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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!


I’ve been working with the Jung Center of Houston on our upcoming event, “Living Memories: Grief Rituals Around the World,” that will be on Wednesday, October 30, 6-8pm. It was inspired by my own grief about losing my mom this year (see more below) - and as I love to do, I felt compelled to research resources in Houston that I could share with you and others. Bo’s Place is the first organization people mentioned to me as a place to go for support in many ways - learn more about them in this week’s VIDEO PICK. And there are several grief groups in Houston - click here for a terrific round-up of all kinds, from pet loss to infertility and much more.

Chapelwood UMC has a lovely grief support group on 1st and 3rd Mondays. The Hope and Healing Center & Institute hosts a grief group on 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings. Houston Hospice has grief groups on 1st and 3rd Monday evenings and 2nd and 4th Tuesdays during the day. And Memorial Hermann Memorial City offers a grief support group on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (the next one will be next Tuesday, October 22).

I found a little book at Body Mind & Soul the other day -- Grief...reminders for healing - and it had so many wise words in just a few pages. As author Gale Massey wrote “The remedies for grief are time, courage, and love...all applied with tenderness.” I love that, it’s so true! I hope that you can join us on October 30 if you are grieving, or are just curious about grief rituals. We plan for it to be a night of healing...and tenderness.

If you’re looking for a cheerful time in downtown Houston this weekend, check out the pop-up “Optimism Lounges” created by my buddy GONZO247. The funky bright art is part of the Texas Optimism Project, a sponsored partnership between Texas Monthly and Frost Bank’s “Opt for Optimism” initiative.

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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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 18 - 20, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of October 18 - 20, 2019

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA)


It’s always fun to see kids doing shows for kids (and the price is right - tickets are $9.75-$25). “Mary Poppins” will be at HSVPVA this Friday, October 18 through this Sunday, October 20. It’s the Broadway version so it’ll be good, ya’ll - special effects are promised! If you haven’t seen the school’s new home, this is an excellent time to check it out. Fun facts about the story: it was written by an Australian woman, P.L. Travers, and published in 1934. Travers was a bon vivant who travelled the world and wasn’t nearly as proper as Mary.

Raquel Cepeda


Raquel Cepeda is a popular jazz singer and songwriter who is celebrating the release of her new CD, “Passion - Latin Jazz,” with a concert this Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm as a headliner with the “Houston Art Explosion” festival. Following the concert, there will be a special gala in the MATCH Gallery from 9pm until midnight. Cepeda is a Houston-based artist whose love for the Latin, Brazilian, and American cultures has inspired her unique style, and multi-cultural, multi-linguistic approach to music. Tickets can be purchased here and start at $25.



Philanthrartist has organized a “Houston Art Explosion” festival and, as part of it, there will be two free puppet shows at the MATCH by Mr. Leo, who presents a bilingual performance. The one-hour shows will be this Saturday, October 19 at 3pm and this Sunday, October 20 at 11:30pm; all the deets are here. Philanthrartist is a non-profit organization dedicated to integrating the arts and artists with philanthropic causes.

Sculpture Month Houston (SMH)


New York City-based RIOULT Dance NY is touring around the country and making a stop at the UHCL Bayou Theater this Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm. An established name in modern dance, RIOULT has a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult, who was a principal with the Martha Graham Dance Company before forming his own company in 1994. Perhaps not by coincidence, the Martha Graham Dance Company will be performing Friday night - see more about that here. Tickets for the Rioult show are $15 and can be purchased here.

Consumer Energy Education Foundation (CERF)


Head downtown to Sam Houston Park this Saturday, October 19 from 11am-4pm for the annual Energy Day Festival. It’s a free event consisting of nearly 70 interactive demonstrations and exhibits that teach students and their families about the various forms of energy and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that go into energy and STEM careers. The festival also focuses on efficiency and conservation while providing opportunities for students to interact with energy and STEM experts to help spark an interest in these careers.



Glasstire was founded by Houstonian (and my friend) Rainey Knudson to cover visual art in Texas and it’s the oldest online-only art magazine in the country (b. 2001). In 2015, they started “Glasstire Off Road” as a way to invite their digital audience to log off of their devices and experience an exchange of ideas with artists live and in-person. Their next event is this Friday, October 18 at 7pm and features Houston-based artist Vincent Valdez and writer and MacArthur Fellow John Keene, both of whom address critical hot topics in their work. More info and tickets are here.

Luncheon for The Council on Recovery

Archway's 12th Annual Luncheon

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.


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.

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Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
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Life Path Sessions (Mondays & by phone)"Living Memories: Grief Rituals Around the World" (October 30)"Mary Poppins" at HSPVAMr. Leo Entertains at MATCHAnnual "Energy Day" FestivalRaquel Cepeda CD Release ConcertRioult Dance at UHCL Bayou Theater OFF ROAD with Vincent & John Video: Bo's Place offers a sanctuary of support for those in grief Luncheon for Archway Academy (October 29) Luncheon for The Council on Recovery (October 25)