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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!

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Houston is FULL of cool arts activities each weekend – and this weekend (on into next week) is no exception! There’s an extraordinary number of film festivals opening right now so I wanted to draw your attention to three of them; for info about film festivals around the state, click here to see a list compiled by the Houston Film Commission. There are three film festivals opening in Houston next Thursday, February 15. The Inspire Film Festival (February 15-19) features “Good films about good people doing good things” and endeavors to inspire viewers with positive and beautifully shot films. 14 Pews is presenting the first annual Bechdel Film Festival (February 15-22), a celebration of women’s voices in film. It kicks off with Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston next Thursday (February 15) and features a full slate of films, script readings, fun karaoke, a performance by the renowned punk rock band the Mydolls, and a web series workshop with Alicia J. Rose. ReelAbilities: Houston Film & Arts Festival (February 12-22) is a free city-wide film and arts festival dedicated to presenting films, art exhibitions, performances, and speakers that celebrate the lives, stories, and talents of people with disabilities. And finally, if you want to get out of town for films and other art forms, the world-renowned SXSW (South by Southwest) opens March 9 in Austin. If you have the time off, I highly recommend you head there for the best new music, film, comedy, and more.

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of February 9-11, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of February 9-11, 2018

Hike It Baby


If you’re looking for activities to do with your younger kids – and want to spend time outdoors with other families – then you need to check out Hike It Baby. It’s a nationwide organization dedicated to getting children outside with their families and friends through various group events. You can find local chapters on the web here and on Facebook here. Please note that before you can get information about their hikes, you must register and sign a waiver to see the website or answer questions to join the Facebook group.

Women Rock


The annual Women Rock fundraiser for Mildred’s Umbrella is this Saturday, February 10 at 7:30pm – it’s an event promoting the work of women artists and featuring music by Miears, Mydolls, Quinn the Brain, Pretty Vacant, Lazer Kittenz, and Benita. Women Rock matches the mission of MU – to showcase women's artistic and cultural voices. Tickets are pay-what-you-can starting at $10.

Adam Trent


Internationally-recognized magician Adam Trent is coming to the Society for Performing Arts this Saturday, February 10 for 2 shows at 5:30 and 8:30pm; see details about the show here. His shows are immersive entertainment with jaw-dropping illusions. Tickets start at $39.



It’s time for METdance’s annual performance of DUO,” an intimate evening of duets featuring the artists of METdance at close range at the Rec Room. There will be special premieres by Houston dancemakers Jane Weiner, Laura Harrell, Jennifer Mabus, Emily Schoen, Josh Manchulich, Alvin Ailey’s own Sean Carmon, and Los Angeles-based Christian Denice. Performances are Friday (February 9) and Saturday (February 10).

Love, Art, and Agnes Moffitt Park


This Sunday, February 11, from 2-5pm, Brenda Stardig is presenting Love, Art, and Agnes Moffitt Park – an event open to all of Houston in celebration of the first civic artwork in District A. There will be live music, face painting, a costume contest for pets, a Valentine’s Day party with crafts, onsite pet adoptions, and more.



Known for their cutting-edge shows and presentation of tough topics, the Station Museum presents in(di)visible,” on view through April 22. in(di)visible is an exhibition examining immigration, the residual effects of war, and the implications of assimilation, integration, and invisibility for Asian Americans.

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

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10am-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.

And I’m pleased to announce that my Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks will continue at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston at 500 Prairie Street. My next walk will be on Saturday, February 10, 9am-11am. Free parking is available in the Christ Church Cathedral garage at 559 San Jacinto Street; bring your ticket in to get it validated.

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
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Hike It Baby Gets You Moving Adam Trent Magic Show Family Fun at Moffitt Park Female Bands Rock Out for Mildred’s Umbrella METdance Presents Annual DUO The Station Hosts in(di)visible Exhibition VIDEO PICK: Here’s a preview of ReelAbilities: Houston Film & Arts Festival Guidance Sessions (Mondays) Labyrinth Walk (February 10)