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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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There’s so much cool art in this city! This week, I want you to grab your phone and plug in some repeating music events – all on Mondays – so you’re going to have to make some tough choices. It’s a great way to not only listen to unique live shows but also to support local musicians and venues (money is raised by buying food and drink and purchasing CDs and making donations). They, Who Sound is an experimental music project of Nameless Sound which takes place at Lawndale every Monday night with two distinct sets by various musicians – click here for all the deets; the first show starts at 7:30pm. Mucky Duck has a free open mic night on Mondays; sign-ups start at 6:30pm (get there by 6 – there’s always a line!) and doors open around the same time. The usual fare is country/folk/acoustic but you might also see jugglers or comedians. Sambuca Restaurant features Houston-based jazz vocalist Tianna Hall every Monday (all that info is here) and you can also get your fill of jazz and delicious soul food at the longtime (since 1953!) Monday Night Jazz Jam at Café 4212. Now you’re all set – there is no excuse for sitting at home on Mondays! And here’s a special alert so you don’t have to sit at home next Wednesday, May 2: The Moth “Grand Slam” is taking place at the groovy “Resilience Theatre” at the George R. Brown. If you don’t know about The Moth, it’s the best storytelling this side of the Pecos. I’ll be there – join me! (And I’ll admit that I told a story at The Moth in January 2017 and I wasn’t great – but it was a good experience because I learned first-hand just how hard telling stories can be). This week’s VIDEO PICK is a tale from The Moth – 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, 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 first Wednesday “Mommy Mingle” each month – the next one is Wednesday, May 2 from 10am-noon. I’ll have lots of fliers and events information and I’d love to help you out!

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 27-29, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of April 27-29, 2018

Armand Bayou Nature Center


The beautiful Armand Bayou Nature Center is the classroom for EcoTots classes (kids 18-36 months with a caregiver/parent) and EcoKids classes (potty-trained 3-6 year olds) on Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Kids will get to explore nature through various topics – this Friday/tomorrow (April 27) will be “Show Me Energy.”

Independent Bookstore Day


On the last Saturday in April (April 28 this year), bookstores around the country celebrate their independence! I always support our local booksellers and hope you will too. Some of my faves are Becker’s Books, Blue Willow Bookshop, Brazos Bookstore, Kaboom Books, and River Oaks Bookstore. Enjoy the feel of a cool book and you’ll see that books are NOT dead.

Bridgeland Nature Fest


Take your family and enjoy a full day outdoors at the Bridgeland Nature Fest this Saturday, April 28 from 10am-5pm. Featured will be everything from armadillo races to a petting zoo to “Crocodile Encounter.” Also on hand will be People Magazine’s “Vet of the Year,” Dr. Evin Antin.

Compassion Week


Compassion Weektakes place annually at the end of April and is a seven days of compassionate action and education to celebrate and cultivate Houston’s compassionate culture. A list of events is here and this year’s program will close out this Saturday, April 28 with “The Heart of HoUSton” conference about servant leadership.

Houston Astros


The Houston Astros are home for several games (see the upcoming schedule here) so get out there and support the team we love! Be sure to check this site for suggestions on which seats are best for families (closest to the Kid Zone, shadiest, closest to restrooms, etc.). And for more kid fun, click here.

The Government Inspector


The Classical Theatre Company is presenting The Government Inspector,” through this Sunday, April 29. A farce set in Russia, “The Government Inspector” follows the exploits of a small-town mayor and his cronies as they get word that an inspector sent from the state would be examining their town incognito. As you can imagine, things get wacky!

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.

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 if you’re looking for a way to increase the peace in your life, please join me for our Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston at 500 Prairie Street. My next walk will be Saturday, May 12, 9am-11am. Free parking is available in the Christ Church Cathedral garage at 559 San Jacinto Street; bring your ticket in to get it validated. We are creating quite a community with these monthly walks – join us! New people will tour the center and we’ll all 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 something you’ve made, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on the art of walking labyrinths.

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  • GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, which is online and emailed out to thousands of Houstonians who love to explore our city;

  • THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE, a searchable database of over 200 Houston day camps and classes for kids and teens;

  • IGNITE YOUR LIFE!, my art project and community campaign whose goal is to inspire people around the world to light a fire to their own passions and to create connections among people;

  • INTUITIVE GUIDANCE SESSIONS, which are one-on-one consultations with me at Body Mind & Soul on Mondays. Sessions are one hour or thirty minutes and I can help you with personal and/or work questions;

  • Quarterly “WHAT’S YOUR PURPOSE?” workshops at Body Mind & Soul, check the store’s online calendar for dates and more information; and

  • OTHER SERVICES including SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, MARKETING, PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS, GUIDANCE SESSIONS FOR FINDING YOUR PURPOSE, and ART PROGRAMS. Talks and workshops cover topics such as summertime fun, passion-finding (for adults, children and families), marketing, historic preservation, art classes, activism, and more. All of these services can be tailored for any audience and budget.

Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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Children’s Nature Classes Bridgeland Nature Fest The Astros Are Home Independent Bookstore Day Compassion Week 2018 The Government Inspector VIDEO PICK: It’s time for The Moth Grand Slam - here’s one story about love Monthly Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (May 12) Intuitive Guidance Sessions (Mondays) Music Lessons For Your Family (by appointment)