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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!


I ran the Landmark River Oaks Theatre (and the now-defunct Greenway and Saks theatres too!) in the 1990s and during that time, I started a movie column called GISH AT THE MOVIES. The column has moved homes, from magazine to Facebook, but my goal to amplify art films is the same. I hope you’ll check in to my page from time to time to see what I’m recommending. I’ve had fun writing it since 1998 because I adore movies! I recently started a movie group with some friends of mine and now I’m planning weekly outings. I might not make it every week - but I at least suggest a PICK for them (I can’t help myself, I have to PICK everywhere I go!). It’s been a blast and I’m seeing more movies. I encourage you to get out and explore all that Houston has to offer - we are so lucky to have a plethora of arthouses and a variety of screens, from microcinema to rooftop. Below is a round-up of my favorite places where movies are shown. Enjoy!


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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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 September 13 - 15, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of September 13 - 15, 2019

Birding for Fun & League City Parks and Recreation


Kristine Rivers of Birding for Fun is partnering with League City to offer free fun “Nature with Kristine” events for families on the second Saturday of every month. She’ll talk to the kids about nature and they’ll get to enjoy nature-inspired arts and crafts. The events are held at the Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Clear Creek Nature Center and this Saturday, September 14 there are two: “Leaf Threading” from 9-11am and a scavenger hunt from 3-5pm.

Gallery A.M.P.S.


My dear friend Apama Mackey Pebdani Strickland (A.M.P.S.) just can’t stay away from ART -- and we are all thankful for that! She sells health insurance while at the same time owning galleries in a variety of funky spots for 22 years. Her latest endeavor is brand spankin’ new Gallery A.M.P.S. in Eado and Apama and company are having a Grand Opening parteeee this Saturday, September 14 from 5-8pm.

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts


This Saturday, September 14 from 11am-3pm, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is hosting a “Museum Family Day” that’s free for all. Visitors are invited to work on a custom-designed mural panel by artist Anat Ronen, who is known for her large-scale artworks all over Houston. Her show “Anat Ronen: Urban Legend” just opened at the museum and is on view through January 11.  Get the museum’s full schedule of current exhibitions here.

Juxtapose Arts Collective


This Friday, September 13 from 7-9pm, Juxtapose Arts Collective is kicking off their season with “Elevated Visions” in the Mission Briefing Room at Space Center Houston. There will be a performance by the Collective and special guests, and they will give Chuck Still (MATCH Executive Director) the 2019 Arts Collective of Excellence Award at 6pm. There will also be an important announcement about the Bay Area. Cocktail attire is requested and the event is free (please RSVP!).

Brazos Bookstore


Brazos Bookstore is very dedicated to the wee ones - they have kid events year-round. They host story time on Friday and Saturday mornings at 10:30am and, as a special treat this Saturday, September 14 at 3pm, they are kicking off their fall children’s programs with the authors of the Best Friends graphic novel (see details here). The book is the follow up to Real Friends, written by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (who are not telling if they are besties!).

Progressive Forum


The Progressive Forum is bringing environmental activist and co-founder Bill McKibben for a presentation this Sunday, September 15 at 7:30pm at Congregation Emanu El. A principal creator of the climate movement, McKibben returns to Houston on the eve of worldwide climate demonstrations scheduled in September, while the City of Houston develops its Climate Action Plan. McKibben will be joined onstage by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner for a brief Q&A on climate change and planning at the local level.


I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" most Mondays at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 11am-5pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. If you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both), I will serve as your Life Path Guide. One session is all you need to get ignited! I use my intuitive skills and my many years of reading 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. I also help people who are struggling with ANY kind of issue they may encounter along life’s path: grief, relationship problems, work troubles, etc. My goal is to help people listen to their heart and to connect with sources of inspiration or guidance or support. Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store – 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at713.993.0550 to book an appointment. I also do Life Path 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.

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. I also do Life Path 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.

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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