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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!


Tonight (Wednesday, October 30 from 6-8pm) is our “Living Memories: Grief Rituals Around the World event at The Jung Center of Houston. It's an event I ignited after my mom died in February; grief rituals practiced in the Mexican culture and the Jewish faith really comforted me so I wanted to share that information with others. Alejandro Chaoul will talk about Tibetan Buddhism (and other rituals, including meditation), Hope Lipnick will talk about Jewish rituals, and Diana X. Muñiz will be talking about Mexican traditions and leading us in making a community altar that will have inspiration not only from Mexico but also Jung himself! Please bring a photo or an object of a deceased loved one if you wish. Please register in advance here, and be sure to look at this week’s VIDEO PICK for more info.

Tonight is IT for the World Series...LET’S GOOOOO ASTROS! Check out these photos of the folks at The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer and Christ Church Cathedralas they pray and meditate for the win. It all helps, doesn’t it?!

Let’s talk about fresh food and herbs! The 47th Annual Herb Fair is taking place this Saturday, November 2 at the Judson Robinson Community Center and will be a lovely free event full of good things: a huge variety of herb plants, homemade jellies, crafts, books, and baked goods. And if you don’t know about the City Hall Local Lunch Market, I encourage you to check it out. There are more than 30 local food vendors as well as artisan crafts makers and different DJs each week. The Market is on Wednesdays from 11am-1:30pm through December 18.

Tomorrow night (Thursday, 10/31) is, of course, Halloween, and Day of the Dead is celebrated October 31 through November 2. Enjoy whatever you celebrate!


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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And, last but not least: this blog is free to you, my dear reader, but it’s not free for me to produce. I pay my designer and I spend many hours researching, compiling, and writing GISH PICKS each week. If you have an event you’d like me to PICK, please email me and let’s see how I can help. With me on your team, you’ll reach thousands of Houstonians in a quick-and-easy way!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of November 1 - 3, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of November 1 - 3, 2019

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft


This Saturday, November 2 from 11am-3pm is the fun and free 9th annual “Hands-On Houston Family Festival: Celebrating the Craft Garden”, a super-sized version of “Hands-On Houston,” a free craft-activity open house on the first Saturday of every month. This year, HCCC celebrates the Craft Garden and kids will learn about the plants growing in the garden and how they are used in a variety of craft processes. And they can have fun with hands-on activities such as basket weaving, creating a nature-themed window hanging, and fabric dyeing. Be sure to see the Center’s fall exhibitions, and to enjoy food and refreshments!

Pilot Dance Project


It’s the world premiere of “Call Me Ann” this weekend -- Friday, November 1 at 9pm and Saturday, November 2 at 7:30pm. The show is a rock opera about Texas Governor Ann Richards and her spunky life and vast influence. The story spans Ann’s Waco roots to her time as a housewife turned County Commissioner, her election as Governor in 1990, and her re-election defeat that set the stage for George W. Bush to become Governor and then President. It’s one of many events presented by Pilot Dance Project as part of the Houston Fringe Festival.

National Museum of Funeral History


The National Museum of Funeral History is hosting a free, family-friendly “Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos” event this Saturday, November 2 from 11am-2pm. There will be fun parent-supervised activities including sugar skull decorating (while supplies last), face painting, and crafts and music. Kids will learn about this annual celebration for deceased loved ones and they can explore authentic altars made by local artists. Food will be available for purchase and please note that this event does not include admission into the Museum.

MECA Houston


MECA is presenting “Retablos32,” its annual community exhibition of retablos which celebrates the Latin American tradition of devotional painting. After 31 years of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center, this event marks the second year the program will take place during MECA’s celebration of Día de los Muertos. For this exhibition, MECA invited artists from the Houston community to create original works of art following the tradition of retablo making. “Retablos32” will be on view until its closing celebration and silent auction fundraiser, Noche de Retablos, on Friday, November 8.

Be Love Events


This Saturday, November 2 from 6-7:30pm, grab the kids and get your glow on at the “Glo your OM night” at Studio NiaMoves. This is a family dance party! Bring your child and your inner child -- and get ready to shake it out. Wear your best glow-in-the-dark clothing (or dark clothes with lights) and get ready for fun. It’s $10/person or $20/family, cash preferred please. And if you can’t make it to that event, come to the “Be LOVE Parents & Kids Creative Movement & Dance Party” on Wednesday, November 13, 10:30-11:30am, also at NiaMoves.

McClain Gallery


McClain Gallery presents “Illuminated Earth,” a solo exhibition featuring the art of the late Dorothy Hood, through December 21. The paintings on view will reflect the time Hood spent in Mexico and her return to exploring the Texas landscapes of her youth, highlighting the intrinsic connection in her work between abstraction, landscapes, the cosmos, and the psyche.  This exhibition will also include seminal examples of early abstractions from the 1940-1950s along with a selection of archive materials, including Hood’s personal correspondence, photos, and writings.


I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" every Monday 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 get centered and 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 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.

And here’s another way to get centered: join me on Saturday, November 9, from 10am-noon for a special, donation-based labyrinth walk designed to help you head into the holidays with peace in your heart, while taking some time to reflect on how you want to end 2019. It will take place 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 Certified Veriditas 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 as well as a sense of well-being and peace. Meditation does that to you!

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
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Life Path Sessions with Sarah at Body Mind & Soul (Mondays)Hines Center Labyrinth Walk with Sarah (Saturday, November 9)Video: Learn about grief rituals & creating a community altar tonight (October 30)"Illuminated Earth" at McClain GalleryRetablos and Day of the Dead at MECA"Call Me Ann" Rock Opera at Fringe Fest Family-Friendly Glow Dance Party Dia De Los Muertos at the Funeral Museum Hands-On Houston Family Festival