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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!

It’s a bizzy, dizzy week for me as I get ready to open my exhibition MOD MANDALAS: THE CHAKRA SERIES tomorrow night at 14 Pews from 7-9pm. Join me if you want complimentary massages by Liz Keels, LMT, a chakra meditation by Melanie Harrell, and treats by Haven and The Path of Tea. We’ll close out the show on Sunday, November 11 with mandala kid yoga by Simplicity Love of Divine Kid Yoga at 1:30pm and a screening of the wonderful film I AM at 3pm. Mark your calendars now and plan to bring your kids for all that fun!

Congrats to new GISH PICKS Facebook page LIKE-er Adriene Yunuen Perez Vertti, who won passes for dance classes at Planet Funk Academy, which offers a lively Saturday morning’s kids’ Hip Hop class as well as a slew of other funky dance ed. Want to win your own passes? Go to Facebook land, find GISH PICKS, and hit LIKE. I’ll pick winners from my new fans so good luck! (P.S. While you’re in Facebook land, please like my page for THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS). Many thanks!).

There is a lot going on around town so have a great week and GO.FIND.FUN.

Events for the Weekend of October 5, 2012

Silk Painting Greeting Cards


Join Houston Center for Contemporary Craft on October 6, from 11am-3pm for their monthly, free HANDS-ON HOUSTON event on first Saturdays. This month, children and adults will create beautiful greeting cards made with silk painting, using the “resist” technique. Resists, such as the wax technique of Batik, are applied to the silk before painting to stop the different colors from bleeding. Annabel Richardson, HCCC volunteer, will guide participants in using the Serti technique using water-based Gutta resist to create pictures, symbols and intricate patterns on their fabric. After participants create and draw their own designs on silk, the resist will be applied to the outline of the design and silk paint added for color. The finished piece will then be attached to cardstock to create an original greeting card. All ages are welcome and materials are provided.

Before or after the activity, visitors can explore the new exhibition, “CraftTexas 2012,” featuring the best in Texas-made craft by 40 artists who work in a variety of media. For more information, visit



River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) welcomes its 40 all-star musicians, guest conductor Joseph Caballe-Domenech, and piano soloist Anne-Marie McDermott as it opens its 2012-2013 concert season with "Fiesta!" October 6, 5pm, at The Church of St. John the Divine. This concert features music by Spanish and Argentine composers and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, and will be “the most fun you can have with serious music.”

Bring the whole family and enroll the kids (10 and under) in ROCOrooters. Kids will receive a music lesson, a trip into the concert hall, and pizza and movies while you enjoy the performance and the chance to go out for a post-concert dinner. Reservations are required, so reserve your space and buy your concert tickets today at!

A Casual Evening of Contemporary Dance


This Saturday, October 6, at 8pm, Ad Deum Dance Company and ADII will host "A Casual Evening of Contemporary Dance" at their home studio at West University Dance Centre, 4007 Bellaire Boulevard. There will be limited seating at this intimate show (so get their early!) that will feature four beautiful, creative, and dynamic dance offerings created by Randall Flinn, Shizu Yasuda, Ryan Corriston and Daniel Cossette. And everyone can enjoy a post performance discussion with the dancers and choreographers.

Sarah Gish


Melissa Noble is my hair stylist and she recently fixed up my hair and makeup for a new headshot (seen here) with Angela LaMonte of Only Once Images. Believe me, I don’t always look that good – those two women work intuitively with their clients to make them shine! Melissa is a multi-faceted and passionate independent hairstylist and make-up artist who has built a reputation and client base in the cultural community from word of mouth by sculpting each person’s hair to its natural movement as well as adding longevity with the shape and cut.

She truly understands wavy, frizzy, complicated hair and can easily work with ANY kind of hair. Her specialty is her attention to the detail of precision cutting and “carving” each hairstyle while being sensitive to her client’s lifestyle needs as well as with color. She is always accountable and service oriented. I promise you’ll not only get full attention from her without all the noise or attitude of a large shop but you’ll also get great conversation as Melissa is actively involved in many local arts nonprofits, including KPFT-FM, DiverseWorks, and Project Row Houses.

Melissa operates in a quiet, serene, art-filled studio that overlooks a garden in the Montrose area where she was raised. For appointments, contact her at 713.520.5878, or at

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

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