STOCKTON - The Stockton Symphony continues its wildly popular Pops series with a romantic concert for you and your valentine, when it presents the Valentine Pops: Steve Lippia in "Simply Sinatra," on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets are selling quickly for this concert which begins at 6 p.m. at the Atherton Auditorium on the San Joaquin Delta College campus in Stockton.
MODESTO - Athletic bodies and contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography in 'TAO: The Art of the Drum,' performing at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.. With hundreds of sold-out shows and more than four million spectators, TAO has proven that modern entertainment based on the traditional art of Japanese drumming, has massive international appeal.
STOCKTON - The hilarious comedy Dearly Beloved is being stagged at the Stockton Civic Theatre through Feb. 5.
RIPON - Fern Bugbee didn't look her age as she played a favorite tune on her violin this week recalling the 1950s in Ripon, mentioning her upcoming birthday bash at Spring Creek Country Club in March when she will turn 90.
LATHROP – Imagine this. It's summertime in the valley. The days are oppressively hot. But the nights are cool with a hint of Delta breezes, and the soft Bermuda grass carpeting the spacious back yard conveniently conspire to create an attractive cocoon for a rendezvous with Morpheus right there under the stars.
It isn't by chance that a baseball field is a common element of Del Webb communities such as Manteca's Del Webb at Woodbridge.
Victor Gully grew up in a much different Manteca.
Sharon and Dino Cunial bought their first home in 1964 on the northern edge of Manteca.
Nicole Vega remembers the day that her job as a server changed forever.
Name: Jeff Lund
MT. DIABLO - The best place to take in all of the 209 is without a doubt high atop Mt. Diablo.
CALAVERAS COUNTY – The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance presents the 16th annual Presidents' Wine Weekend Feb. 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all member wineries. Weekend festivities include new release and barrel tastings, food and wine pairings and live music, as well as a number of special discounts on wines and gifts. Two full days of special offerings can be purchased for $10 per person which includes a commemorative wine glass.
JAMESTOWN - Railtown 1897 State Historic Park will offer special, behind-the-scenes Shop Tours of the historic site on three upcoming Fridays in 2012: Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon each day.
COPPEROPOLIS – Copperopolis Town Square – the events, shopping and entertainment gathering place in Calaveras County – will host the "4th Annual Copper Chili Cookoff" Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., bringing together cooks of all styles.
MODESTO - (Big League Productions Inc. presents a sparkling new production of the musical by which all others are measured, "My Fair Lady", at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto for four performances on Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m..
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson's "The November Man," playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town. A familiar string of dark secrets, shifting allegiances and (wo)man-who-knew-too-much pursuit propels the storyline (adapted from one in a series of Bill Granger novels), giving Brosnan the opportunity to prove his cool remains intact, sans tux and gadgets. "November Man" won't do anything like Bond's box office, but will satisfy the actor's fans and moviegoers ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, "As Above, So Below." But the warning could easily apply to viewers checking out this rather hopeless mash-up of "The Descent" and "(Rec)," not to mention a dozen other found-footage movies that have clogged the screens over the last five years.
One of the most magical rides in California can be taken on the 206-mile long Highway 120 that runs from Manteca in the west to Benton in the east.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A gay couple who have been together for almost four decades are separated - at least physically - by factors beyond their control in "Love Is Strange," the latest tender and meandering exploration of human relationships from indie darling Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On," ''Forty Shades of Blue").
After being clonked over the head in 1944's "Murder, My Sweet," Raymond Chandler's immortal private eye Philip Marlowe wryly narrated the experience of being knocked out: "A black pool opened up at my feet. I jumped in."
In its third incarnation, "The Expendables" has become, well, expendable.
'Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril.