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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!

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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Alrighty – I don’t know about you, but I’m actually excited that summer is here. I’m looking forward to a slower pace, warmer weather (YES, I’m one of those crazy people that likes the Houston heat!), and more time to hang out and enjoy the days of longer light. I walked the Sylvan Rodriguez Park labyrinth today as my first step (literally!) into summer. What a great way to kick it off. If you want to explore Houston’s many labyrinths on your own, click here and you’ll see that we have over 20! I will be leading some public labyrinth walks over the summer so stay tuned here for the dates and locations.

As you know, I recommend PICKS every weekend for adults and for kids. I cull through literally THOUSANDS of events. It’s not easy, but if you ever have a hankering to find your own PICKS, here are three sites I recommend: Artshound, Get Out Here Houston, and the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website. This week’s VIDEO PICK features a “Soundtrack for the City” by the Houston Symphony – be sure to watch it and not just listen to it so you can see sights that make Houston great. You’ll be so proud to be from here.

Have a great weekend, love one another, please share this, and please go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of June 2-4, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of June 2-4, 2017

Houston Museum District


Houston has some museums which provide activities for young’uns, including the Craft Museum, which hosts free monthly family craft activities and The Museum of Fine Arts, which hosts family fun on Sundays from 1-4pm as well as a host of summer programs and classes at the Glassell Junior School. Many museums are free on Thursdays or all the time – click here for the list.

Larry Thompson


Storytelling is good for the soul and Houston is host to many healers. The Houston Storytellers Guild hosts regular events and meetings and this month, they are hosting award-winning Larry Thompson this Saturday, June 3 from 11am-12:30pm at the Heights Hickory Hollow (see more here). You can grab your lunch and stay for a yarn! Everyone is welcome.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center


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.

Xenelasy and Dissension

BLUEorange Contemporary Art Gallery

BLUEorange presents “Xenelasy and Dissension,” featuring new prints and digital work by Michael Menchaca through June 24. Menchaca, a San Antonio based printmaker, delivers timely and poignant social commentary utilizing pop culture references in his visual vocabulary and personal mythology.

Rush Hour


One of my favorite ways to hang with my kids in the summertime is with board games or sneaky educational flash cards that are fun. I highly recommend having these on hand: playing cards (get some specialty ones here); Uno (comes in a waterproof variety!); board games such as Apples to Apples and Rush Hour (great in the car!); Mensa cards; and Mad Libs (great for learning grammar!).



We tend to categorize people into different colors (black, red, yellow, white) but Brazilian artist Angélica Dass decided to challenge that concept by creating her ground-breaking exhibition Humanae,” a work-in-progress in which she labels human subjects with their corresponding color in the industrial palette, Pantone. This marks the first time this exhibition has been seen in the Southwest and it will be on view here through September 5.

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ARIES: Arts for Recovery Innovation Expo & Symposium

ARIES: Arts for Recovery Innovation Expo & Symposium

Join me on Friday, June 16 from 9am-3:30pm for ARIES, an expo and symposium highlighting the arts and creativity and how important they are to quality long-term recovery. There will be representatives from many groups, including my very own IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project, the Houston Recovery Initiative, and many others. This event is free and open to the public so come on down and bring a friend! It takes place at Ecclesia, 1100 Elder Street. CEU's will be provided and a complimentary lunch will be served to all who register online in advance here.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Sandy Olson at 281.630.8665 and

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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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