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.

Behind the scenes

Discover the History of the World at the MFAH

The Museum of Fine Art Houston's pieces span 6,000 years, six continents, and just about every historical period and artistic medium ever.

11/23/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Curtain Call

Managing Director Perryn Leech to Bow out of the Houston Grand Opera in December

Instead of hiring a new managing director, the company will begin its search for a general director.

11/20/2020 By Emma Schkloven

One Choir, Two Choir

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Nov 20–22

Because Dave Chappelle’s surprise three-night residency sold out in less than a day.

11/20/2020 Photography by Emma Schkloven

Bah Humbug

Galveston's Dickens on the Strand Cancelled for 2020

The annual Victorian-themed holiday festival will return to the island in 2021.

11/19/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Fah who foraze! Dah who doraze!

Tap into Your Inner Seuss at the All New Hou-Ville Christmas Village

The Houston spin on "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’s" Whoville will be bringing holiday cheer all December long.

11/19/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Holiday Treats

Houston Ballet Is Bringing Its Classic Christmas Show into the Digital Age with Nutcracker Sweets

While the company has also cancelled in-person shows through June 2021, it will be creating new online programming in its place.

11/18/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Artistic Architecture

Take A Peek Inside the MFAH's Completed Kinder Building

The new gallery, which will house the MFAH's modern and contemporary collections, opens to the public on November 21.

11/17/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Is it next year yet?

Don't Worry Houston, Travis Scott's AstroWorld Will Be Back in 2021

The Houston rapper's annual music festival was cancelled this year because of—you guessed it—the coronavirus.

11/16/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Chopped and Screwed Tribute

DJ Screw Visual Tribute All Screwed Up Dropping Soon

And we know how you can see it before its official release.

11/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Brace for that Cold Front

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Nov 13–15

Margaret Atwood, Laura Benanti, and Selena. What more could you need?

11/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Color Us Impressed

Color Comes into Play in UH's New Outdoor Public Art Exhibition

"Color Field's" 13 whimsical pieces are painting a one-mile stretch of UH's main campus through May 2021.

11/12/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Whole Watt O’ Lights

New Houston-area Drive-Thrus are Here to Light up Your Holidays

Both The Light Park in Spring and Rudolph’s Lightshow in Hockley feature displays with more than a million Christmas lights.

11/11/2020 By Emma Schkloven

So Long, Farewell

Drive-In at Sawyer Yards Is Hitting the Brakes as It Moves to a New Spot

The last screening is set for November 29, but the owners are already looking for a new location.

11/10/2020 By Emma Schkloven

After Our Own Arts

Society of Performing Arts Is Bringing a Manly Choir and Chevy Chase to Houston with SPA Digital

The new schedule of virtual arts programming features national and international acts, as well as brand new works from Bayou City artists.

11/09/2020 By Emma Schkloven

"Money Changes Everything"

Houston Rock N’ Rolls Out Relief to Bayou City’s Struggling Music Industry

The $3 million fund will hopefully help blunt some of the damage Covid-19 has had on crowd-relying musicians and venues .

11/09/2020 By Emma Schkloven

A Dramatic Pause

TUTS's George Strait-Inspired Show Is No Fool-Hearted Memory

Theatre Under the Stars bemoans the coronavirus cancellation of "Pure Country," a musical premiere decades in development.

11/09/2020 By Emma Schkloven

No, Wait, November?

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Nov 6–8

Country stylings, printmaking, and dance on film.

11/06/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Opera Online

Houston Grand Opera Cancels Remaining 2020-2021 Mainstage Productions

But the company is turning up the tempo on digital offerings through the rest of the season.

11/05/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Our Meme Queen

Meet Sara Cress, The Woman Who Put @HarrisVotes on the Twitter Map

From corgi clips to NASA retweets and a whole lot of focaccia, the Heights resident has had us laughing all the way to the polls.

11/04/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Number Crunchin’

Houston, We Haven’t Voted This Much since George H.W. Bush was on the Ballot

A record setting 1.56 million Harris County residents have voted in this election, making this the highest turnout percentage since 1992.

11/03/2020 By Emma Schkloven