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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!


There is a LOT going on this weekend - and on top of that, Thanksgiving is around the corner so lights are popping up, Houston manmade snow and ice skating rinks are unfolding, singing great cheer is happening all over the place. I can’t possibly round it ALL up (my head spins just thinking about it!) so I hope you’ll get out and explore beyond what I share here. One of my favorite ways to get ready for Thanksgiving is with the contemplative annual “Houston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service,” organized by the Rothko Chapel and celebrated this year at Covenant Church tomorrow night, Thursday, November 21 (offsite since the Rothko is undergoing extensive restoration). This week’s VIDEO PICK focuses on the “Via Colori Street Painting Festival happening all weekend and if you want even more art, go experience the annual “Art Crawl Houston this Saturday, November 23 from 10am-9pm in the downtown Houston Artists Warehouse District.

Many arts groups were affected after Hurricane Harvey hit two years ago, and I was involved with helping the “Harvey Arts Recovery” program created by the Houston Arts Alliance. I received a letter from them last week with an update and I wanted to share with you that their Disaster Services program initiative is entering a new phase - in particular, they will be the official “Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster” for Houston’s cultural community. Click here to see all.

On Monday, I saw the moving and disturbing film “Always in Season” as a closing to this year’s Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Viewing it at the beautifully remodeled DeLuxe Theater in the heart of Fifth Ward was perfect and the film drove home the fact that, in spite of progress, racial injustice is alive and well in our country. So as a follow up, I plan to attend the inaugural “Emancipation Conversations” lecture series, which will kick off on Wednesday, December 11 with award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who is leading the New York Times’ “The 1619 Project,” a truth-seeking series exploring the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship’s landing and the consequences since. The lecture series is being presented by the Emancipation Park Conservancy at the park’s Cultural Center. And, if you’d like to know more about that neighborhood which is being beautifully and respectfully redeveloped - look into the Emancipation Economic Development Council, an organization that is dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of the Third Ward. They have meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month - the next one is next Tuesday, 11/26.

If you have school kids - get ready! School is out all week next week for Thanksgiving and I know that’s a stressful time sometimes -- however, I can help. Check out my round-up of Thanksgiving week camps here. And if you want the kids home all week, there’s plenty of winter happening (no matter how hot it gets!) - I found snow days and ice rinks so check out my KID PICKS below. And - I’m giving away a family four-pack of tickets to the Alley Theatre’s “A Christmas Caroland details on that are also below.

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 the Houston International Seafarer’s Center, an organization based at the Port of Houston which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. They provide an ecumenical ministry and a “home away from home” for international seafarers. 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 22 - 24, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of November 22 - 24, 2019

Alley Theatre


It's time for the annual beautiful production of the Alley Theatre's "A Christmas Carol," which this year is onstage through Friday, December 29. It's different every year and is always a wonderful way to sprinkle magic into your holiday. And the timeless tale of love over greed is such a perfect gift. Here’s another perfect gift: I AM GIVING AWAY A FAMILY FOUR-PACK TO THE SHOW (date tbd based on your schedule)! Be the first to reply to this email with I LOVE SCROOGE in the subject line and you’re the winner. Good luck!



La Vida Es Cortos/Life Is Shorts” kicks off tomorrow night (Thursday, November 21) and runs through Sunday, November 24. The production is a short play AND short film festival that features Latinx artists and stories from around this city, this country, and other Latin American nations. You’ll hear universal stories of laughter and heartache through the words and bodies of Latinx artists as navigate through life. Tickets are "Pay-What-You-Will" and can be purchased here.

Children's Museum of Houston


We Houstonians never really get much of a winter, but one way to pretend we do is to enjoy “REAL Snow Days” at the Children’s Museum of Houston, where there is always 100% chance of snow on scheduled days starting this Saturday November 23 (the full schedule of days is here). There will be snow all day in the Allen Family Courtyard and kids can see Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Santa, a live turkey, and more. Dress warm and have a blast!

Aura Contemporary Ensemble


AURA Contemporary Ensemble presents "Peculiar," an evening of music with bizarre beginnings. Featured are works that were inspired by leaflets that were dropped on Afghanistan after 9/11; a 1969 samurai film; an experiment used to test the validity of psychiatric diagnosis; and a quick trip to Boston for a one night stand. AURA will also present the US premiere of Belgian composer Piet Swerts' “Retro,” which was written for the unconventional ensemble of saxophone, violin, and piano.

Ice Skating in Houston


Who says we don’t enjoy winter? There’s snow...and ice! Annual holiday pop-up rinks are at the Woodlands Town Center (through January 20) and Discovery Green (through February 2, plus they have Frostival this coming Friday, November 22) - and there are also several year-round rinks: Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex; Bellerive Ice; Ice at the Galleria; Ice Skate Memorial City; and Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center.

Work-in-Progress Screenplay Reading Series


You can enjoy a unique and free behind-the-scenes evening of screenplay readings this Friday, November 22 at the “Work-in-Progress Screenplay Reading Series” taking place at the Ensemble Theatre. You’ll hear four brand new, work-in-progress film scripts by local Houston screenwriters. Each excerpt will run about 15 minutes and will feature professional actors bringing each script to life for the first time. You’ll be encouraged to give feedback and it’s a great opportunity to learn about the making of filmed stories. Snacks and beverages will be provided!


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
phone: 713.492.1173

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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.Work-in-Progress Screenplay ReadingAura Contemporary Ensemble's "Peculiar""Life is Shorts" Play & Film Fest Round-up of Ice Skating Rinks Real Snow Days at the Children's Museum "A Christmas Carol" at Alley Theatre