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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!


It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month through October 15 and Houston has plenty to celebrate! Go see “¡MUSICA! A History of Hispanic Sounds in Houston”, presented by the Houston Public Library at the Julia Ideson Library through November 9. The exhibition features oral histories, archival photographs, posters, and items from the Hispanic Archival Collections at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) and from those who played, promoted, and participated behind the scenes, including a visual journey back to dances at the Pan American and good times at the first Chicano and Conjunto Festivals. Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts the 40th annual “Festival Chicano” this Thursday, October 3 through Saturday, October 5. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is presenting their “Fall Festival Celebrating Latinx Heritage” on Saturday, October 12 and the Houston Latin American Philharmonic closes out Hispanic Heritage Month with its annual “Viva Latin America” concert on Saturday, October 19.

This week’s VIDEO PICK tells the beautiful story of Buffalo Bayou Partnership and their work as stewards of Buffalo Bayou since 1986. They’re hosting their annual KBR Kids Day next Saturday, October 12 and on October 26, they’re hosting an exciting event to unveil the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan. The plan is focused on an area that spans the five-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from US 59 to the Port of Houston Turning Basin, bordering Houston’s Fifth Ward and the Greater East End, two of the city’s most historic neighborhoods.

One last thing: please be sure to register to vote! The deadline to be eligible for the November 5 election is October 7…which is just around the corner. Make your voice heard: VOTE.

Have a great weekend and GO.FIND.FUN. wherever you can!


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 October 4 - 6, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of October 4 - 6, 2019

Traders Village


This Sunday, October 6 from 10am-4pm, come see me hanging out with my Phoenix Rising Art Car (pictured) and many of my art car friends with their cars! It’s time for the annual “Traders Village Art Car Show”. Members of the Houston Art Car Klub (HACK) will bring more than 75 vehicles of all sorts painted, pasted, and carved into artistic masterpieces on wheels. We’ll be under the Gray Expo and it’s a great chance to see the cars up close and to chat with the artists. Be sure to say HOWDY if you stop by!

Frame Dance


I love the premise of the annual “Frame x Frame Film Fest”: to bring dance filmmaking to Houston audiences, which allows filmmakers at all levels to participate while churning up a big ole’ creativity dancin’ mishmash. This year’s 3-day Festival takes place from October 4-6 and has an interesting schedule of film screenings (shorts and feature length), dance classes and workshops, and a picnic on Saturday, October 5. The Festival opens with the documentary “If the Dancer Dances” and there will be a free shorts screening featuring films by Catalina Alexandra, Ashlin Broody-Walega, DraeDesigns, Margaret Garrett, Mary Catherine McReynolds, Camari Lou Murdock, Emily Roy Sayre, and Jane Weiner of Hope Stone Dance.

Alamo Drafthouse


If you’ve never enjoyed the fun dining-with-movies experience at Alamo Drafthouse, get thee to Katy! They have plenty of family fun on tap, including a “Family Kids Camp,” in which families can watch great films together for $1-$5 during most holiday breaks, and an “Alamo for All” series designed for families and their children with special needs (upcoming screenings include “2D Abominable” on October 5, 6, and 8). And if the Katy location is too far for you, stay tuned because they’re building a new theatre at 198 Kempner Street in Sugar Land, set to open soon.

YMCA of Greater Houston


The YMCA of Greater Houston is presenting a special exhibition for one night only – “Triumph of the Human Spirit” will be on view this Friday, October 4 from 6-9pm at St. John’s School, 2401 Claremont Lane. This event will feature artwork from local refugee and immigrant artists at their fourth annual art show and auction. Proceeds from the sale of all artwork will be shared equally between the artists and YMCA International Services, where the funds will be used to support programming. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

Missouri City


This Saturday, October 5 from 4-10pm, Missouri City is hosting the fourth annual “Community Night Out Festival” at the City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Parkway. This free community celebration will feature live music, food, and family-oriented fun. Special this year there will be live storytelling for children on the City’s outdoor Community Center Performance Plaza from 4:30pm-5:30pm. Following that, the S.O.S. Band and Kid Capri are scheduled for the main stage showcase from 6pm-10pm.

The Book Scene


This Saturday, October 5 from 1-4pm, the Book Scene hosts Houston on-air radio personality and author Freddy Cruz for a book signing and discussion of his first novel, When America Fell Silent. His fictional dystopian political thriller tests the theory that “Democracy is never bulletproof” and centers around a retired Navy SEAL trying to do the right thing for his country and his ex-girlfriend who stages a coup and takes control of the U.S. government after her presidential parents are assassinated. When America Fell Silent will be available for purchase during the event.


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.

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.

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
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: Learn how our biggest waterway is being preserved by Buffalo Bayou PartnershipWhen America Fell Silent Signing"Triumph of the Human Spirit" Frame x Frame Dance Film Fest Missouri City Community Night Out Alamo Drafthouse Family Fun Annual Village Art Car Show