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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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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there! I hope you can spend time with your family and that you will also help those in need. If you need some suggestions of where to go for help, check out the Volunteer Houston website and also click here for the City Wide Club events to feed and clothe our homeless friends on Thanksgiving Day (only the afternoon shift is available) and on Christmas Eve. And if you want to catch Houston’s big ole’ annual City of Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade downtown click here for all the info.

The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25, is Black Friday– a crazy day of hitting the malls and finding deals. It can be fun but if you’re not into that, how about these alternative events? Join me at a Labyrinth Walk for Peace” from 1-4pm at Live Oak Friends Meeting in the Heights. Listen here for a recent interview I did about labyrinths and click here for a handy dandy list of Houston labyrinths. Also happening on Friday is the very cool Great Thanksgiving Listen,” an annual event organized by StoryCorps to empower high school students to create an oral history project with an elder. And, finally, how about saving all your shopping dollars for Small Business Saturday? Yes, it’s an event started by American Express but, hey, shop our locally-owned businesses and you’ll help our own economy grow!

It’s holiday time – a time when there are many similar happenings around town so I’ll help you sort through them as I can. For this week’s KID PICKS, I highlighted three organizations that are presenting a version of “The Nutcracker” story. Next week I’ll be highlighting three holiday lights shows. Enjoy!

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of November 25-27, 2016
Picks for Adults the Weekend of November 25-27, 2016

The Nutcracker


Head to northwest Houston for another version of The Nutcracker this weekend, November 25 through November 27, at Woodlands College Park High School Theatre.

Right Here, Right Now


Right Here, Right Now is a home-grown exhibition featuring work by three Houston artists - Amy Blakemore, Thedra Cullar-Ledford, and Susie Rosmarin. The show closes this weekend on Sunday November 27.

The Nutcracker


This is the debut year of Houston Ballet director Stanton Welch’s version of The Nutcracker,” taking over from the long-running Ben Stevenson version. This “opulent new production” is onstage from November 25-December 27.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years


The Museum of Fine Arts has excellent films all year long and this Thanksgiving weekend (November 25-27), they’ll have Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.”

The Nutcracker


Next month, enjoy this traditional version of The Nutcracker told in a more intimate way with the Allegro Ballet of Houston on December 17 and 18.

Wolf Hall


“Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” are two three-hour shows with 25 players each that explore life in old England and characters such as King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. They are playing in repertory now through December 18.

Art of Sound


My son’s longtime violin teacher, Tim Browning, is now offering lessons in your home through his music school, the Art of Sound. He’s very engaging with kids and will work with you or your children starting at any level on a variety of instruments (violin, viola, piano) and he can also teach voice or music theory lessons. Children of all ages show academic improvement when they study music and music has been shown to stave off neurological difficulties and aging issues in adults. Get started today by contacting Tim via phone at 832.452.7970 or email at The monthly tuition is $150 for weekly half hour lessons and $250 for weekly hour lessons. Cash/check/credit/Apple & Android Pay are accepted.

Gift Guide 2016


Do you have a unique product that you’d like to let GISH PICKS readers know about? I’ll be featuring a round-up of just a few unique items in next week’s edition so contact me if you’d like your product(s) included by replying to this email.

Creative books, music/dance/theatre lessons and tickets, toys (for kids AND adults!), and more all make great gifts. Let me help you sell them!

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Sarah Gish
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Head to The Woodlands for The Nutcracker of the North Houston Ballet Presents a Brand-New Version of The Nutcracker Advertise in Our Holiday Gift Guide! The Nutcracker Presented by the Allegro Ballet of Houston Three Local Artists Are Featured in Right Here, Right Now Unique Films Onscreen at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at Main Street Theater VIDEO PICK: Enjoy a Clip of Last Year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Music lessons with Mr. Tim