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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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Well, folks, ready or not: THE HOLIDAYS HAVE BEGUN! Halloween and “Day of the Dead” are always the start of the grand trifecta of winter holidays – and I’m never ever quite ready for them. But, here they are and here we are. Don your costumes and get ready for it all! Two fun Halloween happenings that I always recommend are the Lawndale Art Center’s “Day of the Dead” exhibition and opening party tomorrow night (see the full schedule here) and MECA’s annual “Día de los Muertos” Festival this Saturday and Sunday. If you’re curious like me (and I know you are since you’re reading this!) and want to know more about holidays around the world and from different faith traditions, check out my all-time favorite comprehensive listing, the Anti-Defamation League’sCalendar of Observances.” It’s very handy and it’s amazing all the different events they have captured!

Have you ever explored downtown? It’s quite the happening place all the time – with the lively theatre district (home to the Alley Theatre, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, and others); Sundance Cinemas; and lots of restaurants. The best place to begin your downtown adventure is to see what’s happening on the Downtown Houston website and then check out the theatre district information, the light rail schedule, and the way cool, 6-mile long Houston tunnel. This week’s VIDEO PICK is a time-lapse exploration of downtown buildings, streets, and people, courtesy Houston First. Enjoy!

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of October 28-30, 2016
Picks for Adults the Weekend of October 28-30, 2016

Scream on the Green


Halloween is fun but you want to make sure it’s not too scary! Check out the Children’s Museum of Houston’s “Halloween Monster Mayhem and the Zoo Boo” through October 31, and Scream on the Green” on Friday, October 28.

Skyline Screamers Ghost Stories Under the Stars


How can you resist Skyline Screamers Ghost Stories Under the Stars as a way to celebrate Halloween?! Join many Houston storytellers this Saturday, October 29, 7:30-9pm at Marmion Park in the Heights for ghoulish stories that will make your hair stand on end.

Heritage Scaritage Festival


Baytown is more historical than you think, with buildings dating from the late 1800s. Their Heritage Scaritage Festival is this Saturday, October 29, from 10am-4pm and features building tours, family fun, and more.

Islamic Arts Festival


Enjoy the beauty of Islamic arts and culture on Saturday, October 29 from 10:30am-5:30pm at the Islamic Arts Festival which will feature delicious food and calligraphy, Ebru, painting, henna, woodwork, ceramic tiles and glass art.

Haunted Pirate Ship Family Day


The Houston Maritime Museum hosts monthly “Family Days” on select Saturdays from 2-5pm – their “Haunted Pirate Ship Family Day” is this Saturday, October 29 from 2-5pm. They’ll soon have a new home at the Port of Houston so stay tuned!

Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola


Artist Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola will transform Houston’s East End tomorrow, Thursday, October 27 by presenting a live, mobile presentation of poetry throughout the neighborhood.

An Evening with Spirit


Join medium Heather Hildebrand for An Evening with Spirit next Friday, November 4 from 7-9pm. You’ll experience love, laughter, and tears as Heather talks about life after death and channels messages of love and encouragement from loved ones on the other side. During this event, you will witness the miracles of communication with spirit and you’ll be able to see compelling evidence that love never dies. This event is designed to be intimate and personal so only 70 tickets being sold in advance – you can purchase them here.

Diverse Journeys on a Common Path: Building Community through the Labyrinth


If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know that I LOVE labyrinths! So I was thrilled to learn that The Labyrinth Society decided to host their annual gathering in Houston this November 10-12. It’s not a surprise since Houston has more than 20 labyrinths -- attendees will get to enjoy the diversity we have to offer. Labyrinth walks, dance presentations, and a special ceremony for Veteran’s Day will all be part of Diverse Journeys on a Common Path: Building Community through the Labyrinth.” Student discounts are available!

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Check Out Non-Scary Halloween Fun around Town Baytown Historical Preservation Association’s Heritage Scaritage Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering is Almost Here Houston Maritime Museum’s Haunted Pirate Ship Family Day Houston Storytelling Guild Outdoor Scary Stories Islamic Arts Festival in Spring, Texas Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola Explores Poetry VIDEO PICK: Explore downtown with this cool time lapse video! An Evening with Spirit with Heather Hildebrand on Friday, 11/4