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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!


The Deer Park fire is on my mind – such a tragedy! There have been many such events, however – you can read about that history here. My thoughts and prayers go out to that community as they recover and especially to the firefighters who risked their lives. Firefighting is a noble and often thankless profession! If you want to learn more about the history of Houston’s firefighters, head to The Fire Museum. They have a brand-new exhibit on view through May 25 and the Museum is  available for rental (birthday parties and more) and they host public events on a regular basis – in fact, every Saturday is for kids. You can see more about that in this week’s PICKS below.

This week’s VIDEO PICK is a question-and-answer with best-selling author Adam Gidwitz – you can see more about him and his event in Houston this Sunday in my PICKS below. And if you’d like a break from our sometimes weary world, head over to 14 Pews – they are hosting a SUPER FUN “CatVideoFest  this Sunday, March 24, in 3 screenings: 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm. It’s a fundraiser for Friends for Life, the fastest growing No Kill animal adoption and rescue organization in Houston.


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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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.

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



This Sunday, March 24 at 3pm (doors open at 2:30pm), author Adam Gidwitz will be at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School for the next “Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People” event. There will be a presentation and question-and-answer with Gidwitz, followed by a book sale and signing. Gidwitz comes to Houston to share the third book in his popular fantasy-adventure “The Unicorn Rescue Society” series -- Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot; the first 100 families in the door will receive a free copy of it. This is the last “Cool Brains!” event for this school year, so don’t miss it!

Vox Culture


Vox Culture is an arts and advocacy network whose goal is to host events that showcase arts as a way to fight poverty, injustice, and mental illness. This Saturday, March 23 from 2:45-5:45pm, there will be a storytelling event, “Vox Storytellers: Artist Voices”. Six curated speakers, all Houston-based artists representing diverse backgrounds and artistic disciplines, will share their individual tales of hope and creativity. The event is free.

The Fire Museum of Houston


Every Saturday is “Jr. Firefighters Weekend” at The Fire Museum and it’s a super fun event for kiddos which also gives everyone a chance to explore this jewel of a museum that captures the history of our city’s firefighter heroes so well. The fun is at 12 or 12:30pm and they’d like you to register in advance. The programming includes story time, fire safety lessons, arts and crafts, fun in the sun, firefighter visits, and much more! This Saturday, March 23, the topic will be “Firefighter Portraits.”

Heidi Vaughn Fine Art


Heidi Vaughn Fine Art presents a unique exhibition by two friends of mine – “The Devices Project” -- on view through March 30. Mary Magsamen and husband Stephen Hillerbrand (“Hillerbrand + Magsamen”) are the duo behind the art and will be doing a gallery talk this Saturday, March 23 at 1pm. The show explores the idea that we can create tangible objects to deal with abstract emotions such as confusion, grief, loss, and anger – they do this using the body and simple everyday objects such as twine, aluminum foil, cups, and toys.

Heights Kids' Music Festival


This Saturday, March 23, from 10am-2pm, enjoy the Heights Kids’ Day of Music at Love Park (1000 W. 12th Street). It will be a lively day of all local music on two stages; an instrument "petting zoo" allowing kids an up-close look at band and orchestra instruments; and a "singing station" with opera singers on hand. Heights Kids' Music Festival is a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire kids to have a lifelong love of music and the arts through exposure to the many musical and arts gems Houston has to offer.

The Music Box Theater


The Best of Broadway” is full of well-known hits from Tony award winning musicals, including songs from “Pippin,” “Cats,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Waitress” – among many others and The Music Box Theater is presenting it through April 20. D.L. Groover of the Houston Press says “The Fab 5 who rule over Music Box Theater are Houston musical theater treasures…They love to perform and it shows.” Click here for tickets, which are $31 and $41.

Council on Recovery

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 on 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
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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Intuitive Guidance Sessions (weekly on Mondays and by phone) Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks (Saturday, May 11) Video: Watch this weekend's COOL BRAINS! author Adam Gidwitz wax poetic Council on Recovery Spring Luncheon (April 12) "The Best of Broadway" at the Music Box "The Devices Projects" at Heidi Vaughn Vox Culture Presents Artists' Voices Keeping it Local at Heights Kids' Day of Music Inprint's "Cool Brains!" with Adam Gidwitz Jr. Firefighter Fun at The Fire Museum