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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 here. It is TOTALLY fun and I’d love for you to see them and join in by liking and commenting! AND – lucky you, I’ll be posting them here as my weekly VIDEO PICK when I can.

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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Each week that I sit down to write GISH PICKS, it’s a tough process of sorting through literally hundreds of events to PICK just 3 for adults and 3 for families. I love the challenge – and it makes me ever more grateful that we have a city so full of arts and culture! If you are interested in finding even more events, check out my “Cool Community Calendars” page. I’m an info-preneur and want to share with you all that I know. Enjoy!

It’s a busy time for parents as we get ready for end-of-school activities and SUMMER! If you need summer day camps for your kids, doncha worry – I’ve got you covered. Check out my guide, THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS & TEENS at the easy-to-remember website, You can search through over 200 camps by age, area of town, cost, and much more. There’s a camp for every child, every age, every interest! If you’d like more information about summer camps, I’ll be at the Children’s Museum's first Wednesday “Mommy Mingle” each month – the next one is Wednesday, April 4 from 10am-noon. I’ll have lots of fliers and events information and I’d love to help you out!

This Saturday, March 24, the March for Our Lives Houston is taking place starting at 9am at Tranquillity Park downtown. As a business owner, it’s not always easy to take a stand for fear that customers might have differing opinions. Some of you may not agree with me because I’m planning on being at the March – and that is OK because this is a complicated issue. I hope you’ll stay here even if you disagree! That’s the beauty of the United States – we each can have our own opinions. If you’re opposed to the March, feel free to email me why and let’s talk in a positive way. I’m going because my younger son is in high school and I fear for his life daily. I believe it’s time for our country to get a grip on gun control and to end the government’s relationship with the National Rifle Association of America. This doesn’t mean taking away all guns but it does mean looking at solutions that make sense.

The weather should be great this weekend! I’ve PICK-ed three festivals and a couple of poetry some theatre and music. I’ve also got info on the upcoming (next Wednesday, March 28) “Table Talk” that benefits the Friends of Women. Enjoy, enjoy!

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 23-25, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of March 23-25, 2018

Art Colony Association, Inc.


It’s time for the annual Bayou City Art Festival, which takes place all weekend at Memorial Park and is open from 10am-6pm daily. Please note this is a ticketed event and tickets start at $10. Featured are 300 artists representing 19 different disciplines, non-profits, live music, great food, beverages, and a Children’s Creative Zone that includes activities with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Artist Boat.

Blessed Thieves


Rec Room Arts is presenting Blessed Thieves this Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 8pm both nights (note: the bar opens at 6pm!) The show is an interactive installation created by local actor Candice D’Meza and marks the final weekend of Rec Room Arts’ 2018 Residency Festival. The exhibit invites participants to explore how they craft their public persona, the ways they handle shame and vulnerability, and how society supports or discourages authentic self-expression, whether in the public sphere or on social media.

Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival


This Saturday, March 24, noon-5pm, the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival celebrates the history, art, and culture of Houston's historic Fifth Ward. Activities include Houston’s only egg drop by helicopter (over 50,000 goodie-filled, plastic eggs will be dropped at 3pm!) and a full schedule of music featuring Gospel Greats and authentic blues, hip hop, and other acts including Blaze X Black, Erika Nocturnal, Brentice and tha Lady D, Lois Albez, Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers. Houston’s best soul and creole food, BBQ, and other downhome treats will be available for purchase and there is no admission fee.

Houston Latino Film Festival


The Houston Latino Film Festival will be onscreen through this Sunday, March 25 and its goal is to promote awareness of Latino culture by presenting a variety of art and films to the Houston area. This year’s festival will feature films from all over Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States – representing the great diversity of themes and genres of Latino and Hispanic filmmaking. The four-day festival also features opportunities for audiences to participate in discussions with the directors.

Heights Kids’ Day of Music


If you’re looking for a sweet event that is free and features family-friendly local music, be sure to go to the annual Heights Kids’ Day of Music this Saturday, March 24, 10am-2pm in Love Park. It’s a festival for neighbors but all are welcome (be sure to check out parking info here). Activities include performances by local bands; an instrument "petting zoo" which will allow kids to get an up-close look at instruments; and a "singing station" which will have demos by opera singers.



There are two super cool poetry events this weekend – one’s a performance to watch and the other encourages performances from the audience. They are both this Saturday night, March 24, so you’ll have to choose! The 8th annual invitational Bayou City Grand Slam takes place from 7-10pm at the Alley Theatre and has a reputation for being one of the leading poetry slams in the nation. Tickets are $30/each. And the last Saturdays I Love Poetry Nights is from 7-9pm at the Alley Kat Bar & Lounge. It’s open mic and poets need to text 713.807.7000 to sign up. The event is free with advance RSVP.

Table Talk


The Friends of Women's Studies, in support of the University of Houston Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, presents their annual fundraiser, Table Talk,” next Wednesday, March 28 from 11am-1:30pm. The Co-Chairs are Divya Brown and Leila Perrin; there will be over 50 women conversationalists each sitting one per table for fascinating discussions. Included will be Mia Gradney of KHOU-TV; Leisa Holland-Nelson of AstoundZ; Melanie Johnson of The Health Museum; Kathy Flanagan Payton of the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation; and Ana Treviño-Godfrey of Prelude Music. Single tickets are $150 and can be purchased here. The original artwork on the invitation is by artist Julie De Vries. I’ll be there and hope to see YOU!

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

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10am-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.

And I’m pleased to announce that my Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks will continue at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston at 500 Prairie Street. My next walk will be on Saturday, May 12, 9am-11am (there will be no walk on April 14). Free parking is available in the Christ Church Cathedral garage at 559 San Jacinto Street; bring your ticket in to get it validated.

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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