READY FOR A GREAT WEEKEND?!
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!
We are the most diverse city in the country, not only because of the over 100 languages spoken here every day, but also because of the diversity of events offered and places to hang our (cowboy) hats. 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. Here’s to many more years of GISH PICKS!
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Each year as we glide into a jam-packed winter holiday season, I find myself curious about the holidays celebrated by other faiths and cultures and when they are happening. I then turn to the handy dandy Anti-Defamation League “Calendar of Observances,” which lists events from around the world – see the 2016 calendar here (just this month remaining, yikes!) and the 2017 calendar here. Also included are observances like “World Aids Day,” which was yesterday, December 1. On this day, focus is on the HIV virus which affects more than 34 billion people around the globe. The personal stories of those impacted by AIDS in Houston and Southeast Texas is being preserved in the “Houston Oral History Project” – watch my friend and activist Andrew Edmondson talk about it on Great Day Houston.
Houston is celebrating the Christmas holiday with the Mayor’s 97th annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony today, December 2, from 6-8pm at Hermann Square at City Hall. As promised, I’ve got a round-up of holiday light shows for kiddos so you can hit the lights all throughout the holidays. The Children’s Museum of Houston is displaying their annual “Seasons of Sharing” exhibit in which Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the Lunar New Year are represented in Houston’s only multicultural holiday exhibit for children. Those seven celebrations come together in a block-long "neighborhood" of houses in the Museum, lighting the way through the holiday season. You can see this show at next week’s “Mommy Mingle,” a fun time for moms/dads/caregivers of children 35 months and younger. I’ll be there with a table so stop by and say howdy!
And, finally, I want to point out two events I PICK-ed that are so important in this time of xenophobia and fear of “the other.” Man’s inhumanity to mankind is explored in a new exhibition at the Holocaust Museum Houston and the Asia Society is host to a concert of devotional music from four faith traditions. The arts have always led the way towards tolerance of ALL peoples so I hope you and your family and friends will take the time to see and hear these offerings while expanding your minds along the way.
Have a great weekend, love one another, please share this, and go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!