Joel Patenaude

Email Joel

Articles

Blues guitarist writes noir crime ‘zine

The three issues of Saturday Night Crime Spree to date include what he calls hard-boiled crime fiction.

Madison-made board games find a market as more people spend time at home

Sales of board games and jigsaw puzzles to families stuck at home have soared.

Winners of annual Madison Area Music Association awards announced

2020 Madison Area Music Association doled out more than 100 awards on Oct. 4.

Philanthropy award given to local advocate for immigrants

Fabiola Hamdan is given Women United Philanthropy Award by United Way of Dane County.

Handwritten hopes and dreams multiply on bike trail tree

Area kids transformed a cottonwood near Riley into a ‘wishing tree’

Madison hosts an operatic scavenger hunt

Fresco Opera’s ‘Aria Hunt’ ends Sept. 27

Virtual concert for Wisconsin composers set for Friday, Sept. 25

Five classical music composers to be featured by Madison New Music Festival.

The Wisconsin Book Festival goes virtual

The live talks by writers have moved online — including the annual fall event, set for Oct. 15-17.

11 Madison podcasts worth listening to

Tune in to these Madison podcasts.

Madison rock band Sunspot revels in the weird

Musicians/podcasters have a penchant for the paranormal.

Hiking the paths less traveled near Madison

Hiking is all the rage these days.

How to be respectful during physically distant hikes

To avoid trail closures in the future — either because of ongoing COVID-19 concerns or damage caused by recklessness — you should adhere to the following rules.

You, too, can hike the entire ice age trail

This summer, Kris Van Handel of Madison completed her second segment-by-segment hike of the entire 1,200-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail across Wisconsin.

A new running record is set on the Ice Age Trail

On June 22, Coree Woltering finished the trail in 21 days, 13 hours and 35 minutes.

Boarded up storefronts became palettes for scores of artists seeking justice and peace

The spontaneous and temporary project transformed many storefronts.

11 Black Madison artists to follow on Instagram

Add more local artists directly to your feed.

Timeline of protests in Madison

George Floyd's death on May 25 sparked protests in a number of U.S. cities.

Darwin's eden reexamined in Elizabeth Hennessy's first book

In the Galápagos islands, there are many layers to the human exploitation and conservation of the islands’ iconic tortoises.

Group to help Madison musicians who have lost gigs, income

MAMA Cares COVID-19 Fund hopes to raise $250,000.

Life at home with kids during quarantine

The state’s Safer at Home order challenged families with children of all ages

Madison gypsy jazz band Harmonious Wail is not slowing down

Two albums from the band will be released in July

Livestreaming keeps artists and music makers in front of an audience

Music performances have become almost nightly occurrences

LIST: Watch Madison musicians through online livestreaming

See here all the music festivals cancelled, rescheduled or moving online

Alternative Madison bands release benefit album

Seasaw, Wurk, Mile Morkri and 16 others included on compilation

Artists’ merged visions mirror a need for a shared love of nature

Two local watercolor artists have recreated a collaborative exhibition of their work

MAMA Hall of Fame shakes up awards to recognize more Madison musicians and bands

Final round of voting ends April 20

James Cagle’s terminal illness informed his final art show

Photographer didn't live to see his last show.

7 Madison actors and directors to stream now

Familiarize yourself with the work of Sarayu Blue, Bradley Whitford and the makers of several spider-man movies

Madison musicians turn to livestreaming

MAMA and Broadjam support local scene after widespread cancellations

Peter Pan and Canoecopia cancelled, Foreigner show postponed

Caronavirus fears cause late cancellations of events.

Two Madison area women developed a friendship in fabric

Enthralled by the story quilts of Rumi O’Brien, Bobbie Malone wrote the book on her.

Valentine’s weekend options include music of Patsy Cline and scenes by Shakespeare

Weekend 608 for Feb. 13-16

44 events to see in February

Winter festivals, Disney on Ice and lots of live music, theater and comedy this month

Despite the fear stoked in the 1950s, love triumphs in ‘Fellow Travelers’

Washington, D.C., in the 1950s was a cruel time and place to strike up a same-sex relationship.

This weekend: Scandihoovian Fest, Riverdance, Champions of Magic and Harry Potter

Weekend 608 for Jan. 30-Feb 2

This weekend's event lineup: Whitney, Emmy Blotnick and more

Madison has live music, dance, theater and comedy this weekend.

Pieces of Madison's past

What follows are several artifacts, photographs and documents in the possession of the state historical society that illuminate important chapters in the history of Madison.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Music makes Hamel Music Center its new home

Hamel adds to the university's arts corridor