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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.


Every year since 2013, I have been going on road trips for my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project and this year is the final one before I write a book about my adventures. Last week I went to Hot Springs, Arkansas to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first time Jeff McKissack (creator of the Orange Show) went there and then I went to Memphis to explore civil rights sites and stories.

If you’re curious about my road trips over the last two years, I wrote about them in PaperCity Magazine. You can read my three-part series about my trip to Ann Arbor and the Midwest here, here, and here and you can read my article about our adventures on the east coast and seeing “Hamiltonhere. It’s been fun out there on the road! Adventures always abound.

For you parents and caregivers reading this: hang on, summer’s not over yet! If you still want to tuck the kiddos safely into a summer camp or two, check out my huge database at and also take a look at my latest camp blast in which I include many drop-in camp programs.

For my VIDEO PICKS, I have occasionally been posting my PICKS-ON-WHEELS adventures, but they are on hiatus this summer. So, I’ll be choosing Houston-oriented videos to share with you from the Houston Visitors Bureau and the Heritage Society.This week’s VIDEO PICK is by a groovy vlogger whose channel is World According to Briggs; subscribe to him by clicking on the “SUBSCRIBE” button (note: you must first be signed in to YouTube to do that). His video is a list of the top ten reasons to move to Houston. You’ll love it here if you’re new – and this video will help you appreciate it more if not!


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. Tune in here each Friday from 12-12:30pm to join the convo. My adventures will sometimes be posted as my weekly VIDEO PICK in this blog.

A note about the social media for GISH PICKS: please LIKE our Facebook page for family PICKSand our Facebook page for adult PICKS. Click “See first” in the dropdown menu on the LIKE button so you won’t miss a post! And please follow me on Instagram and Twitter. You’ll get all my CULTURE PICKS and more that way. And there’s one last way to stay in touch with me! I organize many events, such as labyrinth walks and workshops, so if you’d like to be informed of those before everyone else, please subscribe to my Gish Creative list here.


Please be sure to tell your friends about GISH PICKS – the more people who know about these unique cultural events, the more unique cultural events the organizations will offer us. Please also tell the orgs that I sent you. My business grows by word of mouth so I thank you for your continued support.

And, last but not least: this blog is free to you, my dear reader, but it’s not free for me to produce. I pay my designer and I spend many hours researching, compiling, and writing GISH PICKS each week. If you have an event you’d like me to PICK, please email me and let’s see how I can help. With me on your team, you’ll reach thousands of Houstonians in a quick-and-easy way!

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 27-29, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of July 27-29, 2018

International Mud Day


Celebrate International Mud Day at the Houston Zoo this Friday, July 27 from 9am-4pm. There will be designated Mud Zones throughout the Zoo where guests are encouraged to use their imagination and discover the natural world around them. Kids can make mud pies in the Mud Kitchen, paint inside Explore the Wild using natural brushes, and mud more!

Houston Shakespeare Festival


The annual delicious theatre event, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, will be at Miller Outdoor Theatre this weekend and next. The featured plays are “Hamlet” (July 27, 29, 31 and August 2 and 4) and “Comedy of Errors” (July 28 and August 1, 3, 5) and the showtime is 8:15pm each night. Get tickets in the air-conditioned seats on the day of the performance, while they last, at the theatre box office from 10:30am-1pm. You can also donate here to get premium seats.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum


In recognition of National Buffalo Soldier Day, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is opening their doors to the public for a free art exhibition this Saturday, July 28 from 10am-5pm with live painting sessions, artist talks, and more. Houston’s Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only museum in the United States dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier and houses the largest repository of African-American military history in the world.

ClayHouston PopUp Marketplace


The first ClayHouston PopUp Marketplace will take place this Saturday, July 28 from 11am-3pm at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. Members of ClayHouston will sell their creations and it will be a fun day to learn more about what they do. ClayHouston supports Houston artists working in ceramics and provides educational opportunities, creative activities, public events, and social groups.

Starlight Movie Night


Rice Village hosts events from time to time and this Saturday, July 28, from 7:30-10pm, they are hosting a Starlight Movie Night featuring the movie “Wall-E.” The event will take place in the historic Rice Stadium and families can sit on the field and enjoy a free movie on the videoboard. Free snacks and water will be provided; food truck fare will be available for purchase. Park in the Greenbriar lot for $3.

Afro-Latin Fest


Flamart presents the Afro-Latin Fest” July 26-29 (starts on Thursday) at the Crowne Plaza River Oaks. This lively event and celebration of African and Latin cultures will include over 20 dance and percussion workshops; classes for of all levels; live performances; panel discussions; an art exhibition, and much more. The full schedule of events is here.

GUIDANCE SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10:30am-5:30pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. Let’s connect if you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both). I use my intuitive skills and my many years of studying 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. Finding your personal mission will exponentially increase your ability to succeed in life while also attracting an abundance of joy. 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. NEW: I am now doing guidance 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.

And if you’re looking for a way to increase the peace in your life, please join me for our Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston at 500 Fannin Street. My next walk will be Saturday, August 11, 9am-11am. Free parking is available in the Christ Church Cathedral garage at 559 San Jacinto Street; bring your ticket in to get it validated. We are creating quite a community with these monthly walks – join us! New people will tour the center and we’ll all walk the labyrinth and make art. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator and love sharing what I know with others. Register for the walk here or at the door. You’ll leave with something you’ve made, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on the art of walking labyrinths. If you’d like to read more about my work and Houston labyrinths, click here for a recent article in the Houston Chronicle.

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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  • GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, which is online and emailed out to thousands of Houstonians who love to explore our city;

  • 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;

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  • 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
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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National Buffalo Soldier Day International Mud Day Starlight Movie Night Houston Shakespeare Festival ClayHouston Pop-Up Market Flamart’s Afro-Latin Fest Video: Fun video of TOP TEN reasons to move to Houston Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (August 11) Guidance Sessions (Mondays and by phone)