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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.


I’m so excited! My absolute favorite sugar factory in Houston has a fun event next week for kids and their families. The Dessert Gallery is focusing on families next Monday (November 19) through Friday (November 23), just in time for Thanksgiving (note: they are closed for that day). Each time you buy a cookie or cupcake for a child, you’ll receive one Children’s Museum pass good for 4 people through December 31. Dessert Gallery is paying homage to the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day,” which is celebrated annually on November 20. Established in 1954, this special day promotes international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. Dessert Gallery – “like Grandma’s but better” – has been in business since 1995 and owner Sara Brook and her Dessert Gallery crew have been serving up some of Houston's favorite sweets. An added treat is watching their foodie films featuring their cakes, cookies, and all the other scrumptious delights.

Interestingly, another organization in town is also highlighting a United Nations commemorative day: the International Day of Tolerance,” which is celebrated annually on November 16. Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance is presenting the “Gala Concert for Arts of Tolerance” this Saturday, November 18 at 7:30pm. Launched on April 12, 2018, “Arts of Tolerance” is a multidisciplinary artistic series designed to bring people of different religious, cultural, and social backgrounds together. Three stirring works will bring over 150 artists to the stage in this Saturday’s concert.

I was so upset about many happenings in our country and also locally this week that I felt I needed to take some time and sit with myself and think about how to deal with the onslaught of negative information. Sure, I can turn the news off – but I feel it’s important to stay aware when I have the energy to. So I came up with a four-part process as a way to deal with it and I’m sharing it today as my VIDEO PICK. I hope it helps you!


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 16-18, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of November 16-18, 2018



Yippee Yi Yay! Winter is (kinda) here and so is ice skating and snow. This Friday, November 16 starting at 3:30pm, the ICE at Discovery Green will be open and they’re having a fun holiday part – Frostival – to celebrate. Enjoy live ICE battles with Reverend Butter, interactive ice sculptures, tunes from DJ Caps from 6-10pm, ICE SKATING, and more! The ICE will be open through January 21 (which is the MLK Day holiday) and the times and fees are here. Please note that skates can be rented but you can also bring your own.

Cinema Crawl


If you like sci-fi thrillers, this event is for you. Generators Playground is a group of artists who put on events for artists and others. This Saturday, November 17 from 10am-9pm, they are hosting a cool event: Cinema Crawl,” an art crawl and film screening throughout the day and night. They will be screening David Cronenberg's 1981 sci-fi horror/thriller classic movie “Scanners” alongside short films by local artists, outdoors at 5210 Canal Street. Cinema Crawl coincides with the annual big event, ArtCrawlHouston 2018, in which the original cluster of artist warehouses in downtown Houston (including Canal Street Studios) open their studios to the public. Both events are free.

Via Colori: The Street Painting Festival


Via Colori: The Street Painting Festival is here this weekend (Saturday, November 17 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, November 18 from 10am-5pm) downtown near City Hall at 900 Smith Street. The annual festival features more than 200 local, national, and international artists who create impressive chalk murals on the streets of downtown Houston. The only festival of its kind in Houston, also features three stages of live music, Via Bambini family zone, food and beverage vendors over the two-day event. All proceeds benefit The Center for Hearing and Speech and its renowned audiologists, teachers and speech-language pathologists.

Così Fan Tutte


Opera in the Heights has always presented classic productions at an affordable price so be sure to check them out. This weekend, they are closing out Così Fan Tutte with one last show this Saturday, November 17 at 7:30pm. Sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella are engaged to Ferrando and Guglielmo, who set out to prove to Don Alfonso how faithful their fianceés are. Alfonso wagers a bet that the women can be seduced in just one day, and so the games begin. Just as the sisters are told their lovers are “leaving for war,” they are visited by two handsome “strangers.” The music is by Mozart and the opera is performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Zoo Lights


The holidays are all lit up over at the Houston Zoo in their annual Zoo Lights winter wonderland. Sip yummy hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season and fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate their ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way. The animals will be sleeping while the zoo Christmas lights are on, so visit during the day to enjoy them! Zoo Lights has a separate admission fee from the Houston Zoo and this year, they’ll re-open at 5pm to start the festivities. It’s on view through January 13, 2019.

Alfred Leslie’s One Hundred Characters in Search of a Reader


Blaffer Art Museum is a world-class gallery at the University of Houston and this winter, they’ve got two shows on the walls: Richard Rezac’s Address through December 8, and Alfred Leslie’s One Hundred Characters in Search of a Reader” through January 26, 2019. Address features the Chicago sculptor’s hand-created wood and metal sculptures that combine meticulous geometry with a deep feeling for color and form. Alfred Leslie’s show consists of digitally painted portraits of protagonists from over a century of literary fiction as imagined by the artist. The Museum is always free.

Dessert Gallery

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