WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
I feel empowered today! I just got back from the wonderful Mountainfilm in Telluride film fest and after seeing documentary films about the environment (CHASING ICE, TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM, and LIVING DOWNSTREAM), reconciliation after war (FAMBOL TOK), and art (DELTA BLUES and SCRAMBLEVISION), I am moved and enlightened and ready to step up my activist game. We’ll be bringing Mountainfilm to Houston again next February 22 and 23, so mark your calendars now and plan to join me in changing the world! My biggest concern these days is climate change so I wanted to let you know about a couple of eco-kid organizations that you might want to get involved with or start at your kids’ schools: Kids for Saving Earth and Kids vs. Global Warming. I learned about Kids vs. Global Warming when I saw the film TRUST this weekend at Mountainfilm; it’s the inspiring story of a teenager who founded a nonprofit and filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government for not protecting our natural resources. We need to save the planet so it will be there for our kids and generations to come so I hope you’ll join me in doing what you can. An easy way to begin is to limit your use of plastic bags and plastic water bottles. Los Angeles recently became the largest U.S. city to do so (click here for the story) and I plan to encourage Houston’s City Council to follow suit.
Summer begins this week (gasp!) so I want to recommend a couple of movies about parenting to help you laugh through the first days of summer – check ‘em out after the kids are in bed! I watch the hilarious Steve Martin movie PARENTHOOD at least once a year. And I stumbled across the film MOTHERHOOD when asked to preview it for my GISH AT THE MOVIES column. “Must a woman’s soul wither and die simply because she opted to become a mother? I want to finish the laundry AND a complex sentence, to think tantalizing deep thoughts, and throw a magical birthday party for my daughter. Is that truly too much to ask?” says Uma Thurman, who stars as the frazzled mom. If you can relate, you’ll love this movie! And speaking of movies, plan to join me next Friday, June 8 at dusk at Discovery Green for a presentation by the Aurora Picture Show of a film screening I put together featuring shorts for, by, and about kids. The “I Can Do Anything!” film screening opens with music by Girls Rock Houston and will be a blast, I promise!
Want to win a free copy of THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS? Like my GISH PICKS Facebook page TODAY and you’ll score! I’ll send you a book as soon as I get your mailing address. I’ll be doing this throughout the summer, so stay tuned for announcements here and be sure to check your Facebook message box to see if you’re a winner.
I’m still posting (almost) daily about “Houston Gems” – places, people, and things that make Houston great – so follow me on twitter (www.twitter.com/sarahgish) or “like” my HOUSTON GEMS Facebook page to learn about cool Houston. All my past gems are archived on twitter (search for #houstongems) and on the Facebook page, so you can grab them and EXPLORE! And I know you’ll be looking for more fun field trip ideas for your family, so check out my ATTRACTIONS page on my website. There’s no excuse not to get out there and see the wide world of Houston!
Have a great week and GO.FIND.FUN.