Buy Tickets: Upcoming Events

All upcoming events available for online sales are listed below by calendar date. These listings include performances and events presented by YBCA as well as our Community Rental partners.

Some events may not be available for online sales. For YBCA Gallery admission, see our Visit page. If you are not able to find the listing for your specific event, please call our Box Office at 415.978.ARTS.

We Were Here

Directed by David Weissman. We Were Here is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the City’s inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic. Though a San Francisco-based story, the film extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination. (2011, 90 min, digital) More details »

Thu 10/23/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Alien She and Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible Opening Night Party

Come celebrate the opening of Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible? and Alien She with an evening of live music, DJs, and performances by the free jazz-inspired punk band No Babies and the guitar heavy punk band Daisy World. A video by Landscape artist Simon Pyle, The River Lethe, will illuminate the Grand Lobby, while DJs Tina "Boom Boom" Lucchesi (Owner, Down At LuLu's/Member of Cyclops, The Trashwomen, The Bobbyteens) and Erin Eyesore (Ribbon Around a Bomb, Radio Valencia) spin female-fronted punk from the 1970s on. Guests are invited to meet and converse using Alien She artist Miranda July's interactive mobile messaging app SomebodyMore details »

Fri 10/24/14 8:00PM YBCA Galleries

Riot Grrrl Zines and Self-Publishing at Goteblud

YBCA:You joins zine shop owner Matt Wobensmith for an outing in the Mission at Goteblüd, a vintage zine store and gallery devoted to radical paper, for a discussion illuminating the self-publishing and DIY culture of Riot Grrrl. More details »

Sat 10/25/14 2:00PM Off Site Venue

Take This Hammer

Directed by Richard O. Moore. See and hear author and activist James Baldwin meet with black residents of the Bayview/Hunter’s Point and Fillmore neighborhoods in 1963. Take This Hammer shows Baldwin intent on discovering what he called, “the real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present.” Baldwin reflects on the racial inequality that African-Americans are forced to confront and at one point tries to lift the morale of a young man by expressing his conviction that “there will be a Negro president of this country. But it will not be the country that we are sitting in now.” Restored version courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive. (1963, 59 min, digital) More details »

Sun 10/26/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Vintage Shorts From The Mission: Lourdes Portillo and Veronica Majano

This program highlights vintage short works made in the Mission, dealing with themes of activism, discrimination, and immigration. More details »

Sun 10/26/14 3:30PM YBCA Screening Room


Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, Spain. His life is a study in details, from the meticulous suits he creates for wealthy clients to the macabre murders he executes in the shadows. He performs these gruesome acts, including dining on those he kills, without guilt or remorse. Quite different than the gory world of Hannibal Lecter, Cannibal is elegant, restrained, and strangely moving. (2013, 116 min, DCP) More details »

Thu 10/30/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 10/31/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Self-Help for the Elderly

Love and hate, gentle and bold, war and peace, pensive and exult, the complexity and contradiction of Chinese Opera brings out not only the color of performance but the beauty of real life. Many of the operas are based on historical events as well as Chinese Mythology and fictional stories. More details »

Sat 11/1/14 12:30PM YBCA Theater
Sun 11/2/14 12:30PM YBCA Theater

Improvising Community with Ben Goldberg
Renowned clarinetist Ben Goldberg introduces audiences to his seminal project Orphic Machine, a ten movement song-cycle based on the poetical writings of Allen Grossman. Goldberg returns in February with a nine-piece All-Star band to perform the complete work as part of the New Frequencies Fest: Jazz@YBCAMore details »
Sat 11/1/14 5:00PM YBCA Forum

Story Of My Death

“No one else working in movies today makes anything remotely like the Catalan maverick Albert Serra, a cerebral oddball and improbable master of cinematic antiquity. Serra here stages the 18th-century passage from rationalism to romanticism as a tussle between two figures of legend, Casanova and Dracula. Against a backdrop of candlelit conversation and earthy carnality, Serra sets in motion contrasting ideas about pleasure and desire, alternating between winding philosophical dialogue and wordless passages of savage beauty. The film is both a painterly feast for the eyes, abounding with art-historical allusions, and an idiosyncratic, self-aware revamping of the costume melodrama.” —New Directors/New Films (2013, 148 min, DCP) More details »

Sat 11/1/14 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 11/2/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Champagne Gala and Auction

The Lamplighters present the most uproarious fun(d)raiser in town! A full-length original satire set (mostly) to the music of Arthur Sullivan, a Lamplighters Gala is a guaranteed afternoon of hilarity. Last year’s — Upside-Downton Abbey, or, the Lass that Loved a Chauffeur — was one of our most successful ever, joining the ranks of brilliant award-winning Lamplighters Galas past. This is definitely an event not to be missed! Our fundraising Gala performance also includes raffle, silent auction, and post-performance champagne reception with the cast.

Silent Auction starts at 3 PM. Full details at or 415-227-4797.

Photo: Lamplighters Music Theatre

Sun 11/2/14 4:00PM Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Radio Ambulante Live: Outsiders

A live version of the popular Latin American radio program, Radio Ambulante Live is reminiscent of the popular American radio show, This American Life. Bilingual with Spanish and English subtitles. More details »

Join us for the FREE preshow and happy hour: Super Latino Critical Karaoke in the Grand Lobby from 3-5 PM. More details »

Sun 11/2/14 5:00PM YBCA Forum

Under the artistic leadership of choreographer Ohad Naharin for nearly 25 years, Batsheva is one of the world’s great companies, known for cerebral and visceral works that feature profoundly expressive movement vocabulary and thrilling theatricality. Sadeh21 is Naharin’s clever set of movement studies to the music of Brian Eno and David Darling. More details »
Thu 11/6/14 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Fri 11/7/14 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sat 11/8/14 2:00PM YBCA Theater

Through A Lens Darkly: Photographers And The Emergence Of A People
The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans, Through a Lens Darkly probes American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost. Featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, and many others, the film introduces the viewer to a diverse community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery — and a call to action. (2014, 92 min, DCP) More details »
Thu 11/6/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 11/9/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Smart Night Out

If a YBCA performance is dinner, then Smart Night Out is the appetizer and the dessert. Smart Night Out is part workshop, part happy-hour date, and part backstage sneak peek. This month features Classic/k Hip Hop: 1993 Edition challenges more than 15 local MCs to recreate the hip-hop catalog of 1993 (Wu Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, and more) with two of the Bay Area's foremost young composers. Meet at 6 PM at the Front Door Gallery. More details »

Fri 11/7/14 6:00PM YBCA

Mary Warhol: Warhol Superstar Hedy
In 1966, screen legend Hedy Lamarr was arrested in Los Angeles for shoplifting. That same year, Andy Warhol and an amazing ensemble cast created a camp reenactment, including arrest, interrogation, trial, execution, and plastic surgical transformation. Hedy features the gloriously oblivious Mario Montez in the starring role with Mary Woronov as the fabulously antagonistic sadomasochistic store detective. More details »
Fri 11/7/14 8:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Clas/sick Hip Hop: 1993 Edition
Classic/k Hip Hop: 1993 Edition challenges more than 15 local MCs to recreate the hip-hop catalog of 1993 (Wu Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, and more) on two stages with two of the Bay Area's foremost young composers, JooWan Kim performing with his chamber orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj and Oakland’s own Kev Choice, Lauryn Hill's former musical director, performing with the 11-piece Kev Choice Ensemble. More details »
Fri 11/7/14 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 11/8/14 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Black Radical Imagination
This program of short works delves into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative. Focusing on new stories within the Diaspora, each artist contributes their own vision of post-modern society through the state of current black culture. An artistic movement and school of thought, “Black Radical Imagination” focuses on aesthetics of futurism, surrealism, and the magnificent through the context of cinema. Program will include Black Bullets and Black Magic at the White House by Jeannette Ehlers, The Baptist by Lewis Vaughn, Moonrising by Terence Nance and Sanford Biggers, Get the Bones from 88 Jones Because She Also Eats Meat by Lauren Kelley, American Hunger by Ephraim Asili, and Field Notes by Vashti Harrison.(2008-2013, approx 60 mins + discussion, digital) More details »
Sat 11/8/14 6:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Double Play: Benning/Linklater

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater
Directed by Gabe Klinger
A unique portrait of the friendship between renowned filmmakers James Benning and Richard Linklater, which combines filmed conversations and extensive archival material to explore connections between the work and lives of two American visionaries. (2013, 70 min, DCP)

—followed by—

Thu, Nov 13, 7 PM & Sun, Nov 16, 2 PM
Easy Rider
Directed by James Benning
James Benning's Easy Rider is a radical, experimental, re-imagining of Dennis Hopper’s 1969 classic film. In 2012, Benning drove across the United States and re-filmed scenes in their original locations (without actors), raising questions about the legacy of 1960s counterculture in today's landscape, and revealing an America haunted by the past. (2012, 95 min, digital)

Sat, Nov 15, 7 PM
Directed by Richard Linklater

This lesser-known work is one of Linklater's most unique and intense films, and a personal favorite of the director. Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, and Robert Sean Leonard star as old high school friends who find themselves in a tawdry hotel room, unraveling a dark incident from their past. (2001, 86 min, 35mm)

There will be a ten-minute intermission between the documentary and the feature.

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Thu 11/13/14 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 11/15/14 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 11/16/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Dohee Lee: <em>MAGO</em>

MAGO is a performance installation that blends traditional Korean arts and shamanism in a modern context to take you on a mythical journey where continents, seas, internal landscapes, ancestral legacies, and a woman's earthly journey intertwine.  More details »

Fri 11/14/14 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 11/15/14 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Fall

Alonzo King LINES Ballet presents Rasa, with live performances by Zakir Hussain and Kala Ramnath, plus a world premiere.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with Rasa, a deeply romantic and shimmering piece set to an original score by tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. In Rasa, King’s dancers soar to new heights, buoyed by live accompaniment from Zakir Hussain and Indian classical violinist Kala Ramnath. At the heart of the music and the dance, there is a sense of openness, of arising in joy, of ascending beyond the structures and being held there, aloft. The hypnotic intensity and complex rhythms of the tabla convey the feeling that they are meant to move the body. This season also sees the world premiere of a striking new ballet by King set to a selection of string quartets by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

Special Event
Join Alonzo King, LINES dancers, and special guests for LINES Ballet's Opening Night After Party at the St. Regis Hotel, just steps away from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres immediately following the performance on Friday, November 14. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased with your performance tickets for opening night.

For more information visit

Photo by RJ Muna.

Fri 11/14/14 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 11/15/14 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 11/16/14 5:00PM YBCA Theater
Wed 11/19/14 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Thu 11/20/14 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Fri 11/21/14 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 11/22/14 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 11/23/14 5:00PM YBCA Theater

DanceFAR: Dance for a Reason

A dance performance and after-party to benefit the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and UCSF Melanoma Center.

San Francisco Ballet
Alonzo King LINES Ballet 
Smuin Ballet 
Ballet San Jose 
Joe Orrach, tap artist 
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 
dancers from Nederlands Dans Theater I

Tickets start at $50.
$250 ticket ($150 tax deductible) includes pre-show VIP reception: 6pm @ YBCA Theater
All ticket holders are invited to the after-party immediately following the performance at the YBCA Forum.

Presenting Sponsor: Tim Dattels

Visit for more information or to become a sponsor.

(program subject to change)

About DanceFAR
DanceFAR was founded in 2012 by San Francisco Ballet dancers Garen Scribner, James Sofranko and Margaret Karl to support the work of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) and other cancer related organizations.  DanceFAR gives back to the community and encourages volunteerism by providing a platform for artists to contribute by sharing their talents. The event includes performances from celebrated dance companies and artists from the Bay Area and beyond, and the after party features local wineries, restaurants, and live music.  DanceFAR has to date raised over $300,000 for CPIC.  DanceFAR 2014 will benefit CPIC and UCSF Melanoma Center.

Tue 11/18/14 7:00PM YBCA Theater

Welcome to the 21st century underground and a secret world where cutting-edge performers are driving a risqué art form, burlesque, to the farthest extremes. It's satire. It's parody. It's a populist blend of art and entertainment that gives new meaning to the word "transgression." Exposed features performances by Rose Wood, Julie Atlas Muz, Mat Fraser, Dirty Martini, Bunny Love, Bambi the Mermaid, World Famous *Bob* and Tigger! (2013, 76 min, digital) More details »
Thu 11/20/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 11/21/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 11/22/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

The Velveteen Rabbit

Join us for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.

Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance returns to present their 28th season of the beloved Bay Area production!

Join us on November 30 for post-performance Milk and Cookies with the dancers! Buy tickets»

Fri 11/28/14 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 11/29/14 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 11/30/14 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Thu 12/4/14 11:00AM YBCA Theater
Fri 12/5/14 11:00AM YBCA Theater
Sat 12/6/14 11:00AM YBCA Theater
Sat 12/6/14 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 12/7/14 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Thu 12/11/14 11:00AM YBCA Theater
Fri 12/12/14 11:00AM YBCA Theater
Sat 12/13/14 11:00AM YBCA Theater
Sat 12/13/14 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 12/14/14 2:00PM YBCA Theater

Milk & Cookies Party

Join us for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.

Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance returns to present their 28th season of the beloved Bay Area production!

Join us on November 30 for post-performance Milk and Cookies with the dancers! Buy tickets»

Sun 11/30/14 4:00PM YBCA Forum

Dance-Along Nutcracker®

Come join Clara, Fritz and special guest star, Frosty the Snowman, as they don grass skirts and strum ukuleles on a holiday vacation in the tropical paradise of Hawaii. It’s all one big luau until Uncle Drosselmeyer’s magical gifts go awry. Then it’s up to the kids to save the day, with a little help from the Rat King Kahuna and of course, the ever-spirited and profoundly talented… DANCING AUDIENCE! This zany San Francisco holiday tradition is a fun-filled, wacky, audience-participation concert performed by San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, and includes original and musical selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet—a "must see" for families, kids and adults. "Like a snowflake, each year's Dance-Along Nutcracker is unique since we develop a new story, theme, and music each year to accompany the Nutcracker dances," says Pete Nowlen, Artistic Director for the SFLGFB. More details »

Sat 12/13/14 2:30PM YBCA Forum
Sat 12/13/14 7:00PM YBCA Forum
Sun 12/14/14 11:00AM YBCA Forum
Sun 12/14/14 3:00PM YBCA Forum

Wendy Whelan/Restless Creature
This paragon of American dance shares her boundless curiosity and joy with an exploration and collaboration in movement. Restless Creature comprises four duets by rising choreographers Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo, that launch Whelan and each creator into a brave new world as performer and choreographic catalyst. More details »
Thu 1/15/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Fri 1/16/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater


Come along for the ride on this madcap odyssey around the world, set to the sublime music of that quintessential modern American master, Leonard Bernstein, and the brilliant lyrics of Richard Wilbur and Stephen Sondheim (among others). As classic in the realm of operetta as West Side Story is in the realm of American musical theatre, our production presents this masterpiece in the complete British Royal National Theatre version as adapted for the stage by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Join young Candide, his beloved Cunegonde, the absurdly optimistic philosopher Pangloss, and a virtual clown car of other eccentric characters on their picaresque journey in search of the meaning of life. Along the way, enjoy such timeless masterpieces as The Best of All Possible Worlds, Glitter and Be Gay, I Am Easily Assimilated, and Make Our Garden Grow.

Full details at or 415-227-4797.

Photo: David Allen

Fri 1/30/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 1/31/15 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 1/31/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 2/1/15 2:00PM YBCA Theater

Paul Taylor Dance Company

For more than twenty of its astonishing sixty years defining American modern dance, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has made SF Performances its second home with regular engagements featuring new work and revivals of important Taylor masterpieces. The Company returns to “make the spirit take flight.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Program A: Wed, Apr 15, 7:30 PM
Aureole, The Word, Brandenburgs

Program B: Thu-Fri, Apr 16-17, 7:30 PM
Diggity [San Francisco Debut], New Work [San Francisco Debut], Promethean Fire

Program C: Sat, Apr 18, 7:30 PM and Sun, Apr 19, 2 PM
Fibers [San Francisco Debut], Troilus, Eventide, Esplanade

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Wed 4/15/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Thu 4/16/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Fri 4/17/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sat 4/18/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sun 4/19/15 2:00PM YBCA Theater

Paul Taylor Family Matinee
The evergreen masterpieces of Paul Taylor are a hallmark of American dance. An introduction to this joyous company is a sure beginning to a life-long love for glorious movement. More details »

Sat 4/18/15 2:00PM YBCA Theater

The Grand Duke

In this ultimate topsy-turvy farce, Gilbert presents a world turned upside-down when a theatrical troupe deposes the ruler of a tiny European Duchy and proceeds to squabble over which “role” in the government each leading actor should “play,” with uproarious unforeseen consequences. Sullivan's varied and original score includes an astonishing variety of musical styles, from Viennese waltz to uproarious Parisian can-can dance numbers. This Jewel Box Production promises to be a must-see event for Gilbert & Sullivan aficionados and lovers of comic musical theatre alike.

Full details at or 415-227-4797.

Photo: Joanne Kay

Sat 4/25/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 4/26/15 2:00PM YBCA Theater