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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 don’t know about you, but it’s been a stressful year so far. I’ve been busy with life, with our government, with events – and more! If you need a break, first take a deep breath. Do it right now as you are reading this. Then go ahead and take a few! I’m doing that while writing this so I know you can do it too. And then…consider MEDITATION. There are plenty of organizations in town that offer information about meditation and I want to tout of few of my faves. First of all, the Texas Yoga Conference is coming to town next weekend – there will be meditation sessions, yoga sessions, massage therapy (a great way to relax indeed!), and much more. Go online here and get your passes now. You’ll be glad you did! Tibetan Buddhist Center Dawn Mountain has a full calendar of offerings including “Yoga for Meditators” and a group meditation on Sunday mornings and “Kind Mind, Happy Life” for kids 4-8 years old. The Health Museum offers mindfulness meditation classes for adults and kids 6-12 years old as a perfect way to connect the body’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. And Micki Fine is our city’s mindfulness guru who uses the concepts of the world-famous Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program founded by Jon Kabat Zinn. Micki offers a regular schedule of classes and workshops and groups as well as free intro meditation sessions; check her calendar here for details.

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of February 10-12, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of February 10-12, 2017

World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater


Come to the MATCH this Saturday, February 11 at 7pm to see 30 talented rescue pets and the juggling skills of Gregory Popovich as his World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater performs their unique family-oriented comedy. It’s presented one night only by the Russian Cultural Center Our Texas and tickets are $27 and $37.

The Love Show


We all need more LOVE these days so go git some for yourself at The Love Show that opens this Saturday, February 11, 6pm-2am at Splendora Gardens, home of “art. nature. education.” My art will be on the wall alongside many others and there will also be performances and other surprises – and Splendora, Texas is really closer than you think!

Freedom Train


In celebration of “Black History Month,” the Express Theatre is presenting Freedom Train on Saturdays, February 11, 18, and 25 at 2pm at their theatre in the Northwest Mall. They are also touring the show through March 25.

Viva el Amor, Viva Veracruz: Cambalache


MECA/Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts is celebrating love with Viva el Amor, Viva Veracruz: Cambalache this Friday, February 10 at 8pm. MECA's annual Valentine's serenade to the community features the sounds of traditional music from southern Mexico distilled through the experience of Chicano East Los Angeles.

Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.


Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the classic tale and the Young Actors group at the Playhouse 1960
will be performing it on Saturdays and Sundays in February, starting this Saturday, February 11 and running through Sunday, February 26. Tickets are $10/each.

Badass Art Man: A conversation between the art of Danny Simmons and his collection


Go see "Badass Art Man: A conversation between the art of Danny Simmons and his collection," on view through February 25. The exhibition is more than just a conversation as we learn about Danny through his own artwork and his collection, and through the conversations between the two.

Natural Awakenings Houston


I'm writing a monthly article for Natural Awakenings Houston that focuses on one of my twelve ways to ignite your life each month, as detailed in my art project, IGNITE YOUR LIFE!. Each way has a word that summarizes it: this month's word was NOURISH and the way was "Take care of yourself." Check out the article here and the full list of the words and ways here.

Local Houston Magazine


I also write a monthly column on art films that I’ve been wordsmithing since 1998 (whew!) called GISH AT THE MOVIES in Local Houston Magazine. For the February edition, I focused on the ReelAbilities Film Festival, which will be onscreen from February 19-23. See the full story here and I’ll see you at the movies!

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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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World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Freedom Train by the Express Children’s Theater Playhouse 1960 presents Peter Pan, Jr. The Love Show at Splendora Gardens Southern Mexico Meets East Los Angeles Badass Art Man at Houston Museum of African American Culture VIDEO PICK: Explore the magic and art in the woods of Splendora Gardens Sarah Gish Ignites Lives in Natural Awakenings Magazine Gish at the Movies in Local Houston Magazine