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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!


I just got back from a week at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in lovely (and cooler) Ashland, Oregon and, being the culture sleuth that I am, I wanted to let you know about that very robust event! I first learned about it because my actor son is at Texas State University and they have a special “Oregon Shakespeare Intensive” summer program dedicated to studying and visiting OSF. I decided it would be fun to try it out myself and was so thrilled that I did! We saw 9 shows over 4 days - the festival features at least 2 shows daily (matinee and evening) with 11 shows staged on 4 theatres, one of which is the first Elizabethan theatre in the United States. Founded in 1935 by Angus Bowmer, the festival takes place annually from March through October and its goal is to present Shakespeare plays interspersed with modern productions as well as commissioned pieces. Tickets for the shows start at $40 and there are many last-minute deals, and there is also a full education component - panel discussions and backstage tours as well as free talks and events. It’s wonderful and I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of theatre.

This week’s VIDEO PICK is a song by the children of Peace Camp Houston called “Coexist” that is full of lovely ideas to make this world a better place. That’s a very special camp that takes place yearly so be sure to explore their website if you want to know more. If you’re looking for summer day camps for these last days before school starts - doncha worry! You can search my HUGE database of over 200 camps at and you can also peruse my groovy round-up of August camps, hereI worked hard on this list, so look it over carefully and please support those orgs that keep going all the way through the end of summer. And if you’re already peering into the fall, sign up your kids for art classes at the Glassell Junior School. Registration has begun and classes start September 4.

My August GISH AT THE MOVIES column is about the "Film and Psychoanalysis" series presented by the Houston Psychoanalytic Society and The Jung Center of Houston on four Thursdays in August. The final two films will be screened this Thursday, August 15 (“Mother!”) and next Thursday, August 22 (“Lady Bird”). All the details on that event are in my write-up here.

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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 August 16-18, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of August 16-18, 2019

The Health Museum


The Health Museum has terrific permanent exhibits but also always has interesting traveling ones. “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture” explores our complex food system from farm to fork and features sections devoted to growing, transporting, eating, cooking, and celebrating food. The Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in the Houston Museum District Association and is open daily.

Houston Restaurant Weeks


Houston Restaurant Weeks is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food distribution center, the Houston Food Bank. It’s a month-long dining extravaganza (through September 2) and celebration of Houston cuisine featuring specially priced lunches, brunches, and dinners at restaurants from The Woodlands to Galveston. The full list of this years’ restaurants is here and you can also learn how to win $100 restaurant gift certificates from HRW founder and event chair Cleverley Stone.

Rice University


Here’s a fun way to explore Rice University: take the kids this Saturday, August 17 to “Owl Fest 2019,” a free fan festival celebrating Rice’s fall sports starting at 10am with a football scrimmage. Starting at 11am, the event features an autograph and meet-and-greet session with sports players, a “Sammy the Owl” photo booth, the Owls Kidz Zone, and more. Tickets for all fall sports games will be available for purchase - we love taking our kids to Rice games because it’s easier and cheaper! There will be free parking and yummy refreshments for sale.

Black Iris Project


“Where Black Lives Become Works of Art” is the motto of the Black Iris Project, which is debuting their mixed repertory show - and their first performance in Houston -- this Friday, August 16 at 8:30pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre (see program details here). Based in New York City, the project hosts a team of predominantly artists of color delivering cross-discipline and wholly original works. This unique Texas show features the world premiere of “The Storm,” a new ballet inspired by the Middle Passage, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Harvey, as well as other dances.

Brazilian Arts Foundation


On the third Saturday of every month, the Brazilian Arts Foundation offers a free capoeira class for families and everyone at Midtown Park. The unique Afro-Brazilian martial art develops discipline, coordination, strength, and rhythm, while the group setting emphasizes social skills, communication, and respect for others. Students learn the physical art, as well as how to play music (an essential component) on a variety of instruments. This month’s class is this Saturday, August 17 from 10-11am.

Love & Make


Love & Make is a unique business that offers adult craft workshops (candle making, bath bombs, soap making, wall hangings) on weekends at their Rice Village studio as well as private events and mobile events. Their calendar is always full - this weekend they are hosting candle making on Saturday, August 17 from 1-3pm and 5-7pm and on Sunday,  August 18 from 4-7pm. There will be soap making on Sunday, August 18 from noon-2pm.

Labyrinth Walk


I host occasional labyrinth walks at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer and I’d love for you to join me for my next one, on Saturday, August 24 from 9:15am-10:30am (all the details are here). You can enjoy a tour of the Center, a meditative labyrinth walk, and a reflective art session. I’m a Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator and will lead this meditative and centering event following each “Rise and Shine Morning Rooftop Yoga” event.

During this FREE program, I will introduce you to the Hines Center labyrinth and will provide an introduction to the history of labyrinths and suggested ways to incorporate them into your life. Each attendee will receive a helpful list of other Houston area labyrinths and a labyrinth walking guide. There will then be an inspirational reading and a group walk. Following the walk, participants are invited to make art in the Center’s art studio. And at the end, I will give an introduction to the Hines Center and its interesting history as well as a tour of the building to first time visitors.

J&P Summer Documentary Nights


Christ Church Cathedral hosts an interesting and thought-provoking program each summer -- "J&P Summer Documentary Nights" -- which is a curated film series by the church’s Justice and Peace Council on select Wednesday nights each summer month. This month, on Wednesday, August 21, the doc will be “Newtown,” the story of the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that changed history and revolutionized discussions on gun control. The screening is especially timely given the two gun sprees this past weekend. It’s an extremely sad and difficult issue, and this film attempts to bring it closer to home so that we can begin to understand what is really happening and discuss solutions to this ongoing crisis.

The screenings are free and a delicious dinner is provided; there will be a short discussion afterwards. They take place from 6-8pm in the Cathedral's Reynolds Hall. Park across the street at 511 San Jacinto in the garage and bring in your ticket to get it validated for free parking.

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"Newtown" Movie on Gun Violence in Schools (August 21)My Labyrinth Walk at the Hines Center (August 24)Video: Enjoy the "Coexist" song by the children at Houston Peace CampLove & Make Weekend WorkshopsBlack Iris Project at Miller Outdoor Theatre Houston Restaurant Weeks Has Begun Family Capoeira Class at Midtown Park Rice University's "Owl Fest" Fun Health Museum's "Our Global Kitchen"