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.

YBCA:You Summer Book Club

YOUers join resident bookworms Andi and Colin Winnette for this summer book club! Embedded in San Francisco’s literary scene, our co-hosts select books by local authors to complement YBCA's Bay Area Now 7 triennial. During the first hour (open to the public) catch a reading plus Q&A with the author in the Screening Room. At 3 PM, YOUers gather in the Youth Arts Lounge where our book club hosts facilitate a discussion with refreshments specifically curated in conjunction with the books.

September's book club selection is At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón. More details »

Sat 9/6/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Improvising Community with Myra Melford & Tamara Roberts
For the first program of the series, Myra Melford and Tamara Roberts will introduce the concepts of participatory listening and contemporary jazz improvisation, through exercises geared toward a general audience. More details »
Sat 9/13/14 5:00PM YBCA Forum

Civil Rights at 50: Celebrating the Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Join us to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at this benefit for the Equal Justice Society. Our event will feature performances by artists from the Marcus Shelby Orchestra, Zaccho Dance Theatre, and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. We will honor California State Senator Ed Hernandez, Frederick Jordan, Jane and Howard Moore, Jr., and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. More details »

General Admission tickets are $150

Sat 9/13/14 7:30PM YBCA Theater

Life is an Opinion: Films by Mary Helena Clark and Karen Yasinsky

Mary Helena Clark and Karen Yasinsky in person.

With aesthetic interests in magic, illusionism, and deception, local filmmaker Mary Helena Clark creates films permeated with mysterious associations, ineffably assembled according to dream logics into fragmentary formations of distant or lost lives. This program includes Clark’s After Writing, Orpheus (outtakes), The Plant, and the U.S. premiere of The Dragon is the Frame. Recent films by Karen Yasinsky evidence a similar interest in the fragment, using puppetry, animation, cinematic quotation, and hints of narrative to trigger emotive positions of discomfort and empathy. Program includes Yasinski's Marie, The Lonely Life of Debby Adams, Audition, After Hours, and Life is an Opinion, Fire a FactMore details »

Sat 9/13/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Nobody likes Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk—they either hate him or love him. His movies aren't just dark; they're ugly, bleak, cheaply made, and just plain hard to watch. But they also explore human nature like few other movies do, and they win prizes for it. Come see what all the fuss is about. (2012, 104 min, digital)
Thu 9/18/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Garrett + Moulton Productions

Garrett + Moulton Productions presents The Luminous Edge

Award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton present the premiere of The Luminous Edge, an evening-length dance theater work that explores themes of transcendence, hope and rebirth. Featuring a cast of 24 dancers, 7 musicians, and renowned Bay Area singer Karen Clark, this deeply expressive and theatrical evening of music and dance celebrates the cycle of life, bringing the audience on a hauntingly beautiful journey through a landscape of light and dark.

For more information, visit

"...the work of Garrett and Moulton is not to be missed. It is creativity to the core.” (

Special Event:
Saturday, September 20th Post-Performance Benefit Reception
Join the artists for a celebratory champagne and dessert reception. Purchase a benefit ticket that includes both the performance and reception.

Photo: RJ Muna

Thu 9/18/14 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Fri 9/19/14 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 9/20/14 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 9/21/14 3:00PM YBCA Theater

Capacitor: Synaptic Motion

San Francisco's internationally acclaimed science and technology dance company, Capacitor, takes you multi-sensory journey through a larger-than-life neural forest with their unique cast of dancers, acrobats, contortionists, and aerialists.

Thu 9/18/14 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Fri 9/19/14 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 9/20/14 5:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 9/20/14 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sun 9/21/14 2:00PM YBCA Forum
Sun 9/21/14 5:00PM YBCA Forum

Smart Night Out

If an 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 Capacitor’s collision of art and science, Synaptic Motion. (Meet at 6 PM at the Front Door Gallery.) More details »

Fri 9/19/14 6:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 9/20/14 6:00PM YBCA Forum

Little Fugitive
Seven-year-old Joey, tricked into thinking he has shot his brother, runs off to Coney Island, convinced he can never return home, and a gentle, bittersweet adventure begins. (1953, 80 min, 35mm)
Sun 9/21/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

The Brides of Dracula
This early entry in Hammer Films' famous Dracula horror cycle balances sumptuous Gothic atmosphere with full-tilt vampire action, and remains a fan favorite to this day. (1960, 85 min, 35mm)
Thu 9/25/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Sol LeWitt
"Conceptual artists leap to conclusions logic cannot reach," said Sol LeWitt in a rare interview from 1974. Notoriously camera-shy, LeWitt refused awards and rarely granted interviews, yet in this sensitive cinematic portrait the pioneering conceptual American artist comes alive. LeWitt’s artwork can be seen as obsession pushed to the limit of paradox and absurdity: simple ideas, communicated simply — often with a set of instructions sent by fax — lead to overwhelming visual and intellectual complexity. Using extensive interviews and documentation of artwork installed around the world, this excellent documentary explores the artist’s work and philosophy. (2013, 72 min, digital) More details »

Sat 9/27/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 9/28/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 9/28/14 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Jazz@YBCA: Improvising Community with Matana Roberts
Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and sound experimentalist Matana Roberts shares stories about her work, known for forging new conceptual approaches around narrative, history, and political expression within improvisatory structures. Matana returns in February with the New Frequencies Fest: Jazz@YBCA to present her highly acclaimed project Coin Coin, described as a blend of the elements of avant-garde improvisation with rock and dub. More details »
Sat 10/4/14 5:00PM YBCA Theater

Gum Moon Women's Residence

Harmony Chinese Musical Center (Hang Yuen) will feature 7 short operettas taken from Cantonese opera classics. Among these are two popular works: “The Legend of the White Snake at the Broken Bridge” & “Dream of Red Chamber – The Return to Heaven.”

Gum Moon Women’s Residence and the Asian Women’s Resource Center (AWRC) was established to address the unmet needs of women and children in socioeconomic and geographic transition by providing comprehensive bilingual and bicultural support services for Asian immigrant women and families with children and youth ages 0-18. More information about Gum Moon/AWRC may be found at

Sun 10/5/14 12:30PM YBCA Theater

A Criminal Account of Pleasure: The George Kuchar Reader

Bay Area treasure George Kuchar — sorely missed since his untimely death in 2011 — is celebrated worldwide for his wild and wooly low-budget melodramas and voluminous meandering video diaries. Tonight we celebrate Primary Information’s publication of The George Kuchar Reader, an expansive 340-page compendium of the legendary raconteur’s writings, ramblings, recommendation letters, scripts, UFO visitation narratives, and more. The book’s editor (and Anthology Film Archives’ Curator of Collections), Andrew Lampert, appears in person to read excerpts and discuss this legend. Program will include a screening of Kuchar’s 16mm Corruption of the Damned and select video works to be announced. More details »

Sat 10/18/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

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

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

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

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

More details »

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