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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!



THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK

This Sunday is Easter and I’m feeling a lot of love in the air as families make plans to get together and Houston celebrates with events as diverse as Goat Yoga Houston this Saturday, 4/20; Easter in Hermann Park this Sunday, 4/21; and the Easter Drag Show Brunch also on Sunday, 4/21. The variety is so fun and soooo Houston! Click here for a full list of Easter weekend fun. There’s something for everyone!

We are so lucky: the Art of Living Houston is hosting a free Make Houston Happy campaign through May 6 to help us become a stress-free and violence-free city. They are also presenting a special “The Happiness Program” workshop from Saturday, May 4 through Monday, May 6. Get all the info in my special PICK below.

Looking ahead to next week, I want to make sure you know about Compassion Week,” which is an annual event organized by Compassionate Houston, a local nonprofit founded in 2011 in response to the Charter for Compassion and a desire to make Houston a more compassionate place in which to live. Compassion Week is taking place Monday, April 22, 9am through Sunday, April 28, 9pm. It’s a beautiful week of conscious caring and events dedicated to showing Houston’s love. The full list of events is here so be sure to check them out and mark your calendar now. The week kicks off with Insight Meditation: Radiating Compassion For Oneself Into the World on Monday night, 4/22, at 7pm. And there are two great events that are both on Tuesday, 4/23 at 7pm (isn’t it always like that?!): Sacred Movement and Dance on the Labyrinth: An Interfaith Experience Through Music and Movement and The Art of Living Foundation’s “Understanding Compassion and Living Compassionately: An evening of dialogue, reflection, and meditation.”

Speaking of compassion, I wanted to let you know about a new children’s book by Micki Fine, owner of Mindful Living and a pioneer of mindfulness in Houston since 1994. She connects mindful meditation to compassion in all of her work and is now sharing that wisdom with children with the book May All People & Pigs Be Happy, which is available for pre-order here (it comes out in October). It’s never too early to start compassionate and mindful practices!



MORE ABOUT THIS BLOG

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



Picks for Kids the Weekend of April 19-21, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of April 19-21, 2019


1940 Air Terminal Museum

1940 AIR TERMINAL MUSEUM

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is a super cool place to visit – it’s an aviation history museum located in the original site of Hobby Airport that has been updated and maintained thanks to the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society. On the third Saturday each month, the museum hosts an open house – “Wings and Wheels” -- from 11am-3pm. This Saturday, April 20, they are instead participating in the annual “Hobby Fest,” a fun-filled family event that takes place from 10am-4pm at the Hobby Airport east ramp at 8402 Nelms Street. Be sure to visit the museum while you are nearby!


Catastrophic Theatre

CATASTROPHIC THEATRE

Dante’s “Nine Circles of Hell” are the driving inspiration behind the new production of “Toast,” presented by Catastrophic Theatre through May 5. This original, collectively-realized, mind-bending work brings together eight members of Catastrophic’s acting company with groundbreaking director Brian Jucha, a key collaborator of Catastrophic’s predecessor company, Infernal Bridegroom Productions. Highly physical and shot through with music, TOAST deals with life, love, aging, and the afterlife. But of course.


Neue Creative

NEUE CREATIVE

It’s time to party with the dogs at the 8th annual “Puppies for Breakfast” downtown dog festival this Saturday, April 20 from 10am-2pm at Market Square Park. This morning dog festival works to bring everything “dog” to one place for a few hours: there will be over 50 dog industry vendors, breakfast from local food trucks, a Dog Costume Contest (kids will love this!), the Mayor of Market Square Contest, and lots of giveaways. Bring your dog(s) and let them play while you play!


Houston International Dance Coalition

HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL DANCE COALITION

It’s time for the 24th annual “Dance Salad Festival”, which is taking place April 18-20 at the Wortham Center. This year’s Festival will begin with a screening of the film “Dancing Across Bordersthis Thursday, April 18 at the beautiful Houston Ballet Dance Center and it will continue with 2 nights of dance programs from the United States, Germany, Finland, Italy, and Denmark. Famous in their own countries, the classical, modern, and contemporary dance companies/dancers share the stage to form a mix of movement and compelling choreography – a true dance salad!


Campbell Learning Center

CAMPBELL LEARNING CENTER

Around the World: A Celebration of Music and Composers” is the theme of the Campbell Learning Center’s spring concert that will take place at their school at 1440 Campbell Road this Saturday, April 20 at 6:30pm. The CLC faculty will take listeners on a global trip celebrating cultures, music, and composers that have influenced history. Campbell Learning Center brings arts learning to Houston's under-served populations and they offer a full range of music and language classes for all.


Community Artists' Collective

COMMUNITY ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE

Latino Art Now” is an exhibition celebrating art by Latinx artists that was curated by Tina Hernandez and features artists such as Nela Garzόn, Veronica Gaona, and Delilah Montoya. The show is a collaboration with MantecaHTX, a new artist registry open to Houston-area Latinx artists practicing in all disciplines. There will be a closing reception this Saturday, April 20 from 1-3pm in which participating artists will discuss their Latinx experiences.



Make Houston Happy

REDUCE YOUR STRESS AND GET HAPPY WITH TWO ART OF LIVING FOUNDATION PROGRAMS

Make Houston Happy” is a fun campaign taking place through May 6 to help all of us de-stress! The goal is to personally connect with thousands of Houstonians to help them experience deep joy from within. It’s easy to get started – simply fill out the form here for a free breathing session with Art of Living teachers. They are offering these free sessions because they believe that you strengthen a community by strengthening each individual in it. One happy Houstonian makes a happy Houston!

And there is more: from May 4-May 6 (Saturday through Monday), you can participate in their special “The Happiness Program” workshop, in which you will learn:

• Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique, and other ancient practices
• valuable skills for managing negative emotions and challenging situations, for improving focus and productivity at work, and to strengthen relationships
• practical wisdom and processes to discover what in your life is working for you and what is not working for you
• low-impact yoga for improved health and increased flexibility

As a result of these teachings, you will leave calm, confident, and armed with the tools you need to deal with whatever life throws at you. The workshop is $395 and you can register for it and get more information here.

I have to add my own personal insight about the Art of Living: my aunt and uncle practice their teachings daily and are two of the calmest, happiest people I know. The Art of Living programs really do work!



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"The Happiness Program" workshop (May 4-6) "Make Houston Happy" (through May 6) Video: Enjoy this quick tour of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum Latinx Art at The Collective "Dance Salad" Festival Onstage A "Toast" to Catastrophic Theatre Music from Around the World Dogs Rule at "Puppies for Breakfast" Air Terminal Museum "Hobby Fest"