Michael Hardy is the arts editor of Houstonia

Opera

Acclaimed Chamber Opera Makes Its Houston Debut

Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar was inspired by the life of fin-de-siècle Swiss explorer Isabelle Eberhardt.

03/17/2015 By Michael Hardy

Obituary

Remembering Michael Graves, the Architect Houston Loved to Hate

The iconic postmodernist designed the Houston Federal Reserve branch and several buildings on the Rice campus.

03/16/2015 By Michael Hardy

news

Want to Be Houston's Next Poet Laureate? The Application Deadline is Today

Gwendolyn Zepeda's two-year term ends in April. Who will succeed her?

03/13/2015 By Michael Hardy

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: March 13–15

Featuring Tango Buenos Aires, the musical Once, and the Children's Museum of Houston's Amazingly Immature Spring Break.

03/11/2015 By Michael Hardy

art and literature

The Professor and the Pop Star

Björk, a Rice University professor, and an e-mail dialogue for the ages

03/10/2015 By Michael Hardy

classical music

Renowned Vienna Piano Trio Brings Sound of Austria to Houston

Although only one member of the group remains from when it was founded 26 years ago, the piano trio is still considered one of the world's best.

03/09/2015 By Michael Hardy

Pets Guide

6 Places to Pamper Your Pet

Pet owners who demand the very best for your four-legged friends, this is for you.

03/09/2015 By Catherine Matusow and Michael Hardy

Pets Guide

Pup-Coming Events

Mark your calendars, animal lovers.

03/09/2015 By Michael Hardy

Feature

Along Holman Street, the Past, Present, and Future of the Third Ward

Witness the rise, fall, and renewal of one of Houston’s most iconic neighborhoods.

03/09/2015 By Michael Hardy Photography by Brian Goldman

Bayougraphy

The Wizard of University Park

“A patent is not just a single act—it can be a lifestyle.”

03/09/2015 By Michael Hardy

Humor

Nobody Passes Us in the Population Rankings

San Antonio may be on an annexation binge, but they’ve got nothing on Houston.

03/09/2015 By Michael Hardy

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: March 6–8

Yes, it's rodeo season. But there's so much else to do this weekend as well, including the Azalea Trail, the Steve Miller Band, and the Buffalo Bayou Regatta.

03/04/2015 By Michael Hardy

books

Rick Steves Gets Political

The popular travel guide comes to Houston to promote his latest book, Travel as a Political Act.

03/03/2015 By Michael Hardy

news

Backlash Grows Against R. Kelly's Free Press Appearance

Festival organizer Omar Afra will meet tonight with a group outraged by his invitation of the accused pedophile.

03/02/2015 By Michael Hardy

Rodeo

A Chat with Country Heartthrob Hunter Hayes

Nashville’s answer to Justin Bieber makes his second Rodeo appearance on Wednesday night.

03/02/2015 By Michael Hardy

film

Deli Owner Ziggy Gruber Stars in New Documentary

Deli Man tells the story of the rise and fall (and rise?) of the traditional Jewish delicatessen.

02/27/2015 By Michael Hardy

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: Feb 27–March 1

Featuring New Orleans's Rebirth Brass Band, Houston Ballet's new Romeo and Juliet, and the World Championship of Barbecue

02/26/2015 By Michael Hardy

news

Free Press Summer Fest Announces Lineup

Headliners include Skrillex, R. Kelly, Weezer, The Decemberists, and Belle and Sebastian

02/25/2015 With Michael Hardy, Sarah Rufca Nielsen, Lucy Spicer, Maggie Berardo, Jared Monmouth, and Yasmine Saqer

news

City Looking for Public Input on New Arts Plan

The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs is in the midst of collecting public feedback about its new civic arts plan. But where's the Houston Arts Alliance?

02/25/2015 By Michael Hardy

the sporting life

Houston Bicycle Museum Opens Its Doors This Week

The new museum features hundreds of historic bicycles at its temporary Museum District location.

02/23/2015 By Michael Hardy