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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!

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This weekend is the 30th annual Art Car Parade – on Saturday, April 8 at 2pm – and I can’t wait to roll my “Daily Driver” car, Phoenix Rising, down Smith Street! Be sure to wave as we go by! Houston is the “Art Car Capitol of the World” and our annual parade is the largest of its kind. There are art car parades in places like Seattle and San Francisco, but ours is still the best, with 250 cars from all over the world. The Parade is put on by the good folks at The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, which is a folk art installation created by retired postal worker Jeff McKissack. He’s a testament to the concept that everyone is an artist – and that’s the driving (pun intended!) theme of the Parade. Anyone can make art cars and we celebrate that drive to create with this event. If you’d like to see the art cars and their artists more than once, head to the Sneak Peek at Discovery Green tonight Thursday, April 6 or the Art Car Ball tomorrow, April 7 at City Hall. A good time is guaranteed for ALL! For more information on all the weekend’s festivities (including the downtown parade route), click here. And if you like history, get the full story of Jeff McKissack and his founding of the Orange Show here.

Today’s VIDEO PICK is a trailer for the feature length documentary “Art Car: The Movie” that’s by Ford Gunter and Carlton Ahrens. It’s a great intro to the world of art cars and a perfect warm-up to the Parade this weekend. Enjoy!

A word about my adult PICKS this week: all three are on the same night, this Friday, April 7. I apologize! I usually try to PICK events that are on different nights but these three were too good not to highlight. Good luck picking one!

And – one more thing: I write monthly columns for both Local Houston Magazine (“Gish at the Movies”) and Natural Awakenings Houston (“Ignite Your Life!”). I’ll share the latest editions with you each month – this month’s articles are linked to the banner ads above. I hope you’ll take a moment to read them – I am proud of my columns and I am a huge fan of both those magazines and their editors. If you’d like to see quickie video interviews I did with the staff of both publications during PICKS-ON-WHEELS, click here for Local Houston Magazine and here for Natural Awakenings Houston. Happy reading and happy watching!

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of April 7-9, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of April 7-9, 2017

Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival


The Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (FWCRC) and Vice Mayor Pro-Tem, Jerry Davis, Houston City Council, District B present the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival this Saturday, April 8 from noon-5pm in the 3700-4000 blocks of Lyons Avenue. This free annual family event celebrates urban renewal in Houston’s Fifth Ward and features 50,000 (whew!) goodie-filled Easter eggs dropping from a helicopter.

An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life


It’s Martin and Martin night in Sugar Land this Friday, April 7 at 8pm as Steve Martin and Martin Short present An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.” I don’t think I need to write much more about this event – two comedic geniuses on the stage at one time will be brilliant. And...they’ll be joined by the GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers. It will be nonstop laughs as Steve Martin and Martin Short recall their iconic careers, creative influences, and most memorable encounters presented through a blend of conversation, banter, singing, and banjo playing.

Barefoot Bands in the Park


Barefoot Bands in the Park is a fun, family-friendly free outdoor concert that takes place this Saturday, April 8, from noon-4pm. Country music artists Rick Trevino and the Jesse Stratton Band headline the music festival, which is the Spring community’s annual open-air concert that takes place at The Thicket, 3811 Everly Bend Drive. The concert will also feature other well-known bands as well as pony rides, a rock wall, face painters, a balloon artist, food trucks, and an obstacle course.

United in Dance!


METdance presents a beautiful evening dedicated to the unifying force of dance, United in Dance!, this Friday, April 7 at 8pm. United in Dance! will feature a world premiere by Houston native Mario Zambrano, a METdance original commission by Princess Grace Award recipient Rosie Herrera, and reprisals of audience favorites “The Broken Column” by Andrea Shelley-Hering and “Cinco Sin Nombre” by Paolo Georgudis with lighting design by the late Jeremy Choate.

Ukrainian Easter Bazaar


Easter is around the corner so a great way to get ready is to visit and enjoy the annual Ukrainian Easter Bazaar this Sunday, April 9, noon-5pm at the Pokrova Ukrainian Catholic Church. The women promise delicious Ukrainian food such as freshly baked Easter breads and paskas plus Ukrainian Easter egg-making demonstrations (which will be sold there), Easter basket stuffings and craft items, and a cultural program throughout the day.

10,000 Maniacs


The Heights Theater presents the 10,000 Maniacs with Vanessa Peters this Friday, April 7 at 7pm. One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs were founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo, and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. They were one of the first alternative rock bands and were known for their powerful, danceable, and socially conscious original material. This show is in the historic, recently re-opened Heights Theater.

RISE” bracelets


I’ve been making “RISE” bracelets in honor of woman power and to raise funds for both the Women’s March on Washington and the Women’s Home, which assists women who are homeless due to addiction, prison, or economics. It’s been my honor to take donations in exchange for the bracelets and then to donate the money to good causes, causes that help women. In this time of an assault on women, it’s important to RISE and be strong and take back our power! That’s a great message for women and a particularly strong one for women who are graduating. Find out more about the project and order your very own RISE bracelet(s) here. Fifty percent of all purchases will go back to the Women’s Home.

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
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Lyons Avenue Renaissance Fest Barefoot Bands in the Park Ukrainian Easter Bazaar for Everyone Steve Martin and Martin Short Met Dance Unites in Dance 10,000 Maniacs at Heights Theater VIDEO PICK: Art Car: The Movie Documentary RISE Bracelets: Grad Gifts for a Good Cause! Music with Mr. Tim