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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!


We are having a “cold front” right now (the temp today was 78 degrees at the start and the end!) but it’s going to soon get HOT, HOT, HOT. So herewith is my annual summer gift to you: my gazpacho soup recipe. Serve it chilled, ya’ll! It’s YUMMY.


6 ripe tomatoes – boil for 30 seconds, place in ice water, peel the skin off, chop up
1 purple onion -- chopped
1 cucumber – peeled, seeded, chopped
1 sweet red bell pepper (or green) – seeded and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1-2 T. chopped fresh parsley or chopped fresh cilantro
2 T. chopped fresh chives
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ c. red wine vinegar
¼ c. olive oil
2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 t. sugar
1 T. sea salt (or regular)
½ t. fresh ground pepper
6 or more drops of hot sauce to taste
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
4 c. tomato juice

Combine all ingredients. Blend slightly to desired consistency. Place in non-metal, non-reactive storage container, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight, allowing flavors to blend. Yields 8.

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!

I hope you enjoy this week’s VIDEO PICK. It made me so very proud of all that Houston is and hearing celebrities like Brian Ching, Chloe Dao, George Foreman, Lyle Lovett, Jim Parsons, Chandra Wilson, and ZZ Top (Frank Bear, Billy Gibbons, and Dusty Hill) wax poetic about our city made me a little teary-eyed.

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16 so I hope all you dads out there get treated like Kings because it’s your day to shine! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!


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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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 14-16, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of June 14-16, 2019

Alley Theatre


The Alley Theatre has created a cool program for families that brings their productions to life. Alley Theatre Days kicks off this Saturday, June 15 and continues weekends through 6/30. The day begins at 11am with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alley Theatre, a sword fighting workshop presented by Houston Sword Sports, a “Three Musketeers” activity created and led by the Alley’s Education and Community Engagement (ECE) team, and a matinee performance (2:30pm) of Ken Ludwig's “The Three Musketeers.” The full schedule and registration info is here; the fees are $26/youth 8-18 years old and $38/adults.

Day Trips


Sometimes – especially in the dead heat of summer (like now!) – you just need to get out of the house but don’t have a long time. Consider day trippin’ it from Houston. The Houston Visitor’s Center has some great ideas on their website – you can choose tours that focus on birding, history, food and drink, and more. If you want to hit the beach, head to Galveston or Surfside Beach. Need some more ideas? This article in PaperCity Magazine has some very cool suggestions.

Summer Reading


Yes, school is out but that doesn’t mean the books around your house need to gather dust. There are a lot of fun-and-free reading programs – many of them through your local library. Here are a handful of the library ones taking place all summer long: Harris County Public Library; Houston Public Library; Fort Bend County Public Library; and Montgomery County Public Library. For non-library reading programs, check out this list.

The Black School


It’s Juneteenth this Saturday, June 15 and the Black Love Festival HTX is taking place at Emancipation Park from noon-5pm. The event is a free one-day celebration to share the work of the Black School in Houston and it’s supported by Project Row Houses. The Fest will create a gathering space for all people who share in the self-determination of Black people everywhere and will feature curated music performances, art installation, art-making workshops for all ages, and much more.

Young Audiences of Houston


Not only does Young Audiences of Houston bring amazing arts programs out into the community, they also offer free public programs each month around the city; the schedule of upcoming performances is here. I’ll be presenting a “Labyrinths for Peace” workshop this Saturday, June 15 from 1-2pm at Levy Park (see details on that event here) and I would love to see YOU and YOUR FAMILY! Everyone will experience the peaceful meditation of a labyrinth walk and will get to create art and take home their very own finger labyrinth as well as my “12 Ways to Ignite Your Life Daily.” The theme is PEACE and you will leave full of it!

Archway Gallery


Archway Gallery is a busy artist-owned gallery that got its name from the arches in its original home at the Jung Center of Houston. Their current exhibition, “Ink & Image 2019, Red ... or not” will be on view through July 2 and features printmaking by several of the gallery artists (shows change monthly). This weekend they are presenting two events: “6 Degrees of Red,” a dance performance this Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at 7:30pm (suggested donation is $15) and a printmaking demo with artist John Slaby this Sunday, June 16 at 3pm. They also host a regular reading series, music performances, and figure drawing sessions.

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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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
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