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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!

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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I am excited that the Houston Independent School District has just hired Richard Carranza as the new Superintendent. We are very lucky because he is a big proponent of meditation in schools! Please read more about him here and if you’d like to meet him in person, his schedule of town hall meetings is here. This Sunday, September 24 is the first day of an annual celebration of kids and nature: “Take a Child Outside Week.” Nature is good for all of us but it’s especially important for kids, who are often nature-deprived during the school year when the focus is on books. Speaking of nature, this Friday’s “Words of Wisdom/WOW Talk” is all about Buffalo Bayou (click here for all the details). Get a sneak peek by learning more about Buffalo Bayou Partnership in this week’s VIDEO PICK.

Have a great weekend, love one another, please share this, and go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!

Picks for Kids September 23-25, 2016
Picks for Adults September 23-25, 2016

United We Stand, United We Signed


“September 11” just happened so your kids are probably wondering what it’s all about. United We Stand, United We Signed is a new exhibition about the tragedy at the National Museum of Funeral History through December 31, 2016 and is a great way to teach them about what happened.

Buffalo Bayou: Transforming Houston’s Waterways


This Friday, September 23, from noon-1pm, come to Buffalo Bayou: Transforming Houston’s Waterways,” which is a WOW talk as part of a speaker series I organize called WORDS OF WISDOM: lively talks on inspiring topics.” It’s at the Hines Center at 500 Fannin Street and you’re welcome to bring your lunch.


Monarch Madness Festival


Join the Monarch Madness Festival this Saturday, September 25, from 10am-4pm at Brazos Bend State Park. This is a festival about endangered Monarch butterflies, put on by kids, for kids and adults, with activities, speakers, games, and more.

Comedy Gold


Any event that starts with laughter yoga and ends with a face-making contest is perfect in my book! This Friday, September 23 at 7:30pm, the Aurora Picture Show presents the film Comedy Gold and as a super special treat, curator of this event and Aurora Picture Show Founder Andrea Grover will be in the house and Hope Stone's Jane Weiner will lead the funny stuff.


Space Junk: Do People Dream of Electric Children?


Wacky filmmakers Stephanie Saint Sanchez and Melani Peterson have produced a one-of-a-kind drone play -- Space Junk: Do People Dream of Electric Children? -- which is family-friendly and FUN and onstage this weekend (September 23-25) and next weekend (September 30-October 2). There will be puppets, drones, and commentary about the evilness of technology – and never a dull moment!

Dance Infusion 2016


Guest choreographers Andre Silva of Texas Ballet Theater and Tony Award-winning Chet Walker are featured in Dance Infusion 2016,” which will be onstage Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24. The show starts at 8pm and there’s a pre-professional perf at 7pm.

Tammy White-Jolivette at Salon on Kirby


Come get the look you want from Tammy White-Jolivette at Salon on Kirby, a warm and friendly studio conveniently located off the Southwest Freeway between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway. Tammy is Wella- and Ouidad-trained and she specializes in color and curly hair. She’ll give you personal attention and she makes sure all of her clients leave feeling confident, beautiful, and sexy. And she’s also a spiritual influencer -- her words to live by are “Live and Love from Your Heart” and “To thine own self be true.” To make an appointment with Tammy, call the Salon at 713.523.7521.

What’s Your Purpose?


I’ve got a busy fall with events and I would love to see YOU at some of them! First up is a labyrinth walk at the UTHealth School of Nursing on Saturday, October 1, 10am-noon; see all the details here. If you’re really into labyrinths, check out our list of over 20 Houston area labyrinths here. The next event is a What’s Your Purpose?” workshop on Saturday, October 22, 3-5pm at Body Mind and Soul. If you’re stuck in life or need some direction, this is for you! And our last October event is the final WOW Talk for 2016 – Jonathon Glus of the Houston Arts Alliance will present “Exploring Houston’s Wildly Diverse Arts Scene” on Friday, October 28, noon-1pm at the Hines Center.

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National Museum of Funeral History’s 9/11 Exhibition Monarch Madness Butterfly Fest at Brazos Bend Space Junk: Do People Dream of Electric Children? WOW Talk about Buffalo Bayou at the Hines Center Comedy Gold Film Event at the Aurora Picture Show Uptown Dance Center’s Dance Infusion 2016 VIDEO PICK: Learn all about Buffalo Bayou in WOW Talk this Friday