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"Dedicated to the Ones I Love" celebrates Compass Guidance Sessions (weekly on Mondays and by phone) "What's Your Purpose" Workshop (Saturday, March 2) "Cinderella Goes Disco" with Company Onstage Spring Branch hosts First Saturday Art for Everyone Woodlands Children's Museum Lunar New Year Houston Grand Opera Visits an Island & the Amazon Seven Artists on View at Lawndale Art Center Dancewicz-Doucet Duo presents "Origins" Video: Get to know this unique museum in Spring Branch Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (Saturday, February 9)

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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.


February is a short month but there is PLENTY going on. It’s “Black History Month,” which I wrote about in my Thoughts for This Week last week. This Sunday, February 3 is the Super Bowl (Rams vs. Patriots, in case you didn’t know!) – if you like football, click here, and if you don’t like football, click here. The Chinese New Year is next Tuesday, February 5 and the Woodlands Children’s Museum is kicking it off with an event this weekend (see PICK below). I will round up plenty of other New Year events next week, and I’ll also explain the difference between Lunar and Chinese New Year.

I highlighted a couple of Houston Grand Opera programs this week and I also want to introduce you to a very cool concept, Opera On Tap. It’s a nonprofit organization that started in Brooklyn as a way to make opera more accessible and also to give singers more opportunities to perform. It’s now in over 20 cities around the world – and, of course, Houston is one of them! Upcoming performances are Glenious and Chaotic Valentine's both at notsuoH this Saturday, February 2. You can learn all about the Houston chapter here and find their most up-to-date info here.

This Saturday, February 2 is Groundhog Day -- let’s hope the groundhog doesn’t see his (or her?!) shadow. I’m longing for spring already…


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



One of my all-time favorite museums in Houston – and one that is not well-known – is the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum (check out this week’s VIDEO PICK to see more). AYAM houses a collection of over 600 art and artifacts from around the world and every month they offer “First Saturdays,” inexpensive art workshops for families from 10am-1pm; the next one is this Saturday, February 2. The space was named after a beloved teacher and is run by the Spring Branch ISD for their kids and the community.

Houston Grand Opera


Journey to faraway lands with HGO during two performances they have onstage on various dates through February 8: “Florencia en el Amazonas” navigates you down the Amazon in a river boat as a legendary opera singer voyages to reunite with her true love and “The Pearl Fishers” transpires you to a fantasy-inspired island where two best friends find their relationship is tested by an unexpected romantic love triangle. Both shows are at the Wortham Center, beautifully remodeled post-Harvey.

Company OnStage


The Company Onstage presents “Cinderella Goes Disco” this Saturday, February 2 and next Saturday, February 9, at 11am and 1:30pm. This fun adaptation involves audience participation and a combination of three fairy tales in a most unusual fashion. The Prince has invited all of the kingdom’s young ladies to the “Disco Ball” at the palace but poor Cinderella is convinced she cannot go because she has nothing to wear. The Fairy Godmother saves the day with stories of “Sleeping Beauty” and “Beauty and the Beast” to boost Cinderella’s confidence. Tickets are $10/each.

Lawndale Art Center


Lawndale Art Center is full of art and life, with shows representing SEVEN artists on their walls! “Ara Oru Kinkin (Masquerades Mythology)” features Olaniyi Akindiya (Akirash); “Fold In” features Kristen Cochran, Katy Heinlein, and Marcelyn McNeil; “Sweet Surrender” features Ryan Hawk; “yêu em dài lâu (me love you long time)” features Antonius Bui; and the north exterior wall features artwork by Francesca Fuchs. All of the shows will close on March 3; the Museum is always free and is open Wednesdays through Sundays.

The Woodlands Children's Museum


The Lunar New Year is a time to celebrate a new beginning while sharing rich, centuries-old traditions with family, and The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts its annual Chinese New Year celebration this Saturday, February 2 from 10am until 2pm at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280. The goal of this event is to enrich children’s lives by introducing them to cultures around the world. “The Year of the Pig” will be celebrated with the Houston Lion Kings dance troupe as well as with a Coin Tree project, printmaking, and games.

Dancewicz-Doucet Duo


The UST Recital Series presents the Dancewicz-Doucet Duo performing “Origin” this Saturday, February 2 at 7:30pm in a free concert at the University of St. Thomas. The show will feature beautiful violin and piano works by Karol Szymanowski, Edvard Grieg, Erberk Eryilmaz, and Bela Bartok. The Duo is comprised of violinist Dominika Dancewicz and pianist Donald Doucet, and their concert programming is always thoughtfully planned to communicate directly with the audience and to carry an important human message. The artists speak before each piece of music, introducing its context, history, and anecdotal stories.

Houston Compass

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.

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Sarah Gish
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