WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
Greetings and welcome to GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, a free weekly e-newsletter/blog I created as a service to the Houston community in 2003. Please enjoy and please share!
I don’t know what reminded me of this song from my childhood, but “Free to Be, You and Me” tripped across my brain this week so I thought I’d share it with you. Here’s what Marlo Thomas said about her reason for creating that song and project in 1972: while looking for suitable books for her sister’s child, “I was shocked to find that all the children's books I found reinforced old gender stereotypes of what girls and boys were supposed to be or ought to be. None of them talked about all the possibilities of what girls and boys could be.” “Free to Be, You and Me” sets out to correct that missing concept – it spawned the cd, a book, a musical, a foundation, and years of enjoyment for kids and families so I’m thinking they did their part for gender equality!
And now, on to culture: art is hitting the streets this weekend, starting with the GOD show, this year’s open call exhibition at the Art Car Museum which opens on Saturday from 7-10pm. I’ll be there with a new piece of art so stop and say howdy if you show up. We’re so lucky to have the Houston Fine Art Fair back again for a second year. This cornucopia of art from around the world in all media kicks off tomorrow night with a preview party at the Glassell School of Art; it will be open for viewing from Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16. Tickets range from $25-$125/person (will I see you at the VIP Preview Party?!). In the art film world, my friend Jeff Mills is working on a wonderful documentary about the historic Interstate Theatre company, “Before the Curtain Rises: The Story of a Texas Theatre Empire” (Interstate was the company that founded our very own 1939 River Oaks Theatre). He’s wrapping up post-production but needs funds to get the film in the can. So if you are a preservationist and want to help with fundraising efforts, please click here. Jeff will be eternally grateful!
A lot of you took up my offer for a pair of free tickets to "Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women”; congratulations to Catherine Sanchez, Kathy Riggle, Linda Weiss, Kimberly Pacetti, LaVonne Carlson, Fran Hagler, Denise Norris, Tim Tipton, Karen Cassidy, and Heather Abadie! If you are seeing your name here and didn’t hear from me about your pass for two, please reply to this email and let me know. Many of you have messaging disabled on Facebook so there is no way to get hold of you. I’m looking for more GISH PICKS Facebook page LIKErs this week, so keep connecting there! All who play this week will be eligible to win a free copy of the cd I co-produced with family recording artist Leah White, OUR ROOTS ARE STRONG. You’ll take a musical trip through fourteen of Houston’s historic landmarks on this cd we created in honor of Houston’s 175th birthday a few years ago. Good luck!
Have a great week and GO.FIND.FUN.