Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Caffe Acustico

Oct 1, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Shane Bauer, author of American Prison

Shane Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine. In 2015, Shane took a job as a prison guard in Louisiana to investigate corporate-run prisons, the subject of the award-wining piece, "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard." In 2016, he went undercover again to investigate America's resurgent right-wing paramilitary movement. Earlier in his career, Shane focused on the Middle East, reporting from locations such as Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Israel/Palestine. His articles have appeared in The Nation, Salon, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. His journalism has garnered a number of national awards, including a National Magazine Award for Best Reporting, a Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, a Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, an Izzy Stone Award, two John Jay Awards for Criminal Justice Reporting, and many others. From 2009-2011 Shane was held hostage in Iran with Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal. Together they co-authored a memoir, A Sliver of Light, published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt.

Oct 1, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Rajeev Taranath with special guest Rimpa Siva

Rajeev Taranath

"luminous" - The Los Angeles Times

"profound musical skills" - Sydney Morning Herald

"Rajeev Taranath left the audience spellbound." - The Hindu, India

Rajeev Taranath, one of the world's foremost exponents of the sarod-the Indian lute-returns to Berkeley for another high-caliber performance at the Freight & Salvage. He will be accompanied by noted tabla player, Vikas Yendluri.

The show will begin with a special performance by the brilliant tabla drummer Rimpa Siva. She will be accompanied by Wallace Harvey on harmonium.

Rimpa Siva - solo tabla

In the 1990s Rimpa Siva received worldwide recognition as a child prodigy of the Indian drums. The daughter of a respected tabla player, her talent was noticed early and she has been performing for live audiences since the age of nine. Siva has received numerous awards and was the subject of a French-made documentary, "Rimpa Siva: Princess of Tabla." She has broken many barriers for women tabla players and inspired other girls to take up the instrument professionally that was traditionally reserved for boys and men only. Her playing has earned accolades from Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan, and many other musical masters. In July she was given the coveted Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Vikas Yendluri - accompanist

Vikas Yendluri is a tabla artist hailing from the style of Punjab. He has been a disciple of Sri Arshad Syed since the age of 5, and has also been studying with Ustad Zakir Hussain. Vikas has accompanied some of the most illustrious masters of Hindustani music in concerts across the United States. He's an alumni of Stanford University and is based in San Francisco.

Oct 1, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley