Founded in 1926, the Stockton Symphony has plucked at audience's heartstrings for the best part of a century. First on the evening's program is Mozart's overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio, a brisk curtain-raiser that combines lively percussion with swooping strings. Next up is the Symphony No. 38 in D Major, a work renowned both for its elegant restraint and its emotional appeal, much like a dolphin in an Abraham Lincoln costume. The finale, Mozart's Requiem, is universally considered one of essential works of classical music. For its performance, the Stockton Symphony welcomes to the stage the Stockton Chorale and soprano Anja Strauss, whom San Francisco Classical Voice has called, "explosive."
Garlic Brothers plates distinctive wood-fired feasts for lunch, dinner, and carryout on the eye-catching California Delta. The menu showcases more than 15 palate-prepping appetizers, such as steamed clams ($9.95), fried ravioli ($7.95), and a ceviche cocktail ($6.75), as well as grilled entrees that are fire-licked to maximum mouth-wateriness over almond wood. Aid a grilled ahi tuna in escaping its tyrannical-yet-tasty herb crust ($15.25) or embrace carnivorous cravings with a marinated tri-tip ($17.25 for dinner, $10.75 for lunch). Illustrate 2010 Census statistics with sliced sectors of the traditional margherita pizza ($13.95) or the Mona Lisa, in which mild italian sausage, kalamata olives, and sundried tomatoes puzzle art historians with an ambiguous smirk ($14.25).
Finnegan's Pub & Grill is essentially a portal that leads from Stockton into the heart of Dublin. How else to explain the aromas of ale-battered cod and corned beef, or all the vintage Irish beer signs affixed to the walls? The chefs here invoke the Emerald Isle with grilled bangers and fresh cabbage tossed in a house Guinness dressing, but they don't stray too far from the American palate. Burgers are among some of the more popular dishes, with hand-formed patties topped with onion rings, chili, and grilled mushrooms. Come in for Sunday brunch, when families and groups of friends can dine between games of pool and darts. When the clock strikes 10 p.m., the pub transforms into a 21+ venue with live music nightly.
Enjoy a delicious sushi treat at Misaki Sushi and Bar in Stockton. Definitely a sushi place for a fun time (Sake Bombs are less than two dollars...). It’s a very “come on in!” kind of ambiance. Go for a night out with your friends and enjoy some drinks and fantastic, colorful, and interesting sushi. The menu is massive. Go for a classic, or go ahead and try one of their many highly-rated specialty rolls. The Dragon Roll, Mama Roll, and Vegetarian Delights are all fantastic. There are options for Appetizers, Nigiri, Masaki, Udon, and plenty of drinks and desserts. Order plenty to share and then some at Misaki Sushi and Bar.
The inspiration behind Alebrijes Mexican Bistro is the stuff of nightmares?Pedro Linares? nightmares, to be specific. At the age of 30, the Mexican artist fell deathly ill. As he lay in bed, unconscious, he dreamt of a strange world filled with brightly colored monsters?a donkey with butterfly wings and a rooster with the head of an eagle among others?all shouting ?alebrijes, alebrijes, alebrijes!? When he awoke, he wanted to show his family and friends all that he had seen, so he replicated his first alebrije from brightly painted papier-m?ch?. To this day, his family still crafts these strange creatures to serve as unusual home accents.
Pedro Linares' monsters inspired Alebrijes Mexican Bistro's name, as well as its decor, which showcases brightly colored paintings of his nightmarish beasts. In 2012, the bistro also won the Lodi News Reader?s Choice award for Best Mexican Restaurant, thanks to its gourmet burritos and regionally inspired dishes such as oaxaca mole, guanajuato bacon-wrapped prawns, and guacamole prepared in the style of Mexico City. The restaurant also infuses their own tequilas.
For more than three decades, the course at La Contenta Golf Club has draped over the low-lying foothills that ripple eastward from the Sierra mountains. Course designer Richard Bigler chopped a bentgrass gauntlet into the terrain, painting a 6,425-yard stripe of fairway into the dry and unforgiving land that alternates between valleys and meadow. The signature par-3 13th hole contains the track?s most violent drop-off. An oblong green fronted with water, the obstacle requires golfers to execute long, downhill tee shots or to launch each of their golf balls from a potato cannon. Players can refuel for another game by stopping at the onsite Vista Grille, where serves pile plates high with flapjacks, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.
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