November 2016 Around Town 2

Hey, hey they’re the Monkees…and they’re coming to our town

Teen groups like One Direction, Backstreet Boys, and *NSYNC owe some of their success to this manufactured boy band. Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork–with various degrees of musical talent–were selected 50 years ago to open teens’ wallets with catchy songs. (Drummer Dolenz couldn’t play the drums when the group was formed.) They did that with a popular TV show, a cult film, and a string of hits.

Their music, however, endures. Stepping Stone, Monkees Theme Song, and Daydream Believer have been covered by diverse artists including Minions, Weezer, ApologetiX, the Sex Pistols, Susan Boyle and George Benson. Smashmouth’s version of I’m a Believer was featured in the first Shrek movie.

Micky and Peter make up the current band. See them Nov. 5, 
7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40-$75.

Boldly coming to St. Louis

He may not have been to infinity and beyond but George Takei has gone…and continues to go…where few men have gone before. On Nov. 10 at UMSL, Takei shares his service record as helmsman Hikaru Sulu aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise from TV’s Star Trek, as well as his adventures on other paths.

However entertaining his stories are from the fictional starship, they are just a few from a well-rounded life. Born on American soil, Takei’s early childhood included living in internment camps where Japanese-Americans were sent after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Later, he acted for ten years before being selected for the Star Trek and the role forever linked to him.

Today, he is a political activist with a popular Facebook page that has around 10-million likes where he posts his comments, opinions and humor on a wide range of topics.

Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-$30.

Love him or hate him, Chef Anthony Bourdain dishes on cooks 
and cooking

Bad boy celebrity chef Bourdain serves up his trademark brutal honesty, irreverent remarks and amusing commentary about meals, cooks and cultures from his global travels during his St. Louis stop of The Hunger Tour. Many probably know Bourdain from a string of cable TV food and travel shows, such as the current Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN. However, he does have cooking chops, having served as executive chef at New York’s prestigious Brasserie Les Halles. That experience inspired his first book, a bestseller, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In the Culinary Underbelly. The autobiographical title explained backroom practices of corporate kitchens, as well as why you may not want to eat in restaurants.

Nov. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $55-$300.

Mercy Clinic Opens 
in Chesterfield

Mercy continues to bring care closer to home for its patients with the opening of a new clinic location in Chesterfield Valley, 17701 Edison Rd., a newly renovated 6,500-square-foot space with a Mercy Clinic Family Medicine practice, an urgent care and corporate health services.

Dr. Gena Gardiner, a family medicine physician, has opened the new family medicine practice and is accepting patients of all ages 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

In addition to the new practice, family medicine physician and nurse practitioners will be caring for patients at the new Mercy Urgent Care, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

“Our patients have consistently asked for more convenient options when it comes to care,” says Donn Sorensen, president of Mercy’s eastern Missouri region. “This new location reaches into an area where patients have traditionally had to go farther for Mercy’s care.”

Four Parkway graduates go 
for the Gold

Patricia Busch, Elizabeth Newell, Pujita Ravichandar and Megan Todd, who graduated from the Parkway School District, were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest award attainable in Girl Scouting.

Marquette High School Fall Musical

ANYTHING GOES will be performed November 17, 18, 19 at 7 p.m. and November 20 at 2 p.m. The musical is set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

Tickets cost $8 for students and $10 for adults. Ticket Sales will open November 1. Seating for this production is assigned. More information about how to purchase tickets will be available closer to the production.