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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!

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It's a busy dizzy fall season so I hope you are hanging on for the ride and getting out there and enjoying all that Houston has to offer! If you’re curious about the art scene in Houston – in particular, the art scene with the diverse communities in our midst – be sure to come to our final WOW Talk a week from this Friday, on October 28, noon-1pm at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer. Pat Jasper of the Houston Arts Alliance will be presenting the talk Exploring Houston’s Wildly Diverse Folklife Scene. We are a city brimming over with fundraisers right now – if you have a few extra dollars and want to help some fab nonprofits, check out these upcoming events: Texas Southern University (10/21); Jung Center (10/25); Archway Academy (10/25); Lawndale Art Center (10/27); Crimestoppers of Houston (10/28); Council on Recovery (10/28); and Writers in the Schools (11/10).

I chose this week’s VIDEO PICK because it shows the wonderful health and wellness programs offered by the Houston Independent School District in over 20 schools. For more about these programs and how the district works with the Sonima Foundation/Pure Edge, Inc., click here.

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of October 21-23, 2016
Picks for Adults the Weekend of October 21-23, 2016

National Museum of Funeral History


You can find Halloween fun all month long at the NMFH! This Saturday, October 22 from 10am-3pm is their Halloween Classic Car Show.” On November 5, noon-5pm, they’ll celebrate Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos and there’s a family-friendly haunted house on view through November 2.

DEEP: Seaspace


Karen Stokes Dance (KSD) presents DEEP: Seaspace this weekend, October 20-22, 8pm each night. The show is the culminating performance of a multi-year initiative inspired by the City of Houston’s two defining industries -- sea and space -- through the lens of two iconic Houston enterprises: The Houston Ship Channel and NASA.

Genealogy After Dark


It’s “Family History Month” so the Clayton Library is hosting their annual, all-day event, Genealogy After Dark,” on Friday, October 21. It is a full day (and I mean FULL!) of activities, learning, and more from noon until 11pm. Kids 13 and up are welcome.

Rockin’ for Refugees


Singer Rick Recht is the headliner for the special Rockin’ for Refugees show on Sunday, October 23, 4:30-6:30pm, at the headquarters of Interfaith Ministries in downtown Houston. Proceeds will directly support Houston refugees.

Tweens Read Book Festival


The free Tweens Read Book Festival is this Saturday, October 22 from 9:30am-5pm at South Houston High School and it features 32 tween authors including keynote speakers Jason Reynolds and Adam Gidwitz. Blue Willow Bookshop is also a sponsor.

Marikoto African Dance and Drum Festival


The Marikoto African Dance and Drum Festival will be in Stafford and features drumming and dancing from all over Africa, including a children’s dance class on Saturday morning. The Festival is on from October 21-23.

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.

Words of Wisdom Talk: Exploring Houston's Wildly Diverse Folklife Scene


Join me for the final Words of Wisdom/WOW talk on Friday, October 28, noon-1pm at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer. Pat Jasper, director of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA)'s Folklife + Civic Engagement department, will talk about the artistic and cultural traditions of our city’s tremendously diverse and various communities and how they address the needs of all residents through engagement, citizen-driven initiatives, and equitable community outcomes. PLEASE ENROLL IN ADVANCE HERE (choose your specific date by clicking on "Schedule and Enrollment Info).

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Halloween Fun at the National Museum of Funeral History Explore Family History Month at the Clayton Genealogical Library Fun for Tweens at the Fifth Annual Tweens Read Book Fest DEEP: Seaspace by Karen Stokes Dance at the Wortham Rockin’ for Refugees with Interfaith Ministries and Congregation Shma Koleinu African Dance and Drum Festival Celebrates the Arts of Africa VIDEO PICK: HISD and the Sonima Foundation have partnered to bring health and wellness into Houston schools