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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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This Saturday is World Refugee Day, which was established in 2001 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children forced to flee their homes under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Since 2003, the Houston Refugee Consortium has honored refugees at the annual World Refugee Day Houston event which is hosted in partnership with the City of Houston, UNHCR, and several community partners. This year’s event will take place at the new-n-groovy Levy Park – see all the details about the event here. Following the multi-cultural festivities at the Park, the River Oaks Islamic Center (near the park) is hosting Sunset Prayers for Peace,” a time to commemorate the end of Ramadan and to pray for peace, so needed in these crazy times!

Houston is a welcoming city for its refugees and immigrants, so I’m happy to report that Mayor Turner has joined Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio in the lawsuit taking the state of Texas to court over SB4, a law challenging sanctuary cities which was signed by Governor Greg Abbott last month (see more about that here). As Turner said during a press conference on sanctuary cities: "We don't build walls in this city...we practice love." Amen to that! This week’s VIDEO PICK gives you the data on our immigrants and refugees, as researched by sociology professor Stephen Klineberg for the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. We are THE most diverse city in the country and as Klineberg put it: "This biracial Southern city dominated by white men throughout all of its history has become, by many measures, the single most ethnically diverse major metropolitan area in the country." (to the Los Angeles Times).

I’ll be at a couple of events this weekend – the ARIES expo on creativity and recovery this Friday, June 16 and the VegFest Houston this Saturday, June 17. Stop by and say howdy! Both events are free and open to the public; please register for ARIES in advance here.

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of June 16-18, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of June 16-18, 2017

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.

Comedy Dance Festival 2017


Want to see dancing chickens and roaches, breakdancing, slow motion sucker punches, and more? Then join Suchu Dance for their wacky Comedy Dance Festival 2017 which is this weekend (June 16-18) and next weekend (June 23-24) and features artists from Houston and Austin whose dances will crack you up. It’s at MECA Theater, 1900 Kane Street.

Juneteenth Festival at Emancipation Park


Emancipation Park is hosting a Juneteenth Festival and a Grand Re-Opening this weekend (June 17-19) and it’s very exciting indeed. The Park is located in Third Ward and is the oldest one in the City of Houston. It will be home to a variety of programs including this weekend’s celebration which features a parade, a Gospel fest, and more. Juneteenth is the celebration of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Murder By Chocolate


Murder By Chocolate presents their “Interactive Mystery Dinner Theater: The Broken Hearted Blues!” on Saturdays through August 19 at their Webster location. The show is the story of a wedding of a Prince and Princess that is stalled because of a broken “enchanted heart.” A Hunchback – and the audience – join in the search to find it. The $60 tickets include dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, and dessert.

“I Am Not Your Negro


14 Pews is hosting a free screening of “I Am Not Your Negro” for high school students this Sunday, June 18 at 7pm. It’s based on the writing of black activist James Baldwin and is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond and is timed to coincide with Juneteenth.

Captain Legendary Band


The famous Armadillo Palace presents a regular schedule of live music in their comfy quarters (get there early!) and this Saturday, June 17 at 9pm, they are presenting The Captain Legendary Band. The Louisiana bluegrass band plays progressive country tunes featuring all original music and danceable tunes.

GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS is a free weekly email in which I cull through the HUNDREDS of events offered in our city each week and PICK just three for adults and three for kids to recommend. It’s #GishPicks #CuratedCulture to help you plan your weekend! I know many of you go to events based on GISH PICKS recommendations; PLEASE remember to tell the organization that you are there because of us. Word-of-mouth like yours helps our business to grow. In the same spirit, please also feel free to share GISH PICKS with friends and families.

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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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