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Welcome to GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS! I’m Sarah Gish, an info-preneur and culture sleuth who finds the unusual and cool in Houston each and every week. Join me as I shine a light on special gems and unique Houston fun. I love this city and want to show you the people and the places and the events that make it great (see more about my wishes for that here). And I want to make it easy so I sort through the cornucopia of events offered each weekend and PICK only three for FAMILIES and three for ADULTS to recommend to you. That way you’ll be all set when Friday hits! If you’re new here, please read below for more about this blog and then check out my PICKS for this weekend, further below.

Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, please GO.FIND.FUN. wherever you can, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!


It’s time for Houston’s largest single day sporting event in the city - the Chevron Houston Marathon - which takes place this Sunday, January 19. The race will include professional runners as well as hobbyists and will start at 7am at Congress and San Jacinto Streets (with a wheelchair division starting at 6:50am!). This week’s VIDEO PICK is about the marathon, and you can see all the events surrounding it here. Have fun and plan your travels around the city accordingly.

MLK Day is next Monday, January 20, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate his life and his legacy. Houston loves the man so much that there are two parades, both from 10am-noon next Monday! The Black Heritage Society is presenting the “Original” MLK, Jr. Parade Celebration starting at Lamar and Smith Streets (next to City Hall) and the MLK Grand Parade is in midtown, starting at San Jacinto and Elgin Streets. The Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra presents its annual Musical Tribute To Martin Luther King, Jr.this Sunday, January 19 at 5pm and “Legacy: A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a musical performance also on Sunday, but at 4pm, at First Methodist Houston. Both events are free. And for kids, the Children’s Museum of Houston is presenting many MLK-related activities on Monday (see details here) and their satellite location, the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, is hosting MLK events all week long through January 23 (see details here).

Body Mind & Soul is hosting a special event this Sunday, January 20 from 3-4:30pm that ignites women’s strength: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves: Finding Your Feminine Power with Monette Chilson.” Monette is a dear friend of mine who has studied and written about the Divine Feminine and its connection to yoga for years (see her book Sophia Rising: Awakening Your Sacred Wisdom Through Yoga). She’s now a Lilith storyteller and was a co-editor of the new anthology Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves, which will be a springboard for the Sunday workshop. The $30 registration fee includes a copy of the book.

Speaking of female power, the Women’s March 2020 is happening this Saturday, January 18 in Washington, D.C. and around the country (see the chapters here) - and Houston Women March On is presenting its own march next Saturday, January 25 from 9am-noon at the Buffalo Bayou Water Works; all the details are here. I hope to see you at either event - GO WOMEN!


We are the most diverse city in the country, not only because of the over 150 languages spoken here every day, but also because of the diversity of events offered and places to hang our (cowboy) hats. Because of that, I decided back in 2004 to start sharing my adventures in Houston and my knowledge of it with others via GISH PICKS. And, since 2016, I have been bringing it to life with my PICKS-ON-WHEELS Facebook Live segments in which I travel around our city in my Phoenix Rising Art Car. Stay tuned here for more details! My adventures will sometimes be posted as my weekly VIDEO PICK in this blog.

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Picks for Kids the Weekend of January 17 - 19, 2020
Picks for Adults the Weekend of January 17 - 19, 2020

Houston Improv


Every other week, Houston Improv presents “Family Magic & Comedy For All Ages with Carter Blackburn” and the next show is this Saturday, January 18 at noon. Blackburn performs exclusively at the Improv and his magic and comedy show features high energy magic, illusions, juggling, sleight of hand, danger (you gotta have that!), and lots of audience interaction. Tickets start at $10.

Lawndale Art Center


This Friday, January 17, from 6-8pm, Lawndale presents its winter opening of two shows: Virginia Lee Montgomery’s “SKY LOOP” and Shawne Major’s “Folie à Deux”; both shows will be on view through March 29. Inspired by Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston and the artist’s childhood neighborhood, “SKY LOOP” is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary project while “Folie à Deux” explores the interior world of intensely codependent relationships.



Stages has been undergoing a transformation this year: they shortened their name (from Stages Repertory Theatre) and the built a beautiful new theatre with 3 stages, The Gordy. Join their community celebration and see the new space this Saturday, January 18 from 2:30-5:30pm (with a ribbon cutting at 2pm). There will be many activities for all ages, including poetry readings, story time, music rehearsals, costume fittings, props being built, a dance class led by Jane Weiner of Hope Stone Dance, and much more!

Trinity Midtown Jazz Festival


The annual, very popular Trinity Jazz Festival - Celebrating Voices in Jazz takes place this weekend (January 17-19). Since 2002, the Trinity Jazz Festival has featured jazz musicians from all walks of life, creating a community of God through music. The festive event includes a VIP dinner on Friday, a day of celebration of jazz in the city on Saturday, and concludes with a highly-regarded Jazz Mass at Trinity Midtown on Sunday.

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

Join the family fun this Sunday, January 19 from 1pm-5pm at the annual MATCH Family Fun Day. It will be an afternoon chock full of fun for little ones, and it’s all free for the family. The day will include performances by Main Street Theater, concerts by Prelude Music, and dance presentations by the Open Dance Project. There will also be bounce houses, face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, chalk artists, and more - all over one city block in Midtown!

Rice Cinema


Rice University’s cinema program has started up again after the holidays - and they are going full gusto with an 8 hour Hungarian film, “Satantango,” this Saturday, January 18 from 2-10pm. The film is about a collapsing collective farm and there will (of course) be intermissions throughout the screening. This week’s “Lo-Fi: Analog Deep Cuts from the Archive” features my buddy Pepper Mouser presenting “What is a PortaPak?” tomorrow night (Thursday, January 16) at 7pm.


Women will gather in community with me at the Spectrum Center Houston for 6 Mondays from 6:30-8pm to explore their personal life path using the “12 Ways to Ignite Your Life Daily” concepts from my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project. You can see the 12 concepts here and the key words which we’ll explore through a variety of ways are TRUST * NOURISH * MEDITATE * COMMUNE * LISTEN * LOVE * SERVE * FORGIVE * THANK * CREATE * LEARN * LAUGH. You’ll dig deep with this focused time on YOU and self-love will be at the center of all we do. There will be art, journaling, talking, laughing, labyrinth-walking, and more! At the first meeting, you’ll be given a journal and a special set of the 12 Ways cards to use daily. Each woman will also create an easy-to-remember personal mantra to use and, during the last session, will make a bracelet with her favorite word of the 12 to take home.

The cost for the series is $200 ($205 if paying via credit card; no fee if you pay via Zelle or Venmo). If you’re interested, please email me and I’d love to have you join us!


I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" most Mondays at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 11am-5pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. If you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both), I will serve as your Life Path Guide. One session is all you need to get ignited! I use my intuitive skills and my many years of reading people to help you FOCUS - on you, your dreams and desires, and how to manifest them. And if you don’t know what your passions are, I will guide you in discovering them. I also help people who are struggling with ANY kind of issue they may encounter along life’s path: grief, relationship problems, work troubles, etc. My goal is to help people listen to their heart and to connect with sources of inspiration or guidance or support. Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store - 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at713.993.0550 to book an appointment. I also do Life Path Sessions by telephone - we can connect from anywhere, anytime! Call me at 713.492.1173 for more information about that service. Please note that the fee for sessions by phone is the same.

Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store - 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at ‪713.993.0550 to book an appointment. I also do Life Path Sessions by telephone - we can connect from anywhere, anytime! Call me at 713.492.1173 for more information about that service. Please note that the fee for sessions by phone is the same.

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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