Emma Schkloven

Writer/Editor in Austin, TX

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I'm a nationally recognized, award-winning writer in Austin, TX. My bylines have appeared in Smithsonian magazine, Austin Monthly, The Baltimore Sun, and Las Vegas Weekly. My work has also been picked up The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Associated Press.

An Immersive Celebration of Ramses II Transports Visitors to Ancient Egypt

The CGI spectacle marks one of several areas where ancient meets ultramodern in “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,” an internationally touring exhibition that made its world premiere at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) in November. The show’s embrace of new tools—a trend that is becoming more and more prevalent in traveling exhibitions—is all in the name of giving visitors a richer Egyptology experience.
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Queer Eye's Big Austin Takeover

Hope has always been the group’s unofficial sixth member, the rouge painted onto the cheeks of every guest who walks through the Fab Five’s headquarters. That feeling runs deeper this season, pulsing in the background like a heartbeat. Perhaps it’s a natural consequence of collectively surviving such a harrowing year. Or maybe the Fab Five’s presence is exactly what Austin required to help awaken it from its pandemic-induced slumber.

10 Pre-Pandemic Minutes with Audra McDonald

Back at the turn of the decade, when our poor, unjaded souls still believed the return of the Roaring ’20s was in sight, we interviewed Broadway living legend and cinematic leading lady Audra McDonald ahead of her then-headlining performance at Theatre Under the Stars 2020 Gala. The soiree, like basically everything else, was swallowed into the black hole that became the last 18 months of our lives. (A true shame since McDonald believes so deeply in arts fundraising. “As long as we have the art
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What's Happening During This Year's Texas Legislative Session?

In case you hadn’t heard, Texas is the new battle ground in the fight for voting rights. Our state legislature is considering 49 new bills that would add significant hurdles to the voting process—a tall feat given we’re already the most difficult state to cast a ballot in. “It’s not a badge of honor to say that Texas is leading that race,” says Thomas Buser-Clancy, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. With Harris County’s record-smashing 2020 voter turnout, ma
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Twitter's Evil MoPac Shares Secrets From Life Behind the Keyboard

During a frustrating patch of roadside construction in 2016, a parody account rose from the asphalt of Twitter to soothe Austin’s burgeoning traffic woes. @EvilMopacATX has since become a local juggernaut of cultural commentary—dishing hilarious, 280-character takes on McConaughey, capital city newcomers, and favorite punching bag Westlake to more than 26,000 followers daily. Through it all, the account’s creator has remained a mystery. Now, they share secrets of life behind the keyboard.
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Nick Anderson’s Second Act

Anderson was the very last of the Lone Star State’s once formidable cadre of staff editorial cartoonists. His abrupt pink slipping marked the end of an era, and left Anderson himself adrift. The Pulitzer Prize winner’s dream job, spending his days drawing sharply observed cartoons poking fun, pointing out failings, and puncturing hubris on all sides of the political arena in local, state, and national politics, was gone.

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

The coronavirus is just the latest obstacle in Pure Country’s rambling road to the stage. It all began with North Texas native Rex McGee, the screenwriter of the 1992 musical western of that name, which featured George Strait as a disillusioned country star who leaves success behind to rediscover the tune of his soul. After parts of his script got left on the cutting room floor, McGee began to wonder if there weren’t a better medium to tell his story. For more than 15 years he worked on a stage version of Pure Country, even scoring a Broadway-bound workshop around 2008—the same sort of opportunity that helped catapult Hamilton into a national cultural phenomenon—though the show fizzled long before getting anywhere near the stage.

We're Living in Traumatic Times Thanks to Coronavirus, So Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

If there’s one word to describe the general mood these days, tense might be an apt choice. We've been stuck inside for weeks on end as a pandemic far greater than we could have imagined ravages our world, taxing our hospital systems, and wreaks havoc our global economy. On top of that, there's no clear end in sight. "We handle things much better when we know that there's an expectation of relief and right now, we don't know," says Dr. Ben Weinstein, chair of psychiatry at Houston Methodist. " No
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