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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.


Well, ya’ll, holiday time is officially here! Halloween got us warmed up and now here comes the trifecta of fun: Thanksgiving break, the winter holiday, and New Year’s. There are a lot of things going on and, as always, I’m trying to sift through them for you. Below I PICK-ed a couple of versions of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol as well as the re-opening of the Wortham (yippee!) and the opening of a brand-new art space. And…I highly recommend the annual “H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade” which starts at 9am, rain or shine. If the weather is good, I’ll be there!

Thanksgiving also kicks off the shopping season. Of course there is Black Friday” this Friday, November 23 – but there’s also an alternative shopping experience this Friday: the annual Quaker Barter Fair on “Buy Nothing Day,” also this Friday. I prefer to barter rather than shop and the Quaker Fair is just so fun for everyone (kids AND adults). There are also a few other shopping celebrations – Small Business Saturday” this Saturday, November 24; “Cyber Monday” next Monday, November 26; and “Giving Tuesday” next Tuesday, November 27. Each shopping day has its own focus and I recommend you learn more about them.

For you families out there, I know it can be stressful when school is out this week, so I’ve rounded up a few of my fave fall drop-in camps, all in my first KID PICK below. And – as I told you last week, Dessert Gallery has a fun promo through this Friday, November 23 (note they are closed on Thanksgiving). 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. All the deets are below.

And, finally, if you are noodling around for volunteering ideas, watch this week’s VIDEO PICK. ABC Channel 13 has plenty of ideas.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I am VERY grateful that you are my reader and I’m grateful for all the arts organizations that give us so much.


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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Picks for Kids November 20-25, 2018
Picks for Adults November 20-25, 2018

Thanksgiving Week Camps


I rounded up a few Thanksgiving week camps: the Houston YMCA is offering Beyond the Bell holiday camps at select locations; the Huntsville Family YMCA, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, the Trotter Family YMCA, The Woodlands Family YMCA Branch Crossing, the Thelma Ley Anderson Family YMCA, and the Wendel D. Ley Family YMCA are all offering Thanksgiving camps. Also offering camps this week are Art Mix, Discover Gymnastics, Houston Gymnastics Academy, Main Street Theater, and Space Center Houston.

Christmas is Comin’ Uptown


The traditional story of “A Christmas Carol” gets a jazzy and colorful makeover in the Ensemble Theatre’s Christmas is Comin’ Uptown production, onstage through December 29. In this version, Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord who is just about to foreclose on a tenement house and a church when a surprise visit from an “old friend” and some groovy ghosts make him reconsider. Tickets start at $44 and are available here.

A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas


It’s time for the annual holiday theatre classic, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas,” presented by the Alley Theatre and onstage through December 30. The production is a family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. The production is a bit different each year but the timely message of redemption and the spirit of the holiday season is always there.

Art Machine Gallery


The Art Machine Gallery is a new exhibition space dedicated to local artists that is opening with art by five artists this Saturday, November 24 from 5-9pm – more details are here. The gallery is space #223 in the Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer Street. The Silos features 97 workspaces for over 100 artists, and it offers retail, gallery, and office space for creative entrepreneurs.

The Nutcracker


It’s so exciting – the Houston Ballet officially returns to their home at the Wortham Theater with a brand-new joyous production of The Nutcracker by Stanton Welch AM. This holiday celebration is the Ballet’s 2018/2019 season opener and features beloved characters from this timeless classic set to Tchaikovsky’s splendid score. Everyone will get to join Clara in holiday revelry as she journeys from her home on Christmas Eve, through a magical Christmas tree, and into the whimsical Kingdom of Sweets, accompanied by her Nutcracker Prince. The show is onstage November 23-December 29.

The Priests


The internationally-acclaimed classical singing trio from Northern Ireland, The Priests, will be here this Saturday, November 24 at 8pm for a memorable evening of heartfelt song and humor; click here for more information. The priests are The Very Reverend Eugene O’Hagan, Martin O’Hagan, and David Delargy – collectively known as The Priests (and all real priests.) An instant success, their debut album was released in more than 40 countries and was the subject of TV documentaries in the UK and USA. The Priests view their music as a force for good with a unifying quality that brings together people of all faiths.

Dessert Gallery

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