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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.


Hurricane Harvey is on everyone’s mind right now, as the one-year anniversary lands this weekend. I will never forget that weekend and the weeks – and months – that followed. The tragedies and the joys abound and all of us will never be the same. Many people escaped flooding (like my family) and many are still dealing with the effects of flooding (like so many friends of mine). Every one of us – here and nationally – was affected by that storm. It is tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest storm on record ($125 billion worth of damage) and ended up submerging 30% of Harris Country. The National Weather Service added 2 new colors to the rain index representing around 50% of the maximum rainfall dropped by Harvey (60 inches and 15 trillion gallons of water!) and over 100 people died. And – lucky for us – many fantastic organizations and coalitions emerged, including Harvey Arts Recovery, the Harvey Relief Coalition, and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. If you or anyone you know are still experiencing trauma, many organizations are still offering free counseling, including Jewish Family Services and the Council on Recovery. And, if you’d like to share your stories – or hear stories – about Hurricane Harvey, check out the Harvey Memories Project. They are hosting an event this weekend, listed below, and they are serving as an online library of memories.

One year ago, I wrote a prayer for Harvey – it was my way of dealing with the horror that happened to my beloved city. I plan to light a candle and read it again. However you choose to commemorate this anniversary, I hope you find comfort in knowing you are not alone. Reach out and you will see! There are several ways the city is marking the anniversary and some are my PICKS below. The Westchase District unveiled a lovely Hurricane Harvey mural and local filmmakers Michael Sterling and Nkem DenChukwu created a movie, Harvey,” scheduled for release soon. Rebuilding is happening everywhere and we are, as always, HOUSTON STRONG!

School will be back in session next week (some have already started, gasp!) so while you still have time, enjoy these last days of summer. I recommend visiting some of my favorite spots: the Houston Arboretum; beaches (Sylvan, Galveston, Surfside); and museums such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Contemporary Arts Museum and unique smaller ones such as the Houston Maritime Museum or the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. For a list of museums and to find out which ones are always free and which ones are free on Thursdays, go to the Houston Museum District’s website.

This week’s VIDEO PICK is a sneak peek at the Theater District’s open house; you can see all the details in my PICK below. This event is a poignant and hopeful one, since one year ago, thanks to Harvey, the Theater District was submerged in water. The Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, and Houston Ballet were hardest hit, so for them, this is an especially wonderful time of celebration. 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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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 24-26, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of August 24-26, 2018

Children’s Museum Back-to-School bash


Parents are happy, children are bummed because it’s back-to-school time but everyone can have a blast celebrating with fun music and a dance party at the Children’s Museum Back-to-School” bash this Friday, August 24, 5-7pm. DJ B.R.U.C.E. W.A.I.N.E. will be spinning some beats and there will be activities all over the museum, both at the party and throughout the weekend. The Children’s Museum’s “Sci-Fi Summer” continues through Labor Day weekend, so you still have time for an out-of-this world adventure even after school starts.

Harvey Healing Days Resiliency Celebration


The Houston Arts Recovery Project (HARP) is hosting a Harvey Healing Days Resiliency Celebration this Saturday, August 25 from 2-5pm at Discovery Green. HARP is the partnering of local creative arts therapists, community visual artists & musicians, and figures within several not-for-profits, government, and arts organizations throughout the City of Houston and the nation. These entities came together to collaborate and aid one another in the recovery and relief of fellow Houstonians in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Since the storm hit Houston, they have been presenting “Harvey Healing Days,” a series of 90-minute sessions filled with positive ways for first responders, evacuees, and everyone affected to cope and express via music, art making, and movement. As we approach the one-year anniversary of Harvey, they are celebrating with this Harvey Healing Days Resiliency Celebration.”

25th annual Theatre District Open House


One year after the theater district was devastated by Hurricane Harvey (and they had to cancel their annual open house), the Theater District proudly presents the 25th annual Theatre District Open House this Sunday, August 26 from noon-5pm. The event takes place at venues throughout the District in downtown Houston and features free behind-the-scenes experiences, performance previews and interactive activities, as well as special ticket offers. You’ll get to sing along to show tunes with Broadway at the Hobby Center, experience creative movement classes with Houston Ballet, and a free concert from the Houston Symphony at 4 there will be art-making activities, food trucks, and more.

Looking Back History Tour


Houston celebrates its 182nd birthday next week – August 30 – so Buffalo Bayou Partnership is offering a Looking Back History Tour this Saturday, August 25, from 10-11:30am. Aboard BBP’s pontoon boat, participants will take a look back to the late 1800s when Houston was founded with Louis Aulbach, local historian and author of Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston’s Wilderness Beginning or Andrew Groocock, local historian. You’ll get to hear stories of the Allen brothers and historical information about the people, places, and events along the bayou that helped shape Houston. Limited $40 tickets are available here.

Back 2 School Bowling Event


This Sunday, August 26, from 4-6pm, Dyna Texas is hosting a Back 2 School Bowling Event at Bowlmor Houston, 925 Bunker Hill Road. This fun community event is held to raise funds for art programs and to help youth stock up on art supplies. Free door prizes, raffle items, and silent auction items will be available. Dyna Texas advances the development of inner-city youth through education, fine arts programs, and community involvement. Proceeds from this event will go towards providing underserved youth with art activities throughout the year.

Flooded, Rescued, Resilient: Stories of Strength and Heroism


The Harvey Memories Project is a website administered and created by Rice University and is an online place where you can find memories and digital artifacts about this historic natural disaster or you can share your own stories, images, and audiovisual recordings related to Hurricane Harvey – see more about its history here. This Sunday, August 26, from 6-8pm, there will be a dedication of a brand-new labyrinth at Tom Bass Park, followed by Flooded, Rescued, Resilient: Stories of Strength and Heroism featuring stories from Miya Shay (ABC Eyewitness News); Eric Berger (Meteorologist); Claudia Solis (; Georgina Castilleja (Houston ISD); Travis Hebrank (U.S. Coast Guard); and others. There will be anAugust Full Moon Walk on the new labyrinth at 8:30pm following the storytelling event.

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, September 8, 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.

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25th Annual Theatre District Open House Children's Museum Back-to-School Bash Back 2 School Bowling Helping Kids & Art Houston Arts Recovery Project Event Houston History Boat Tour on the Bayou Harvey Memories Project at Tom Bass Park Video: Enjoy a sneak peek of this weekend’s Theatre District Open House Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (Saturday, September 8) Guidance Sessions (Weekly on Mondays and by phone)