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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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Summer, summer, summer. Let’s free associate about summer. Grab a real (or imaginary!) ice cream cone and sit down, enjoy the sun…and soak in the summer! When I think about summer, I think about camps as a kid (the overnight ones in our family were Camp Monterey for me and Camp Country Lad for my brother). I also think about day camps and – of course – my guide to Houston ones, THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS. It’s got over 200 day camps, all searchable by age, subject matter, area of town, and much more!

I also think about free symphony, ice houses, neighborhood swim teams, heat, mosquitos, longer days, libraries, and road trips. And I think about how I (finally!) have more time for hometown explorations. I’ll share more about that in a few weeks. In the meantime, let Lynn Wyatt be your tour guide in this week’s VIDEO PICK, a charming CNN interview with her about her fave spots. Lynn is a plucky, beautiful, all-Texas gal and she’s got some wonderful ideas!

By the way, speaking of plucky gals – how about that Wonder Woman?! What a fun movie about a powerful woman. I loved it. There are several articles about it online but I think my favorite was this one – about how it’s beyond just fun, it’s a statement since it’s a film made about women, by women, for women (and the men who love them!). Grab a girlfriend, the kids, the hubby and go have fun with this perfect summer film. Gal Godot – Wonder Woman – is a former Israeli soldier, a motorcycle enthusiast, a martial arts expert, and a mom (she was 5 months pregnant when doing some of the filming!) By the way, on October 21, 2016 – the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman – that character was designated by the United Nations as its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, a gesture intended to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. Read more about that very cool news here.

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of June 9-11, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of June 9-11, 2017

Summer Community Concert Series!


Every summer, the Houston Symphony hosts their traveling road show of music, the FREE Summer Community Concert Series! which this year is on through next Tuesday, June 13. Performing in schools and churches, the musicians will play a program of Music Inspired by the Arts. Come 45 minutes early so the kids can play musical instruments in the Instrument Petting Zoo.

Spirituality by Sarah Gish


This Saturday, June 10, from 5-8pm, the Jung Center hosts an opening reception for VISIONS: A Celebration of the Creativity of The Jung Center Community which will be on view through July 15. Once a year, the Jung Center showcases the artwork of its students, members, instructors, volunteers, and staff. My piece (pictured) is called “Spirituality” and is part of a series on the Twelve Steps. “Spiritus Contra Spiritum” is what Carl Jung wrote to Bill Wilson once (see more about that here).

Peter Pan


Captured live at the National Theatre in London, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale, “Peter Pan,” will be onscreen in movie theatres around the world – and Houston – on Saturday, June 10 only. See the full list of Houston venues here. National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of “Phèdre” with Helen Mirren and has since broadcast more than forty other productions live.

Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival


The Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPI Film Festival) will close out this weekend (June 9 and 10) with several screenings. The festival was started in 2004 by OCA–Greater Houston to highlight and celebrate the diversity of culture, food, and stories of the AAPI community; to support AAPI artists and filmmakers; and to share the messages, issues, hopes, and dreams of the AAPI experience for the Greater Houston metropolitan area through edutainment.

Game On Summer Reading Program


The best way I know to keep kids’ brains from turning completely into an electronic-induced mush is to get them to READ. That’s why I love the fun summer reading programs all over Houston. The Houston Public Library always has a theme – this year, it’s Game On (wait, that sounds electronic-y!) and runs through August 1. For a list of national programs, some of which have a toehold in Houston, click here.

3rd Annual Texas City Kite Festival


It’s time for the 3rd Annual Texas City Kite Festival, happening this Saturday, June 10, from 10am-7pm. This fun celebration of summer on the Gulf Coast will include single line kite flying for adults and children with professional kite fliers bringing in kites over 50’ wide. There will also be tanker surfing throughout the event at different locations as well as drone flying and a hydrofoil kitesurfing event. Bring your own drones – they are welcome and encouraged!

Natural Awakenings Houston


Please enjoy my monthly installment of articles in Natural Awakenings Magazine about my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project – and while you’re there, check out the rest of the mag -- it’s a great read and full of info about healthy living. For June, I wrote about the sixth way to ignite your life: “Connect with love.” Want a quick way to make a connection? Smile! It’s the gateway drug to love. I hope you will read the article here. If you’d like to see my full list of the “12 Ways to Ignite Your Life,” please click here. Ignite Your Life! is an art project and community campaign I started in honor of my brother Geoffrey Gish, who died of alcoholism in 2004. Through this project, I ignite lives and create connections so that people will not give in to addiction, depression, isolation, and anxiety.

Local Houston Magazine


In this month’s GISH AT THE MOVIES column, I focused on short film fests. Please read the article here. The “Literally Short Film Festival” takes place June 14–18 and was organized by Literal Magazine, a publication dedicated to shining a light on new voices in all areas of the arts with a focus on Latin America. Their shorts festival has the same mission as the magazine but with a bigger goal of bridging different cultures to dissolve all geographical boundaries and create one global voice. It’s a lofty goal but one so important in these xenophobic times! And I wrote about the “Extremely Shorts Film Festival” that takes place annually at the Aurora Picture Show in May. This year’s program was curated from more than 400 submissions representing 37 countries!

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Sarah Gish
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