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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!


This Sunday, February 23, Inprint is presenting their wonderful “Inprint Cool Brains! Series” with author Alan Gratz; all the deets are in my PICK below. You can get to know Inprint better in this week’s VIDEO PICK - they are a special organization and Houston's premier literary arts nonprofit organization. Their many and splendored programs support and engage readers and writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. I personally love their “Writing Café”’s a nice space for writing interesting words on most Fridays from 9am-noon.

This weekend kicks off the 50th Anniversary Celebration for Media Center and Rice Cinema and I’ve got more info about that below. The Media Center was originally envisioned as a temporary space that was brought into being courtesy the support of Houston’s visionary philanthropists, John and Dominique de Menil. Now 50 very energetic, groundbreaking, and oh-so-fun years later, the Center will be replaced by a new student arts building - carrying forth the mission initiated by the de Menils and revitalizing the connections between the creative arts and various disciplines throughout the Rice University campus. Rice’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA) has great plans for the new building including collaborative film festivals, exhibitions, theater productions, public lectures, and more. The spirit of the Media Center will live on!

Want to know more about films & venues in Houston? You’ll find a lot of info on my Facebook page, Gish at the Movies, that is an outgrowth of a film column I started in 1998. It’s hard to believe it’s been over 20 years but I am still loving movies and I am still touting movie venues. Check out my latest list of my fave places to see films in Houston here. And then: get ye to a movie theatre!


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 21 - 23, 2020
Picks for Adults the Weekend of February 21 - 23, 2020



This Sunday, February 23 at 3pm (doors open at 2:30pm),Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People” presents best-selling author Alan Gratz reading from his new book, Allies, which is set in a single day during World War II. The first 100 families will receive a free copy of the book and there will be a q-and-a following the reading with Mr. Gratz. Representatives from the Holocaust Museum Houston will be on hand to share information about their library and upcoming exhibitions.

Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts


The 50th birthday celebration of Rice Cinema and the Rice Media Center kicks off this Friday night, February 21 at 7pm, with a screening of a film-in-progress by Brian Huberman and Ed Hugetz called “Once I moved like the wind: Geronimo’s final surrender”; the screening will be followed by a panel discussion. There will be several more days of events and happenings, all taking place at the Media Center; the full schedule is here.



Michaels has two fun craft activities for kids and families each week: their Kids Club® which is on Saturdays from 10am-noon, and Make Break, which is Saturdays from 1-3pm. The Kids Club® is $3/child and the fee for the Make Break varies. See the full schedule of upcoming events (some are completely free!) here. This Saturday, February 22, they are presenting Model Magic® Bugs and Clothespin Fairies.

Mystic Lyon


Mystic Lyon, located at 5017 Lyons Avenue, is hosting the exhibition “Bob Lee, Da Mayor of Fifth Ward, Collages” through February 29. Bob Lee was a community organizer, storyteller, Black Panther, and folk artist who was known as the “Mayor of Fifth Ward.” This exhibition is a collection of Lee’s political collages and drawings that were selected from the family’s collection.

Evelyn's Park


Your kiddos can make some cool origami butterflies this Saturday, February 22 from 10am-noon at Evelyn’s Park; all the details are here. Texas Children’s Hospital presents “Art in the Park” on a regular basis so be sure to check the park calendar here; their next one will be Saturday, March 7. While you’re there, take your kids to see the “Move One Place On” sculpture for loads of whimsy and fun!

Memorial Classical Musical Series


This Saturday, February 21 at 7:15pm, Memorial Classical Musical Series is presenting a special house concert featuring international prize-winning guitar virtuoso Celil Refik Kaya. At the concert you will hear great music, learn about the music from the artist, meet terrific people, and enjoy delicious food and drink. The suggested donation for “Magical Gardens: An Evening with Celebrated Guitarist Celil Refik Kaya” is $20.


Join the conversation with women leaders at this year’s “Table Talk” luncheon on Thursday, 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. This year they are celebrating the Suffrage Centennial by honoring Houston City Council member Ellen Cohen. The complete list of conversationalists is here and the co-chairs are Rhonda Arnold and Samina Farid. Single tickets are $200 and can be purchased here. 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. This is the 23rd annual Table Talk Luncheon.


I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" most Mondays at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 11am-5pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. If you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both), I will serve as your Life Path Guide. One session is all you need to get ignited! I use my intuitive skills and my many years of reading 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. I also help people who are struggling with ANY kind of issue they may encounter along life’s path: grief, relationship problems, work troubles, etc. My goal is to help people listen to their heart and to connect with sources of inspiration or guidance or support. Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store - 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at713.993.0550 to book an appointment. I also do Life Path 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.

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. I also do Life Path 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.

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Sarah Gish
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"Table Talk" and the Women's Suffrage Centennial (Thursday, March 5)Life Path Sessions with Sarah at Body Mind & Soul (Mondays)Video: Inprint celebrates the power of writing & readingAward-winning Guitarist Celil Refik KayaMystic Lyon Celebrates "Mayor of Fifth Ward"50 Years of Rice Cinema & Media Center "Art in the Park" at Evelyn's Park Michael's Stores Kid Craft Fun Inprint COOL BRAINS: Alan Gratz