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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 Houston gems and unique Houston fun. I love Houston 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 for you so I sort through the cornucopia of events offered in our wonderful city each weekend and I PICK only three each for families and adults to recommend to you. That way you’ll be all set when Friday hits!

Speaking of Friday, please join me for my weekly PICKS-ON-WHEELS in my Phoenix Rising Art Car. Each Friday at noon, I’ll be at a different cool place – meeting people, introducing what they do and their mission, and wandering around. It’s my way of bringing GISH PICKS to life! Tune in on Fridays here. It is TOTALLY fun and I’d love for you to see them and join in by liking and commenting! AND – lucky you, I’ll be posting them here as my weekly VIDEO PICK when I can.

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Summer is winding down, my friends, so get ready! It’s time for that last blast of fun in the city before the routine starts up again. Even if you don’t have kiddos, you know the rhythm of the season is changing. So go to the beach, head to Miller Outdoor Theatre, or get some swimming in before it’s over. Here’s a great way for families to wind the summer down (or kick the fall up): I have some Children’s Museum of Houston passes! To win the tickets, donate at least $25 to my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project and I’ll be happy to send you a pass good for up to four people through December 31, 2017. All funds raised go towards creating art for the project, doing research, and disseminating information about ways to IGNITE YOUR LIFE.

It’s been a crazy summer in our country – the heat is high and so are emotions. The topics with which we are grappling are difficult and complex – war, Confederate statues, neo-Nazis, healthcare. Unrest abounds and we are stirred up by so much. I recommend in this time of turmoil that you practice BREATHING and staying calm. Don’t spend all your time focused on news/Facebook/politics. Have dinner with a friend! See a funny movie! Get outside! Wasn’t that eclipse a great excuse for heading outdoors?! For the first time in a long time, so many were focused on a beautiful natural event (NASA scientists were calling it “spiritual”!) and not on what divides us. As for the statues, our very own Mayor Turner has a reasonable approach (see today’s VIDEO PICK) and the Southern Poverty Law Center has a thorough study on the issue which you can see here. I am for taking the statues down – not to destroy them but to find a better place to display them such as a museum. Not all of you will agree with me (some of my friends don’t) but I spent time in Charlottesville last week after the awful rally (see my note about that here) and I believe that since these monuments attract Nazis and white supremacists and cause pain to so many in our country – especially the black community – then it’s time for them to go.

Michael Franti is coming to town on Thursday – he is one of my all-time favorite, super positive, full-of-love rockers! See more about his show in the PICK below. And in the meantime, kick off your day with his song Once a Day and then git on out there and HUG SOMEBODY!

Have a great weekend, love one another, please share this, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of August 25-27, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of August 25-27, 2017

Theater District Open House


Summer is ending so it’s time once again for the annual Theater District Open House” this Sunday, August 27 from noon-5pm. You can experience live performances, meet performers, and go backstage at this event hosted by ten theatre district organizations: Alley Theatre, BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center, Da Camera of Houston, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Revention Music Center, Society for the Performing Arts, Theatre Under the Stars, and Uniquely Houston. This free event takes place downtown.

Love Out Loud Tour 2017


Michael Franti & Spearhead plus Satsang are bringing their Love Out Loud tour to the cool new White Oak Music Hall this Thursday, August 24 at 8pm. If you don’t know who Michael Franti is – you need to! He’s one of the most positive rockers around and his messages of love and peace are exactly what we need right now. Get tickets here and I’ll see you there!

Castle in the Sky


I love Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki because he makes beautiful films that kids and adults alike can enjoy. Fathom Events is hosting a three-day screening of his film “Castle in the Sky” – this Sunday, August 27 at 12:55pm at theatres around Houston (plug in your zip code here). It’s also onscreen on Monday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 30 at 7pm. Tickets are $13.53 for everyone.

27th Annual Scriptwriters-Houston 10X10 Festival of Original Ten-Minute Plays


ScriptWriters-Houston presents the “27th Annual Scriptwriters-Houston 10X10 Festival of Original Ten-Minute Plays” in which many playwrights, directors, and actors from all over the Houston area come together to perform ten plays, each of which is only ten minutes long. The show will take place this Thursday (8/24), Friday (8/25), and Saturday (8/26) at the beautifully restored DeLuxe Theatre. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

Rocket Day


This Saturday, August 26, from 10am-noon, it’s Rocket Dayat the George Observatory. Kids will learn about rockets and how they work, build a water rocket, and then launch it. After the launches, everyone will blast into space aboard the S.S. Observer for a simulated spaceflight. The mission is most appropriate for ages 7 and up and tickets are $30/kids (adults are free).



Right now is a good time for some spirituality in the arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has a perfect choice: the movie Sacred.” It’s a beautiful exploration across cultures and religions of faith as a primary human experience and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of life. Screenings are this Friday (8/25) at 7pm and Sunday (8/27) at 5pm. Get your tickets and more info here.

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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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
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Theater District Open House Castle in the Sky Movie Rocket Day at the Observatory Michael Franti & Spearhead Original 10-Minute Plays Sacred at MFAH VIDEO PICK: Mayor Turner weighs in on the Confederate statue controversy.