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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. PLEASE NOTE that, due to Hurricane Harvey, PICKS-ON-WHEELS was suspended. We will be back next Friday, 9/15 at noon with a fun historic Houston tour with “Mister McKinney”! I hope you’ll join us.

We are the most diverse city in the country, not only because of the over 100 languages spoken here every day, but also because of the diversity of events offered and places to hang our (cowboy) hats. 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. Here’s to many more years of GISH PICKS!

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


I don’t know what to say about our recent days in Houston that hasn’t already been said. Hurricane Harvey stormed in as the worst disaster in Texas history and the first major hurricane to make landfall since 2005. It’s been a stressful time for all of us, especially our arts organizations (see this week’s VIDEO PICK about the Alley Theatre). It’s also been a time of great love, community spirit, and a new sense of Houston’s cohesive identity – we are #HoustonStrong! The world is watching and this event has been an example of transformation as we welcome people from all over with whom we are creating a web of assistance. I am proud – VERY PROUD – to be a Houstonian and am grateful that we are finding ways to not only survive but also to thrive after Harvey.

If your house was flooded, I pray for you and wish you the best. If you need help with your home or supplies or anything else, please check the Texas Muck Map and the Harvey Relief Hub. If you escaped disaster, I hope you are helping in ways that you can (survivor guilt is a real thing so be careful about giving in to it). As a friend of mine said recently, Houston is suffering from PTSD. Go slowly as you recover from this tragedy and be patient with yourself and others.

I normally PICK three cultural events for families and three events for adults to highlight but for September, I’ll just be PICK-ing two events each while highlighting one volunteer opportunity and one donation suggestion each week. I hope you’ll find that helpful. It felt right to continue to be a resource in a different way as we work to re-build our city while also continuing to highlight the best arts happenings.

If you are a parent – I’m with you! It hasn’t been easy with school shutdowns so I sent out a list of childcare options for this week; you can see that email here. My friend Randi Rubenstein has some great ideas about how to talk to your kids about the hurricane; check them out here.

And if you are an adult or a family in need of some spiritual healing, I hope you will join me for my labyrinth walk this Saturday at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer. It’s free for everyone and kids are welcome. No advance registration is required.

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of August 11-13, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of August 11-13, 2017

Houston Food Bank


The Houston Food Bank is bustling with people and ways to help! They are sorting donations, preparing food, delivering meals, and much more. Adult-accompanied kids 6 years old and up are welcome for most shifts and the company’s recovery efforts will continue for months.

Greater Houston Community Foundation


There are many organizations that have created Harvey funds so it’s hard to choose the best for you. I recommend starting with the City of Houston’s Harvey Relief Fund, managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. It’s endorsed by the Mayor and there are several ways to donate.

Picks for Kids the Weekend of September 8-10, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of September 8-10, 2017

Alice Through the Looking Glass


Yippee! Discovery Green is open again! It was shut down to accommodate the shift in human traffic but they are now open and the weather is gorgeous. Grab the family and a picnic and go enjoy Alice Through the Looking Glassthis Saturday, September 9, at 8pm. Get there at 6pm for a visit with Alice and the Mad Hatter.

Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer


Labyrinths are a portal to peace and healing. Please join me this Saturday, September 9 at 10am for my “Harvey Release Labyrinth Walk” (more info is here and here). I'll introduce you to the oh-so-peaceful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer, we'll do the walk, and we'll have an art reflection afterwards.

Tracing the Revolution: Discovering the Transformative Nature of Art


This Sunday, September 10 from 1-4pm is the monthly Family Zone event at the MFAH. Families are invited to drop in and enjoy a variety of games, activities, books, and mini-tours of the galleries. This month’s topic is Tracing the Revolution: Discovering the Transformative Nature of Art.”



We sure could use some fun right now and what better way than to watch disco antics onstage outdoors! Stages Repertory Theatre is presenting the popular musical Xanadu (based on the 1980s movie of the same name) at Miller Outdoor Theatre in a free performance this Saturday, September 9. Who says disco is dead?!

Art of Sound


My son’s longtime violin teacher, Tim Browning, is now offering lessons in your home through his music school, the Art of Sound. He’s very engaging with kids and will work with you or your children starting at any level on a variety of instruments (violin, viola, piano) and he can also teach voice or music theory lessons. Children of all ages show academic improvement when they study music and music has been shown to stave off neurological difficulties and aging issues in adults. Get started today by contacting Tim via phone at 832.452.7970 or email at The monthly tuition is $150 for weekly half hour lessons and $250 for weekly hour lessons. Cash/check/credit/Apple & Android Pay are accepted.

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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  • GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, which is online and emailed out to thousands of Houstonians who love to explore our city;

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  • INTUITIVE GUIDANCE SESSIONS, which are one-on-one consultations with me at Body Mind & Soul on Mondays. Sessions are one hour or thirty minutes and I can help you with personal and/or work questions;

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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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