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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!

Speaking of Friday, please join me for my weekly PICKS-ON-WHEELS in my Phoenix Rising Art Car. Each Friday at noon, I’ll be at a different cool place – meeting people, introducing what they do and their mission, and wandering around. It’s my way of bringing GISH PICKS to life! Tune in on Fridays here. It is TOTALLY fun and I’d love for you to see them and join in by liking and commenting! AND – lucky you, I’ll be posting them here as my weekly VIDEO PICK when I can.

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Friday is the celebration of “Go Texan Day” in honor of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which opens next week, on February 27. I thought I’d give you a little warm-up by PICK-ing the American Cowboy Museum, a special place dedicated to the cowboy lifestyle and western culture. “Black History Month” is winding down so take a look at Houston Public Media’s round-up of stories – they’re quite interesting. This week’s VIDEO PICK is a fascinating live interview with Olympian and Houstonian Carl Lewis, winner of nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships medals! Speaking of Olympics, the Winter Olympics end this Sunday, February 25 so catch them while you can.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Parkland mass shooting here. It’s relevant to this blog because I write about news of the week and it’s heavy in my thoughts. I’ve been torn up since it happened (as we all are) and, in spite of being a writer and a wordy person, I haven’t known what to say. My younger son is at Lamar High School, a large public school similar to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and you better believe I think about that shooting every day he goes off to school. I went to Lamar and there was never a fear of school mass shootings back then. People are talking about bullet proof backpacks and how schools can arm employees with guns. It’s all so insane – I would never have imagined raising both of my sons in a world where any of this is happening. I feel like I’m in a slo-mo movie sometimes.

If you are concerned about gun control legislation, first of all, please read and, if you wish, share this post by Rosanne Cash. Call your representatives in Congress (click here for a full list of who represents you) on a daily basis. Get involved with or make donations to any of these groups advocating sensible gun control: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Every Town for Gun Safety, Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Action, Moms Demand Action, Sandy Hook Promise, and Stop Handgun Violence. And, finally, learn about the March for Our Lives movement, started by some of the Parkland students. There are marches around the country on Saturday, March 24; the information about the Houston one is here. I’ll be there – I hope you’ll join me! There is absolutely no reason for this nightmare to continue but it’s going to take sensible reactions, smart action, legislation, and enforcement to turn things around.

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 23-25, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of February 23-25, 2018

Houston Public Library


If you’re looking for regular fun time that’s also educational for your babies and toddlers, check out the free-and-fun events at the library (click here for a calendar). Those events are designed for kids 6 months to 5 years old. There’s also a multi-sensory ongoing playgroup with stories, songs, and more, with Spanish and English available.

Fetch Clay, Make Man


Fetch Clay, Make Man closes this Sunday, February 25 and it’s based on the friendship between the actor Stepin Fetchit and Cassius Clay – soon to become Muhammad Ali. It’s set in 1960s America, on the eve of the Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston rematch and is a look at race relations at that time. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased here.

American Cowboy Museum


The American Cowboy Museum in south Houston seems a fitting PICK as we kick off the rodeo and wind down the celebration of “Black History Month.” You’ll need to make an appointment to enjoy the exhibits dedicated to preserve the western heritage of Native Americans, Blacks, Hispanics, and women. The founder, Mollie Taylor-Stevenson, Jr., and her mother were the first living African Americans inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Buffalo Soldier’s National Museum


The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is in a new building and is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier in defense of the United States of America from the Revolutionary War to present. They are hosting their annual fundraiser this Friday, February 23.

Levy Park


There is SO MUCH going on at Levy Park! If you haven’t been there, you must go. Click here for a list of weekly activities – and you’ll see fun events like “Public Piano Play” and “Bingo Nights.” The last Friday of each month is “Family Movie Night” – this Friday, February 23, they’re screening “The Secret Life of Pets.”



Cherryhurst House is “a space for the creation and exploration of contemporary art” in a private home that’s open to the public for special events. This weekend, February 23-25, they are celebrating a new installation, Ripple,” by Havel Ruck Projects. There will be jazz and jambalaya on Friday night, a pig roast with DJ G-Funk on Saturday, and quiche and DJ Clint Broussard on Sunday. The house is located at 1603 Cherryhurst Street.

Art of Sound


My son’s longtime violin teacher, Tim Browning, is now offering lessons in your home through his music school, the Art of Sound. He’s very engaging with kids and will work with you or your children starting at any level on a variety of instruments (violin, viola, piano) and he can also teach voice or music theory lessons. Children of all ages show academic improvement when they study music and music has been shown to stave off neurological difficulties and aging issues in adults. Get started today by contacting Tim via phone at 832.452.7970 or email at The monthly tuition is $150 for weekly half hour lessons and $250 for weekly hour lessons. Cash/check/credit/Apple & Android Pay are accepted.

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, March 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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  • GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, which is online and emailed out to thousands of Houstonians who love to explore our city;

  • THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE, a searchable database of over 200 Houston day camps and classes for kids and teens;

  • IGNITE YOUR LIFE!, my art project and community campaign whose goal is to inspire people around the world to light a fire to their own passions and to create connections among people;

  • INTUITIVE GUIDANCE SESSIONS, which are one-on-one consultations with me at Body Mind & Soul on Mondays. Sessions are one hour or thirty minutes and I can help you with personal and/or work questions;

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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Baby and Toddler Storytimes Visit the American Cowboy Museum Movies + More at Levy Park Fetch Clay, Make Man at the Ensemble Visit the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Ripple by Havel Ruck Projects VIDEO PICK: HPM chats with Houstonian and Olympic athlete Carl Lewis Guidance Sessions (Mondays) Labyrinth Walk (March 10) Music Lessons in Your Home