If you’re hankering for a less traditional Christmas feast (or you’re going stir crazy from being home with family all day), head to Badarikashrama (15602 Maubert Ave., San Leandro) to add some actual spice to your festivities. Enjoy a delicious, homemade vegetarian dinner including North and South Indian fare like palau (vegetable rice), chana masala (spiced garbanzo beans), and sambar (spicy lentil soup with vegetables). For the purists, there will be Western food as well. Then, those in need of a break from Christmas carols can listen to three of the top Carnatic musicians in the Bay Area, Srikanth Chary, Hrishikesh Chary, and Natarajan Srinivasan, perform a South Indian Carnatic instrumental concert.
The son of a Guatemalan mother and Salvadorian mother, Erick Santero grew up in Panama and Costa Rica, studied in Puerto Rico and Cuba, and poached a lot of his musical knowledge from Latin scenes in New York. So it's no overreach for Santero to say he gets around Latin America, or that he tends to eschew borders. His fan base is centered in the Bay Area, for sure, but it's also spread throughout the Latino diaspora, as is his palette. As a DJ, he's known for mixing contemporary hip-hop with vocal samples filched from Cuban singer Celia Cruz, bachata rhythms that originated in the Dominican Republic, and cumbia styles of the Caribbean. His weekly world music party, called The Jet Set, features grooves from throughout the Americas, as well as parts of Asia and Africa, with a rotating lineup of guest DJs. Every Wednesday at Luka's Taproom (2221 Broadway, Oakand). 8 p.m., free. LukasOakland.com