WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
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Well, it’s finally over! We have elected ourselves the next President, passed many laws, voted for bond money for HISD, and stayed up late watching returns. No matter your political persuasion, I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief that it’s over and can now get back to business, whatever that business may be.
I’m here to help you with your cultural business and it’s a BUSY week full of films, festivals, and fun for kids and adults alike as you can read below. I am hosting a very special event that I hope you’ll attend: the closing of my exhibition MOD MANDALAS: THE CHAKRA SERIES at 14 Pews this Sunday, November 11 from 1-5pm. We’ll have mandala kid yoga at 1:30pm led by the very wonderful teacher Simplicity Love and a screening of the moving film I AM which encourages compassion over competition – a good message for all of us. We’ll have mandala coloring available throughout the afternoon as well as tea courtesy of The Path of Tea, cupcakes from Marioly’s Cakes, and greeting cards for sale that will benefit the “Walk for Mental Health.” And, of course, you’ll get to see my mandalas – big pieces that are 24"x24” each using a recycled hubcap. I’d love for you to join us!
Speaking of the movie I AM, I’m giving away one FREE copy that director Tom Shadyac sent me himself! He’s the director of hits like THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE, and BRUCE ALMIGHTY. He had a near-death experience which inspired the journey documented in I AM. To win your very own copy of this fab film, head to Facebook land, find GISH PICKS, and hit LIKE. I’ll pick a winner 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!). Congrats to new GISH PICKS Facebook page LIKE-ers Shannon Bishop and Shelley Kaplan who won free tickets to see the Mama Doni Band concert last Sunday at the ERJCC.
Other events around town include the Art Dwellers Christmas Arts Market this Saturday, November 10 in Stevenson Park in Friendswood – I’ll be there with my HUBBA HUBBA ART CAR along with some of my art car artist friends. Saturday, November 10 is “World Art Car Day” so Houston art car artists are going wild with a kids’ workshop at the Art Car Museum from noon-3pm and an illuminated art car cruise starting at Khon’s on Milam at 8pm. While you’re at the Art Car Museum, be sure to check out my piece of art in their “God” show – it’s called “Spirituality.” Also on this weekend is a big ole’ History Fair and Symposium on Saturday, November 10, which features a “Children’s History Session” at 10:30am with Andrea White reading from a book she co-authored, The Very Long Life of Alice's Playhouse; historian Betty Chapman unveiling the City’s new children’s activity book on preservation and Leah White performing from her album OUR ROOTS ARE STRONG which contains 14 cool songs about historic Houston landmarks.
Have a great week, be kind to others, and GO.FIND.FUN.