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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.


Last week I wrote about the Pittsburgh shooting in a synagogue, after that there was a shooting in a yoga studio. Just yesterday, there was a shooting in California. My thoughts this week are not just on great culture for all of you, but also on the state of our minds and the state of our nation. I am concerned about what is going on in the United States, which is why I write about things outside the scope of culture sometimes.

I was talking to a friend about how to deal with the many disturbing events around us and she suggested I head to the Rothko Chapel for some peace and quiet reflection. I love that idea – so much so that I want to encourage YOU to do the same. My VIDEO PICK this week is a short film about the Chapel – check it out and then join them for an event or two. Next Thursday, November 15 at 7pm is their annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service,” which has the theme “Care for Creation.” No advance reservations are required so I suggest you get there early. If you go, look for me and please introduce yourself.

I have two labyrinth-oriented events coming up: this Saturday, November 10, I’ll be leading my “Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk” from 9-11am at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer. More details are below – come and enjoy meditation and art and community! And next Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30pm, I’ll be presenting a talk on “Enjoying Garden Labyrinths” for the Herb Society of America – South Texas Unit. The meeting is free and open to the public and takes place at the beautiful Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in Hermann Park; more about their meetings is here. Join us!

The mid-term elections have come and gone and I’m excited to report that there were many firsts (see them detailed here). Highlights include over 100 women in the House for the first time in history, the first African-American, Native American, and Muslims in various positions, and more openly LGBT people were elected than in any previous election. The number of voters of all ages increased around the country because people like Beto O’Rourke tirelessly galvanized many into action. We are all different after this election and I believe that is a good thing.

This week is another potpourri of diverse PICKS, focusing on a variety of arts and cultures from around the world. Enjoy!


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 November 9-11, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of November 9-11, 2018

Islamic Arts Society


This Saturday and Sunday (November 10 and 11) from 10:30am-5:30pm both days, there will be a free two-day Islamic Arts Festival. The largest and oldest festival of its kind in North America, it will feature the art of over 40 artists as well as live interactive sessions on calligraphy, henna tattoo, Ebru, painting, and Arabesque pattern coloring. There will be plenty of educational and fun children's activities and food trucks with yummy halal. This year the Festival will also feature "Refugee Art" from overseas and locally. It will take place at Masjid Al Salam in Spring.

Houston Cinema Arts Festival


I’m so excited – it’s time for the 10th annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF), which is a five-day, Houston-grown multi-venue film and arts festival that includes narrative and documentary features, video installation exhibitions, multimedia performances, panel discussions, and workshops aimed at connecting the various literary and performance art through film. Because of the connections it makes across genres, it’s truly the most unique festival that I’ve been to. HCAF is in town through November 12 and the full schedule of ALL events (there are many so clear your schedule!) is here.

Wobble Before You Goggle


The holidays are on their way so how about getting fit before they are here? That’s the goal of the free Wobble Before You Goggle fest, taking place this Saturday, November 10, 9am-1pm at the Pearland Town Center. Families can kick start their holiday season with a bang by doing a workout, getting health screenings, and enjoying the food and performances. There are plenty of activities for kids such as art-making and rock climbing and they are offering chair massages (yay!) and much more.

Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival


The Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival is here through next Tuesday, November 13. Inspiring and entertaining, the festival is an annual event that delivers a variety of opportunities for the community to learn and experience Jewish literary, culture, and performing arts. Upcoming events include a visit with Houstonian Stephanie Wittels Wach with her book, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss (Sunday, 11/10) and former Barack Obama speechwriter David Litt with his book, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Tuesday, 11/13).

Mr. Popper’s Penguins


Main Street Theater has a new children’s show opening this Sunday – Mr. Popper’s Penguins will be onstage through December 21. The two shows this Sunday at 12:30pm and 3:30pm are special needs but open to the public. The show is based on the novel of the same name and is the story of Mr. Popper, a simple painter with twelve penguins. To make ends meet, he has the unique idea to turn the talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act. Tickets start at $16/each and can be purchased here.

Dancewicz-Doucet Duo


This Saturday, November 10, the Dancewicz-Doucet Duo opens their season with Identity,” a concert that highlights the personal, political, and social conditions that shaped and gave the composers their unique voice. The Duo features violinist Dominika Dancewicz and pianist Donald Doucet and is known for creating compelling, thought-provoking programs that they present in passionate and charismatic performances. The concert is at the University of St. Thomas’ Cullen Hall and, as with all of their shows, there is no admission fee.

GUIDANCE SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10:30am-5:30pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. Let’s connect if you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both). I use my intuitive skills and my many years of studying 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. Finding your personal mission will exponentially increase your ability to succeed in life while also attracting an abundance of joy. 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. NEW: I am now doing guidance 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 if you’re looking for a way to increase the peace in your life, please join me for our Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston at 500 Fannin Street. My next walk will be Saturday, November 10, 9am-11am. Free parking is available in the Christ Church Cathedral garage at 559 San Jacinto Street; bring your ticket in to get it validated. We are creating quite a community with these monthly walks – join us! New people will tour the center and we’ll all walk the labyrinth and make art. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator and love sharing what I know with others. Register for the walk here or at the door. You’ll leave with something you’ve made, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on the art of walking labyrinths. If you’d like to read more about my work and Houston labyrinths, click here for a recent article in the Houston Chronicle.

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“Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks” (November 10) Weekly Intuitive Guidance Sessions (Mondays and by phone) Video: The Rothko Chapel is a special place for peace Dancewicz-Doucet Duo Concert Jewish Book & Arts Festival Houston Cinema Arts Festival Mr. Popper’s Penguins at MST Islamic Arts Festival in Spring Wobble Before You Goggle Fest