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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!

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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Well, what a week it is! It’s Spring Break for kids and St. Patrick’s Day for everyone. And what a GORGEOUS week of weather we’re having! I hope you’re getting out and enjoying it.

It’s easy to enjoy spring break with kiddos – here are some of my suggestions. Check out Get Out Here Houston for a fantastic list of outdoor organizations and events plus ideas on ongoing fun in the open air. If you’re looking for drop-in Spring Break camps, see what’s up at Art Mix Creative Learning Center (registration for the next day closes daily by 5pm) and Ice at the Galleria (walk-ins welcome). Explore Houston museums by going to the Houston Museum District’s website and see this handy list of Spring Break fun.

For adult St. Patrick’s Day fun, there are many events! Griff’s Bar is hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival; McGonigel’s Mucky Duck has a St. Patrick’s Day event; there is the Midtown “Biggest St. Patrick’s Day Festival; and the St. Patrick’s Day “Mixers and Elixirs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

And – if you are looking for a more serious way to celebrate the holiday, the Center for Irish Studies is hosting their Annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass at 12:30pm on Friday, March 17. A complimentary lunch will follow the service.

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of March 17-19, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of March 17-19, 2017


MFAH Bayou Bend

MFAH BAYOU BEND

You’ll find fun for all ages at Bayou Bend, the historic estate in River Oaks, plus FREE admission for kids 17 & under. Kids can take part in fun activities such as crafts and puppetry, games, and a bingo-style flower hunt! You can also tour inside the mansion and enjoy the springtime splendor of the 14-acre gardens. The Spring Break celebration is weekdays from 10am-4pm through March 17 and there is a Family Day this Sunday, March 19 from 1-5pm.


The Future is Female Festival

MILDRED’S UMBRELLA AND COLLECTIVE 48

Collective 48 and Mildred's Umbrella are celebrating “Women’s History Month” by presenting The Future is Female Festival,” a national event that features staged readings and productions of 10-minute plays written by women of all backgrounds. The Houston presentation will take place March 15, 19, and 26 and features seven brand new plays written and directed by Texas women. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and all proceeds will benefit the Women's Resource of Greater Houston.


Clann Kelly Irish Dance School

BELLAIRE CITY LIBRARY

In the green spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, the Bellaire City Library will be presenting a dance performance by students from Clann Kelly Irish Dance School on Saturday, March 18 from 3-4pm. Under the instruction of registered Irish Dancing teacher Anna Kelly, the Clann Kelly school trains students from age five through adult, from novice levels to World championship participants.


SXSW Overflow Fest

SUPER HAPPY FUN LAND

Every year during SXSW in Austin, Super Happy Fun Land holds a SXSW Overflow Fest,” in which they host touring SXSW-bound bands from all over the country and the world. The event is a chill version of its Austin counterpart and is taking place through March 24. Tickets are $8/each and vegan chili will be available as an added treat.


Blessington Farms

BLESSINGTON FARMS

Blessington Farms is open for Spring Break fun and it’s only an hour from Houston. They’ll have strawberry picking Friday (March 17) - Sunday (March 19) from 10am-noon as well as many other activities, including hay rides, giant slides, barrel train rides, pedal cars and animal encounters with camels, Baby Doll sheep, goats and much more. They’re also hosting a special “Compassion Experience” on March 17.


The Art of Found Objects - Redux!

WILLIAMS TOWER GALLERY

Williams Tower Gallery presents The Art of Found Objects - Redux! which is on view through April 14. The show features artists Helen Altman, Karin Broker, Claire Cusack, Robert Dampier, Ann Harithas, Dana Harper, among others. It’s based on the book The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists, in which artists reflect on topics from formative influences and inspirations to their common engagement with found materials.



Art of Sound

MUSIC LESSONS FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS IN YOUR HOME

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 chosentenor@gmail.com. The monthly tuition is $150 for weekly half hour lessons and $250 for weekly hour lessons. Cash/check/credit/Apple & Android Pay are accepted.



Greater Houston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

EXPLORE HOUSTON WITH THE GREATER HOUSTON CVB

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States (and the most diverse!) so it can be overwhelming to explore. This is the reason I created GISH PICKS! But if you want to create your own adventure, I suggest you check out the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website. There you’ll find up-to-date events, tours of specific parts of Houston, and information about various aspects of our city, including its green mission, Tejano Houston, and walking tours. There is even information about our Sister Cities! If you’re new to Houston – or just want to explore it deeper – I suggest you start your trip at the Visitor’s Center, located in the Convention Center on Avenida de las Americas. It’s open from 7am-10pm daily.


GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS is a free weekly email in which I cull through the HUNDREDS of events offered in our city each week and PICK just three for adults and three for kids to recommend. It’s #GishPicks #CuratedCulture to help you plan your weekend! I know many of you go to events based on GISH PICKS recommendations; PLEASE remember to tell the organization that you are there because of us. Word-of-mouth like yours helps our business to grow. In the same spirit, please also feel free to share GISH PICKS with friends and families.

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Sarah Gish
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