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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 wanted to introduce you to a new event I am hosting, called PICKS-ON-WHEELS. Each Friday at noon, I’ll be at a different cool place – meeting people, introducing what they do there and their mission, and wandering around. It’s my way of bringing GISH PICKS to life! It’s been my consistent goal to introduce people to the cool and unique in Houston so if you tune in on Fridays at noon, you’ll see even more than what I write about each week. You can see the quickie videos I make here or here and you can tune in live on Fridays at noon here. It is TOTALLY fun and I’d love for you to see them and join in by liking and commenting!

Want to get to know yourself better? Then please join me for two workshops that I am presenting. The first one is A (Fun) Boot Camp to Ignite Your Life! and it will be this Saturday, March 4, 1:30-4:30pm at the Jung Center of Houston and you can get more information and register here. The second workshop is What’s Your Purpose? next Saturday, March 11 at Body Mind & Soul. Get more information and register here. I would LOVE to see you at one or both! I promise you’ll enjoy them and you will leave much more connected to yourself and your soul’s desires.

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of March 3-5, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of March 3-5, 2017

Craft Community Day


Join the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for a brand-new event, Craft Community Day,” this Saturday, March 4 from 11am-3pm. Visitors of all ages will get to enjoy a variety of craft demonstrations – such as blacksmithing and book arts – as well as craft-making activities. See our VIDEO PICK for more!

Mydolls Speakeasy


This Friday, March 3 at 7pm, Houston-based femme punk band the Mydolls will be participating in the Center’s third Speakeasy in celebration of the band’s release of their limited edition collectible red vinyl EP, "It’s Too Hot for Revolution." In addition to a kick-ass music performance, there will be a Q&A session about music and contemporary art.

Go Texan Day!


This Friday, March 3, kids all over Houston will be dressing up and making art for Go Texan Day! as a kick-off to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, which takes place at the NRG Park from March 7-26. The event features all kinds of activities and a large portion of the proceeds is donated towards scholarships for kids.

4th Wall Reads: Women's Voices


The 4th Wall Theatre Company is presenting their inaugural play reading festival, 4th Wall Reads: Women's Voices this weekend (March 2-5) and next weekend (March 9-12). Award-winning playwright Theresa Rebeck will headline the festival, which includes play readings, talk-backs, and a poetry slam this Saturday, March 4 at 10pm. The free festival takes place at Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios.

ARTS for ALL! Family Festival


KVPAC presents the 2017 Annual ARTS for ALL! Family Festival this Saturday, March 4, 10am-3pm at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. This free event is for everyone and there will be musical and theatrical performances and artistic demonstrations staged throughout the day by KVPAC students and teachers.

I Called the Zoo but the Lion Was Busy


Local artist Francesca Fuchs has organized an exhibition of the whimsical paintings by 94 year-old local artist Chickie Brown in a show titled I Called the Zoo but the Lion Was Busy,” on view at the Art League of Houston until March 11. Usually based on song lyrics, many of Brown’s paintings are narratives that explore relationships between men and women and between the painted image and the written word.

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.

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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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Community Day at the Craft Museum Go Texan Day and the Livestock Show & Rodeo Katy Arts for All Family Fest at La Centerra Mydolls Punk Rock Band at Lawndale Art Center 4th Wall Reads: Women’s Voices at Studio 101 I Called the Zoo but the Lion Was Busy Exhibition VIDEO PICK: Enjoy this video about Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Music Lessons for You and Your Kids in Your Home