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Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (Saturday, February 9) Video: Take a tour of beautiful Queensbury Theatre! A Night of Philosophy and Ideas Frame Dance with Axiom Quartet "Breaking Out of Sunset Place" Houston Maritime Museum's New Digs "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show" Shepherd School of Music Family Concert "What's Your Purpose" Workshop (Saturday, March 2) Guidance Sessions (weekly on Mondays and by phone)

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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.


In January, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and every February is “Black History Month” so, in connection to those commemorations, I want to bring a couple of upcoming events to your attention. This Friday (1/25) and Saturday (1/26), Project Lifeline and Canaan Missionary Baptist Church are presenting “Faith, Justice, and the Health of Our Communities”, a program bringing together secular and faith-based communities to explore the intersections between race, immigration, poverty, and health. The event is free and open to the public but they would like you to RSVP on the Facebook page (here) so that they can feed everyone. And in February, the Center for the Healing of Racism is offering their popular series “Dialogue: Racism” again. It will be on two Saturdays, February 16 and 23, from 9am-4:30pm, and the link about it is here. It’s also free but you'll need to call or email the Center to register.


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

SPA Houston


My kids and I LOVED author/illustrator Eric Carle’s beautiful children’s books so I was excited to see that “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show” is coming to town this Saturday, January 26 at 1pm and 4pm! It’s being presented by SPA Houston and features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets as they interpret four of Carle’s stories and bring to life his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations. Tickets start at $22.

Queensbury Theatre


Queensbury Theatre presents “Breaking Out of Sunset Place” through February 10 -- the show is a geriatric "Thelma and Louise plus One" comedy written by Houston-based Patricia Barry Rumble and produced by Houston-based Pantheon of Women. Two best friends Maudie and Emmy decide to take back their independence and break out of Sunset Place – but when Emmy’s roommate Olivia learns of their plans, they are forced to take her with them. Be sure to check out this week’s VIDEO PICK to get a 360 view of the theatre! Tickets are $15-$25 and can be purchased here.

Shepherd School of Music


Every year in January, the Shepherd School of Music presents a fun family show – their “Family Concert 2019” is this Saturday, January 26 at 11am; it’s preceded by an instrument demo in the lobby starting at 10:30am. Dramatic music by Beethoven tells the story of a devoted young woman who must masquerade as a young man to rescue the man she loves. The story will be narrated by Rachel Buchman and kids will get to learn about the music and meet members of the orchestra. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by The Shepherd Society.

Frame Dance


“Let’s Stay Home and Fight” is a unique show created by Frame Dance which will be onstage this Saturday, January 26 at 8pm and Sunday, January 27 at 4pm. In an intimate performance with Axiom Quartet, Frame Dance exposes the pain and purpose of conflict in relationships. Willfully built under pressure-cooker artistic constraints, Hance and the dancers create a weekend of performances at Studio 101 where they rely on their own conflict in the creative process to craft this original work.

Houston Maritime Museum


This is exciting news: the Houston Maritime Museum has moved to 2311 Canal Street downtown, and they are celebrating by hosting a free program for families. “Welcome to the East End” will take place this Saturday, January 27 from 1-4pm. Families will be able to practice rowing with the Buffalo Bayou Rowing Center, visit with their neighborhood friends from Port Houston, and explore a Harris County Sheriff Office patrol boat!

The Moody Cener for the Arts and French Consulate


I just love Houston and our incredible cornucopia of ideas and art and music and more! This Saturday, January 26, from 7pm-1am, “A Night of Philosophy and Ideas” is taking place for the first time in Houston. This cool event has been held in diverse international cities, including Paris, New York, London, and Berlin, and serves to link Houston to the larger international discourse. Throughout the night and early morning, philosophers and performers will present topics and debate ideas on a wide range of issues pertaining to ecology and its intersection with ethics, religion, anthropology, and social justice.

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.

What's Your Purpose?


This is the class for you if you are wondering what your purpose in life is! Join Gandhari Bouligny and me (Sarah Gish) on Saturday, March 2 from 3-5pm at Body Mind & Soul as we talk to you about ways to catch your dreams and uncover who you really are, using tools from astrology as well as personal intuition in this two-hour, hands-on workshop. We’ll start out dancing (yes, we will!) and then each participant will learn about their special astrological characteristics and will be given their life path number (using numerology) from Gandhari. I will guide everyone with salient questions and information from Ayurvedic philosophies designed to open your mind to who you really are – physically and in your soul – and what you really want to do with your life. All of these activities will lead to writing a personal mission statement.

Each class member will walk away with a better understanding of themselves and their life vision and concrete ideas on how to become who they are truly meant to be. You’ll also take home your written PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT. It’ll be a wonderful way to spend two hours, just on YOU! Click here to register.

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;

  • IGNITE YOUR LIFE!, my art project and community campaign whose goal is to inspire people around the world to light a fire to their own passions and to create connections among people;

  • INTUITIVE GUIDANCE SESSIONS, which are one-on-one consultations with me at Body Mind & Soul on Mondays. Sessions are one hour or thirty minutes and I can help you with personal and/or work questions;

  • Quarterly “WHAT’S YOUR PURPOSE?” workshops at Body Mind & Soul, check the store’s online calendar for dates and more information; and

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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: Take a tour of beautiful Queensbury Theatre! Guidance Sessions (weekly on Mondays and by phone) A Night of Philosophy and Ideas Frame Dance with Axiom Quartet "Breaking Out of Sunset Place" Houston Maritime Museum's New Digs "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show" Shepherd School of Music Family Concert