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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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Well, we have elected a new President – FINALLY! I know my readers are all over the political spectrum and this is not a blog about politics but about cultural events and showing off all that makes Houston great. But I have to share my concerns with you about Donald Trump as President because he is a man that has offended almost every demographic in our country, especially women and immigrants (see more about that here and here). He’s also made fun of disabled people; put down veterans; called Mexicans rapists, criminals, drug dealers, and bad hombres; has mocked his own voters; and doesn’t even run his business that well).

There is now a thing called “The Trump Effect that was documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center as something affecting kids – and in the days since Trump has been elected, the effect is already being felt – with kids shouting about “building a wall”) and adults who have been bullied.

It’s easy to go about our lives and enjoy the arts and culture of Houston but I also feel it’s important that we examine what just happened and take it all in and, if we are unhappy, take steps to make change. I’m looking around and taking action where I can and I hope you will too! One thing I am doing is hosting a Labyrinth Walk for Peace on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, November 25, from 1-4pm. I just spent a week immersed in labyrinths and am now convinced, MORE THAN EVER, that they are truly a path to peace. Walking a labyrinth leads to a calmer energy in the body, healthier brains, conflict resolution, and so much more. If you’d like to hear more of my thoughts on labyrinths, listen here to this recent “Houston Matters” interview. I was so happy to do an audio labyrinth walk and to share my love for this meditative tool. If you’d like to learn about all the labyrinths in Houston, click here for our handy dandy list. Heading out of town and still want to walk a labyrinth? Then check out the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator. They have more than 5,000 labyrinths from around the world in there!

On Tuesday of last week I had the pleasure of driving people to the polls. A news crew followed me and, in the end, we decided that a vote for ART CARS was really the best vote! It was fun for all of us to run around in my Phoenix Rising Art Car – click here for the news story. I hope you’ll consider doing that for the next election, no matter which side you are on.

Have a great weekend, love one another, please share this, and go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of November 18-20, 2016
Picks for Adults the Weekend of November 18-20, 2016

Astronaut at Space Center Houston


The City of Webster presents Astronaut at Space Center Houston through December 5. This super cool show offers 26 immersive experiences in which visitors will investigate what it takes to be a space explorer by testing the physical and psychological effects of living in microgravity.

Lives Matter


I’m pleased to announce that my artwork – a piece called “Black Lives Matter” – will be on view in the open call show, Lives Matter. The exhibition kicks off with a fun party this Saturday, November 19, 7-10pm and will be on view through January 29.

I Wanna Be Your Dog Benefit Concert


Barrio Dogs of Houston invites you to join them for their I Wanna Be Your Dog” Benefit Concert this Sunday, November 20, starting at noon. Kids can learn about pet care, grooming, spaying/neutering – all while enjoying music and family-friendly fun.

Via Colori


It’s time for chalk to take over the streets! The annual Via Colori festival will take place at City Hall this weekend – November 19 and 20 – and all proceeds benefit the Center for Hearing and Speech.

The First Noel


The Ensemble Theatre presents the holiday musical The First Noel,” a heartwarming story of three families of find restored joy at Christmas time. It’s onstage November 17 – December 30.

This is Modern Art


It’s the final weekend of the Landing Theatre Company’s latest show, This is Modern Art,” which gives us a glimpse into the anonymous lives of graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art.

Ignite Your Life!


Here’s a great way to get a jump on your holiday shopping: this Saturday, November 19, from 2-4pm, stop by the beautiful store, Body Mind & Soul and shop at my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! trunk show. I am an intuitive guide on Mondays at the store so while you shop, I’ll provide quick “IGNITE!” guidance sessions in which I’ll help you uncover what ignites your life in less than five minutes. For the trunk show, I’ll be selling bracelets made by sober teens, photographs from my “IGNITE YOUR LIFE!” art project, and special fun “ignite!” t-shirts that come in five cute colors. All proceeds will benefit the “Ignite Your Life!” art project, including my work with the recovery community and with kids.

Labyrinty Walk for Peace


It's been a rough election season and it's time for some PEACE surrounding it. One of the best ways to enjoy peace is to walk a labyrinth. I am bringing a pop-up chakra prism labyrinth to the Pop Up Peace Fest at the Live Oak Friends Meeting House at 1318 W. 26th Street on Friday, November 25. Walking it will calm your mind, soothe your frazzled nerves, and help make a global shift in the planet. It's long been known that changing the energy changes the world and that's what we'll do with this walk. The labyrinth will be available for your use from 1-4pm and I will guide you with instructions on how to walk it. WE WILL GET THROUGH ALL OF THIS!

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Astronaut Lands at Space Center Houston Celebrate the Barrio Dogs of the East End Labyrinth Walk for Peace (11/25) The First Noel at the Ensemble Theatre Lives Matter Artwork at the Art Car Museum Via Colori Chalk Art Festival Downtown The Landing Theatre Company and This is Modern Art VIDEO PICK: Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown show hits Houston! Ignite Your Life! Trunk Showat Body, Mind & Soul Store (11/19)