits that artistic trifecta.
Milwaukee Buzz - Nov. 6, 2014
Want meaningful election reform in Wisconsin? Try mandatory voting
Everyone is talking about the roughly 56 percent of the registered voters as some kind of wonderful record. What Dave Begel sees there is that nearly half the eligible voters in Wisconsin didn't even bother. He would make voting mandatory in Wisconsin.
Movies & TV - Nov. 4, 2014
WISN surprises with an important piece that teaches real lessons
On occasion, a local television station does something that has such an impact and is so vivid that I have to tip my hat. This tip goes to Toya Washington and WISN-TV for a piece that aired Monday night amid all the hoo-rah about the next day's election.
Sports - Nov. 4, 2014
Figure skating has all the elements of great sport and theater
Sunday was a great sports television day, but not because of the NFL games or because of golf or surfing or college football or NASCAR. It was a great day because of the International Skating Union broadcast from Skate Canada, featuring what I think is the most beautiful athletic competition around with the best color commentators on TV.
Music - Nov. 1, 2014
Hayes brings country to the BMO Harris Bradley Center
If country music is evolving, it is clear that men are leading it, and two of the youngsters just about at the head of the pack are Scotty McCreery and Hunter Hayes. McCreery, 21, played at Summerfest this past summer while Hayes, 23, is coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday, Nov. 13 for a show that is expected to be a sellout.
Arts & Entertainment - Oct. 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 - 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.
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