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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.

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


I was feeling all introspective-ish and this post from the Dalai Lama popped up in my Facebook memories because I shared it two years ago. My post from yesterday is here (with all my feels) and here’s what the Dalai said: “I feel that compassionate thought is the most precious thing there is. It is something that only we human beings can develop. And if we have a good heart, a warm heart, warm feelings, we will be happy and satisfied ourselves, and our friends will experience a friendly and peaceful atmosphere as well. This is something that can also be experienced nation to nation, country to country, continent to continent.” COMPASSION is the key to connection…and we need a whole lot more of it these days. If you’re interested in learning more about ways to connect with compassion, I suggest you check out the Houston NVC (Nonviolent Communication) website and if you wish, join in weekly live NVC convos with Karen Starz and her “Compassionate Communication Group” (see more about those here). We CAN change the world, one kind act at a time!

Typhoon Texas Waterpark in Katy is open for the season and this week’s VIDEO PICK shows you all the fun. I’ll be heading out there later this month to explore, so be sure to check out my Gish Picks Kids Facebook page for a full report. And if you’re still looking for summer day camps in Houston – doncha worry! Check out my HUGE database of over 200 camps at There are camps for every child and every interest, including arts, sports, cooking, international cultures, academics, fitness, science, and much more. Check it out – you’ll LOVE it!


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. Stay tuned here for more details! My adventures will sometimes be posted as my weekly VIDEO PICK in this blog.

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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 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 7-9, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of June 7-9, 2019

Asia Society Texas Center


Enjoy the celebration of Islamic culture and Houston's Muslim community at Asia Society Texas Center's first ever Family Day highlighting Eid al-Fitr this Sunday, June 9 from noon-4pm; all the details are here. Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is an occasion of peace, joy, and festivity in which people visit friends and family, give gifts, and eat sweets and delicious food. This free special event will be a showcase of Islamic traditions, arts and crafts, food, music, and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


This Friday, June 7 is the kickoff of the three-week annual “Jazz on Film” series at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This year’s program salutes 1959 -- a pivotal year in jazz and film -- with 60th-anniversary presentations of the Duke Ellington–scored film “Anatomy of a Murder,” the Sun Ra–scored independent rarity “The Cry of Jazz,” and concert documentary favorite “Jazz on a Summer’s Day.” There will be five special films screened through June 23; the series was founded by guest curator Peter Lucas.

Summer Movies


Every summer in Houston there is a cornucopia of free and cheap movies for kids – which is a good thing for moms and dads looking for air-conditioned fun! Check out these summer film festivals: The Alamo Kids Camp; Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse; Edwards Theatre’s Summer Movie Express; and the Children’s Summer Series at Studio Movie Grill.

Print Matters


PrintMatters has organized the seventh edition of PrintHouston, a city-wide celebration of original prints, the artists who create them, and the people who collect them. This event is a chance for Houston-area galleries, museums, and institutions to showcase the diversity of printmaking art forms with exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, and more. The continuing growth of PrintHouston allows them to introduce national and international artists to the Houston public; this year’s event continues through the end of the year.

Finca Tres Robles


This is a great family event: take the kids to one of several free farm tours at Houston’s only private urban farm inside Loop 610 – Finca Tres Robles. You can explore the farm every second Saturday (this Saturday, June 8) during one of their tours – 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm. Finca Tres Robles was founded by native Houstonians and brothers Mark, Tommy, and Daniel Garcia-Prats as the first farming project under their business, Small Places LLC. They grow herbs, fruits, and vegetables for the public – yum!

Goethe Institut Houston


The Goethe Institut closed down in Houston many years ago, but they are now back with an office at 1824 Spring Street, Studio 1A and a monthly, second Saturday pop-up event from noon-4pm, which will be this Saturday, June 8. Their office is also open Mondays through Fridays from 9am-5pm. This Friday, June 7, Dr. Irene Guenther will give a talk at Spring Street on the politics of fashion in Allied-occupied Germany, in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift; see more details here. The Goethe Institut also hosts events elsewhere; check their website for deets.

LIFE PATH SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10:30am-5:30pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. If you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both), I will serve as your Life Path Guide. One session is all you need to get ignited! I use my intuitive skills and my many years of reading people to help you FOCUS – on you, your dreams and desires, and how to manifest them. And if you don’t know what your passions are, I will guide you in discovering them. I also help people who are struggling with ANY kind of issue they may encounter along life’s path: grief, relationship problems, work troubles, etc. My goal is to help people listen to their heart and to connect with sources of inspiration or guidance or support. Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store – 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at713.993.0550 to book an appointment. I also do Life Path Sessions by telephone – we can connect from anywhere, anytime! Call me at 713.492.1173 for more information about that service. Please note that the fee for sessions by phone is the same.

Join me this Saturday, June 8, from 10am-noon for my next monthly Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston. We’ll tour the center, walk the labyrinth, and make art. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator and love sharing what I know with others! Register for the walk here or at the door. You’ll leave with your art, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on walking labyrinths as well as a sense of well-being and peace. Meditation does that to you!

J&P Summer Documentary Nights


The June edition of Gish at the Movies focused on the Christ Church Cathedral’s "J&P Summer Documentary Nights" -- a curated film series by the church’s Justice and Peace Council on select Wednesday nights each summer month. This month, on Wednesday, June 19, the doc will be “Which Way Home,” about the many unaccompanied child migrants who journey through Mexico and into the United States for a better life. The film also follows children who seek to reunite with their families in the United States. As with all the films in this series, the topic is timely. On Wednesday, July 17, they are screening “Who Cares About Kelsey?,” a film about an innovative school program helps troubled students with behavioral and academic issues. And on Wednesday, August 21, they are screening “Newtown,” the story of the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that changed history and revolutionized discussions on gun control.

The screenings are free and a delicious dinner is provided; there will be a short discussion afterwards. They take place from 6-8pm in the Cathedral's Reynolds Hall. Park across the street at 559 San Jacinto in the garage and bring in your ticket to get it validated for free parking.

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
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GISH AT THE MOVIES: J&P Documentary Series (June 19, July 17, August 21)Eid Family Day with the Asia SocietySummer Movie Fun for KidsFree Tours at Houston's Urban Farm MFAH's "Jazz on Film" Series PrintHouston by PrintMatters Goethe Institut Second Saturdays Video: Summer is here and Typhoon Texas Waterpark is open! Life Path Sessions (Mondays and by phone) Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (this Saturday, June 8)