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).
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.
Bloom Wellness Lounge focuses on noninvasive weight-loss treatments. A body-vibration platform tones bodies while improving balance and circulation. Lipo-Light uses light therapy to blast through body fat and lose inches. Exercise classes also do the trick and include yoga, boot camp, and the Hokey Pokey.
Harpreet "Happy" Singh?also known as ?The Beer Baron??holds court over 22 taps of suds chosen from a rotating selection of craft beers. Singh, who also presides over Perry's Liquor and Craft Beer, adds his encyclopedic knowledge to every pint of Delirium Tremens or Armored Fist Black IPA that slides down the smooth wooden bar in his industrial-chic watering hole, nestled within the nearly century-old Schenone Building in downtown Livermore. Hanging metal lamps spotlight seats at the bar, where flat-screen TVs flicker with sports, and a candlelit back lounge lends tabletops to Greek food brought in from Demitri's Taverna. Hits from the '80s, '90s, and modern hip-hop scene fill the bar on Thursday through Saturday nights, when DJs enthrall crowds with alluring beats punctuated by tributes to Perry Como.
Festive tunes float through Los Vaqueros Grill's bustling atmosphere, and lively flavors cha-cha across a gourmet menu of behemoth burritos, plump tacos, and savory enchiladas. Sink smiles into a soft taco bed ($13), peppered with plump grilled-chicken pillows that snuggle under a sheet of honey-mustard-pomegranate barbecue sauce and a comforter of avocado salsa. Garden-torn stuffers burst from the vegetable chili relleno's fire-seared poblano pepper ($10), and a tantalizing torrent of dried chilis, nuts, spices, and Mexican chocolate floods the enchiladas mole rojo, packed with a choice of meat ($11). Servers lure pineapple pulled pork and confused spa-goers from a slow-cooking sauna, wrapping sizzly strips in the Super burrito's soothing garlic tortilla with pickled jalapeños and house-made enchilada sauce ($12).