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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, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!


This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day and I always wear green because I don’t want to get pinched but also because I’m part Irish thanks to my great grandmother, Molly (how Irish can you get with that name?!). Houston celebrates the green with their annual Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” which this year is celebrating 60 big ones and takes place this Saturday, March 16, noon-2pm. I got an email from them with a bit o’ history about the parade. I love the story of things, so I’ll share what they wrote in case you love stories too: “Houston's St. Patrick's Day Parade is rooted firmly in the city's heritage, and celebrates the beautiful and vibrant culture of the Irish, and the invaluable contributions the Irish immigrants and their descendants made to building and shaping Houston and Texas and America. The first parades date back to the 1880s when the parade (always on St. Patrick's Day) started in "Irish Town" by old St. Patrick's Church, which was located on Harrisburg Boulevard. Flags, bands, and marchers would march to Market Square for a day of fun, games, music, food and drink. The people spilled in and out of the various pubs in Market Square. The parade continued until World War I, when the Irish scattered across the rapidly expanding greater Houston Area. The parade was revived in 1959.” This year, the parade returns to Market Square and is followed by a “Lepre-Con Pub Crawl.”

There’s another St. Patrick’s Day Parade, also this Saturday (3/16), from 2-5pm: the 41st annual “FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas is hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration this Thursday, March 14, 10:30am-1:30pm with a Mass followed by an Irish feast. Space is VERY limited so if you’re interested, click on the link for more info about RSVP’ing.

This week’s VIDEO PICK is a quick song by Kam Franklin and The Suffers – it’s happy and it’s sunny, something we can all use this week. Enjoy!


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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And, last but not least: this blog is free to you, my dear reader, but it’s not free for me to produce. I pay my designer and I spend many hours researching, compiling, and writing GISH PICKS each week. If you have an event you’d like me to PICK, please email me and let’s see how I can help. With me on your team, you’ll reach thousands of Houstonians in a quick-and-easy way!

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of March 15-17, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of March 15-17, 2019

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston


This Saturday, March 16 from 1-4pm, join the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston for a jam-packed “Family Day” full of fun activities that complement their current exhibitions. Kids will get to join with other CAMH visitors by adding to a “gingham galore” collaboration and they’ll have fun in the Upcycle Fashion Center, where they can transform special items at a variety of stations including beading, button-making, iron-on patches, and bedazzling. Be sure to stay for the Teen Council curated runway-style Fashion Show at 3:30pm featuring Houston area teens and their new designs.

River Oaks  Theatre


The River Oaks Theatre screens midnight films every weekend, which is a fun thing to do every once in awhile (drink plenty of coffee beforehand!). The schedule through the end of March is here. This Friday and Saturday (March 15 and 16) they are showing “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”; on March 22 and 23 is “Children of Men”; and on March 29 and 30 is “Spirited Away.” The River Oaks is a beautifully restored 1939 theatre that is part of the Landmark Theatres chain that is dedicated to showcasing independent and foreign films. Want more local movie news? Check out my monthly GISH AT THE MOVIES column.

Armand Bayou Nature Center


Every first and third Sunday of each month is special at Armand Bayou Nature Center because they have a free program, “Sundays in Nature,” in which different themes are explored and families are encouraged to spend time in the outdoors together. This Sunday, March 17, the topic is “Our ecosystems are being invaded!” ABNC is the largest urban wilderness preserve in the United States and contains 2500 acres of natural wetlands forest, prairie, and marsh habitats and over 370 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Core Dance


This Thursday, March 14 through Saturday, March 16, Core Dance presents a meditation on grief and loss, “As the Shadows Grow Longer”. In the wake of the unexpected and sudden loss of his brother, choreographer D. Patton White was invited by Core artistic director Sue Schroeder to create a new work for the company as a way of working through the grieving process. What started out as an expression of grief has unfolded into a piece that investigates the full range of interpersonal relationships between people, as well as the disorienting reality of loss. This show really speaks to me, having lost my mom unexpectedly a few weeks ago, and I’m grateful that Sue invited me to see it.

Showboat Drive-In Theatre


Here is a super fun suggestion: head out to Hockley, Texas (only a 40 minute drive from downtown Houston) for a fun evening of drive-in movies! The Showboat Drive-In Theatre is open every weekend and is also screening films this week for Spring Break (see their schedule here). There are 2 features every night they are open and it’s cheap -- $8/adults and $6/children 3-12 years old. This Thursday, March 14 the double feature is “Captain Marvel” and “Alita: Battle Angel.” The gates open at 6pm, the first feature starts around 8pm.

Culture of Health - Advance Together/Chat


Learn about the rich history of the Gulfton area through a series of 12 murals called “The Gulfton Story Trail” that were created under the guidance of Culture of Health – Advance Together/CHAT. They are showcasing these murals and their organization in a special event this Saturday, March 16 from 2-5pm called “Chat for Change – Tour the Trail.” The beautiful murals were created by some of Houston’s most talented street artists, inspired by poems written by Gulfton students. The neighborhood is a diverse tapestry made of more than 100 unique cultures and 60 different languages and these murals follow the trail of history.

Teen and Family Services


Teen and Family Services is hosting their annual 2019 Spring Luncheon fundraiser on Thursday, March 21 at 11:30am at the Junior League of Houston. The event shines a spotlight on two incredibly strong women: the keynote speaker is Houston Ballet former prima ballerina Lauren Anderson and attorney Melanie Gray will be honored for her work as a TAFS Board Member. Anderson is the head of Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement program where she conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas. Gray is a partner at Winston & Strawn and is the Chair of its Bankruptcy Litigation Practice. She is best known for managing complex cases requiring diverse teams of lawyers in different practice areas. Teen and Family Services is a nonprofit dedicated to helping teens with substance abuse issues while also providing support for their family. Their goal is to focus on any challenges with teens in a holistic way and to help teens have a host of new skills so that they can lead a life of fulfillment and success.

GUIDANCE SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10:30am-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. NEW: I am now doing guidance 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.

Join me this Saturday, May 11, from 10am-noon (NEW TIME!) for my monthly Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston. We’ll tour the center, walk the labyrinth, and make art. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator and love sharing what I know with others! Register for the walk here or at the door. You’ll leave with your art, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on walking labyrinths. PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO WALK IN APRIL.

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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
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Intuitive Guidance Sessions (weekly on Mondays and by phone) Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks (Saturday, May 11) Video: Celebrate the cowboy life with black pioneers at George Ranch! Teen and Family Services Spring Luncheon (March 21) CHAT for Change Unveils Murals Core Dance Explores Loss and Grief Midnighters at the River Oaks Theatre Drive-In Movies at Showboat Theater "Family Day" with Contemporary Art Armand Bayou Sundays in Nature