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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!

Speaking of Friday, please join me for my weekly PICKS-ON-WHEELS in my Phoenix Rising Art Car. Each Friday at noon, I’ll be at a different cool place – meeting people, introducing what they do and their mission, and wandering around. It’s my way of bringing GISH PICKS to life! Tune in on Fridays here. It is TOTALLY fun and I’d love for you to see them and join in by liking and commenting! AND – lucky you, I’ll be posting them here as my weekly VIDEO PICK when I can.

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The holidays have come to Houston! The City Hall Christmas tree is lit and Hanukah starts next Tuesday, December 12 with several events this week and next. And there are other celebrations of other faith traditions (see a list of the Anti-Defamation League® Calendar of Observances, which lists events commemorated by faiths from around the world). The Theatre District is full of wonderful holiday shows: the Alley Theatre is presenting A Christmas Carol” through December 30; The Nutcracker by the Houston Ballet opens this Sunday, December 10 at the Smart Financial Center and at the Hobby Center from December 30-January 6; and the Houston Grand Opera presents The House without a Christmas Tree through December 17 at their “Resistance Theatre” in the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Be sure to check out my two monthly columns: “Ignite Your Life!” in Natural Awakenings Magazine and “Gish at the Movies” in Local Houston Magazine. For this month’s Natural Awakenings article, I wrote about way 12 of my 12 Ways to Ignite Your Life Daily,” which is “Enjoy life.”/Laugh. It’s a perfect complement to my Gish at the Movies article in which I introduce readers to the very lovely iPic Houston theatre near the Galleria.

I’ve got several things I’m involved with that I want you to know about so be sure to scroll down below the PICKS to learn about them! I’m one of the artists in a cool home holiday shopping event this Saturday, December 9 from 2-4pm; my intuitive guidance sessions are available every Monday at Body Mind & Soul; and my next Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk will be this Saturday, December 9 at 10am at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer.

And, lastly, here’s a great gift idea: give lessons for kids at the Glassell Junior School (register here and see the catalogue here). If you’re interested in programming for adults at the MFAH and any of their other museums, please click here.

Please love one another, please share this, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of December 8-10, 2017
Picks for Adults the Weekend of December 8-10, 2017

Teddy Bear Check-Up


The holidays are here and that means it’s time for the Teddy Bear Check-Up at the Health Museum this Saturday, December 9 from 9am-1pm. There will be breakfast and a visit by Santa Claus and kids will learn that check-ups are fun by watching their bear’s check-up. Kids will learn about proper oral hygiene, the importance of exercise, and much more.

Mother and Child


This year’s annual Houston Chamber Choir holiday performance at the Chapel at Villa de Matel is Mother and Child,” being presented in five performances this weekend. Beloved carols and works destined to become classics are offered by the Chamber Choir in the serene beauty of the Chapel of the Villa de Matel. The Treble Choir of Houston at Christ Church Cathedral will sing at the matinee performances.

Hannukah around Houston


Hanukkah begins next Tuesday, December 12, and there are several events in the coming days to celebrate: a workshop at the Children’s Museum; the Bellaire Chanukah Festival; and the Menorah lighting at the Galleria. For a complete list of events in Houston, click here.

Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam through Time & Place


There are two exhibits of Islamic art on view right now so take advantage! Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam through Time & Place showcases the long history, vast geographic expanse, and amazing diversity of works of art in the Islamic world and will be on view through February 25,2018. And Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait will be on view through January 7, 2018 at the MFAH. While you’re there, be sure to see their permanent collection of Islamic art.

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!

Preservation Hall Jazz Band


This just makes me smile: the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is coming to The Heights Theater this Saturday, December 9 at 7pm. This is a special concert in which to see the Band, which has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history they were founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history. Enjoy!

Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk


Join me on Saturday, December 9, from 10-11:50am for my monthly Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston. We’ll tour the center, 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 your art, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on walking labyrinths.

Sarah Gish


I am an intuitive guide at Body Mind & Soul on Mondays and my goal is to IGNITE YOUR LIFE! through a 30- or 60-minute session in which we will delve into what makes your heart sing. I can help you with work and/or personal issues and it’s a great way to jump-start life changes. I’ve been doing this for over 5 years and can honestly say that every customer has walked away happy and armed with good information about themselves. For an appointment, please call the store at 713.993.0550 or call me at 713.492.1173 for more information about how I can help you.

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Sarah Gish
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