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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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Picks for Kids the Weekend of November 10-12, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of November 10-12, 2017

Cool Brains! My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson


Enjoy an afternoon with celebrated middle-grade author Katherine Paterson at the Cool Brains” event this Sunday, November 12 at 3pm (doors open at 2:15pm) at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School. Ms. Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia) will make a presentation about her new novel My Brigadista Year, in which a Cuban teenager volunteers for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read. After the presentation, she will take questions from the audience, followed by a book sale and signing, giving fans a chance to visit with her. Books will be available for sale at the event through Blue Willow Bookshop.

Houston Cinema Arts Festival


I love this time of year because the wonderful Houston Cinema Arts Festival debuts at screens all over Houston and it’s always an interesting mashup of films, events, and people! This year’s festival is from Thursday, November 9 through Monday, November 13 and kicks off with the film Love, Cecil at the MFAH. There will be a fun Singin’ in the Rain party on Saturday, November 11 with hip hop artist Bun B and actress/jazz singer Kat Edmundson. The NASA collab festival, CineSpace, will screen on Friday, November 10 and there will be films for students and shows and other events at venues throughout Houston.

Da Vinci: The Exhibition


Moody Gardens presentsDa Vinci: The Exhibition” through January 7. The exciting exhibition is a hands-on examination of da Vinci’s life, research, and art featuring more than 60 fully-built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art studies, and dozens of stunning displays. Guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light and more.

Blues for Food


Come to Shakespeare’s Pub this Sunday, November 12 starting at 1pm for thirteen straight hours of music by Houston’s best bluesmen and blueswomen! This festival is the largest annual celebration of Houston blues artists on one stage; this year you can catch Bert Wills and Clint Boyd; The Hipwaders Flying Circus; Campfire Soul (with teen musicians!); Milton Hopkins and Texas Johnny Boy; the Sonny Boy Terry Band; Tanya Richardson; Alisha Pattillo; and many, many more until 2am. The admission is one can of food or a monetary donation, which go to the Houston Food Bank. Entry includes a fine BBQ meal!

Children's Festival


This weekend, come to the annual celebration of kids – the Children’s Festival at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Wild!” and there will be something for everyone of all ages – outstanding performers on multiple stages, character meet and greets, and educational activities all around the venue. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Karen Stokes Dance


This weekend (November 10 and 11), Karen Stokes Dance performs “X20” at the MATCH, a performance that looks backwards at the work of Karen Stokes over the last 20 years, while moving forward with the premiere of "Mapping & Glaciers." At this 20-year juncture, Stokes views the company at a crossroads: "We are at the center of an X, with our legs firmly planted in the earth, and our arms reaching to the future!" The celebratory performance includes former company members joining current members on stage in a joyful celebration of past, present, and future. Tickets are $22-$37.

Ignite Your Life!


My art project, IGNITE YOUR LIFE!, will be the beneficiary of a portion of funds from the weekly Fresh Arts Cultured Cocktails event at Bar Boheme. My project is now a nonprofit, I9NITE!, Inc., and this is our first foray into fundraising. Help us make it a success by stopping by tonight, November 9, 5-8pm!

Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk


Join me on Saturday, November 11, from 10-11:50am for my monthly Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk 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 trained 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.

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