After leaving her hometown of Baltimore, Emma spent five years covering arts & culture in the mountains of Virginia before joining Houstonia in January 2020.

During her tenure in the commonwealth, she walked with ghosts through the state's oldest municipal cemetery, became BFFs with one of the writers behind the Despicable Me franchise, and borderline stalked an Elvis Tribute Artist — but in her defense, she won multiple awards for that story, and he was crowned the world's best ETA. Her work has been picked up by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press.

When Emma's not chasing down a story, taking in a musical, or watching a superhero TV show, she's spending time with her giant, sweet potato fry-stealing cat, Boh (named after Charm City icon Natty Boh), whose raison d'etre is to be a real-life Garfield.

Plantfluencer

This Social Media 'Plantfluencer' Offers More Than Just Gardening Tips

The Spring-based social media plantfluencer offers more than just gardening tips.

09/15/2021 By Emma Schkloven

High Notes

10 Pre-Pandemic Minutes with Audra McDonald

Before coronavirus killed our theater season, the Broadway and screen icon talked about her illustrious career and Bayou City operatic debut.

07/16/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Nailed It!

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, July 16–18

Comicpalooza is finally here. Plus, who's ready to yacht rock?

07/16/2021 By Emma Schkloven

No Haydn This

Ars Lyrica Reveals 2021–2022 Season of Turning Points

The Houston early music ensemble’s new season, which begins September 24, will bring us the best of Baroque from Bach to Handel to Purcell.

07/15/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Color us Amazed

Edgar Medina Melds Mexico and Houston Memories Through Color

The abstract painter's retrospective "La Vida en Colores," viewable online through July 31, was recently on display in the Mexican Consulate.

07/14/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Batons at the Ready

Juraj Valčuha Named New Music Director of Houston Symphony

The Slovak conductor will pick up the baton from outgoing conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who enters his final season behind the podium with the Bayou City orchestra this fall.

07/14/2021 By Emma Schkloven

NASA Herstory

Vanessa Wyche Named New Director of Johnson Space Center

The NASA veteran makes history as the first Black woman to lead one of the space agency’s centers.

07/13/2021 By Emma Schkloven

We Ain’t Lion

Houston Zoo Is One of the Best in the Country—But We Already Knew That

The shout-out from "Travel & Leisure" highlighted the park's expansive conservation efforts.

07/09/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Pass the Syrup

5 Things to Do This Weekend, July 9–11

A soulful concert, powerful photography, and an all-you-can-eat-pancake art show.

07/09/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Wall Bustin'

4th Wall Will Break Virtual Wall During Its 2021–2022 In-Person Season

The company's four-show, 11th season kicks off in October, brings a Pulitzer winner, a Tony nom, and a continuation of a famous work to the stage.

07/08/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Plus, there’s a brand-new feature attraction

UPDATED: Danny Trejo and Arrowverse Stars Will Round out Comicpalooza's 2021 Packed Lineup

Other properties featured so far include "The Mandalorian," "Dragon Ball Z," "Hellboy," "Cobra Kai," "Saved by the Bell," "Smallville," and pro wrestling. 

07/07/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Amerrrica

5 Things to Do This Weekend, July 2-4

Besides the fireworks, of course.

07/02/2021 By Emma Schkloven

News Out of Austin

Texas Democratic Party Announces History-Making New Executive Directors and Leadership Model

Plus keep an eye out for some changes on the Republican side of the aisle.

07/01/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Music to Our Ears

Da Camera Bringing In-Person Concerts Back to Halls Around the City

The jam-packed season of chamber and jazz concerts kicks off on October 29.

07/01/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Season's Greetings

Main Street Theater Will Welcome Back Fans in Person This Fall

The 2021–2022 season, which features six regular season shows and seven kid-centric offerings, kicks off in October.

06/30/2021 By Emma Schkloven

The (Film's) the Thing

Enjoy a Film Fest This Year Instead of the Traditional Houston Shakespeare Festival

There will be five film screenings Aug 3–7 instead of the annual live performances.

06/29/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Summer's Bach, Ya'll

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, June 25-27

Monet, Matisse, and Renoir walk into a bar.

06/25/2021 By Emma Schkloven

We’re Not Dance Crying. You’re Dance Crying

Fitz and the Tantrums Have All the Feels about Hitting the Road Again

The "HandClap" hitsters bring their happy vibes to House of Blues Houston on June 28.

06/24/2021 By Emma Schkloven

The One Where …

A Friends Parody Is Coming to Houston This Fall

Tickets for the "loving lampoon," which will play four shows at the Hobby Center in October, go on sale June 25.

06/24/2021 By Emma Schkloven

Flying High

Cirque Du Soleil Plans Acrobatic Leap Back to the Houston Stage

Following its unceremonious, pandemic-induced closure, everyone’s favorite contemporary circus reopens in November with "Alegría."

06/22/2021 By Emma Schkloven