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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

If you’re a parent reading this, you are realizing that summer is creeping closer and it’s time to get organized, if you haven’t already. But don’t worry: I’m here to help not only with unique cultural activities for adults and kids, but also with my huge database, Day Camps Houston, that I created back in 2003 because I wanted to help kids find their passion. And wow – they can do that so easily in this amazing city! There are camps for cooking, for yoga, for inventions, and much more. Be sure to watch my VIDEO PICK this week because I chat with Debra Duncan on Great Day Houston about camps.

At the start of April, I wrote about how it’s National Poetry Month and all the local events. It’s also Jazz Appreciation Month (or “JAM” as they like to call it!), which is a celebration created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2001. Da Camera of Houston is celebrating with their annual free jazz concerts – the final one is this Friday, April 26 and it’s the “Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green: Sammy Miller and the Congregation.” It’s also National Autism Awareness Month and there is a “Light It Up Blue” carnival this Saturday, April 27; see my PICK below for deets.

And – I’m very pleased to tell you that that I have been selected to tell a snippet of my story of recovery from bulimia, bi-polar disease, and alcoholism with a national organization called THIS IS MY BRAVE. They produce shows all over the country in which people like me tell/act out/sing their stories for 5 minutes each onstage. It’s like “The Moth” with a twist! The Houston show is this Sunday, April 28, 4-6pm at the Hobby Center downtown. All the details are in my PICK below; I’d love to see you there!



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 26-28, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of April 26-28, 2019


Archaeology Now

ARCHAEOLOGY NOW

Archaeology might seem a stuffy subject for kids but the local nonprofit Archaeology Now has a way of making it super fun. Their next event for families is “Ancient Encounters/Ancient Egyptthis Saturday, April 27 from 10am-4pm at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Kids will get to learn about the lives of children in ancient Egypt and do things like excavate the home of a pyramid builder and write in hieroglyphs.


This Is My Brave, Inc.

THIS IS MY BRAVE, INC.

I am so excited to be part of a very moving show in which people tell/act out/sing their recovery stories for 5 minutes each as a way of reducing stigma around mental health challenges: this Sunday, April 28 from 4-6pm, This is My Brave Houston will be presented at The Hobby Center www.thehobbycenter.org. I’m joining 13 others (including “Mattress Mack” Jim McIngvale and his daughter Liz) in the Houston edition of shows produced around the country by This is My Brave, Inc. Click here for tickets and more info (that’s me in the red “ignite!” shirt).



WindSync

WINDSYNC

WindSync has organized a “Chamber Music Festival” with many events, including “Storytime with Peter and the Wolf” at the Heights Library this Saturday, April 27 at 10:30am. This educational, family-friendly show brings the classical music of Sergei Prokofiev and the musicians to life where each musician becomes an animal character from the story. It’s fun and free!


High Line Network Joint Art Initiative

HIGH LINE NETWORK JOINT ART INITIATIVE

Are you wondering what those sculptures in Buffalo Bayou Park are? They are part of the “New Monuments for New Cities” inaugural project of the High Line Network Joint Art Initiative, which is a new partnership between industrial reuse projects in North America. Buffalo Bayou Partnership is one of the presenters of this year-long public art project. Houston is the launch-site (you go, Houston!) and the exhibition will then travel to Austin, Chicago, Toronto, and New York. Our show closes this Sunday, April 30.



Behavior TLC

BEHAVIOR TLC

The “Light it Up Blue Carnival” is an event for families and friends that is taking place this Saturday, April 27 from 10am-1pm at Grand Oak Academy, a special needs school located at 1051 Pineloch Drive. There will be games, food, a dunk tank, face painting, a train, a petting zoo, and more and all proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks Houston to help raise autism awareness.


Houston Black Restaurant Week

HOUSTON BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK

This Sunday, April 28, “Houston Black Restaurant Week” is winding up its fourth successful year of celebrating the delicious and unique flavors of African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisines at restaurants and events all over the city. One of the final events is the “Soundbites Food Truck Fest 2019” this Saturday, April 27 from 1-8pm, which features Black-owned food trucks, music from Houston’s hottest DJ’s, and fun entertainment for the whole family. Children 10 and under are free; click here for more info and $10 tickets for adults.




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!



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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Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks (Saturday, May 11)Intuitive Guidance Sessions (Mondays and by phone)"The Happiness Program" workshop (May 4-6) "Make Houston Happy" (through May 6) Video: Enjoy my chat with Debra Duncan about Houston day camps Black Restaurant Week Food Truck Party New Monuments for New Cities "This is My Brave" Storytelling at Hobby "Light It Up Blue" for Autism "Peter and the Wolf" Music Ancient Egypt at HMNS