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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.

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!


As I help friends out and see what’s going on in our community, I know it will take many, many months to recovery from the devastation of Harvey. People in disadvantaged neighborhoods are still struggling to fulfill their basic needs. Those whose homes are near the Addicks and Barker reservoirs have just begun the muckout process since the water only began receding this past weekend. So GISH PICKS will still focus on Harvey help: in addition to my three cultural PICKS, there will be two special Harvey PICKS 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.

School started this week for most families in the Houston Independent School District, however, I know there are many out there whose kids won’t be going back to school as late as September 25. I have been looking for places offering childcare this week and beyond but haven’t found anything, unfortunately. There are three spots that offer ongoing programs that I can recommend: Climb59 has a super fun climbing wall for older kids and Gymboree Houston has open gym and classes for kids 0-5 years old. And, of course, the Children’s Museum of Houston is open every day except Monday. They are offering free entry to any families living in shelters and, very good news: I HAVE FREE PASSES VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 31! Check out my Facebook page for details on how to win.

Next Thursday, September 21, is the annual “International Day of Peace as established by the United Nations in a resolution in 1981. Peace is something we need now more than ever! On that day at 6pm, the Rothko Chapel is presenting an “International Day of Peace Observation & Hurricane Harvey Relief Concert” with the Apollo Chamber Players. All proceeds from this event will go towards Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston's fund to help homebound seniors and refugee families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Register now because seats fill up fast!

And a big hooray to the Houston tech community for stepping up and creating amazing resources for Harvey needs – see the article with the story here and check out the website created by Station Houston here and the one created by Sketch City here.

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

Harvey Relief Hub


The Harvey Relief Hub is a volunteer-led central hub for all relief and assistance in the storm’s affected region. It’s been an amazing operation each day at 2500 Summer Street. They need volunteers and donations; click here for details. They are shutting down this Sunday, September 17, so help out before then if you can.

Houston Pets Alive!


There has been a lot of chaos for pets post-Harvey so Houston Pets Alive! has been working hard with volunteers to rescue pets, foster them, feed them, and re-home them. See all their Harvey efforts here – you can donate or volunteer.

Picks for Kids the Weekend of September 15-17, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of September 15-17, 2017



By a complete coincidence, A.D. Players is presenting the play “Harvey” through October 1. Sunday matinees will be “Family Days” in which kids 5-11 years old will get to see a short performance of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” and do a theatre workshop while their parents and siblings 12 years old and up see “Harvey.” Tickets are $20-$70 and you can purchase them here; 20% of all proceeds will go to Harvey relief efforts.



Sadly, the Fourth Wall Theatre Company will be closing this December (see more about that here) so they wanted to end on a high note. Disgraced is the first of their last two shows and is already getting rave reviews. The story is centered on sociopolitical themes such as Islamophobia and the self-identity of Muslim-American citizens. It’s on through September 30 and you can purchase tickets here.

Purple Song


Purple Songs Can Fly is an amazing organization that musician Anita Kruse founded to help pediatric cancer patients and their families express themselves by writing, recording, and sharing their original songs. She’s written a children’s book as a companion to the program and will be doing a release party for Purple Song at the River Oaks Bookstore this Saturday, September 16 from 3-5pm.

Gulf Coast Blues Association


This Sunday, September 17, starting at 4pm, the Gulf Coast Blues Association is hosting a Keep the Music Alive Blues Jam Fundraiser at Fitzgerald’s. The event will feature local blues talent and will benefit those Houston area musicians who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey devastation.

Tapestry Dance


There are several special children’s performances during the week at Miller in September and October; see the full schedule here. Next Tuesday, September 19 at 11am, an eclectic group of tap dancers from Austin will present Tapestry Dance.

The Magnificent Faith Ringgold


Faith Ringgold is a living legend: she’s a painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor, and performance artist who began her career in the early 60s as a painter, an art activist, and educator – and she’s been blazing trails ever since. The Houston Museum of African American Culture is presenting The Magnificent Faith Ringgold” through October 22.

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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Harvey at A.D. Players Harvey Relief Hub Faith Ringgold Art Exhibition Houston Pets Alive! Purple Song Book Release Disgraced by Fourth Wall Theatre Gulf Coast Blues Fundraiser VIDEO PICK: Musician Leah White created a song for Harvey! Tapestry Dance at Miller