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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, please GO.FIND.FUN. wherever you can, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!


Wonderful human and gifted artist Michael Galbreth passed away this past Saturday and it really shocked many of us who knew him and many of his close friends and loved ones. He’s one-half of the zany duo, The Art Guys and his legacy both with them and on his own is huge. His death leaves a hole here on earth. I first met Michael and Jack Massing (the other half of The Art Guys) back in the 1980s, when I was working my first post-college job at the Blaffer Art Museum, and they were becoming a dynamic duo while Michael was the installation manager at the Blaffer. It was so fun to watch them play and make art! This week’s VIDEO PICK is an interview with them; most touching at this odd moment is their project “Forever Yours,” in which they will be memorialized together in a unique way. Peruse this Houston Chronicle article and this Glasstire article about Michael, but don't stop there -- search the web for more (and believe me, there is MUCH more)! Michael had an endlessly amusing, joyful, meaningful, intelligent, unique, and creative life. May he rest in peace. And may we all find beautiful & wildly silly ways to honor his memory.

There is a service for Michael next Monday, October 28 at 2pm at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Michael Galbreth Visiting Artist Fund at Sam Houston State University or to The Regis School of the Sacred Heart.

The TRIFECTA of holidays is about to begin (Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter holidays) so get ready! I’ll kick the season off by PICK-ing events for Halloween and “Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos” this week and next week, so be sure to check them out.


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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Picks for Kids the Weekend of October 25 - 27, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of October 25 - 27, 2019

Citizens for Animal Protection/CAP


This Friday, October 27 from 6:30-9:30pm, CAP is hosting their final “Kids Night” for 2019. The limit is 50 kids who are 6 years old and up (no reservations) and a suggested donation is $15, which includes a dinner donated by a local business -- not only will you get childcare but also you’ll be supporting a great nonprofit! Animal themed fun and games will keep the kiddos entertained and will encourage their natural love of pets. All proceeds raised will benefit the many homeless pets cared for at the CAP Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center.

Alley Theatre


The Tony Award®-winning Alley Theatre presents their wildly popular season opener “Vietgonethrough Sunday, November 3. The heartwarming journey begins in 1975 and takes a different approach to portraying Asians in America by remixing history and culture into a funny and energetic fantasia. It’s a unique take on the boy-meets-girl story that roars across 1970s America with a hot soundtrack that serves up hip-hop, sass, and revolution. Purchase your tickets now (they are going fast!) here.

Day of the Dead & Halloween for Kids


There is a lot going on for all ages this weekend and next - here are my recommendations for this weekend: there is the “Grosstopia” at the Children’s Museum of Houston through October 31; Casa Ramirez hosts their annual altar exhibition and Día de los Muertos procession this Saturday, October 26 from 5-8pm; the National Museum of Funeral History has a PG-13 haunted house through November 3; and there are events hosted by the East End Studio Gallery (here) and Talento Bilingüe de Houston (here).

Pair Houston


Pair Houston has organized a special fundraiser - a screening of the documentary “Moving Storiesthis Friday, October 25 at 8pm. It will be an evening celebrating the power and voice of refugee youth through the film, which follows an acclaimed New York dance company’s six diverse dancers who travelled to India, Romania, Korea, and Iraq to work with at-risk youth, teaching them the tools of choreography so they can tell their stories through dance. There is a VIP reception at 6:30pm, followed by the screening at 8pm; tickets are available here.

Discovery Green


This Friday, October 25, 6-10pm, come on out to the annual fun family Halloween event, “Scream on the Green.” Admission is FREE and this year’s movie (starting at 7:30pm) will be “The House with a Clock in its Walls.” It’s the story of a young orphan who is initiated into a world of magic and mayhem by his eccentric warlock uncle and a matronly witch. There will be a lively costume contest with prizes, plus games, Halloween-themed mayhem, performances, living statues, fortune tellers, Sing-a-long with KPFT Scary-oke, music, and more!

Community Artists' Collective


Sarah Rafael Garcia brings “SanTana’s Fairy Tales” to the Community Artists’ Collective through this Saturday, October 26. Garcia, a writer, traveler, and arts educator born in Brownsville, Texas, has created contemporary fairy tales and fables from community-based narratives representing the history and stories of Mexican/Mexican-American residents of Santa Ana, California (inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales) in a multi-media installation. There are events to complement the exhibit happening all weekend long.

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.



Learn more about the magical path of labyrinths in the Veriditas Facilitator Training with Master Teacher Kay Mutert at First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3. The goal of the Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training is to prepare people to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, professional, and effective way. The training addresses meditative walking in a variety of settings, with a variety of different populations. Walking the labyrinth is being embraced as a spiritual practice throughout the Western world mostly because of Veriditas trained facilitators. The Veriditas Facilitator Training -- which began in 1997 -- remains the most rigorous and comprehensive training offered. The fee for the course is $600 and you can register here.

Hines Center for Spirituality & Prayer


Head into the holidays with peace in your heart, and take some time to reflect on how you want to end 2019 as you join me (a Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator) for my last 2019 Hines Center Labyrinth Walk on Saturday, November 9 from 10am-noon. We’ll meditate and get centered together through an inspirational reading, a group labyrinth walk, and reflective art-making. I’ll give tours of the Hines Center to newcomers and each attendee will receive a helpful list of other Houston area labyrinths and a labyrinth walking guide. Please note that the walk is donation-based.

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Hines Center Labyrinth Walk with Sarah Gish (November 9)Kids Animal Night at CAPHalloween & Day of the DeadDowntown "Scream on the Green"Alley Theatre's VIETGONE ends November 3PAIR Houston "Moving Stories" Film "SanTana's Fairy Tales" at Community Artists' Collective Video: This week's VIDEO PICK is in honor of The Art Guys Labyrinth Facilitator Training (November 2 and November 3) "Living Memories: Grief Rituals Around the World" (October 30)