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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!


Houston is home to members of all the world’s major religions and, like our citizens, the diversity is refreshing! If you’re curious about our different places of worship, explore with the "Faith in Our City" series, organized by Interfaith Ministries. The program has been going on since last August and wraps up in July, but there are three religions to explore before they are done: Sikhism, Eastern Orthodox, and Buddhism. Each tradition is featured in a “Lunch & Learn” at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer which is followed a week or so later by a tour of a local site. This month’s “Lunch & Learn” is today (Wednesday, May 15) and the topic is Sikhism; the tour of the Sikh Center of Gulf Coast will take place on Thursday, May 23.

If you are curious about what is going on at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and its expansion along Montrose Boulevard, be sure to watch this week’s VIDEO PICK – you’ll be amazed! There is the new Glassell School of Art building, which fronts onto to The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza, with an outdoor area for programs and performances, and there is a new street-level coffee bar for students and the public. Be sure to check out the newest sculpture, Cloud Column, while you’re there! The Glassell Studio School, which features a wide variety of classes for adults, is open for summer class registrations next week, May 21 and 22 – check the PICK below for more details. And there are children’s summer history camps called “Crafting Americataking place at Bayou Bend (register now, many are already sold out!) and a full schedule of classes for kids at the Glassell Junior School.

Next Monday, May 20 at 7pm, there will be an interesting multi-media program organized by the Houston Grand Opera, "Transforming the Mind & Spirit: An Exploration of Creativity,” taking place at the MATCH (tickets are only available at the HGO website). The event is part of a six-year multi-disciplinary initiative – Seeking the Human Spirit -- designed to highlight the universal spiritual themes raised in opera and to expand and deepen Houstonians’ connections to opera and to art. Featured next Monday will be an eclectic group of artists, musicians, and thought-leaders in spirituality and creativity presenting an interactive evening of live performance and art making, audience engagement and reflections about creativity through the lens of art & music, mysticism & spirituality, mental health, and science. I will be there and hope to see YOU!


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 May 17-19, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of May 17-19, 2019

Opera in the Heights


Opera in the Heights has been through many transformations over the years – and their latest is the addition of an annual “Children’s Series.” It’s a great way to introduce children to opera at their scale! This weekend they are presenting two shows: “Pinocchiothis Saturday, May 18 at 11am and “Jack and the Beanstalkthis Sunday, May 19 at 2pm.

Joke Joint Comedy Showcase


The Joke Joint Comedy Showcase is a busy laugh factory – this weekend, they are hosting comedians Mark Ellis, K Trevor Wilson, Daphnique Springs, Desi Banks, and Darren Brand (see full schedule here). They also host a weekly Wednesday no cover “Open Mic Night” (which is preceded by a free, two-hour comedy workshop) and they offer defensive driving many days each week – what better way to deal with that ticket than laugh about it?!

Houston Public Library


This Saturday, May 18 from noon-3pm, the Houston Public Library is celebrating children’s lit with their annual free children’s book festival, which has the theme “Books Alive!” this year. Families are invited to enjoy a day of free activities including author presentations, performances, interactive demonstrations, prizes, games, and more. The featured author is bestseller Mac Barnett, who is known for writing books that respect children’s intelligence and captures their curiosity.

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is one of my favorite films because it is the story of a pioneering man who treated children with respect and focused on his radically kind ideas. The ERJCC is presenting two free community opportunities to view and learn from this important film – see both events and more information here. This Sunday, May 19 at 1pm, there will be the film screening and an interfaith dialogue at Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston and then on Sunday, June 9, there will be a film screening (1pm) and parenting workshop (3pm).

Company OnStage


One of the Company OnStage founders, Hank McNally, wrote a wacky tale featuring a used armor dealer wanna be wizard, an annoyed wife, a brave young knight, a beautiful princess, a King, a Queen, Harold the Herald, an ogre, and a cranky, fire breathing dragon. “The Magic Ring-Dang-Do” is a hilarious musical fairy tale of friendship, magic, and the power of believing in yourself. It’s onstage for two more shows: this Saturday, May 18 at 11am and 1:30pm.

Ars Lyrica


This Saturday, May 18, Ars Lyrica closes out its season with “From Brandenburg to Esterházy,” featuring Bach’s two remaining concertos and a concerto by Franz Joseph Haydn. The second “Brandenberg” concerto offers the set’s oddest combination of soloists—recorder, oboe, violin, and trumpet—while the fourth is a stealth concerto, ostensibly for violin and two recorders, though the violinist leaves everyone in the dust. It will be a night of compelling and unique music!


Explore your creativity this summer at the Glassell School of Art. The Studio School offers a wonderful variety of classes and short-term workshops for adults at all skill levels. No experience necessary! Browse the course catalog and then stop by to register on Tuesday or Wednesday, May 21 or 22. Visit for more info & details.

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