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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.


Next Monday, January 21, is the federal holiday to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., which is also designated as the “MLK Day of Service” by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a U.S. federal government agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, Senior Corps, and other national service initiatives. They suggest we all make it a “Day On” – not a day off! Houston is celebrating the day with a city-wide parade at 10am and a youth parade at noon, as well as several volunteer opportunities throughout the day – see all the details in one handy place here.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Those are the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. and are inspiring especially in this divided and often cruel time in our country. Many are speaking out, and women are leading the way. This Saturday, January 19, join me at the Houston Women’s March, which starts at 8am at the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. There will be vendors, performances, speakers, the march to City Hall, and much more.

Every year in January, I publish my annual round-up of Houston farmers markets. I’m VERY proud of it because I want to support local healthy eating and shopping and I spend hours finding all that I can. You can see the finished product here (and below) – please share that post so that others can learn about what’s out there. It’s astonishing – I found more than 40 markets! This week’s VIDEO PICK focuses on the Memorial Villages market, one I’ve attended and enjoyed.


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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Please be sure to tell your friends about GISH PICKS – the more people who know about these unique cultural events, the more unique cultural events the organizations will offer us. Please also tell the orgs that I sent you. My business grows by word of mouth so I thank you for your continued support.

And, last but not least: this blog is free to you, my dear reader, but it’s not free for me to produce. I pay my designer and I spend many hours researching, compiling, and writing GISH PICKS each week. If you have an event you’d like me to PICK, please email me and let’s see how I can help. With me on your team, you’ll reach thousands of Houstonians in a quick-and-easy way!

Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of January 11-13, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of January 11-13, 2019

Farmers Markets


The Greater Houston area has a plethora of farmers markets, so I rounded up a list of them here for you! There are markets in Sugar Land, the Heights, Third Ward, Memorial, and many other parts. Get healthy for 2019 by shopping fresh and local.

Luciole International Theatre Company


“Educating Rita” by the Luciole International Theatre Company will be onstage this weekend and next (January 18-27, including next Monday and next Thursday) at the MATCH. The comedy takes a poignant, deeply moving, and yet hilarious look at an intrepid twenty-six-year old hairdresser's quest for inner growth, culture, and education. As she enrolls for an open-university course taught by disillusioned Professor Frank, who is battling his own demons, they are both forced to confront their own class assumptions. Tickets start at the suggested price of $25 and can be purchased here.



This Sunday, January 20, from 1-5:30pm is “Family Fun Day” at the MATCH. This free event features the entire city block filled with performances and activities, including concerts from Prelude Music as well as bounce houses, face painters and more. If you’ve never been to the MATCH, this is a great time to go! The venue hosts cultural performances and exhibitions year-round and you can see the full calendar of events here.

The Hoppa Project


The Hoppa Project is an organization who goal is to promote music from Eastern Europe and the Middle East; this Friday, January 19, they are presenting one show only of their 2nd annual “Turkish Music Festival” at the Asia Society Texas Center. The educational and entertaining night will highlight sounds from folk music and Ottoman court music, to the contemporary music of Turkey. Along with the Hoppa Project, award-winning musicians will be featured as well as performers using traditional Turkish instruments.

Improv Houston


Every other Saturday at 2pm, the Improv hosts a special “Family Magic and Comedy Show” featuring magician Carter Blackburn – a man who has been dazzling fans with magic and illusions since his boyhood debut in Houston at the age of 12. His show is super high-energy (perfect for kids!) and the tickets start at $10. Food and drinks are available throughout the show and the next show is this Saturday, January 19.

Alamo Drafthouse


Alamo Drafthouse is a nationwide theatre chain that features blockbuster films as well as specialized movie events, kids’ clubs, dine-in service, and more. There is one location in our area right now, in Katy at La Centerra (see more here) and one in Sugar Land that’s coming soon (see more here), with more on their way. This weekend’s events include “American Psycho” this Saturday, January 19 at 7:30pm; “La Chienne” this Sunday, January 20 (time tbd); the horror film “Body Melt and Razorback” this Friday, January 18 at 9pm; and “The Maltese Falcon” this Sunday, January 20 at 6pm.

GUIDANCE SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10:30am-5:30pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. Let’s connect if you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both). I use my intuitive skills and my many years of studying 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. Finding your personal mission will exponentially increase your ability to succeed in life while also attracting an abundance of joy. 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. NEW: I am now doing guidance 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.

Join me Saturday, February 9, from 9-11am for my monthly Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston. We’ll tour the center, walk the labyrinth, and make art. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator and love sharing what I know with others! Register for the walk here or at the door. You’ll leave with your art, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on walking labyrinths.

GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS is a free weekly email in which I cull through the HUNDREDS of events offered in our city each week and PICK just three for adults and three for kids to recommend. It’s #GishPicks #CuratedCulture to help you plan your weekend! I know many of you go to events based on GISH PICKS recommendations; PLEASE remember to tell the organization that you are there because of us. Word-of-mouth like yours helps our business to grow. In the same spirit, please also feel free to share GISH PICKS with friends and families.

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  • THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE, a searchable database of over 200 Houston day camps and classes for kids and teens;

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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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Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (Saturday, February 9) Video: My annual round-up of farmers' markets includes this one! Guidance Sessions (weekly on Mondays and by phone) Alamo Drafthouse Highlights Annual Turkish Music Festival "Educating Rita" with Luciole Theatre Family Magic Show at the Improv Farmers' Markets Round-up MATCH Family Fun Day