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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!


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I’m proud of GISH PICKS as a longtime round-up of my curated list of cool events (since 2004!). As a champion of all events and organizations in Houston, I wanted to make sure you knew about other places where you can find them. Check out my “Cool Community Events” page (here) and you can find MANY activities around town. I specialize in listing just a few each week so you won’t get overwhelmed, but if you want more choices…that’s where you can go!

If you’re still looking for summer day camps in Houston – doncha worry! You can peruse my latest round up of fave CAMP PICKS here, and search 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 all the info I have for you!


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 July 26-28, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of July 26-28, 2019

Czech Center Houston


The Czech Center Museum Houston is hosting a free musical concert this Friday, July 26 at 8pm featuring the Junior Dixieland Jazz Band which is comprised of musicians 12-19 years old. Their music will be in the style of traditional New Orleans jazz and your kids can get inspired seeing kids playing instruments such as the trumpet, clarinet, trombone, horn, and much more. The Museum is located at 4920 San Jacinto Street.



Get out your Pride gear -- it's QFest Houston time! The annual LGBT+ festival opens tomorrow (Wednesday, 7/24) and has a plethora of film screenings through next Monday, July 30. I'm proud to be one of the co-founders and am so happy to see that's it's still going strong -- since 1996! Check out the full schedule and purchase your tickets here. Screenings take place at Rice Cinema; Aurora Picture Show; Edwards Cinemas Marque 23 & Imax; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brasil Houston; Mystic Lyon; and Holocaust Museum Houston.

Main Street Theater


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” wraps up its run this weekend with shows this Saturday, July 27 at 11am and 2pm and this Sunday, July 28 at 12:30pm and 3:30pm. The 2pm show on Saturday will be in American Sign Language; more details on that are here. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is based on the comic strip “Peanuts” and is presented by Main Street Theater at the MATCH. Tickets are $20 and $24.

Catastrophic Theatre


This one’s for lovers of Daniel Johnston’s music: Catastrophic Theatre presents “Speeding Motorcycle,” an original rock opera based entirely on the songs of legendary outsider musician and artist Daniel Johnston. First presented to rave reviews in 2006, this production features an updated script and again delves into the astounding, hilarious, and heartbreaking world of one of America’s most compelling cult musicians. The show is onstage through August 4 and all tickets are pay-what-you-can.

FUNdamentally Toys


July is “Space Month” and FUNdamentally Toys is over the moon to be hosting retired Astronaut Clayton Anderson at a special event this Sunday, July 28 from 3-5pm. He’ll chat about being an astronaut and sign copies of his children's picture book, A is for Astronaut: Blasting through the Alphabet and families can take photos with Clayton if they wish. He’s a two-time flier to the International Space Station (ISS) and has spent 167 days in outer space and participated in nearly 40 hours of spacewalks!

Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston


The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston presents a special G&S show each summer and this year’s production will be especially fun: “A Topsy Turvy Mikado.” The Society has commissioned Alistair Donkin, their long-standing, England-based Artistic Director, to produce a new take on “The Mikado” while keeping the music and songs beloved by generations.  With this new production, you'll get a look at the show behind the show! There are three shows this Saturday, 7/27 and Sunday, 7/28 and tickets start at $33.35.


I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" most Mondays at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 11am-5pm 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.

Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store – 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at ‪713.993.0550 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.

Mind-Body Skills for Wellness


If you’re looking for ways to reduce stress in your life, this course is for you!Mind-Body Skills for Wellness” is a 6-week training group in which you'll learn and practice a variety of mind-body techniques for relaxation and stress reduction. These evidence-based tools have been shown to improve emotional health and resiliency, decrease pain, improve sleep and lower levels of stress and anxiety (to name a few!).

They’ll cover simple self-care practices including:

Guided Imagery
Breath Work

The course is presented by Shannon McLain (pictured), an integrative Wellness Coach, Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner, and Director of The Center for Intentional Healing. It will take place at The Healing Space, 1728 Bissonnet Street, from Tuesday, September 10 through Tuesday, October 15. The fee is $275 and you can register here.

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  • THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE, a searchable database of over 200 Houston day camps and classes for kids and teens;

  • IGNITE YOUR LIFE!, my art project and community campaign whose goal is to inspire people around the world to light a fire to their own passions and to create connections among people;

  • INTUITIVE GUIDANCE SESSIONS, which are one-on-one consultations with me at Body Mind & Soul on Mondays. Sessions are one hour or thirty minutes and I can help you with personal and/or work questions;

  • Quarterly “WHAT’S YOUR PURPOSE?” workshops at Body Mind & Soul, check the store’s online calendar for dates and more information; and

  • OTHER SERVICES including SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, MARKETING, PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS, GUIDANCE SESSIONS FOR FINDING YOUR PURPOSE, and ART PROGRAMS. Talks and workshops cover topics such as summertime fun, passion-finding (for adults, children and families), marketing, historic preservation, art classes, activism, and more. All of these services can be tailored for any audience and budget.

Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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Learn Stress Reduction Skills (6 Tuesdays starting September 10)Life Path Sessions (Mondays and by phone)Video: Check out the Czech Center Museum Houston!Houston's G&S presents "Topsy Turvy Mikado"Catastrophic's Music by Daniel Johnston QFest: LGBT+ Annual Film Festival Astronaut Clayton Adams at Fundamentally Toys "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" Junior Dixieland Jazz Band at Czech Center