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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.


THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK

Monday is Memorial Day, a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, so in addition to bar-b-ques and fun with friends, please take a moment to ponder the true meaning of the day. Our service men and women have done so much for us!

I’m going to veer away from culture for a moment because I feel I would be remiss in not addressing the state of our nation. I started this blog when my kids were little and now my younger son is about to graduate. He goes to a large public high school and I have been increasingly upset about the school shootings happening around our country – not only because he is at risk but also because of the tragedy of young lives being cut short. When Santa Fe happened last Friday, I broke down. And then I looked for ways I could help. As an “info-preneur,” I knew I could share information. Please read what Casey Fleming, a Houston mom and teacher, wrote beautifully and eloquently in response to Santa Fe, here. She says our exhaustion absolutely cannot lead to paralysis (I agree!) And here’s an article on Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, who said in a recent Facebook post – “I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom.” If you are concerned and would like to do more, please check out these organizations: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; Everytown for Gun Safety; Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Moms Demand Action; and Violence Policy Center. Sensible gun control is not an end to the Second Amendment – instead, I see it as a way to save lives. I hope you will join me.


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. Tune in here each Friday from 12-12:30pm to join the convo. My adventures will sometimes be posted as my weekly VIDEO PICK in this blog.

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SPREAD THE WORD!

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. 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 let’s see how I can help. With me on your team, you’ll reach thousands of Houstonians in a quick-and-easy way!

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 25-27, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of May 25-27, 2018


artmix

ARTMIX STUDIO

It’s a fun holiday weekend and the perfect time to celebrate artmix’s new location, at 2522 University in the Rice Village (in the former G&G Model Shop store). Owner Jacqueline Kenneally is SO excited about this move and is ready to show off their beautiful new studio space! Drop by this Saturday, May 26, from noon-5pm. There will be an ice cream and treats party from 1-3pm with yummy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and cookie decorating with Michael’s Cookie Jar. And, of course, there will be plenty of artmix summer-inspired crafts activities. While there, sign your kids up for summer camps, which run from May 29 through August 31.


John and Dee Dillman at Kaboom Books

KABOOM BOOKS

Kaboom Books owners John and Dee Dillman are opening their doors today, May 25, from 7-9pm for Poetry of the Imagination: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Reading that is co-hosted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA); Writespace; Comicpalooza; and Kaboom Books. It’s the 40th anniversary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) so they are celebrating with an evening of speculative poetry featuring SFPA President Bryan Thao Worra along with several Texas-based writers.


Curiosis in the Park

WHAT IT'S LIKE PROJECT

Join the What It's Like Project for their first ever Curiosis in the Park event at Memorial Park this Saturday, May 26 from 11am-3pm. The mission of the What It's Like Project is to build community and to remove the stigma of mental illness though the arts; Curiosis is their charity shop on wheels. There will be handcrafted art, information about the nonprofit’s work, and an amazing family day featuring a live DJ, games, yoga, food trucks, and much more.



Fabergé: Royal Gifts

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

There's a new state-of-the-art gallery in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the first installation in the gallery is the new special exhibition Fabergé: Royal Gifts,” featuring the McFerrin Fabergé Collection. Currently numbering over 600 pieces, it’s the largest private collection of Fabergé in the world – a treasure trove of objects reflecting the artistry of the Fabergé firm. Fabergé: Royal Gifts explores the international politics, diplomacy, economics, and innovation in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Beginning with the magnificent crown jewels of Catherine the Great, the development of Peter Carl Fabergé’s techniques and inspiration are explored. The collection will be on permanent display.


Pan-African Cultural Festival

SHAPE COMMUNITY CENTER

Are you ready for some FREE family fun? This Saturday, May 26, from 11am to 7pm, come out for the SHAPE Community Center’s 39th annual Pan-African Cultural Festival,” organized in recognition of African Liberation Day. This year’s theme, “Liberation and Unification,” will be celebrated with live music, lots of food, vendors, and a petting zoo for the children! The event takes place at “Our Park” and SHAPE Community Center located at 3815 Live Oak Street.


Songs of Sinatra Variety Show

RICKEY DAVIS PRODUCTIONS

This Sunday, May 27 from 3-5:30pm, enjoy music by “Ol’ Blue Eyes” Frank Sinatra at the Music Box Theatre as Rickey Davis Productions presents the Songs of Sinatra Variety Show.” This ode to Sinatra’s Classic Big Band songs will feature Sinatra “Tribute Artist” Rickey Davis along with classic comedy, trivia shows, and vintage radio adventures with live classic style commercials. Tickets $30 and $40 and can be purchased here.



What’s Your Purpose?

FIND YOUR PERSONAL PURPOSE WITH GANDHARI BOULIGNY AND ME

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; 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. The cost is $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes for both in person and on the phone sessions.


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 CREATIVE
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artmix Open House in Rice Village Memorial Park Free Family Event Shape Community Center’s Cultural Festival Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Reading Fabergé: Royal Gifts at Houston Museum of Natural Science Songs of Sinatra Variety Show VIDEO PICK: PICKS-ON-WHEELS: Explore Midtown Park w/ artist Sharon Engelstein What’s Your Purpose? at Body Mind & Soul (June 3)