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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.


THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is busy with their beautiful new Glassell School of Art building. One of my favorite ways to bring art to life is through the educational programs at the Glassell School of Art, which includes the Glassell Junior School, featuring art classes for kids 3-18 years old, and the Glassell Studio School, featuring studio-art courses, art-history instruction, and workshops for adults. This week, the spring registration for the children’s art classes at the Glassell Junior School opens up so register your darlings before it’s full. And if you’d like to enjoy a unique shopping experience, check out the Glassell Studio School Student Art Sale next weekend (December 6-8).

It’s not easy taking kids to movies – especially when they’re young! I used to manage movie theatres (Landmark’s River Oaks, Greenway, and Saks theatres) and I remember learning about the concept of Crying Rooms.” I only saw one – apparently they were very popular in years past. These days, parents have to be more creative about kids-n-movies. There are a few places that have special screenings for parents and kids together, plus – some of them offer sensory-friendly screenings for kids that need a calmer atmosphere in which to view films. Click on the theatre name for their family-friendly and/or special needs offerings: Alamo Drafthouse La Centerra; AMC; Regal; and Studio Movie Grill. For family-friendly movies anytime, head to Hockley, Texas for the Showboat Drive-In Theater, which has two feature films on a big ole’ screen every Friday and Saturday. And if you’re looking for sensory-friendly live performances by local arts groups, be sure to check out the Hobby Center for Performing Arts’ “Discovery Sensory Friendly Series.” The next show is “Peter and the Wolf” by WindSync next Tuesday, December 4 at 9:30am and 7pm; click here for information about FREE tickets for families.

This Saturday, December 1 is “World AIDS Day,” a day to raise awareness about one of the most destructive pandemics in history. In Houston, the Aids Foundation Houston is hosting a luncheon this Friday, November 30, and the Rothko Chapel is commemorating the day with a special event that starts at 8am the morning of December 1 (click here for more info) and Legacy Community Health is commemorating it that evening (click here for more info).


MORE ABOUT THIS BLOG

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of November 30-December 2, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of November 30-December 2, 2018


Story Time

BRAZOS BOOKSTORE

Brazos Bookstore is a unique place for book-related events and community gatherings – get ye there soon if you’ve never been. Every Saturday at 10:30am, they host a “Story Time” for children (the next one is this Saturday, December 1) and this Sunday, December 2, at 5:30pm, the store is hosting their annual “Holiday Open House.” Click here for their full list of events. I promise you’ll be inspired every time you visit!


Cigna Sunday Streets Houston

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF SPECIAL EVENTS

This Sunday, December 2 from 4-8pm, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events is hosting the Main Street Holiday Edition of their ongoing festival – Cigna Sunday Streets Houston.” The outdoor event is an initiative to promote and improve the health of Houstonians by opening a stretch of streets normally reserved for cars and other vehicles to allow cycling, walking, dancing, socializing, and family-friendly activities that encourage people to be physically active. It’s super fun and free!


Houston’s Urban Nutcracker

LAB PERFORMING ARTS INITIATIVE

Houston’s Urban Nutcracker stars a young black dancer and provides a new and exciting twist on the holiday classic while exploring the proud cultural heritage of the city of Houston through dance, music, and narration. The show is onstage at the Hobby Center for the Arts this Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 and is presented by the Lab Performing Arts Initiative, a nonprofit that focuses on young people who are under-represented in the world of dance. Tickets can be purchased here.


Dickens on the Strand

GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

It’s time for the annual celebration of all things Dickens – Dickens on the Strand is organized by the Galveston Historical Foundation and takes place all weekend long (November 30 - December 2). The festival highlights downtown Galveston’s Victorian-era architecture and features events that celebrate Charles Dickens’ work with parades, live entertainment, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and more. As always, relatives of Dickens will be in attendance.


Magical Chanukah Festival

THE SHUL OF BELLAIRE

Chanukah starts this weekend, taking place December 2-10 this year. The Shul of Bellaire is hosting a public Magical Chanukah Festival this Sunday, December 2 starting at 4pm at the Bellaire Town Square at 7008 S. Rice Avenue. Following the Festival, there will be a lighting of the Bellaire menorah at 5:30pm. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/children. The Shul of Bellaire is a hub of spirituality and social activities for Jewish adult professionals and children.


Annual Indonesian Festival Houston (AIFH)

INDO-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SOUTHEASTERN CENTRAL USA

Houston’s rich diversity is on full display at this year’s Annual Indonesian Festival Houston (AIFH),” which will take place from 10am-5pm on Saturday, December 1 at Jones Plaza downtown and Sunday, December 2 at The Consulate General of Indonesia, 10900 Richmond Avenue. The theme of this year’s event is “Remarkable Indonesia” and there will be a showcase of Indonesian products including culinary flavors, home goods, apparel and accessories, and a batik fashion show, as well as traditional dances and music. Tickets are $7/each; kids under 12 are free.



GUIDANCE SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10:30am-5:30pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. Let’s connect if you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both). I use my intuitive skills and my many years of studying 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. Finding your personal mission will exponentially increase your ability to succeed in life while also attracting an abundance of joy. 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. NEW: I am now doing guidance 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.

And if you’re looking for a way to increase the peace in your life, please join me for our Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston at 500 Fannin Street. My next walk will be NEXT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9am-11am. Free parking is available in the Christ Church Cathedral garage at 559 San Jacinto Street; bring your ticket in to get it validated. We are creating quite a community with these monthly walks – join us! New people will tour the center and we’ll all walk the labyrinth and make art. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator and love sharing what I know with others. Register for the walk here or at the door. You’ll leave with something you’ve made, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on the art of walking labyrinths. If you’d like to read more about my work and Houston labyrinths, click here for a recent article in the Houston Chronicle.


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GISH CREATIVE
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Guidance Sessions (weekly on Mondays and by phone) Video: Houstonians will hit the road with this weekend’s Cigna Sunday Streets Remarkable Indonesia Cultural Festival Dickens on the Strand in Galveston Downtown Houston Hosts Sunday Streets Bellaire Chanukah Festival on Sunday Brazos Bookstore Holiday & Kid Fun Houston’s Urban Nutcracker at Hobby Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (Saturday, December 8)