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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.


The school year is ending and, in my house, it’s the time that my kids sit down and write thank you notes to their teachers (yes, even my high school senior!). Educators work hard all school year long – for very little pay – and deserve some recognition for all that they do. Presents are great, but hand-written thank yous are a lost art and mean so much to the receiver. Thank you notes and thank yous in general are a big deal to me. I was raised that way but I also see notes as a physical manifestation of my gratitude and my way of keeping the love flowing. I like to thank people with notes for all kinds of things: dinner parties, media coverage, and of course, presents I’ve been given. Thanking people in person is special too! However you do it, JUST DO IT. And get your kids to do it too!

As summer rolls in, I like to take a bit more time to read and enjoy life. There are some great books out right now, such as my friend Katherine Center’s new bestselling book, How to Walk Away. It’s super fun, breezy reading! And there are three women whose words always give me a lift and make me ponder. I'm on their email lists and read their blogs as often as I can. Click on the blog name for a link is to their most recent edition: Maria Popova's "Brain Pickings"; Maria Shriver's "Sunday Paper"; and Krista Tippett’s "The Pause". Enjoy and happy summer reading!

Hey parents! Summer is here, ya’ll! If you need information on summer day camps for your kids, doncha worry – I’ve got you covered. Check out my guide, THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS & TEENS, at the easy-to-remember website, You can search through over 200 camps by age, area of town, cost, and much more. My latest summer camp blast is here – check it out for my CAMP PICKS. There are so many great ones out there.

Be sure to take a look at this week’s VIDEO PICK. I sat down with Deborah Duncan of Great Day Houston and chatted with her about what’s happening this weekend. Whew! There are a lot of events (as always).


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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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 June 1-3, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of June 1-3, 2018

Joy of Djembe Drumming


If you have not seen “Black Panther,” yet – please do very soon! I’m not a fan of Avengers movies but I LOVED it, not only for the story but also for the emphasis on Black power. The Children’s Museum of Houston loves it too and are hosting a Black Panther Bash” this Saturday, June 2 from 10am-5pm. The Joy of Djembe Drumming kicks it off at 10:30am with a performance and “instrument petting zoo”; following that will be activities all day long. I’ll be at the Museum next Wednesday, June 6, 10am-noon for the final Mommy Mingle until September so stop by and say howdy. I’ll have information about events for families and summer day camps for children.

Celebration of Art Cars!


Amazingly, it’s the 20th anniversary of the Art Car Museum! This Saturday, June 2, 7-10pm, founders Ann and James Harithas are proud to commemorate the event with “Celebration of Art Cars!” – a show emphasizing those wacky rolling creations and car-related art. It will be on view through August 27 and features these cars: “Hairse Cataillic” (Susan Venus); “Wendell” (Joe Hale Haden, pictured); “Milan Car & Faith” (David Best); “Phantoms” (W.T. Burge); “Lost Worlds” (Noah Edmundson); and “Cigs Kill” (Alex Harrah). The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am-6pm and is always free.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center


The weather right now is decent (hey, at 90 degrees, it’s a cold front!) so take some time before it heats up to explore nature in our city – start out with the handy dandy website Get Out Here Houston; you’ll find events, maps, organizations, and more all in one place.

Several outdoor spots in Houston are perfect for kids – Miller Outdoor Theatre; Houston Arboretum & Nature Center; Discovery Green; Mercer Botanic Gardens; and Lake Houston Wilderness Park. All are free, except for the Lake Houston Wilderness Park, which is the City of Houston’s only overnight park and entry fees start at $3/person.

Vegandale Food & Drink Festival


The Vegandale Food Drink Festival is a coolio, planet-friendly, vegan-focused event that is traveling from Toronto to only three other cities, including Houston (we’re in the company of Chicago and New York!); more info about the Houston portion is here. It’s taking place this Saturday, June 2 from 11am-7pm at Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby Street, and tickets are $15 (note: food and drinks are sold separately).

The Hills Are Alive!


The Hills Are Alive! is a brand-new production of “The Sound of Music” and the Society for the Performing Arts is bringing it to Jones Hall this Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3, with 5 shows (so there’s no excuse to miss it!). I can sing every song and will have to restrain myself from breaking out in song! The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family was inspired by The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, a book written by Maria Augusta Trapp and published in 1949.



It’s time for the annual HAAPIFEST, a free film festival which will run through June 8. Started in 2004 by OCA-Greater Houston, the Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival, or HAAPIFEST, was created to highlight and celebrate the diversity of AAPI culture, food, and family; to support AAPI artists and filmmakers; and to share the untold AAPI experience for the greater Houston metropolitan area through edu-tainment. It’s an immersive, multi-day celebration of film, music, and art, showcased by a dedicated committee of volunteers.

What’s Your Purpose?


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.

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Sarah Gish
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Black Panther Bash at the Children’s Museum Outdoors Fun Even in Summer The Sound of Music at Jones Hall Art Car Museum’s 20th Anniversary Vegandale Food & Drink Fest HAAPI Free Film Festival Sarah Gish chatting on “Great Day Houston” about happenings this weekend What’s Your Purpose? workshop at Body Mind & Soul (Sunday, 6/3, 2-4pm)