Bookwaves/Artwaves – August 18, 2022: Salman Rushdie – Hershey Felder

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to assorted local theater & book venues



Salman Rushdie discusses his latest novel to date, “Quichotte,” in this interview with host Richard Wolinsky.

By the time this interview was conducted, on September 20, 2019, it felt as if the fatwa and the years of hiding due to the publication of The Satanic Verses were all in the past. Salman Rushdie was in San Francisco that day and was scheduled to come to the KPFA studios, but heavy traffic intervened and the interview was conducted instead by phone. Little did we know that nearly three years later, the fatwa would rear its ugly head and the acclaimed author would be in hospital, recovering from an assailant’s attack.

The acclaimed author of several novels, including Midnight’s Children, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and more recently The Golden House, Salman Rushdie also appeared as a political commentator on several television shows, and has appeared in films, and as a fictional version of himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Complete 43-minute interview.



Hershey Felder discusses his stage show, “Chopin in Paris,” playing at TheatreWorks Mountain View August 19 through September 11, 2022 with host Richard Wolinsky.

Over the past 29  years, Hershey Felder has been performing one-person plays with his piano accompaniment, focusing on a variety of different composers, including George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Tschaikovsky, Beethoven and others. He has also created film versions of these and others, which can be found at his website,

“Chopin in Paris,” a variation of “M. Chopin,” which was shown as a film supporting various theatre companies during the pandemic, focuses on the composer in 1848, a year before he died, giving a piano lesson and talking about his life.

Complete 30-minute interview.


Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Note: Most in-person events still require proof of full vaccination for all audience members over 12 and masks. Many venues will require proof of boosters. Shows may unexpectedly close early or be postponed due to actors’ positive COVID tests. Check the venue for closures, ticket refunds, and vaccination status requirements before arrival. Dates are in-theater performances unless otherwise noted. All times Pacific Standard Time.

Book Stores
Bay Area Book Festival  Highlights from this year’s Festival, May 7-8, 2022. Mary Roach at Brower Center, Berkeley, September 7th, 7 pm.
Book Passage.  Monthly Calendar. Mix of on-line and in-store events.
Books Inc.  Mix of on-line and in-store events.
The Booksmith.   Monthly Calendar. On-line events only.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. See website for Book Club guests in upcoming months.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Live Theater Companies
Actor’s Reading Collective (ARC). 
See website for past streams.
Alter Theatre. Upcoming: Snag by Tara Moses, filmed.
American Conservatory Theatre Passengers by Shana Carroll, September 15 – October 9, 2022, Geary Theater.
Aurora Theatre This Much I Know by Jonathan Spector, opens September 2, 2022. See website for on-line programs.
Awesome Theatre Company. Now streaming on the website: The Jersey Devil Play, Holy Sh*t That Was Scary: The Cloud; and previous productions.

Berkeley Rep Goddess, conceived by Saheem Ali, August 14 – September 25, 2022. Roda Theatre.
Boxcar Theatre. Nude Noir, Palace Theatre (home of Speakeasy) Oct. 14-15. See website for other listings.
Brava Theatre Center: See website for events.
BroadwaySF: Oklahoma!, August 16 – September 11, 2022, Golden Gate. Hadestown returns, September 12-17, 2022 at the Orpheum.
Broadway San Jose:  Season starts with Disney’s The Lion King, August 3-21. Cats, September 20-25.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  Lear by Marcus Gardley, September 7 – October 2, 2022.
Center Rep: Always Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley, Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, September 9 – 25, 2022.
Central Works The Museum Annex by Mildred Inez Lewis, Oct. 15 – Nov. 13, 2022.
Cinnabar Theatre.  See website for summer concert series.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Camelot, small cast version, September 9 – October 9.
Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playing now through September 11.
Custom Made Theatre. Tiny Fires by by Aimee Suzara, coming September 2022.
42nd Street Moon. See website for weekly streaming events.
Golden Thread  The Language of Wild Berries by Nagmeh Samini, October 14 – November 6, 2022. Potrero Stage.
Landmark Musical Theater. RENT, July 9 – August 20, 2022.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, April 1-16, Magic Theater, Fort Mason, closed.
Magic Theatre. See website for events and performances.
Marin Theatre Company Dunsinane by David Greig, September 22 – October 16.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.
New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) Aunt Jack by Nora Brigid Monahan,  September 16 – October 16, 2022.
Oakland Theater Project. See listings for upcoming season.
Pear Theater. In Theater: Bull in a China Shop/Collective Rage, in repertory, September 9 to October 2, 2022.
PianoFight. Calendar of shows.
PlayGround. Breed or Bust by Joyful Raven, August 26, 7 pm, simulcast, Potretro Stage, show runs September 9 – 24, 2022.
Playwrights Foundation. Free on-demand streaming of Bay Area Playwrights Festival through August 25, 2022.
Presidio Theatre. New live performance/theatre venue kicks off in September. See website for calendar details.
Ray of Light: Kinky Boots, September 8 – October 1, 2022.
San Francisco Playhouse.  Sondheim’s Follies, plays through September 10, 2022.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in- theater shows.
San Jose Stage Company: The Play That Goes Wrong, Sept. 21 – October 16, 2022.
Shotgun Players. Dream Hou$e by Eliana Pipes, video on demand, August 10-21. Man of God by Anna Ouyang Moench, September 3 – October 2, 2022.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: Calendar listings for Berkeley, San Francisco and Marshstream.
Theatre Rhino  Streaming: Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available on demand.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder: Chopin in Paris, August 19 – September 11, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Word for Word. Live reading: Eternal Love by Karen Bender, September 4, 5 pm, Z Below. See website for upcoming productions and for Word for Wordcast streaming series.

Misc. Listings:
On View calendar for BAM/PFA.
Berkeley Symphony: See website for listings.
Chamber Music San Francisco: Calendar, 2023 Season, starting February.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Calendar listings and upcoming shows.
San Francisco Opera. Calendar listings.
San Francisco Symphony. Calendar listings.

Playbill List of Streaming Theatre: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international streaming plays and musicals. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.
National Theatrical Streaming: Upcoming plays from around the country.
Filmed Live Musicals: Searchable database of all filmed live musicals, podcast, blog.

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Artist Song Album Label
LakesideIt's All the Way LiveShot of LoveUNIDISC MUSIC INC.
Average White BandStop the RainStop the RainWMG - Atlantic Records
Matthew MontfortAmberGuitar WorksNarada Productions, Inc.
JamiroquaiDidjital VibrationsTravelling Without MovingSony Soho Square