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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!


We had a quick rain this week and it sent many around Houston into a tailspin. We are a city suffering from PTSD after Harvey and it’s not easy right now (see more of my thoughts about that here). If you are stressing out, please check out the city’s mental health support page here or for immediate help, call the 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline at 800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Another tough thing to deal with – now or anytime – is divorce. If you’d like information, support, and clarity on this life-changing decision, please register here for the Guide to Good Divorce seminar that will be on Saturday, September 30, from 8:30am-2pm at the Houstonian. You’ll leave armed with a huge amount of resources and a new community of friends.

Music heals and local bands know that and want to help. There are two compilation albums you can purchase to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims – the first is Making Waves: A Benefit Compilation For Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey" and the second is "Houston, We Have a Problem - A Benefit Album." My friends with the band Mydolls sent out an e-blast with the following quote; it pretty much sums up how I’m feeling about Houston these days. Rock on, ya’ll!

"Mydolls are often asked why we stayed in Houston instead of seeking bigger chances of fame and fortune elsewhere. To us, the spirit of Houston, and our cultural currency here, is way more important than the dollar currency. We witnessed extreme acts of selflessness and kindness surface during the storm as neighbors rescued neighbors and as Houstonians from all walks of life pitched in, donated, fund raised, volunteered and launched DIY relief efforts to help those who needed it most. There are different reasons why Houston is home for us, but one of the main ones we agree on is our community."

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

Volunteer Houston


(Note: when volunteering, please go to There are so many ways to volunteer for Harvey relief and it can be overwhelming! Volunteer Houston is committed to having the latest volunteer opps on their site so I recommend checking in with them. You’ll need to create an account and then you’re good to go!

Easter Seals


Easter Seals Houston is an amazing org that helps people with disabilities as well as veterans and their families on an ongoing basis. In this unique post-Harvey time, they are doing even more work and need your financial assistance, which you can give here (and get lots of great information too!)

Picks for Kids the Weekend of September 22-24, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of September 22-24, 2017

Take Me Outdoors Houston


This Saturday, September 23, from 10am-3pm, Discovery Green will celebrate Take Me Outdoors Houston with active family fun. There will also be two educational demonstrations, at 11am and 1pm, of live hawks and other raptors in flight by master falconer John Karger of “Last Chance Forever – the Bird of Prey Conservancy.” Explore Get Out Here Houston Gulf Coast for other ideas of fun in the sun.

Sassy Mamas


Have fun with three stylish cougars in “Sassy Mamas,” which opens this weekend. As a gesture of support for those struggling after Harvey, the theatre is offering one free performance on opening night – this Friday, September 22 at 8pm – and then the regular run of shows starts on Saturday, September 23. For more information and tickets, please click here.

Arts in the Park


Enjoy an evening with family and friends at Rob Fleming Park (The Woodlands) this Saturday, September 23 from 4-9pm for Shakespeare in the Park.” You can bring lawn chairs, grab a bite to eat at the food trucks, and enjoy a live performance of Shakespeare's “Romeo & Juliet” at dusk.

Bodies in Motion


This Saturday, September 23 at 7:30pm, enjoy Bodies in Motion,” a compelling evening of world premieres featuring KINETIC, Houston’s new conductorless orchestra, accompanied by dance. Highlights include pieces choreographed by Open Dance Project Artistic Director Annie Arnoult and guest artist Jane Weiner, founder and artistic director of Hope Stone Dance.

Houston Slavic Heritage Festival


It’s time for the annual Houston Slavic Heritage Festival,” in which Saints Cyril and Methodius are honored with ethnic foods, singing, and dancing. This year’s festival will take place this Sunday, September 24 from noon-6pm at 607 E. Whitney Drive and all tickets are $5.

Lost, Saved, and Threatened: Historic Architecture of Fort Bend County


The special exhibit Lost, Saved, and Threatened: Historic Architecture of Fort Bend County is on view through October 14 at the George Memorial Library and is an exhibition of photographs and artifacts of buildings and historical sites around the county that provide a greater understanding of the county’s domestic life and its commercial enterprises over the years.

Art of Sound


My son’s longtime violin teacher, Tim Browning, is now offering lessons in your home through his music school, the Art of Sound. He’s very engaging with kids and will work with you or your children starting at any level on a variety of instruments (violin, viola, piano) and he can also teach voice or music theory lessons. Children of all ages show academic improvement when they study music and music has been shown to stave off neurological difficulties and aging issues in adults. Get started today by contacting Tim via phone at 832.452.7970 or email at The monthly tuition is $150 for weekly half hour lessons and $250 for weekly hour lessons. Cash/check/credit/Apple & Android Pay are accepted.

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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