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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 Houston gems and unique Houston fun. I love Houston 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 for you so I sort through the cornucopia of events offered in our wonderful city each weekend and I PICK only three each for families and adults to recommend to you. That way you’ll be all set when Friday hits!

We are the most diverse city in the country, not only because of the over 100 languages spoken here every day, but also because of the diversity of events offered and places to hang our (cowboy) hats. 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. Here’s to many more years of GISH PICKS!

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I’m so excited to share with you this week’s VIDEO PICK, which is an interview I did with Mayor Turner last week. He will tell you all about Houston – surprising stats, the richness of our neighborhoods, cool cultural events – plus he’ll tell you his fave spots and hidden gems. Enjoy it! And hopefully, this chat will inspire you to get more involved in our city. There are so many ways to do that! As I said at the end of the video, you can always just dial 3-1-1 to get hold of ANYONE in the city – the Mayor, the sanitation department, the City Council secretary, and more. Memorize it and call it! If you’re ready to dive in to all that our city has to offer, check out the City of Houston official website, here. It’s full of practical information such as the potholes tracker and the Mayor’s home page. And you can sign up for a very helpful email from the city, CitizensNet, which is how I stay informed of most city news. Open City Council meetings are generally every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm so get to know your City Council rep and the At Large ones and get in dialogue with them. All the scoop on the City Council (including names of reps) is here. And there’s more: you can also get information on cultural events and theatres and parks on the main page.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” said Barack Obama. I’m thinking of that as our country undergoes the changing of the guard this Friday. It will be different and not everyone is happy about that. If you are looking for change and a way to peaceably have your say, join one of the many women’s marches around the country, all spin-offs from the Women’s March on Washington. There is also a “Sister March” in Houston (see more about that here) and one in Austin (see more about that here). For a complete list of all those marches, please click here. I’ll be at the one in D.C. so check out my Facebook page for my photos and interviews. It should be quite an amazing, historic event. We will truly be making HERstory.

Have a great weekend, go IGNITE YOUR LIFE, please share this, and please – LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Picks for Kids the Weekend of January 20-22, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of January 20-22, 2017

Eye on Houston


The Museum of Fine Arts’ annual exhibition of high school photography is on view now through May 7. Eye on Houston is a collaboration between the Museum and Houston Independent School District students to document and celebrate Houston’s diverse neighborhoods through personal stories.

Ga Ga for Gershwin


This Friday, January 20 and Sunday, January 22, enjoy Gershwin with the LSL spin to it in their production Ga Ga for Gershwin.” As they say: “From SUMMERTIME to FOGGY DAY, from THEY ALL LAUGHED to BUT NOT FOR ME… set sail on a BOAT THAT’S LEAVING SOON FOR NEW YORK until SOMEONE WATCHES OVER ME! Always know that OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY.”

Bookworm Book Festival


This Saturday, January 21 at 9am, bring your young’uns to a fun morning celebrating emerging readers and those who write for them at the Bookworm Book Festival at Spring Woods Middle School. It’s a great way to get kiddos excited about reading!

Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre


The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston presents Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre” through February 12. Their 37th season continues to celebrate and spotlight prominent choreographers, master teachers, and companies and is a real treat for dance lovers.

The Three Little Pigs


To kick off this year’s Winter Family Reading Club at Fort Bend County Libraries, The Magik Theatre will perform “The Three Little Pigs” at two libraries – on Saturday, January 21 at 2pm at the First Colony Branch Library and on Sunday, January 22 at 2pm at the George Memorial Library. The reading club is from January 23 to March 4.

The Johns


Houston is a hub city for human trafficking and a brilliant new play, The Johns,” is delving into that topic in a show presented by Mildred’s Umbrella from January 19-February 4. As their website states: “Sex trafficking seems like someone else’s problem, until an upper middle-class family in a prominent Houston area suburb finds itself ensnared.”

Ignite Your Life!


Zoe Snyder recently designed a lovely logo for my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project so I wanted to share it with you in case you're scouting for a logo creator. She does terrific work and was patient with all my changes and artist pickiness and we ended up with something that perfectly represents my art. If you’d like a free consultation, contact her by phone at 713.248.5412 or email at

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Eye on Houston High School Photographs Blue Willow Bookshop’s Bookworm Fest The Three Little Pigs at Fort Bend County Libraries The Johns Examines Human Trafficking Lone Star Lyric Goes Ga Ga for Gershwin Dance Month at the ERJCC Kaplan Theatre VIDEO PICK: Mayor Sylvester Turner chats with Sarah Gish about Houston Zoe Snyder Graphic Design