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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.


I’m so proud to report that our fundraiser with SEVENTEEN different, beautiful local arts organizations – “Reunite/Reunir” – went very well and we raised several thousand dollars for the Texas Civil Rights Project, an organization doing fantastic work at the border reuniting families. Arts groups such as the Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Mercury, and Karen Stokes Dance donated performances. This isn’t a political issue: it’s a compassion issue. And I was very proud to participate as one of the organizers. As the CEO of the national YMCA Kevin Washington said so eloquently: "We believe all people – no matter where they’re from – deserve to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect. We also believe children and families need to feel safe, secure, and connected to thrive." You can see his full statement here with information about how they are working closely with the YMCA Mexico. If you’d like to donate to TCRP, please do so here. And be sure to check out this week’s VIDEO PICK, featuring Hope Stone Dance, whose director, Jane Weiner, was the heart-and-soul behind our event, and whose dancers also performed for our cause.

As Hurricane Florence makes it way to the east coast, I am praying for those neighbors and hoping that they aren’t hit too hard. As we all know here in Houston, we are still dealing with lessons for healing from Harvey – and will be for years to come. Houston Strong: Harvey and the Value of Vulnerability" is taking place at the Jung Center of Houston next Saturday, September 22. There is still so much more to learn.

There is plenty of kid fun this weekend – check out my PICKS with Inprint, Bayou Bend, and Memorial City Mall. And if you’re free during the week, head to Miller Outdoor Theatre for their children’s shows, onstage through November. Next week they are presenting Africa Rising” (next Tuesday, 9/18) and Moving Myths” (next Wednesday, 9/19). Click on the banner ad for more info.


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 September 14-16, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of September 14-16, 2018

Path to the Stars by Sylvia Acevedo


Inprint’s groovy free series for kids – Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People – kicks off this Sunday, September 16 at 3pm with Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo, author of Path to the Stars, her memoir for young readers. In it, Acevedo retraces her journey as a young girl in an underprivileged New Mexico neighborhood to her present triumph as an accomplished scientist and national leader. Click here for all the event details. Acevedo will speak and there will be 100 books given away via drawing; books can also be ordered in advance from Blue Willow Bookshop here.

Fire Dances


The Houston New Arts Movement presents Fire Dances,” a concert of the fiery and passionate music from South American and Spanish origins, taking place this Friday, September 14, 7pm at the Houston Piano Company. The Houston New Arts Movement is an ensemble and community of musicians and artists that actively create, discuss, and promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for music and art.

Hispanic Heritage Bayou Bend Family Day


It’s time for free family fun at Bayou Bend! This Sunday, September 16 from 1-5pm, enjoy the Hispanic Heritage Bayou Bend Family Day. “Hispanic Heritage Month” will be celebrated at this afternoon of fun and entertainment that traces the history of Latino influences on American culture. Activities, demonstrations, and performances abound throughout the gardens and historic mansion and your family can enjoy tours of the first floor of the house with volunteers from Houston Junior Woman’s Club

The Big Show


This Saturday, September 15, from 7-9pm, the Lawndale Art Center presents this year’s The Big Show,” which is an ambitious annual exhibition of new work by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale. Artists this year include Agnès Bourély, Jimmy Castillo, Yu-Ru Huang, Romeo Robinson, and Jasmine Zelaya. Awards will be announced at 8pm and the show is up through November 11.



Memorial City Mall has created a fun public space, The Lawn, which is a spot for events for adults and kids. This Saturday, September 15, from 3-5pm, Abrakadoodle Houston hosts a fun and free craft-making event. Kids can make and take home a different craft each Saturday to show and share with family and friends. This activity is best for kids 5-10 years old. While there, be sure to learn about ALL the events!

Peer Recovery Festival


September is National Recovery Month and Houston always celebrates this in some way. This is the fourth year that the Houston Recovery Initiative has hosted the free Peer Recovery Festival which is taking place this Saturday, September 15 from 10am-10pm at the West End Multi-Service Center. There will be free food, speakers, live bands, dancing, awards, games, henna, and giveaways throughout the event. In the evening, you can enjoy a special “Recovery Oscar Presentation” with music and dancing from 6:30pm-10pm.

Rejuvenating Ayurveda-Recuperative Yoga Retreat


Enjoy special time in the Texas Hill Country for a Rejuvenating Ayurveda-Recuperative Yoga Retreat the weekend of October 26-28 at Samadhi Yoga Retreat, a 30-acre, eco-friendly retreat center between San Marcos and Wimberley. This event is for people who want to get away (but not too far away!) and explore their inner and outer worlds in a unique, natural, peaceful atmosphere. Led by Certified Yoga Therapist Marti Ewing and Ayurvedic Practitioner Karuna Diedericks, you will learn, heal, relax, and detox through Recuperative yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic medicine. The retreat site features a unique pyramid created from native Juniper and you can take in inspiring sunrises and breathtaking sunsets and starry nights on top of the hillside that will revitalize your soul.

The retreat features multiple yin/recuperative yoga classes; an introduction to Ayurveda medicine and an Ayurvedic cooking class; self-guided and teacher-led meditations; access to the sacred grounds; guided hikes, maps, and directions to favorite swimming holes; a hot tub sunset view; and full kitchen access (four meals and kombucha will be provided, snacks and lunches will not). There are also optional a la carte services: a fitness assessment with Marti, an Ayurvedic medical consultation with Karuna, and massage. The full schedule as well as information about the accommodations are all on the retreat page.

DEPOSITS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 20; full payment is due October 15. For more information and to register, click here.

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