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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.

Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, please GO.FIND.FUN. wherever you can, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!


It’s Valentine’s Day this Friday so I hope you’ll do something full of LOVE to celebrate! Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a traditional date night kind of thing - how about thinking of ways to love yourself more? I teach art to a group of elementary school children twice a week for Young Audiences of Houston and this week, while we were all making funky valentines, one of my little artists made this picture for me with “I love myself” on it. They know I want them to love themselves fiercely - something so hard for kids AND adults to do! I hope you’ll take some time on Friday (and forever!) to love yourself more. Be your own Valentine and join me for my Vision Board Workshop at Unwind Meditation Studio this Saturday, February 15 from 1-3pm. Or get to know yourself better - and ways to ignite your life! - in a Life Path Session with me on Mondays at Body Mind & Soul. See more details in the PICKS below.

Have you ever wanted to go to an auction? This weekend Simpson Galleries is hosting one of their Fine Art and Antiques Auction on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 starting at 1pm both days at 6116 Skyline Drive, Suite 1. The auction house is open for previews all week (daily through this Friday, February 14 from 10am to 5pm) and there’s an evening reception this Thursday, February 13 from 6-8pm. I’ll be there since I happily consigned some family heirlooms with them, so be sure to say howdy if you are there too! Simpson Galleries is Houston's oldest and most prestigious fine art auction house, and it’s been a pleasure working with them.

It's Black History Month and Houston has a LOT going on, as you can see in this week’s PICKS (and last week’s too!). Be sure to watch my VIDEO PICK, which is an introduction to the inaugural annual Black History Houston Culture Fest.


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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Picks for Kids the Weekend of February 14 - 16, 2020
Picks for Adults the Weekend of February 14 - 16, 2020

Fort Bend County Libraries


The Fort Bend County Libraries present "Sister Rosa Parks, The Bus Stops Here" this Saturday, February 15 at 10:30am at the Sienna Branch Library and next Saturday, February 22 at 11:15am at the George Memorial Library. The show is a theatrical account of Parks’ historical bus ride showcasing my friend actress/storyteller Jean Donatto as Rosa Parks. It was made possible by a grant from Young Audiences of Houston.

Let's Do This Houston


This Sunday, February 16 from 11am-1pm, join the Third Ward Black History in the Making Bike Tour. Participants will explore the Third Ward neighborhood on a guided bike tour (led by Let’s Do This Houston) featuring historic and iconic landmarks in the area. Each guest will be able to use a “Black History in the Making” t-shirt for photo ops at the landmarks!

The Houston Sun


The Houston Sun Foundation presents the fifth annual African American History Parade and Symposium this Saturday, February 15 from 10am-1pm at 501 Crawford Street. The theme is “African Americans and the Vote” and it is the goal of this event to educate the community about African American history and life through events, celebrations, and storytelling. It’ll be a fun time for all and the weather should be perfect!

Heritage Society


Each Friday and Saturday in February at 10am and 11:30am, The Heritage Society is offering “Specialty Tours” for Black History Month. Highlighted will be three historic structures including the 1847 Kellum-Noble House, 1870 Jack Yates House (pictured), and the 1866 Fourth Ward Cottage, and the tour will contrast the lives of African-Americans living in Houston before and after the Civil War. The fee is $15/person.

KTSU 90.9 FM Radio Station


Black History Houston Culture Fest” is a free family event organized by KTSU this Saturday, February 15 from 3-8pm at Avenida Houston downtown. They’ll be celebrating the heritage and culture of African Americans in Houston through music, food, dramatizations, reenactments, BLCK Market, and more - plus there will be a nighttime screening of the movie “Love and Basketball.”

Shrine of the Black Madonna


On the third Saturday of every month -- including this Saturday, February 15 - the Buy Black Marketplace takes place from 11am to 6pm at the Shrine of the Black Madonna, located at 5309 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. This special monthly market is a great place to find affordable handmade natural soaps and other skincare items, perfume oils, African-American memorabilia, books, shea butter, handmade jewelry, local music, African fashion and jewelry, food vendors, and much more.

Unwind Meditation Studio


Do you have your 2020 Vision? What does your heart desire? Be your own Valentine and join me for 2 hours of focused & dreamy fun this Saturday, February 15 from 1-3pm. You’ll create a beautiful vision board which will help you manifest the life you want. It all starts with the heart - and loving yourself! I’ll help you become clear about what you want to create as you tune into your dreams and allow the magic of manifestation to work in your life. We’ll start with a short writing exercise and then you’ll dig in, using a variety of art supplies to clarify your 2020 goals. The cost is $40 and you can register here.

Body Mind and Soul


Come see me at the Body Mind and Soul store to ignite your life in a Life Path Session! I’m there most Mondays from 11am-5pm and would love to help you. My sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and are worth *every* penny! I’ll help you discover your purpose or untangle anything along your life path. I have been doing these consultations for a decade and have not had one unhappy customer. I use my intuitive skills to read your heart and to help you uncover the answers within. Each client walks away with a powerful personal mantra that I write and more clarity about their life’s path. Call the store at 713.993.0550 to make an appointment for today or in the future. You’ll be so happy you invested in yourself as you move forward in a joyful and focused way.

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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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Vision Board Workshop at Unwind Meditation Studio (this Saturday, February 15)Life Path Sessions with Sarah at Body Mind & Soul (Mondays)Video: Check out the inaugural Black History Houston Culture Fest this SaturdayThird Saturday Buy Black MarketplaceSpecialty Tours for Black History MonthBlack History in the Making Bike Tour Black History Houston Culture Fest African American History Parade "Sister Rosa Parks, The Bus Stops Here"