Nick joined Houstonia in June 2015, eager to seek out the latest arts, culture, trends, people, places and things that give life to Houston. He began his career in journalism at the age of 15, reporting on high school sports in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. An Arizona State alum, he was previously assistant editor at Houston magazine. 

Nick spends his spare time staying fit, reading, watching Netflix, drinking coffee, and hanging out with his dog/best friend Gatsby.

Best East Texas State Parks

For the Happy Hikers: Martin Dies Jr. State Park

Don't mind the alligators—no, seriously.

04/28/2016 By Nick Esquer

Scandal

Party Time: Sex, Lies and 1950s River Oaks

New novel The After Party explores what went on behind the thick, silk curtains.

04/28/2016 By Nick Esquer

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: April 8–10

The annual Art Car Parade rolls through downtown, the Symphony plays Boléro, Moores Opera Center's Anna Karenina, comedian Ron White and singer Tori Kelly at Retention Music Center.

04/06/2016 By Nick Esquer

King of the Hill

Houston Is Getting the Great New Music Venue It Deserves

Opening soon next to the new Raven Tower, White Oak Music Hall has its first show booked: French electronic rock band M83.

03/31/2016 By Nick Esquer

Hello City

We’re Big on Japan—Like, Really Big

This year’s Japan Fest is expected to draw over 30,000 people—which, as it happens, is 10 times the size of our actual Japanese population.

03/31/2016 By Nick Esquer

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: April 1–3

Queer Hippo Film Festival, Two-Lane Blacktop at MFAH, Handel's Messiah at Ars Lyrica, Hermann Park Kite Festival, Mumford & Sons in concert

03/30/2016 By Nick Esquer

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 25–27

Matthew Morrison sings at Jones Hall, Dance Salad Festival returns, Grounded opens at Alley Theatre, Goldfinger plays at MFAH, Project Row Houses' Round 44 tackles social change.

03/23/2016 By Nick Esquer

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 18–20

Beethoven at the Symphony, GuGu Drum Group at Miller, Brad Paisley rides into RodeoHouston, Project Dance at Discovery Green, and the 36th Annual Ukrainian Easter Bazaar.

03/16/2016 By Nick Esquer

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 11–13

Menil opens Life Is Once, Forever, the Azalea Trail returns, the 44th Annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta races through Houston, St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Houston, and Go Tejano Day at RodeoHouston

03/09/2016 By Nick Esquer

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 4–6

Alley Theatre hosts its Spring Slam, Jason Derulo performs at RodeoHouston, Houston Chamber Choir dives into Mexican choral history, Houston Pride Band plays music from classic films, Lord of the Dance heel-clicks into Revention Music Center.

03/02/2016 By Nick Esquer

Rodeo

For RodeoHouston, 2016 Is the Year of the Big-Name Country Act

The 21-concert lineup includes headliners like Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert.

03/01/2016 By Nick Esquer

Hop to It

Swing Is the Thing at Houston’s 20th Annual Lindyfest

The event is one of more than 175 such competitions held annually across the globe.

03/01/2016 By Nick Esquer

Statues

Why Are Houstonians Honoring Someone Who Fought for Slavery?

Considering the legacy of Dick Dowling as the city wakes up from a long bout of amnesia.

03/01/2016 By Nick Esquer

Shooting Range

A Shooting Range of a Higher Caliber

The roster of members at this “guntry club” is now 600 strong and counting.

03/01/2016 By Nick Esquer

Photography

Purveyors of Pop-Up Photography in the East End

Houston photographers Ryan Francisco and Megan Tipps look to bring underground arts into the mainstream.

02/29/2016 By Nick Esquer

Mars Volta

Imagining Life On Mars

In The Interview: Red, Red Planet, at CAMH, artist MPA imagines a not-so-distant colonization of our outer space neighbor.

02/26/2016 By Nick Esquer

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 26–28

Houston Symphony plays Benny Goodman's hits, artist MPA takes us on a trip to Mars, the Rodeo kicks off with the Bar-B-Que Championship, The Sleeping Beauty twirls into the Houston Ballet, and pianist Christopher McKiggan plays a dual piano set.

02/24/2016 By Nick Esquer

History

History's Lost and Found

HMNS' latest exhibition digs up the past with Amber Secrets: Feathers from the Age of Dinosaurs.

02/19/2016 By Nick Esquer

Ballet

Getting Top Honors with Grace and Poise

Teen ballet sensation Madison Young brings home top honors from prestigious Prix de Lausanne competition.

02/19/2016 By Nick Esquer

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 19–21

The World According To CPLY at Menil, Intimate Apparel opens at UH, Olivia Block performs her "found sounds," DEFINE rides into MFAH, Bayou Bend throws a family party

02/17/2016 By Nick Esquer