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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.


Hey GISH PICKS readers! Let’s connect in person! I will be out and about this Saturday, August 11 and would LOVE to meet you. Every second Saturday of the month, I do two very different things: I lead my “Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk” at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer from 9-11am (click here for more information and to register) and I set up an information table at the Children’s Museum of Houston from 2-4pm. Kids accompanied by adults are always welcome at the labyrinth walk, by the way.

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.

I write about films for GISH AT THE MOVIES so I will occasionally share with you about film screenings I come across. There are two excellent ones (both FREE!) that take place every summer. Christ Church Cathedral hosts a “Justice and Peace Documentary Series” of provocative films in June, July, and August. They are closing it out with the film “13th” next Wednesday, August 15. Get there at 6pm for a FREE DINNER (yes, ‘tis true!) and the screening starts at 6:30pm. The tables are set up so that you can eat and view at the same time.

The second annual film series is at the Jung Center of Houston. “Film and Psychoanalysis” is co-presented with the Houston Psychoanalytic Society in August every year. Films start at 7pm on Thursdays and the event is free. The entire schedule is here and more information about tomorrow’s/tonight’s screening of “The Village” is here.

This week’s VIDEO PICK is a visual tour of Houston – get out there before summer is over and be a tourist in your own town! It’s fun to go places you’ve never been or to see sites with new eyes. 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.


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.

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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 August 10-12, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of August 10-12, 2018

Aurora Picture Show campers in filmmaking camp


Catch the world premiere of films by Aurora Picture Show campers! The annual APS summer camps encourage kids to collaborate on making movies – and the results will be on the big screen this Saturday, August 11, 11am-12:30pm. The young auteurs range in age from 7 to 15 years old and the viewing in the Brown Auditorium Theater is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed and you are not required to pay general Museum admission (but hey, make some time to visit Big Bambú while you’re there! It’s on view through September 3).

Clash of the Counselors


Night Court: Lawyers Entertaining for Charity is a nonprofit organization featuring a dedicated group of lawyers who present an annual charity show. This year, through August 11, they are presenting Clash of the Counselors at the Hobby Center. The show tells the epic saga of the meddling by the Greek gods in the lives of Houstonians and their quest to reclaim justice for our city. The cast features singing and dancing lawyers and judges and there will be parody songs (fully copyright-released!) from artists such as Imagine Dragons, Green Day, Bonnie Tyler, Michael Jackson, and many others. The show is suitable for all ages and you can purchase tickets here.

Mary Poppins JR.


HITS Theatre always presents shows produced during their annual summer camps – this year’s production is Mary Poppins JR. and it’s onstage this Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at 2pm and 6pm both days. Tickets are $15/each and you can purchase them here (note: the $5 student tickets are only for kids in the summer camps). This one-hour musical is based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film.

Hello, Dolly!


South Main Baptist Church occasionally presents special theatrical shows and this weekend (August 10-12), they are presenting Hello, Dolly! at the MATCH. Get a bit of New York in Houston with this blockbuster Broadway hit and enjoy humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things,” are all onstage for your entertainment.

Kayaking on Kinder Lake


Saturdays are a laid-back blast for everyone at Discovery Green and the daytime weather is looking pretty good (thunderstorms are predicted for the evening however!). Two specific events I recommend for families are the Young Writers Workshops” on Saturdays from 10:30-11:30am and kayaking on Kinder Lake (available through August 24). The workshop is free and the kayaking is $5/person for 15 minutes. There is also water play in the fountains next to the Lake House Restaurant anytime so be sure to bring bathing suits and towels for that!

Grown-Up Storytime


Rudyard’s British Pub – “The living room of Houston’s Montrose” – has a full calendar of events each month but their Grown-Up Storytime" (GUST) Reader’s Workshop this Sunday, August 12, 2-4pm, caught my attention because it sounded so fun. If you’ve ever wanted to tell a story onstage, this one’s for you. Learn all about their “Grown-Up Storytime” events and how to be a presenter, all for free (note: you must register in advance and the workshop starts promptly on time)! The next GUST will be on Tuesday, August 21 at 8pm; click here for info and tickets.

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 this 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.



Christ Church Cathedral is wrapping up their Justice & Peace Documentary Series next Wednesday, August 15 with the film 13th. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s documentary presents a disturbing and in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals our nation's history of racial inequality. This screening is the final one in this free annual series in which the Cathedral’s Justice and Peace Council members have selected one documentary to feature each month over the summer, on select Wednesday nights from 6-9pm. Mental health, the Syrian War, and racism were the focus this year. A free dinner is served at 6pm and the screening starts at 6:30pm (the tables are set up so that you can eat and view at the same time!) There is a lively panel discussion with relevant local leaders following each screening.

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Mary Poppins at HITS Theatre Filmmaking Camps World Premiere Lotsa Fun at Discovery Green Lawyers and Judges Entertain for Charity Hello Dolly! at South Main Baptist Church Grown-Up Storytime Readers Workshop Video: Be a tourist in your own town: EXPLORE HOUSTON! Screening of 13th for Justice and Peace (next Wednesday, August 15) Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (Saturday, August 11) Guidance Sessions (Weekly on Mondays and by phone)