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My two favorite things about May are the Houston Art Car Parade and Mother’s Day! They always fall on the same weekend so my continuous struggle to balance my art and my mothering are played out with the two worlds colliding on the second Sunday in May. I’ll probably never get it just right, but that’s ok as long as I am having fun doing both. And thankfully, since I’m the mom and get to choose how I’ll spend my time on Mother’s Day, I always combine Art Car events with Mama’s Day. Read below for how to get the most out of this weekend and to catch a glimpse at my car, HUBBA HUBBA ART CAR– it’s #151 so don’t miss it!

In honor of Mother’s Day, the International Museum of Women has a new online exhibition, MAMA’S WORK: MOTHERHOOD AROUND THE GLOBE. It’s a comfort to know women around the world also struggle with balancing work and motherhood – but how can we lessen the load? This show attempts to answer that and other questions mothers face. And here in Houston, the “Queens of Creativity” (gotta love that name!) have organized a special show honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood. Their “Mother Earth Exhibition” will be on view all month at the Museum of Cultural Arts, Houston/MOCAH.

It’s almost summer, so get ready! You can purchase THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS online and from several local wonderful retailers listed on my site. Thanks also to the advertisers in the book – without them, it would be a mere dream. Please pay special attention to the scrolling list of my advertisers in the banner ad in this newsletter and support them. If you work downtown, come see me tomorrow at the Central Library downtown at noon as I present "Gabbing with Gish," a series of short, interactive talks on select topics throughout May and June on Thursdays during the lunch hour. Bring a brown bag and let’s get fired up! Tomorrow’s talk will be about how to have a fun summer with your kids and I’ll also be selling my book.

Tonight I’ll be at the City’s new Green Building Resource Center (inside the City of Houston Permitting Center) during the event “Celebrate Green Houston,” a fundraiser for one of my fave organizations, Houston Greeters. From 6-8pm, you can join The Honorable Bill and Andrea White, Federico Marques of Ruggles Green, and Gordon Quan, Chairman of the Houston Greeters, to celebrate Houston's achievements in efficiency and sustainability. Tickets are $15/advance and can be purchased here or $20 at the door. There will be healthy bites from Ruggles Green, wine tastings, art exhibits, inspired fashion designs and eclectic tunes as well as tours of the Resource Center. I personally can’t wait to see this new building that I’ve heard so much about. My art car will be parked in front, so you can’t miss the party.

I’m still posting (almost) daily about “Houston Gems” – places, people, and things that make Houston great – so follow me on twitter ( or “like” my new Facebook page to learn about cool Houston each day. All my past gems are archived on twitter (search for #houstongems) and on the Facebook page, so you can grab them and EXPLORE! While you’re in Facebook land, please slide over to my GISH PICKS site to like it too. Thanks so much for helping me spread the word on cultural activities for families.

Have a great week and GO.FIND.FUN.

Events for the Weekend of May 11, 2012

Hubba Hubba Art Car


I’m a daily driver of a wacky art car (see it here), so needless to say, I’m very, very excited about this weekend. It’s the 25th Anniversary of the Houston Art Car Parade, the oldest and longest parade of its kind in the world that is organized by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. They have a fantastic weekend of events this weekend; below is the list. Come on out, look for car #151, and have a ball! Details on all the events are listed on the website.

  • Thursday, May 10, The Legendary Art Car Ball, 7-11pm at The Orange Show, 2400 Block of Munger Street

  • Friday, May 11, Main Street Drag, 9am-1pm, all over Houston

  • Friday, May 11, Sneak Peek at Discovery Green, 6:30-10:30pm, Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney

  • Saturday, May 12, The 25th Annual Houston Art Car Parade, 9am-3pm (Parade rolls at 1pm), Allen Parkway

  • Sunday, May 13, The Houston Art Car Parade Awards Ceremony and Brunch, 11am-1pm

See you in the crowd of 300,000!!!

Now You Has Jazz


Music Doing Good and the Conrad Johnson Music & Fine Arts Foundation is presenting “Now You Has Jazz: Building the Next Generation of Houston Musicians” tomorrow, Thursday, May 10, 7:30pm at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall. “Now You Has Jazz” features some of the most talented up and coming young musicians and performers in Houston! The culmination of a 12 to 14 week after school musical arts enrichment program, "Now You Has Jazz" shines the spotlight on elementary, middle and high school students who apply their learned skills to a Jazz-themed ensemble performance in Music Doing Good In Schools. The program enables kids, in an engaging and inspiring way, to gain real-world knowledge of a professional artistic experience, leadership, problem solving and collaborative skills that increase self-respect and confidence.

In addition to the children in the Music Doing Good In Schools program, the show will also feature the Conrad Johnson Regional Youth Orchestra, who has played at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. This evening will inspire and uplift the audience, students and parents alike. All proceeds of ticket sales benefit Music Doing Good In Schools.

Tickets are $15/adults and $5/children.



A.D. Players is presenting "CINDERELLA" through May 25 – the show is being performed at their Main Stage location on W. Alabama Street. Cinderella is the classic story of a beautiful girl, her evil stepmother and stepsisters, and the fairy godmother who helps her meet the prince of her dreams. Enchanting and stimulating for the imagination, the story is one of goodness overcoming over evil and wickedness. Despite overwhelming odds, Cinderella’s love, dreams, and unselfishness help her triumph.

Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10:30am.

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My goal is to serve as an information resource for Houston parents through my various endeavors, including:

  • GISH PICKS, which is online and emailed out to thousands of parents and caregivers;

  • THE SUMMER BOOK®: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS which comes out annually in March and is sold at bookstores all over Houston, including Barnes and Noble; and

  • OTHER SERVICES including SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS, and ART PROGRAMS that cover topics such as summertime fun, passion-finding (for adults, children and families), marketing, historic preservation, art classes, and activism. All of these services can be tailored for any audience and budget.

Sarah Gish
Gish Creative
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone/fax: 713.482.7065


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