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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 at noon here. It is TOTALLY fun and I’d love for you to see them and join in by liking and commenting!

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Want to get to know yourself better? Then please join me for What’s Your Purpose?” this Saturday, March 11 at Body Mind & Soul. Get more information and register here. I would LOVE to see you and I promise you’ll leave much more connected to yourself and your soul’s desires.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8. It’s a much-needed holiday to honor women around the world, many of whom still don’t have equal rights or equal pay. Because of this, the folks at the Women’s March on Washington suggested women wear red and participate in A Day Without A Woman.” March 8 is also a traditional day to kick off Women’s History Month so I want to share with you a few ways you can enjoy that. Check out the NASA films that they upload each week focusing on women’s history here (they just wrapped up a series on African American history). You can take a three-hour “Women’s History Tour with Houston Historical Tours. You can watch the Houston Roller Derby team in a game on Saturday, March 18. You can participate in the social media campaign #FiveWomenArtists, created by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and supported locally by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. And…this one’s easy: go out to a meal with your girlfriends and just chat, laugh, hang out. And you can do other things together: play games, help at a homeless shelter, do crafts – whatever! Just have fun and celebrate being a woman – this month and always.

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of March 10-12, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of March 10-12, 2017

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged)


One of my all-time fave shows is closing out this weekend – The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) – so I hope you’ll catch it before it ends this Friday, March 10. It’s a 97-minute show that features ALL of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, performed in a fast, witty, physical way. The show is at the UST-Jones Hall and tickets start at $5/person.



Writefest is a week-long writers festival that happens in Houston each year – this year’s event ends on Sunday, March 12. For a complete list of events, click here. There will be a special reading this Friday, March 10 with Writefest keynoters at Brazos Bookstore and a Literary Journal Fair this Saturday, March 11 – both events are free.

Houston St. Patrick's Parade


This Saturday, March 11 at noon – rain or shine! – the Houston St. Patrick's Parade will kick off, starting at the Clock Tower at Texas Avenue and Prairie Street downtown. The two hour parade is a free event featuring over 100 entries and is historically one of the largest in the United States. This year’s theme is “Living Green in Seventeen!”

Memory Web


AURA Contemporary Ensemble and PSOPHONIA Dance Company present Memory Web,” an evening length work that incorporates spoken word, images, dance and music to explore the entangled episodic memories of a group of people experiencing the same life-changing event. Shows will be on Thursday, March 9; Friday, March 10; and Saturday, March 11 at 8pm. Tickets are $22/each.

Free Preview of Art Car Parade


Get all ready for the Houston Art Car Parade next month (it’s Saturday, April 8!) by enjoying a free preview of art cars at Historic Market Square this Saturday, March 11, starting at 4pm. The event will start out with music, games and fun before a Q&A panel with some of the movers and shakers involved with the Orange Show and the Parade. The night will close out with a screening of the fun film “Art Car: The Movie” starting at 7pm.

French Cultures Festival


Each year Houston celebrates the French Cultures Festival with a variety of events each March that have been organized by the French Cultural Service office in Houston. This year’s festivities kick off with a music concert this Friday, March 10, 6-10pm at Discovery Green.

University of Michigan rock


I drove solo to Ann Arbor, Michigan last summer because it was my birthplace and I wanted to use the experience for my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project. I have 52 tips for igniting your life and “Visit your birthplace.” is one of them. So off to Ann Arbor I went, doing over 50 hours of driving over 3,100 miles of asphalt while crossing ten state lines. It was quite an amazing trip and I wanted to share with you four articles I wrote about it for PaperCITY Magazine. The series is called “In Search of the Real America” and here is the first article, the second article, the third article, and the fourth article. It was quite a journey and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about it! And, just in case you’re wondering, the image here is of the University of Michigan rock that the students proudly paint, over and over again.

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Sarah Gish
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Abridged Shakespeare Fun for Kids Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade Warm Up for the Art Car Parade Writefest: A Weekend of Writing Aura & Psophonia’s Memory Web French Cultures Fest Kicks Off VIDEO PICK: Explore the history of Houston women in this student video Reflections on a Road Trip to Ann Arbor