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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’m thinking of two words this week: GRATITUDE and PEACE. That’s because this Saturday, September 21 is a big day: it’s the annual United Nations’ International Day of Peace and also World Gratitude Day, another UN-inspired event. When things seem crazy around me, I always return to the gentle ways of gratitude and peace. And taken together, gratitude + peace = love! It’s a great way of being in the world. Want to increase your peace on Saturday? Films for the Planet is offering a free streaming all day of “Rooted in Peace” (see details here). The film challenges viewers to look within and connect within - to take notice of the world we live in, to proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and to stop the cycle of violence. It’s a big task but, as anthropologist Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” One person at a time, we can do this!

This week’s VIDEO PICK is a sweet one about sober teens at Archway Academy doing “Random Acts of Kindness” and cultivating gratitude along the way. The connections the kids were making through simple acts like hugs and giving out flowers reminded me how much I love to do that! Connecting with others is a key component to my art project, IGNITE YOUR LIFE! and is something near and dear to my heart. Another organization that I love that works with sober teens is Teen and Family Services. The caring adults there also help kids get connected and free from addictions. If you know people whose teens need help, please check out either org.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated September as National Recovery Month and in honor of that, the Council on Recovery is hosting their annual “Addicted to Comedy” show this Saturday, September 21 at 8pm. I highly recommend it! As they say, laughter is the best medicine...


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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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 20 - 22, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of September 20 - 22, 2019

Smithsonian Magazine


It’s an event that happens once a year - this Saturday, September 21 is “Museum Day” around the country. Log onto their website and grab one free pass for two to any participating museum, and also you can learn more about many spots (for example, the Dunham Bible Museum). It’s the magazine’s annual celebration of boundless curiosity!

Houston Equity Festival


My friend Shannon Emerick is a brave woman on a mission. She’s starring in and producing a one-woman show, “Every Brilliant Thing,” that opens tonight (Wednesday, September 18) and runs through October 5. The subject matter isn’t easy: it’s the story of a daughter dealing with her mother’s suicide, and yet it’s also a story about resilience and connection. Audience members can participate throughout the show if they wish. Purchase your tickets here.

Dessert Gallery


This Sunday, September 22 from 2-4pm, the Dessert Gallery is celebrating their 24th birthday (living the sweet life since 1995!). Join them for their birthday party and enjoy the best cake evah. DG Founder Sara Brook will be in the house to intro their newest, yummiest cake, named by a contest winner. Celebration Company and Guittard Chocolate Company, along with other fantastic vendors, will be present and selling their fabulous products.

Alamo Drafthouse


Things are hopping over at the Alamo Drafthouse - just look at their calendar! And, yippee, the movie version of “Downton Abbey” is on their big screen right now, and they are celebrating with an inspired menu and a special Afternoon Tea screening of the film, featuring tea and treats included with ticket purchase, next Saturday, September 28 at 3pm. See all the deets here.

Houston Audubon


This Saturday, September 21 from 10am-1pm, join Houston Audubon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at a pop-up birding station at Hermann Park Lake Plaza. Stop by to learn about the birds in the park and get a closer look with their scope and binoculars. Kids can also color their own Attwater's prairie chicken mask and learn all about that endangered yet beloved Houston bird.

Houston Civic Symphony Orchestra


The Houston Civic Symphony Orchestra kicks off their season with a Brahms, Khatchaturian, and Prokofiev concert this Friday, September 20 at 8pm in the Dunham Theater at the Morris Cultural Arts building at HBU (see their calendar here). Like most of their shows, this concert is free. It’s their mission to bring music - mostly classical - to the community in a way that is accessible to everybody; they can do this because every member of the orchestra is a volunteer!

Grief Rituals Around the Globe


I’m proud to let you know about a special event I initiated in honor of my mother, who died in February. Living Memories: Grief Rituals Around the Globe is taking place at the Jung Center of Houston and was inspired by my experience grieving my mother’s death using rituals from Mexico and the Jewish faith, which comforted me greatly. Death is universal, but the rituals surrounding it vary tremendously across cultures. We’ll spend the evening of Wednesday, October 30 from 6-8pm exploring those rituals through an experiential workshop led by Alejandro Chaoul, PhD and Diana Muñiz. Dr. Chaoul is a longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism and teaches people mind/body/spirit techniques aimed at reducing stress and facilitating healing. Ms. Muñiz is an artist and art teacher who has developed exhibits and curated altars for the annual “Day of the Dead Festival” at MECA.

You can register here. Please bring an object or photo that represents a meaningful death in your life. I am honored that the Jung Center created a space for this event since my mother practiced psychology there for many years.


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.

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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Life Path Sessions (Mondays and by phone)"Living Memories: Grief Rituals Around the Globe" (October 30)Video: Sober teens at Archway Academy learn about gratitude & kindnessHouston Civic Symphony OrchestraAlamo Drafthouse Celebrates "Downton Abbey" "Every Brilliant Thing" Explores Mental Health Enjoy a Pop-Up Birding Station Free Birthday Bash at Dessert Gallery Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day