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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!


Do you know about the very cool music studio at the downtown Houston Public Library? I stumbled across TECHLink thanks to a big sign outside my neighborhood library and when I clicked here, I discovered they offer MANY services - from a fully outfitted recording studio, to embroidery (yes indeedy - and why not?!), to instruments for practice - and much more. Check out this week’s VIDEO PICK - you can see a 360 on the space as well as learn how to become a member and start using the facilities.

It’s the 10th anniversary of the “Charter For Compassion”, which was spearheaded by religious historian and bestselling author Karen Armstrong when she convened an interfaith group of spiritual leaders to craft it, which calls for all faiths, all nations, and all people to affirm and embrace compassion as a guiding value. The creation of the Charter launched the “Compassionate Cities Campaign,” (of which Houston is one) and in 2011, Compassionate Houston was founded by my amazing friend Betty Adam. Last month, Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed November 12 (today) as “Charter for Compassion 10th Anniversary Day in Houston” and, in honor of that, compassionate partners across Houston will read and affirm the charter in their services and programs, including at Christ Church Cathedral, Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism, and the Institute for Spirituality and Health.

We’ve had our first winter freeze and this Friday, November 15, the ice skating season begins at Discovery Green (get all the scoop here) - it’s fun for adults AND kids! I’ll do a round-up of rinks in next week’s blog.

I’m highlighting a different Houston-based nonprofit each week during November and December as a way to help those in need over the holidays. This week’s spotlight is Have Shears Will Travel, an organization which serves over 500 homeless, hospice, veterans, and special needs adults throughout the greater Houston area with free haircuts and grooming each month. Please learn more about them here, and please consider supporting them!


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 15 - 17, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of November 15 - 17, 2019

Miller Outdoor Theatre


Miller Outdoor Theatre is going strong with events all month long and this one is perfect for the kiddos! This Saturday, November 16 at 7pm, “42FT - A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels” by Cirque Mechanics will erupt onstage. The action in “42FT” is full of theatricality and inspired by the modern circus, showcasing a galloping mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent frame for strongmen, acrobats, and aerialists. As with all Miller shows, it’s free, and you can get covered, reserved seats the day of the show (limit 4 per person).

Houston Cinema Art Society


Check out the Houston Cinema Arts Society's 2019 Houston Cinema Arts Festival -- they have a fab new artistic director from Brooklyn -- Jessica Green -- and super programming! The festival opens this Thursday, November 14 and runs through Monday, November 18. Films are screening at venues all over Houston, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; BLAFFER Art Museum; Brasil Houston; Asia Society Texas Center; Rice Cinema; Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University; The DeLuxe Theater; DiverseWorks; and the Aurora Picture Show (WHEW!). Festival passes are only $129 so git 'em NOW right here.

Peace Camp Houston


Peace Camp Houston started a new “Peace Club” last month and it will generally meet every second Sunday from 5-7pm at the Houston Mennonite Church; however, the next meeting is this Sunday, November 17. The goal of the Peace Club is designed to extend the Peace Camp experience throughout the school year and is open to everyone. This club will provide a wonderful opportunity for children ages 5-18 to reconnect with friends from Peace Camp and to make new ones. As Gandhi said: “If we are to teach peace, we must begin with the children.” Please RSVP to



The inaugural “The Great State of Texas Food Truck Festival” is this Saturday, November 16 from noon until 10pm in the Historic East End district at 4450 Harrisburg Boulevard. The Festival is designed to showcase the diversity in Houston’s culinary community along with some of the city’s amazing musical talent, highlighting the melting pot that is Houston and the “H-TOWN” lifestyle. Tickets are $10/adults and can be purchased here (kids 12 and under are free).

Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer


This Saturday, November 16 from 10am-noon, the Hines Center is presenting Houston-based mindfulness expert Micki Fine in a “Cultivating a Loving Heart” workshop for adults and kids. Micki will read her recently-published book, May All People and Pigs Be Happy, and following that there will be a loving-kindness workshop for the adults and a yoga/meditation workshop for the kids. The event will close out with a book signing and reception.

Bach Society Houston


This Sunday, November 17 at 6pm, the Bach Society presents “Art of Fugue with Dance,” a free program in which New York City's SYREN Modern Dance returns to Houston for a spectacle of contemporary choreography. Their show is set to Bach's contrapuntal masterpiece “The Art of Fugue,” played by Rick Erickson at the organ and harpsichord. Rick Erickson and the SYREN choreographers will do a pre-show talk at 5:15pm and the concert is taking place at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Rice Village.


I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" most Mondays 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 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 them at713.993.0550 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.

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. 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.

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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)Video: Explore the cool TECHLink music studio at the Houston Public Library downtown.Bach Society's "Art of Fugue with Dance"State of Texas Food Truck FestHouston Cinema Arts Festival "May All People and Pigs Be Happy" Peace Club on New Date This Weekend Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels at Miller