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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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It’s Memorial Day weekend so have a blast! And…for those parents out there: YIKES! School is out. It’s ok, take a deep breath and remember why you had children. I’ll be back next week with some suggestions for summer fun for both adults and families.

In the meantime, have a great weekend, love one another, please share this, and please go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of May 26-28, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of May 26-28, 2017

HMM Family Day: A Powder Monkey Adventure


This Saturday, May 27 from 2-5pm, the Houston Maritime Museum presents HMM Family Day: A Powder Monkey Adventure.” Powder monkeys were young boys who bravely served aboard ships during the exciting “Age of Sail” – kids will learn about them and there will be free admission and fun activities all day.

The Real Mother of Marilyn Monroe


Staging the story of one of the most iconic figures and myths of the twentieth century, The Real Mother of Marilyn Monroe is the American premiere of a brilliant psychological thriller depicting the confrontation between Marilyn Monroe and her aging mother Gladys Baker in a life-or-death scenario. The show will be onstage from May 26-June 4 at the MATCH; please click here to purchase tickets.

The Jungle Book


The Company OnStage presents the final weekend of The Jungle Book in a one-hour, kid friendly show. The story is the exciting adventure of Mowgli, the Indian boy, who was raised by caring wolves and befriended by Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear. Remaining shows are this Saturday, May 27 at 11am and 1:30pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church.

Ancient Cat Society


Splice Records presents the Ancient Cat Society’s concert and cd release party this Saturday, May 27 at 8pm (kitchen at 6, doors at 7) at the Heights Theater. Their unique style of music has elements of pop, Americana, and indie rock meshed with notes of doo-wop and occasional electronica – they are one of the most diverse bands performing today. Tickets start at $20.

FotoFinish 2017


Take your kids to see work by other kids at the exhibition FotoFinish 2017,” which is at the Art Car Museum through August 13. “FotoFinish” is a museum-quality exhibition of student artwork created in classrooms participating in FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program. The Art Car Museum is open Wednesdays-Sundays 11am-6pm and admission is always free.

Lobby Hero


Lobby Hero is being presented by the 4th Wall Theatre Company through June 3. The show follows a young security guard of a middle-income Manhattan apartment building, his strict supervisor, and an overbearing cop and his rookie female partner. Tickets start at $15 and Monday, May 29 is “Pay What You Can” night.

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
Sarah Gish
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Maritime Museum Family Day The Jungle Book FotoFinish 2017 Marilyn Monroe’s Mother Ancient Cat Society Music African American Culture Museum VIDEO PICK: Enjoy these interviews with the actors of Lobby Hero Music Lessons with Tim