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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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And, last but not least: this blog is free to you, my dear reader, but it’s not free for me to produce! I pay my designer and I spend many hours researching, compiling, and writing GISH PICKS each week. If you have an event you’d like me to PICK, please email me and I would love to help you out by promoting it here. You’ll reach thousands of Houstonians in a quick-and-easy way!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of May 18-20, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of May 18-20, 2018

MFAH Celebrating Community: Opening Day


I am SO excited about The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s 14-acre campus transformation! This Sunday, May 20 from noon-4pm, join the Celebrating Community: Opening Day free event showcasing the new Glassell School of Art and the Museum’s expansion project that will continue through 2020. There will be fun for all ages (including art-making and tours) plus performances, tasty bites and drinks, and more.

Plus Fest


This Saturday, May 19 from 1pm-10pm, enjoy Plus Fest at 1019 Commerce Street in the Sunset Coffee House. Plus Fest is a festival that merges poetry, the arts, and music together and was created by Houston’s coolio poet, Outspoken Bean. This one-day interdisciplinary experience celebrates raw, innovative, and high-caliber artistic experience and will highlight spoken-word poetry. The goal is to have a blast while breaking down barriers between the arts so that new works can be created while everyone parties! Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here.

Spring Creek Park Heritage Festival


Enjoy a fun-filled day of educational, family-friendly activities in one of Harris County’s most beautiful parks, Spring Creek Park. The free Heritage Festival” will take place this Saturday, May 19 from 10am-3pm, rain or shine. You’ll get to visit recreated Confederate and Union camps to learn about the Civil War and take guided tours to learn about the recently discovered Spring Creek Park Cemetery. The festival will feature Civil War battle re-enactments, cultural demonstrations, food trucks, archaeology digs, and more!

Art Behind Walls


Children’s Prison Art Project is a nonprofit arts education organization whose mission is to introduce juvenile offenders in correctional facilities and shelters to an innovative educational theater and visual arts forum where they can express their thoughts and visions in constructive ways. Their artwork is exhibited widely in traditional and nontraditional venues; Art Behind Walls is the latest exhibit of their work and is on view at Bohemeo’s through May 30.

Story Time


Kids get to hang out at a cool cultural bookstore every Saturday morning! Brazos Bookstore hosts their weekly Story Time on Saturdays at 10:30am. It’s perfect for kids ages 2 to 9 and each week, they invite a rotating cast of great readers/performers to read both classic and contemporary picture books. There are also yummy snacks and fun crafts and everyone goes home happy (plus maybe some new books – it’s a great place to buy local!)

Shakespeare in Vegas


There was a time last year when it looked like 4th Wall Theatre Company wasn’t going to survive, but thanks to a kind donor, their doors are still open and the show still goes on at Studio 101 at 1824 Spring Street. Shakespeare in Vegas opens this weekend and runs through June 9. It’s a comedy about a wise guy with a dream and a discouraged New York actress who attempt to bring legit theatre to Sin City – which includes classical roles for showgirls! Tickets start at $17 and can be purchased here.

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.


Please join me and astrologer/body healer Gandhari Bouligny on Sunday, June 3 from 2-4pm for What’s Your Purpose?– a super fun interactive workshop at Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Freeway. This is the class for you if you are wondering what your purpose in life is! Gandhari and I will talk to you about ways to follow your heart and to uncover who you really are, using tools from astrology, Ayurvedic medicine, and personal intuition. I will guide everyone with salient questions designed to open the mind and each person will learn about their Ayurvedic body type. Each participant will also learn about their special astrological characteristics and will be given their life path number from Gandhari. We’ll start out by dancing and singing and we promise you’ll have a BLAST! You will walk away with a better understanding of yourself and your life vision and with concrete ideas on how to become who you are truly meant to be.

The class is $50 and advance registration is requested; click here for more information and to register or call the store at 713.993.0550. I also work as an intuitive guide at the store on Mondays; for more about that service, please click here.

GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS is a free weekly email in which I cull through the HUNDREDS of events offered in our city each week and PICK just three for adults and three for kids to recommend. It’s #GishPicks #CuratedCulture to help you plan your weekend! I know many of you go to events based on GISH PICKS recommendations; PLEASE remember to tell the organization that you are there because of us. Word-of-mouth like yours helps our business to grow. In the same spirit, please also feel free to share GISH PICKS with friends and families.

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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
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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MFAH Celebrates Community Heritage Festival at Spring Creek Park Brazos Bookstore Saturday Story Time Plus Fest Poetry + Art Event Children's Prison Art Project Exhibit Shakespeare in Vegas Onstage VIDEO PICK: EHouston Poet Outspoken Bean explains life and Plus Fest What’s Your Purpose? at Body Mind & Soul (June 3) Music Lessons for Your Family (by appointment)