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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.


Time to focus on LOVE, ya’ll! Since Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year, you get a break and can celebrate ALL WEEKEND, woo hoo! But really: shouldn’t every day be a day of love? Go for it, head out the door with a lovin’ feeling as often as you can (and hold on to that through traffic, long lines, grumpy people…you can do it!). Want to know what I love (besides you!)? I love Houston, which is why I created this blog back in 2004. Two recent announcements made me love Houston even more: the Houston Parks Board is heading an initiative, Bayou Greenways 2020, which will transform 3,000 underutilized acres of land along the bayous into linear parks and will connect 150 miles of hike-and-bike trails to parks and communities all over Houston (take that, all you cities-with-gobs-of-nature!). And Rice University has found a cool new use for that lovely old Sears building on Main Street; read about their plans for an “innovation district” here. “Through academic and corporate partners, the redesigned former Sears building will host educational events, demonstrations, hack-a-thons and programming events. Restaurant and entertainment venues will be added, as well.” (Houston Chronicle, 1/31/19). Amazing.


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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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

Brazilian Arts Foundation


On the third Saturday of every month (including this Saturday, 2/16), the Brazilian Arts Foundation invites you to bring your family and enjoy capoeira together in a free class in Midtown Park. The unique Afro-Brazilian martial art develops discipline, coordination, strength, and rhythm, while the group setting emphasizes social skills, communication and respect for others. Students learn the physical art, as well as how to play music (an essential component) on a variety of instruments used in the roda, or circle, between two players. They’ll also sing and speak in Portuguese!

Apollo Chamber Players


I am a sucker for theremins and if you don’t know about them, I encourage you to attend this “Theremin Fantasies” concert by Apollo Chamber Players in two shows this weekend: this Friday, February 15 at 7:30pm at the UHCL Bayou Theater and this Saturday, February 16 at 8pm (with a Q&A at 7:30pm) at the MATCH. The Players explore the multicolored sound-world of this unique electronic instrument played without physical contact by the performer. Theremin wunderkind Carolina Eyck joins Apollo for her first ever concert in the Bayou City, with an arresting theremin-featuring septet by Czech composer Martinu and new works by Ms. Eyck for theremin and string quartet.

George Ranch Historical Park and Fort Bend History Association


This Saturday, February 16, all day long, enjoy the “First Annual George Ranch Rodeo”, honoring Fort Bend County’s black cowboy legacy. For more than 100 years, black cowboys played an essential role in Fort Bend County ranching operations. At the George Ranch specifically, four generations of black cowboys worked alongside four generations of the George family, leaving behind a rich legacy of black cowboy heritage that is unique to this part of Texas. This event is the inaugural George Ranch rodeo and will spotlight the amazing history and honor black cowboys and brothers, James and Willie Thomas. Learn more about the Ranch in this week’s VIDEO PICK.

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.


Women of fashion meet Oscar Wilde’s wit in this wickedly funny comedy, “Boston Marriage,” which is set in the early 20th century. Anna has received an enormous emerald from her married lover, as well as a stipend with which she intends to woo her longtime companion, Claire. But Claire is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna's help for a rendezvous. When Claire's young inamorata appears, it sets off a crisis that puts both the valuable emerald and the women's futures at risk. The show is onstage through February 23.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo


Giddy up, ya’ll – the rodeo is coming to town! I’m recommending an event that’s not this weekend – but next Tuesday, 2/19 – but it’s perfect for kiddos who aren’t in school (you know, young’uns!). Head to City Hall from 11am-1pm for the “Rodeo Roundup”, featuring a welcome by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as well as a live steer, roping challenges, info about the Rodeo itself, and lots of fun! And mark your calendars now for the trail rides next Friday, 2/22 and Saturday, 2/24. The Houston Rodeo is here from 2/25-3/17 and all the info is here.

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center


“Houston Choreographers X6” is a time-honored tradition whereby the ERJCC commissions six emerging choreographers to create a new work to perform at the Kaplan Theatre. There is one performance only – this Saturday, February 16 at 8pm – and this year’s special guest is the Uptown Dance Company. This special evening of dance features new works by Stacey Allen, Jennifer Mabus, Kristy Nilsson, Donald C. Shorter, Jr., Dwain Travis, and Shizu Yasuda. Uptown Dance Company makes a guest appearance performing excerpts from “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries” by choreographer Krissy Richmond. Tickets start at $15/person and can be purchased here.

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.

University of Houston's Annual "Table Talk"


Join the conversation with women leaders at this year’s “Table Talk” luncheon on Tuesday, March 5! This annual event is the premiere fundraiser for the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program at the University of Houston and is a fascinating combination of conversations over lunch, led by dynamic women of various cultures, professions and experience at each table. The WGSS Program combines theoretical and empirical studies to give students the tools to analyze the gender dynamics of the past and present and to build a fair future. The complete list of this year’s conversationalists is here and the co-chairs are Brenda Mainwaring and Tanya Pal. Single tickets are $150 and can be purchased here.

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UH Women's Studies "Table Talk 2019" (Tuesday, March 5) Video: Celebrate the cowboy life with black pioneers at George Ranch! "What's Your Purpose" Workshop (Saturday, March 2) "Houston Choreographers X6" at the ERJCC Dirt Dogs Theatre's "Boston Marriage" Apollo Chamber Music's "Theremin Fantasies" Kick Off the Houston Rodeo at City Hall Family Capoeira Class at Midtown Park George Ranch First Annual Rodeo Day