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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 week’s VIDEO PICK features Frame Dance and was so inspiring to me, especially when someone said “Art should be part of our every day lives.” As I move through the grief of losing my mom recently, I am realizing more and more how I turn to art for comfort, for expression, for community, for healing. I, too, believe that it’s important that art is present in our lives on a daily basis – in fact, that’s the main reason I starting writing GISH PICKS in 2004: to encourage ya’ll to get out and explore Houston’s many amazing and dedicated arts groups! Frame Dance is doing their darndest to bring art to everyone – and this week, they’ll be surprising METRO riders with dance moves! They’re bringing back their “Metro Dancesthis Saturday, March 30, from 5-6:30pm – after the dance you can meet them for dinner in midtown and a stop at the Continental Club. Another org that’s bringing art to everyone in so many ways is Hope Stone Dance – scroll below to see my PICK about a dance they are re-booting this weekend at the MATCH.

I went to a staged reading at the Alley Theatre a few weeks ago that was part of their “Alley All New Reading Series”, and I am now noticing readings all over the city! It was a fascinating experience: seeing the work in progress was a unique peek into the playwright’s process. Here’s a round-up of upcoming readings that I found: The Next Iteration Ensemble is presenting their 4th annual “Intercultural Play Reading Series” from April 4-6; The Landing Theatre Company is presenting “Survivor’s Guilt” on April 22; and next up at the Alley Theatre is “Lightning” by Beth Henley on April 29. The Ensemble Theatre Company has a long list of special projects and staged readings (click here to see all); and Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company also presents staged readings; their last one was “Diana of Dobson’s” last November.

One last thought this week: if you’re sleepy but can’t run home for a snooze, check out the Nap Bar, located at the back of New Living in Rice Village. Naturally, Houston is one of only 5 places in the world to have public nap-houses. Shoot me an email if you try it out, I’m too busy to nap but might be convinced to give it a whirl!


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 29-31, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of March 29-31, 2019

Company OnStage


Be sure to catch the final shows of “Heidithis Saturday, March 30 at 11am and 1:30pm, presented by the Company Onstage at their space inside Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 4930 W. Bellfort Street. This classic story of the Swiss miss we all love opens with Heidi happy in her mountain home, hanging out with her grandfather and his goat. But soon the unpleasant outside world intrudes and the two must figure out how to reunite. The Company Onstage has been run by volunteers since 1977.

Texas Art Asylum


Because it just needs to be done, the Texas Art Asylum has mounted an exhibition to explore our fears and phobias – you know, like snakes, spiders, clowns, small spaces, needles, heights, dentists, bugs…and more. “Nope!” will be on view only two days: this Saturday, March 30 from 4-8pm and Sunday, March 31 from 1-5pm. If you’ve never been to the Asylum, you need to go! It’s part thrift store, part craft store and has a ton of cool stuff for creative reuse.

Main Street Projects


Main Street Projects is an artist-run collaborative founded in 2012 with the mission of bringing art into urban surroundings, visually engaging the street and pedestrian traffic. Their current exhibition is an inaugural one – the HISD Art Visual Arts Teachers Group Exhibition -- and it ends this Sunday, March 31. Make it an afternoon outing with your kiddos – see the show, check out the art being made by teachers, and try out a restaurant nearby! (Natachees is great for kids, just sayin’)

Hope Stone Dance


This Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29, Hope Stone Dance is bringing back ‘s (a tale of possession) – a show that addresses the timeless topic of ownership, questioning “what do we really own?” Hope Stone founder and dancer Jane Weiner created the piece in 2004 and restaged in 2006. Thirteen years later, time hasn’t changed our possessive natures – whether it's shoes or land or relationships. Be sure you don’t miss this show that features 10 dancers, 2,000 shoe boxes, 7 bird cages, a few teacups and finger sandwiches, a pedestal, and lots of shoes!

City of Bellaire


This Saturday, March 30, from 11:30am-2pm, come to the “First Annual Bellaire Holi Festival” at Bellaire-Zindler Park. This unique Indian “Festival of Colors” celebrates the Bellaire Indian community and the $10 tickets come with your own personal set of colors. DJ Riaz will provide music and Indian food will be available for purchase. There was another fun Holi Festival celebration last weekend and you can see more about that event here. Now you’ll have two to choose from every year!

The Ensemble Theatre


The Ensemble Theatre has a new alternative performance schedule called “Celebrating the Creative Journey” that features a mix of staged readings, master classes, and “The Legend of Mountain Mama,” onstage this Friday (3/29) through Sunday (3/31). This “choreo-poem” presents the voices of five Black women whom illuminate issues of environmental racism in the Appalachian region. The play focuses on creative survival, and the complex interconnection between people and place. Tickets are $10/each.

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
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
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