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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.


This Friday is the annual celebration of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace – “Peace Day – which is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all of humanity to commit to PEACE above all differences and to contribute to building a worldwide culture of peace. I am so grateful that each year in Houston, there is some sort of commemoration of this day. This year’s event that I am PICK-ing is at the Rothko Chapel; check it out below for more info.

I hope that you’ll take some time this week to reflect on peace and to see how you can bring more of it into your own life. Can you slow down in traffic? Will you be more patient with your kids/spouse/doctors/friends? What’s one kind thing you can do for a stranger? Do you meditate every day? Peace in our world begins with peace in our backyard.


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. 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 21-23, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of September 21-23, 2018



Take a break on a school night (hey, it’s almost the weekend!) today (Thursday, September 20) and go see DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri.: Future in a special one-night-only presentation at three Houston theatres. This kid-friendly Japanimation film is the story of the “DigiDestined” who are being threatened by Digimon as their Real World is about to be swallowed up by the Digital World. Tickets are $13.53/each.

Silkroad Ensemble


In observation of Peace Day, the Rothko Chapel presents a performance by members of the Silkroad Ensemble, while in residency at Rice University, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Council this Friday, September 21 at 7pm. They are only accepting walk-ups so give it a try! Silkroad was conceived by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998 as a way to bring together globally diverse musicians and create connections while reducing divisions. More about the event is here and this week’s VIDEO PICK features the group.

McGovern Centennial Gardens


If you haven’t been to beautiful McGovern Centennial Gardens – please go. This time of year is perfect to enjoy its outdoors amenities (which includes plenty of parking!) Every Friday at 10am, they host a free Children’s Story Hour in their Family Garden. After the reading, children are invited to participate in a fun activity like coloring a picture or planting a seed to take home.



Queensbury Theatre is wrapping up its run of Violet this weekend, so see it while you can! This multi-award-winning musical follows a scarred woman who embarks on a cross-country bus trip to be healed by a minister, discovering the true meaning of beauty along the way. The show features music ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel. Queensbury Theatre was formerly the Country Playhouse and was founded in 1956.

Family Craft - Origami


The Houston Public Library regularly organizes events for the whole family; this Saturday, September 22 from 2-3:30pm, they are hosting Family Craft at the Heights Neighborhood Library. Everyone will get to learn about and make origami – all for free! The next Family Craft will be papier-mache acorns on Saturday, October 6.

Frame x Frame Film Fest


Frame x Frame Film Fest is a 3-day festival (September 21-23) that aims to bring dance filmmaking to Houston audiences while providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to share their work with the world – inspiring creativity and innovation. Short dance films by over 20 filmmakers will be screened at Ronin Art House (9/21), the Aurora Picture Show (9/22), and Houston Ballet (9/23).

What's Your Purpose?


This is the class for you if you are wondering what your purpose in life is! Join Gandhari Bouligny and me (Sarah Gish) on Sunday, October 7 from 2-4pm at Body Mind & Soul as we talk to you about ways to catch your dreams and uncover who you really are, using tools from astrology as well as personal intuition in this two-hour, hands-on workshop. We’ll start out dancing (yes, we will!) and then each participant will learn about their special astrological characteristics and will be given their life path number (using numerology) from Gandhari. I will guide everyone with salient questions and information from Ayurvedic philosophies designed to open your mind to who you really are – physically and in your soul – and what you really want to do with your life. All of these activities will lead to writing a personal mission statement.

Each class member will walk away with a better understanding of themselves and their life vision and concrete ideas on how to become who they are truly meant to be. You’ll also take home your written PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT. It’ll be a wonderful way to spend two hours, just on YOU! Click here to register.

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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Storytime at the Centennial Gardens Digimon on the Big Screen Origami Crafting at the Heights Library International Day of Peace at Rothko Violet Onstage at Queensbury Theatre Frame Dance’s Film Festival Video: Silk Road Ensemble will be performing at Rothko Chapel this Friday Rejuvenating Hill Country Retreat (October 26-28; deposits due September 20) What’s Your Purpose? at Body Mind & Soul (October 7)