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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 Saturday, April 29, is “Independent Bookstore Day,” which is celebrated annually on the last Saturday of April (check the website for a short listing of Houston bookstores – not listed are Becker’s Books, the Menil Bookstore, River Oaks Bookstore, and others). Brazos Bookstore is celebrating the day with a full schedule of events, listed here, and they have also announced their annual summer book & film combo - “Summer of Austen” – which they are presenting with Main Street Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Rice Cinema, Writers in the Schools, and Under The Volcano.

Next Saturday, May 6, is “World Labyrinth Day,” organized by the Labyrinth Society. I’ll have a list of Houston events as a PICK next weekend but one to mark down for sure is my labyrinth walk from 1-5pm at Grace Episcopal Church (see all the details here). For a list of Houston area labyrinths, check my website and for a list of labyrinths around the world, check this World-Wide Labyrinth Locator which is maintained by two national labyrinth organizations, the Labyrinth Society and Veriditas. If you’re looking for peace and a new way to meditate, I suggest you try labyrinths. Join the Houston Labyrinth Walkers Facebook group to stay up-to-date on all things labyrinth and for a list of our local events.

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of April 28-30, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of April 28-30, 2017

Bayou Greenway Day


This Saturday, April 29 from 11am-4pm, rain or shine, enjoy the annual Bayou Greenway Day,” a free outdoor festival for the whole family. You can experience the beauty of the Brays Bayou Greenway while enjoying activities in MacGregor Park such as an obstacle course, kayaking, face painting, a guided children’s bike ride, music, food trucks, and much more.

Dance Works


This weekend is the annual showcase of contemporary dance, Dance Works,” presented by the University of Houston Ensemble; shows will be Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 30 at 1:30pm. It will be a special evening of contemporary choreography by some of Houston’s best choreographers, performed by the Ensemble under the direction of Teresa Chapman.

FUNomenal Family Festival


Discovery Green has a continuous schedule of family fun but this weekend is extra special with their annual free FUNomenal Family Festival this Saturday, April 29 from 1-6pm. This family-fun event will feature dancing DJ music, a “Baby Olympics,” and much more. If you’ve got a toddler, be sure to check out their “Toddler Tuesdays” at 10:30am with different events through May 30.

First 100 Days: Artists Respond


This Saturday, April 29, from 6-9pm, the exciting and diverse exhibition First 100 Days: Artists Respond will be on view for one night only at the Silos on Sawyer. The show was curated by Visual Arts Alliance’s president Matt Adams (but it’s not a VAA show) and is comprised of work by 45 artists, including a piece by yours truly. The images shown are visual artistic responses to Trump’s first 100 days in office, which lands squarely on April 29.



Main Street Theater always has a full slate of activities and shows for kids, between their Theater for Youth shows and their summer camps. Right now they are presenting Bunnicula,” my fave story of the vampire bunny, through May 20, and they’ll have the student production of A Wrinkle in Time” May 5-7.

Truth Will Out


Think Peace International is a nonprofit made up of artists, educators, and social activists whose goal is to make a difference in the world in different segments of society through their peace work. This Sunday, April 30 from 4-7pm, they’re hosting Truth Will Out,” a multi-generational poetry slam with a crawfish boil and a whole lotta love and word art.

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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