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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!


Schools are starting up all over the Houston area and college kids are heading out the doors. Change is in the air! But, hang on, there’s a smidgen of summer left: the AIA Sandcastle Competition is taking place in Galveston this Sunday and, as always, the “Theatre District Open House is right before HISD starts up, also this Sunday (see more about those events below). And the Alley Theatre has one more weekend of their annual “ExxonMobil Summer Chills” series and their run of “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie. My VIDEO PICK this week features the new Alley Theatre Artistic Director Rob Melrose talking about the upcoming 2019/2020 season and his directing “Murder on the Orient Express,” among other shows. It’s going to be an exciting year for ALL the arts in Houston!

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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 23-25, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of August 23-25, 2019

Theatre District


Preview the 2019/2020 performing arts season during the annual “Theater District Open Housethis Sunday, August 25 from noon to 5pm. This free festival takes place downtown and shines the light on the Alley Theatre, Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center, Da Camera of Houston, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Society for the Performing Arts, and Theatre Under The Stars. All day long there will be free programs, performances, and activities.

AIA Houston


It’s time for the annual American Institute of Architects Houston’s Sandcastle Competition that is taking place this Saturday, August 24 at Galveston’s East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Road. Come watch the building starting at 9am and the awards ceremony at 4:30pm (voting for people’s favorites starts at 1pm). Over 50 teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning awards, which are rated on: originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site.

Texas Children's Hospital


This Saturday, August 24 from 10am-noon, stop by Evelyn’s Park for “Art in the Park” with Texas Children's Hospital. Kids will get to play around with duct tape and make back-to-school pencil bags! While at the park, be sure to check out their full schedule of events and the whimsical Alice in Wonderland-inspired sculpture “Move One Place On” by local artist Bridgette Mongeon. The park is on the former site of Teas Nursery, the very first business of Bellaire.

Apollo Chamber Players


In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the southern border and for refugees at large, Apollo Chamber Players has organized a beautiful “Benefit Concert for Migrant Familiesthis Sunday, August 25 at 6:30pm at Rec Room Arts. The program will include folk inspired music from Mexico and Central/South America and Syria; the debut performance of newly-formed Houston Contemporary Dance Company; and the live auction of a newly commissioned art piece by Brazilian-born artist Tony Parana.

MacGregor Park


This Sunday, August 25 from 2-6pm, MacGregor Park is the host of “Heroes Against Harvey 3,” a back-to-school giveaway and family fun day for everyone. There will be lots of fun and the opportunity to get free backpacks, uniforms, school supplies, hygiene products, and more. Please spread the word about this super cool, super hero event!

Insomnia Gallery


Head over to Insomnia Gallery at 708 Telephone Road this Friday, August 23 from 8pm until midnight for their first ever collage art showcase -- “Mix It Up!” -- featuring local digital and traditional artists. In addition to the exhibition, they'll have an area set up where you can create your own collage to take home with you (super fun!). Plus they’ll have free booze on hand courtesy of Eureka Heights Brewing Company and you’ll be surrounded by a fascinating crowd.

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, this 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.

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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My Labyrinth Walk at the Hines Center (this Saturday, August 24)Video: The Alley Theatre wraps up with Agatha Christie and kicks off 2019/2020"Mix It Up" Collage Show at Insomnia GalleryApollo Benefit Concert for Migrant Families AIA Sandcastle Competition in Galveston MacGregor Park Hosts Back-to-School Event Fun With Duct Tape Art at Evelyn's Park Theatre District Open House on Sunday