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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!


I love helping people ignite their lives so I’ll be presenting two events in the community this weekend – please join me! I also offer Intuitive Guidance sessions each Monday at Body Mind & Soul from 10am-5:30pm – please read more about those here and please book me by calling the store (anytime!) at 713.993.0550. I’d love to help you follow your dreams and to live your best life.

This Saturday (October 14), I’ll be leading my “Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk” at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer from 10-11:50am. The Center is beautiful and the walks are meditative and always followed by art-making. Please register for that here – I’d love to get calm with you!

This Sunday (October 15), I’m teaching a “What’s Your Purpose?” workshop at Body Mind & Soul from 2-4pm. Please register for that here – we’ll have a blast!

Did you know I write about art films and my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project each month? I used to run the Houston Landmark Theatres in the 1990s and began writing Gish at the Movies for Local Houston magazine in 1998. This month, I wrote about “Marshall,” a new film about Thurgood Marshall’s early career which opens this Friday, October 13. Please read the column here and please like my Facebook page for my column here. I also write “Ignite Your Life!” each month in Natural Awakenings Houston magazine and have been doing that since the start of this year. This month, I focused on the tenth way to ignite your life: CREATIVITY. Please read the column here and please like my Facebook page for the column here.

Watch this week’s VIDEO PICK – it’ll make you cry!

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

Volunteers of America


Volunteers of America is a national org which has a local impact. They have a whopping 688 volunteer opportunities in Houston right now (see all here) but especially need folks at their VOA Texas – Yale Street Facility. Help them distribute supplies between 9am-5pm by signing up here.

Harvey Arts Recovery


Within days of the big storm, Harvey Arts Recovery was created to support the disaster recovery needs of the Greater Houston arts, culture, and creative community in our 10-county region. I’m selling “Houston Strong” bracelets (pictured) at Unity of Houston bookstore, giving a portion of funds to HAR. Please help them help our arts & culture!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of October 13-15, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of October 13-15, 2017

Secret Garden


I LOVED the book Secret Garden as a child, so I’m pretty sure a musical based on it is going to be fantastic! TUTS is bringing Secret Garden to Houston through October 22. It’s the early 20th century and Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in the British Raj, is orphaned and sent away from India to England, to live with relatives whom she has never met.

Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University


If you haven’t been to the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, check out that beautiful spot this Saturday, October 14, noon-5pm, during Dimensions Variable,” a day-long festival of creativity from that kicks off with a new dance, “Coolest News on Planet Earth, Chapter 1,” by Hope Stone. Everything is FREE.

37th Annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival


The 37th Annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival is happening this weekend (10/14 and 10/15) and features two full days of fun and education about rice farming in the historic Katy area, an important part of the area’s history. Having lived in Japan among rice farmers (!), I highly recommend you check this out. Tickets are $10/adults and FREE for kids 10 and under, seniors (62+), military, law enforcement, and EMS personnel.

Keep it Brassy!


Keep it Brassy! is at Music Box Theatre and they are bringing in horns for a one time only orchestral experience featuring Motown, Funk, Broadway, Big Band and many more genres of music. This high energy versatile musical experience is on through October 21 and they perform in their theatre at 2623 Colquitt Street.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type


Farmer Brown has a problem: his cows like to type! And when they start using the typewriter to make demands or go on strike, he has his hands full! The fun showClick, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type closes out this weekend with two shows on Saturday, October 14 at 11am and 2pm.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood


The Mystery of Edwin Drood ends its run this Saturday, October 14 with Obsidian Theater in the Heights. It’s a fun mystery musical where the audience creates the ending!

Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk


Join me this Saturday, October 14, from 10-11:50am for my monthly Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston. We’ll tour the center, walk the labyrinth, and make art. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator and love sharing what I know with others! Register for the walk here or at the door. You’ll leave with your art, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on walking labyrinths.

What's Your Purpose Workshop


Join Gandhari Bouligny and me on Sunday, October 15 from 2-4pm at Body Mind & Soul as we talk to you about ways to follow 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 (!) and then we’ll do activities 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.

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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  • THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE, a searchable database of over 200 Houston day camps and classes for kids and teens;

  • IGNITE YOUR LIFE!, my art project and community campaign whose goal is to inspire people around the world to light a fire to their own passions and to create connections among people;

  • INTUITIVE GUIDANCE SESSIONS, which are one-on-one consultations with me at Body Mind & Soul on Mondays. Sessions are one hour or thirty minutes and I can help you with personal and/or work questions;

  • Quarterly “WHAT’S YOUR PURPOSE?” workshops at Body Mind & Soul, check the store’s online calendar for dates and more information; and

  • OTHER SERVICES including SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, MARKETING, PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS, GUIDANCE SESSIONS FOR FINDING YOUR PURPOSE, and ART PROGRAMS. Talks and workshops cover topics such as summertime fun, passion-finding (for adults, children and families), marketing, historic preservation, art classes, activism, and more. All of these services can be tailored for any audience and budget.

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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