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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!

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Picks for Kids the Weekend of July 21-23, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of July 21-23, 2017

Sweet – A Tasty Journey!


Educate your kiddos about the sugary life by taking them to Sugarland’s Houston Museum of Natural Science to see Sweet – A Tasty Journey! which is on view through August 8. Kids will get the stories behind the label, go on an educational journey into the nuts and bolts of the candy and chocolate-making process, and read the fascinating stories of famous candy makers and chocolatiers.

The Gondoliers


Alistair Donkin is back in town from England for his annual foray to perform in yet another edition of Gilbert & Sullivan – The Gondoliers is being presented this weekend only – July 21-23. Another gem of classic English comic opera from the clever pens of W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, the show is a “sparkling comic opera” taking place in Venice, Italy that’s centered around two foxy brothers who work as gondoliers.

Sci-Fi Summer


The Children’s Museum of Houston is blasting off all summer long (through September 7) with their “Sci-Fi Summer!” programming which includes experiences such as the robotics lab, Galactic Ranger training, “The Galactic Journey” live production, Summer Sci-Fi character appearances, and much more!

The Global Angel Wings Project


Arts Brookfield is the cultural arm of global real estate corporation Brookfield and they have commissioned three sets of beautifully painted wings for 1600 Smith, one set inside the lobby and two sets outside at the Smith Street lawn. LA‐based musician, filmmaker, and visual artist Colette Miller asks everyone to “manifest as your higher selves, your higher consciousness, your angelic selves” as you discover The Global Angel Wings Project. You can take flight through July 30.

Mary Poppins


Stage Right is closing out its presentation of Mary Poppins with final shows this weekend, ending on July 23. It’s the musical version of the classic tale of the troubled young Jane and Michael Banks, who have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the family how to value each other again.

Alec Guinness


The Museum of Fine Arts has an ongoing schedule of interesting films and I encourage you to explore what’s on their screen. This weekend they are featuring a showcase of brilliant and prolific British actor Alec Guinness’ films, including “The Ladykillers,” “The Lavender Hill Mob,” and “Tunes of Glory.” See the complete schedule here; the films are being shown this Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 and then the weekend of August 4.

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