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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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What lovely weather we are having! It’s a perfect time to enjoy farmer’s markets and boy howdy, we have a LOT in the greater Houston area. I rounded them all up and have a great list below. And – if it’s entertainment for the kiddos you need – join me at next Wednesday’s “Mommy Mingle” (on 2/1) at the Children’s Museum of Houston from 10am-noon. You’ll get free snacks and coffee plus plenty of play for kids 36 months and under. Be sure to stop by my table and say hello!

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of January 27-29, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of January 27-29, 2017

Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People presents Tim Green


In celebration of Houston hosting Super Bowl LI, Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People presents Tim Green, former NFL player and New York Times bestselling middle-grade author this Sunday, January 29, at 3pm. He’ll read from his latest sports-centered novel Left Out.

Matt & Ben


Find out the possible real story behind the Oscar-winning screenplay of “Good Will Hunting” and how two bros, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, became major Hollywood stars. Matt & Ben closes out this weekend (Friday/Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm).

Little Shop of Horrors


This weekend (Thursday, January 26-Sunday, January 29), LDP Productions presents Little Shop of Horrors,” this year’s all-school musical at Lamar. Enjoy the classic tale of the people-eating plant and other crazy characters. Matinees for kids under 8 are on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

Tex Allen at ALJ Jazz Night


This Saturday, January 28, starting at 9pm, enjoy lively jazz with New York-based, Houston-raised jazz man and trumpet player Tex Allen and his quartet in ALJ Jazz Night.” Tex is a friend of mine – I promise you he’s super talented with over five decades in the jazz biz!

Shepherd School of Music


Enjoy the annual free family concert presented by the Shepherd Society this Saturday, January 28 from 11am-12:30pm. Featured will be the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra in a performance of selections of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”.

FRIENDLY FIRE: Houston Sculpture


FRIENDLY FIRE: Houston Sculpture is on view through next Sunday, February 5 and is part of last year’s Houston Sculpture Month. Through creativity, imagination, idealism, morality, and spirituality, “Friendly Fire” consists of spatial constructs and interior interventions by artists drawn from this community.

Fresh Vegetables


It’s a new year and a perfect time to shape up your eating. One of the best ways to do that is to start choosing fresher food at the many local farmer’s markets all over the greater Houston area. Below is a list of them – print it out and get shopping!

And if you’re interested in picking your own produce year-round, log onto and go for it!

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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  • GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, which is online and emailed out to thousands of Houstonians who love to explore our city;

  • 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

  • OTHER SERVICES including SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, MARKETING, PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS, GUIDANCE SESSIONS FOR FINDING YOUR PURPOSE, and ART PROGRAMS. Talks and workshops cover topics such as summertime fun, passion-finding (for adults, children and families), marketing, historic preservation, art classes, activism, and more. All of these services can be tailored for any audience and budget.

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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Inprint’s Cool Brains with Author Tim Green Little Shop of Horrors at Lamar High School Shepherd School of Music Family Concert Friendly Fire at the Station Museum Matt & Ben by Rogue Productions The Tex Allen Quartet at ALJ Bar & Lounge VIDEO PICK: Author and former NFL player Tim Green introduces his latest kids’ book Farmer’s Markets around Houston