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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!


Happy Thanksgiving to you! We finally have leaves falling and chilly days here and there so there ain’t no denying: the holidays have come to town! If you are a parade & early morning kind of person, head downtown to the annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade which starts at 9am. This week - and Thanksgiving Day itself - there are plenty of volunteer opportunities. Meals on Wheels, the City Wide Club of America, Operation Turkey, and the Houston Food Bank are all ready for your helping hands this week. Be sure to check out this week’s VIDEO PICK for a close-up look at the Houston Food Bank; they take volunteers 6 years old and up. I found a fun Thanksgiving game for kiddos to create at home and play this week - you can see my post about my art class with it here. And there’s one more thing I want to let you know regarding Thanksgiving. Our understanding of history is always evolving as new research comes to light and there has been much re-thinking and re-learning about that first Thanksgiving feast. I found this article which gives some great tips on how to frame a new vision of our fourth Thursday in November.

I recently had a fantastic time with my older son - we were on our monthly “Mom/Son Date,” something we’ve been doing since he was in middle school and now he’s 24, so it’s even more precious. I shared that idea with a friend and she vowed to start it with her kids. So I’m sharing that idea with you, in hopes that you’ll start it (or continue it!) with your kids, your spouse, your parents, your siblings. When we have regular commitments, we stay connected. I do a food date with my foodie older son and an art date (museum, theatre, movie, etc.) with my theatre major younger son. Find what you both like and enjoy it together! Something most of my family loves is board game night - we’ll be playing this Friday night. Maybe you will be playing games over the holiday too?!

My ADULT PICKS this week are a bit ethereal - about the transcendence of the sun and a talk on life, genetics, and evolution for everyday folks. I hope you’ll just go with it and explore some new topics! Further down is information about a holiday sale in which I’m participating - selling jewelry and other fun things. It’s on Saturday, December 14, noon-5pm at the Heights Ironworks and all the info is here. I hope to see you there!

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 Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC), an organization ready to serve <anyone> in need of food and clothing. Since 1983, EAC has been providing food and clothing direct distribution services to the Houston community.


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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Please be sure to tell your friends about GISH PICKS – the more people who know about these unique cultural events, the more unique cultural events the organizations will offer us. Please also tell the orgs that I sent you. My business grows by word of mouth so I thank you for your continued support.

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

A.D. Players


The timeless classic “Miracle on 34th Street” hits the George Theater starting tomorrow night with a less expensive preview (Wednesday night, November 27) and then running from November 29 through December 29. You know the story: it’s Christmas 1947 and there’s a crazy old man who truly believes he is Santa at New York’s Macy’s department store. I loved the movie so it’ll be fun to see how they bring it to life onstage. Tickets start at $20 and you can purchase them here.

Ensemble Theatre


Longtime artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre, Eileen Morris, is the director of their world premiere holiday entry, “More Than Christmas,” which is onstage through December 29. What’s unique about this production is that it features original music alongside familiar Christmas carols. The show centers around the Mercy family’s annual Christmas gathering, which becomes more than merriment as faith and forgiveness are put on the table. There will be American Sign Language interpretation during the 2pm and 8pm shows this Saturday, November 30.

Find a Christmas Tree Farm


I’ll bet you didn’t know there was a Christmas Tree Growers Association! There is and they are ready to go! There are several special events happening at places where you can cut down your own tree and they have a full list of farms here. And if you are feeling intrepid and want to grow your own tree, instructions are here. I can smell the pine already!

Dewberry Farm opens up this weekend with their “Trail of Lights” show and the High Star Christmas Tree Farm offers educational tours that teach about stewardship of the land through December 20.

Anjali Center for Peforming Arts


This Saturday, November 30 at 4pm, Anjali Center for Performing Arts presents “ANSHUMAN: Homage to the Sun God” at the Jewish Community Center. At the center of the dance is the climate crisis and our treatment of the sun, and the show will explore how the sun has been worshipped from time immemorial in almost every country around the world and the many names by which the sun is known. You’ll see celebration and devastation and, in the end, it’s a tribute to the sun’s immense power and a plea to respect it.

Houston Museum of Natural Science & Alamo Drafthouse


A couple of theatres in town are throwing up the classic holiday film “A Christmas Story” on the big screen this season. It will be at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this Friday, November 29 at 6:30pm; all the info is here. And the Alamo Drafthouse La Centerra is showing it on Sunday, December 8 and Friday, December 13; all the info on those screenings is here. I’d like to re-watch it just for the “Triple Dog Dare” scene!

Work-in-Progress Screenplay Reading Series


Spend your Saturday afternoon (November 30, 3-5pm) enjoying a free lecture at the Czech Museum! Dr. Panagiotis Katsonis of the Baylor College of Medicine will present a lecture addressed to non-scientists -- “Life, Evolution, and Human Genetics.” His talk will offer an easy-to-understand view of the world through the lens of genetics - from the first cells to humans and their diseases, such as cancer. You’ll learn how life appeared on Earth, why we look the way we do - and more!


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.

Heights Ironworks Holiday Market

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Sarah Gish
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Holiday Market at Heights Ironworks (Saturday, December 14)Life Path Sessions with Sarah at Body Mind & Soul (Mondays)Video: Learn more about the Houston Food BankLecture on Evolution.Life.Genetics."Homage to the Sun God" Dance"More Than Christmas" World Premiere "A Christmas Story" on Two Screens Christmas Tree Farm Fun "Miracle on 34th Street" at the George