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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.


August 30, 1836 was an auspicious day for all of’s the day brothers Augustus Chapman and John Kirby Allen founded our city. They sold Houston as a place filled with balmy breezes and hills and they used money given to them by Augustus’ wife, Charlotte Allen, for their new venture. The Allen brothers were salesmen extraordinaire and it’s that bravado spirit that makes our city what it is today! If you’re curious about our history, click here for starters – the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau website is a wealth of information about all things Houston, past and present. If you want to know more, I suggest visiting Sam Houston Park, Houston’s first green space that was created in 1899. It’s a lovely peaceful spot on the edge of downtown. Around the corner is the Heritage Society – a museum dedicated to Houston history and more – so you can pop in there and see their current exhibition, Houston Paints Houston,” on view through November 24. I hope you’ll take some time this weekend to celebrate our 182nd birthday!

To the parents reading this: happy new school year! Yep – summer is over, my friends. But there’s one consolation about the first week back: around the corner is Labor Day, which is next Monday, September 3. Yippee for us. Enjoy it!


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 31-September 3, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of August 31-September 3, 2018

Mini Tote Bags Hands-On Houston


This Saturday, September 3, from 11am-3pm, head to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for their “Mini Tote Bags Hands-On Houston” craft activity for the whole family. The mini totes are inspired by the current exhibition, B. Anele: I Don’t Play That Game,” (on view through October 7) and everyone is encouraged to visit the show before or after the art-making. Kids will get to experiment with a fabric-painting technique while discovering how using pops of bright color can add originality. This is an indoor activity and all materials will be provided (while they last!). “Hands-On Houston” is a free drop-in event held the first Saturday of every month.

We’re Gonna Die


Theatre often tells us truths – and Horse Head Theatre has decided to tackle death head on. We’re Gonna Die is somewhere in between a play and a concert with an open-mic night vibe. Performer Alli Villines shares a collection of real-life stories about tragedy, isolation, and mortality in a way that reminds us that yes, we’re gonna die – but we’re also not alone. There will singing and story-telling and bonding – and just for fun, the show will be moving to a different venue each night: Thursday, August 30, it will be at Emmit’s Place; Friday, August 31, it will be at The Hideaway on Dunvale; and Saturday, September 1, it will be at The Secret Group.

The Jungle Book


Levy Park is one of my fave parks – please check it out if you haven’t already! This Friday, August 31, starting at 8pm, they are hosting a family screening of “The Jungle Book” (the new coolio CGI version). Bring a picnic and blankets (or get there early to use their fab comfy chairs) and hang out, enjoying the park and the movie. There’s a fun toddler area and a walkable exploration trail as well as community gardens and a dog park. There are many events throughout the year; click here for the full calendar.

The Yuva Festival


This Saturday, September 1 at 6pm, the Silambam Houston Dance Company presents The Yuva Festival,” an evening of Bharatanatyam dance by two gifted Indian classical dancers. The featured performance, “Sadir: A Solo Journey,” is a solo piece by Indian-based child prodigy and rising star Sudharma Vaithiyanathan, who is on tour in the United States this fall. The second artist will be Houston’s own Tejaswini Mohankumar, a talented dancer who will perform a short dance before the feature presentation. Indian classical dance is the bedrock of Silambam's activities and programming, and is a complex and nuanced dance language that is thousands of years old.

Back 2 School Bowling Event


If your kids are screaming for ice cream, this is the event for them! Stevenson Park is the site of an old-fashioned Ice Cream Socialnext Monday, September 3 (Labor Day) from 3-5pm. This event is free and is sponsored by the Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association, Keep Friendswood Beautiful, and the Friendswood Historical Society. There will be live music and a “Harvey Remembrance Event” to mark the one-year anniversary of the storm. Friendswood is the only permanent town in Texas that started as a Quaker settlement; it was founded in 1895.

A Taste of the Caribbean Festival


A Taste of the Caribbean Festival is sponsored by My Soul Rebel and is taking place this Sunday, September 2 from 2pm-midnight. The Festival will be an immersive event featuring reggae, salsa, and bachata dancing and music; Caribbean food such as jerk chicken and many yummy curry dishes; and vendors selling traditional Caribbean clothing and other unique items. It’s “food, music, vibes” in southwest Houston at BH Ranch. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

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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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
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The Jungle Book at Levy Park Family Art-Making at the Craft Museum Friendswood Ice Cream Social Horse Head Theatre’s Play-n-Concert Silambam Classical Indian Dance Show Caribbean Festival in Southwest Houston Video: Healthy food purveyor Pat Greer highlighted in short film by I AM HOUSTON Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (Saturday, September 8) Guidance Sessions (Weekly on Mondays and by phone)