Michael Hardy is the arts editor of Houstonia

Clutch City

5 Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores to Visit This Bookstore Day

Online retailers just can’t match the human touch of these local shops.

08/03/2014 By Michael Hardy

Education

The Return of the Neighborhood School

A non-profit is looking to turn things around in Woodland Heights—and might just provide a model for other neighborhoods, too.

08/03/2014 By Michael Hardy

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: August 1–3

Where to go, who to see, and what to do

07/30/2014 By Michael Hardy

interview

No, Adam Duritz Will Not Play "Mr. Jones"

The Counting Crows frontman discusses the band's first new album in six years, and why they don't feel compelled to play their hits.

07/29/2014 By Michael Hardy

reading

Houston Writer Recounts Long Recovery from Sexual Assault

UH Creative Writing PhD Lacy Johnson's powerful new memoir tells a story of survival.

07/24/2014 By Michael Hardy

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: July 25–27

Where to go, who to see, and what to do

07/23/2014 By Michael Hardy

Concert

Review: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Knock It Out of the Park

The married couple's sold-out Minute Maid Park concert didn't disappoint.

07/21/2014 By Michael Hardy

Picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: July 18–20

Where to go, who to see, and what to do.

07/16/2014 By Michael Hardy

spectacle

The Evolution of Gaga

To prepare for her Wednesday-night show, we review Lady Gaga's most outrageous dresses from the past five years.

07/15/2014 By Kerry H. and Michael Hardy

Comparison

Beyoncé Versus Tamarie

Both have daughters named after plants, but that's just the beginning.

07/14/2014 By Michael Hardy

Getting (far) away from it all

The 5-Star Resort in the Middle of the Jungle

Sri Lanka's Heritance Kandalama resort was the world's first LEED-certified hotel, and still one of its most unique.

07/10/2014 By Michael Hardy

fashion

Bead-Bombing Montrose Blvd.

The Art League Houston will soon be sporting 350,000 acrylic beads.

07/10/2014 By Michael Hardy

Picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: July 11–13

Where to go, who to see, and what to do

07/09/2014 By Michael Hardy

Embarrassments

The 5 Worst Houston Slogans of All Time

The city with no limits—to lame branding attempts.

07/08/2014 By Michael Hardy

Picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: July 4–6

Where to go, who to see, and what to do.

07/02/2014 By Michael Hardy

Critical analysis

Michael Brown Had the Worst Art Collection in Houston

The sybaritic hand surgeon's paintings and sculptures went on the auction block this weekend. And yes, they're as hideous as you imagine.

07/01/2014 By Michael Hardy

July 4

Go Fourth and Conquer: Our Guide for a Perfect Independence Day

In a city this large, there’s an Independence Day celebration for everybody.

06/30/2014 By Michael Hardy

Dept. of First-World Problems

Surviving One of the Longest Flights in the World

If you’re traveling nonstop from Dubai to Houston, you’d better be prepared.

06/30/2014 By Michael Hardy

Q & A

13 Impertinent Questions for an English Lord

The Seventh Marquess of Cholmondeley discusses the new MFAH exhibition devoted to his country house.

06/26/2014 Photography by Michael Hardy

Picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: June 27–29

Where to go, who to see, and what to do

06/25/2014 By Michael Hardy