David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly star in Jim Henson’s beloved film, in which Connelly must rescue her baby brother from a fantasy world ruled by the King of the Goblins. Screenplay by Terry Jones of Monty Python, and executive produced by George Lucas. (1986, 101 min, 35mm) More details »
Pioneering vocalist and composer Meredith Monk presents her newest music-theater work, On Behalf of Nature, a poetic meditation on our intimate connection to nature and the fragility of its ecology. Monk and her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble offer a liminal space where human, natural, and spiritual elements are woven into a delicate whole, illuminating the interconnection and interdependency of us all. More details »
In 2013, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London was given unprecedented access to David Bowie’s archive to curate the first retrospective of this extraordinary artist. The exhibition featured more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos and Bowie's own instruments. Introduced by the curators, this documentary explores the incredible works in the exhibition and the thoughts and feelings people have had seeing them. (2013, 99 min, digital) More details »
Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos, and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this unjustly neglected genius. (2013, 93 min, digital) More details »
The Spring Home Season features a world premiere collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford. Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra, has been recording ecosystems throughout the globe for the past 30 years. These recordings will provide the fabric for a collaboration between Alonzo King, composer Richard Blackford, and Bernie Krause. The Spring Season also sees the return of Concerto for Two Violins, choreographed to Bach's concerto in D Minor and performed live by the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players.
Spring Gala — Saturday, April 11Join us for LINES Ballet's Spring Gala, hosted by Alonzo King and Honorary Chair Lisa Fischer, star of Twenty Feet from Stardom, on April 11 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This spectacular evening features Alonzo King's newest collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford, as well as an exclusive performance by Lisa Fischer.
Tickets for the Spring Gala are available through Alonzo King LINES Ballet. For more information please visit linesballet.org.
Blood on the Moonby Robert Wise2 PM Bad boy Robert Mitchum, who once said he had two acting styles, “with and without a horse,” stars in one of the finest noir westerns of them all. Riding into town after a plea from an influential friend, he’s drawn into a land dispute and forced to choose between the pal he owes and the girl he loves. Against a background of dreary taverns and rain-soaked darkness, Mitchum delivers a terrific laid-back performance as the reluctant hired gun. (1948, 88 min, 35mm)
The Tall T by Budd Boetticher3:45 PM Based on an Elmore Leonard story, this is the high intensity tale of innocent travelers on a stagecoach held hostage by three sadistic killers, as they play out an increasingly desperate waiting game. This film has a unique, strange blend of dark humor, darker violence, and an undercurrent of loneliness and despair. The Library of Congress selected The Tall T for permanent preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Starring Randolph Scott and Maureen O’Sullivan. (1957, 78 min, 35mm)
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Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California presents the 2015 BFA Senior Showcase.
The grand finale to their four-year college journey, the 2015 BFA Senior Showcase puts the senior students center stage for one of the last performances of their undergraduate career. The technical bravura and commanding artistry of these eleven young dancers is not to be missed.
This one-night-only event presents a world premiere by Gregory Dawson, as well as the return of Christian Burns's powerful Core Sampling, Amanda Miller's exquisite time and light, and Robert Sher-Machherndl's dynamic RUSH. Also featuring second year students from the LINES Ballet Training Program.
"The technical feats of these very savvy dancers elicited shrieks and sighs from the audience." —Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine Editor at Large, on Sher-Machherndl's RUSH
For over a decade, the women of Sister Spit have been putting their mouths in front of the mic in amazing and shocking ways. YBCA In Community presents the multimedia traveling multimedia queer arts road show featuring local artists Virgie Tovar, Mica Sigourney, along with national artists Thomas Page McBee, Myriam Gurba, and more. Before the show, YBCA In Community will present the culmination of a 3-day workshop with youth from Larkin Street Youth Services where community youth will share their work created with Sister Spit. More details »
Join fellow YOUers for an art and design adventure along Market Street! We’ll gather for happy hour drinks in the YBCA second floor Hub, and then enjoy an insider tour of the Market Street Prototyping Festival designs, ending at Embarcadero. More details »
Frank Morgan was a prodigal alto sax player who, like so many of his fellow musicians of the era, saw his career plagued by drug addiction. What set Morgan apart is not just his exceptionally beautiful playing, but also the amazing fact that he survived 30 years of revolving door incarceration and drug abuse, and then went on to a much heralded comeback career. His story is one of brilliant promise in his youth, a journey through the depths of hell, and finally redemption through his art. (2014, 84 min, digital) More details »
The Ox-Bow Incidentby William Wellman2 PM"The Ox-Bow Incident is not a picture which will brighten or cheer your day. But it is one which, for sheer, stark drama, is currently hard to beat." —The New York Times (1943 original review)Two drifters are passing through a western town when news comes in that a local farmer has been murdered and his cattle stolen. This sets in motion a grim, claustrophobic exploration of the motivations of mob violence. Full of deep, looming shadows and an escalating sense of menace, the film stars Henry Fonda in one of his finest roles. (1943, 75 min, 35mm)
Pursuedby Raoul Walsh3:40 PMOften considered Hollywood's first noir western, Freudian psychodrama comes to the American frontier in Pursued. Robert Mitchum stars as Jeb, a man emotionally scarred by a tragic past and inner demons. Jeb is convinced that people hate him and want him dead, but he doesn't understand why. He seeks to unravel the dark secrets of the past, and resolve his inner trauma. The film features gorgeous cinematography by James Wong Howe, a sweeping musical score by Max Steiner (Casablanca), and pumping, propulsive direction by Raoul Walsh. (1947, 101 min, 35mm)
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of playing early American roots music through an exploration of the banjo, an instrument of African origin. Be prepared for an afternoon of fun, interactive hands-on learning, and music making! Bring your guitars and banjos or take turns on one of ours, and explore the roots of American popular music with scholar, educator, and music activist Angela Wellman. Co-taught with banjo player Guy de Chalus. Refreshments will be provided. More details »
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 PMAureole, The Word, Brandenburgs
Program B: Thu-Fri, Apr 16-17, 7:30 PMDiggity [San Francisco Debut], New Work [San Francisco Debut], Promethean Fire
Program C: Sat, Apr 18, 7:30 PM and Sun, Apr 19, 2 PMFibers [San Francisco Debut], Troilus, Eventide, Esplanade
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Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a visionary multi-instrumentalist, personality, and outspoken activist who despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices — never relented. This remarkable new film, which emphasizes live performance and audio recordings over interviews, takes you on. (2014, 87 min, digital) More details »
Discover the life and career of percussionist and composer Kahil El’Zabar, one of modern jazz’s best-kept secrets. This intimate portrait is filled with darkly comic overtones, including El’Zabar’s wildly complicated personal life, and his path from celebrity in Paris to relative obscurity in Chicago and everywhere in between. Be Known takes us on a journey to the mysterious intersection of creativity and individuality. Produced by Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance. (2014, 96 min, digital) More details »
Join YBCA:You for our film program, Dinner and a Movie (well if you consider 1 o’clock dinner time)! At 1 PM we’ll dine together and be immersed in the world of Western Noir features. Then at 2 PM YOUers attend the screening of Ramrod where a Veronica Lake in drag teams up with her foreman to put her chief competitor out of business. More details »
Ramrodby Andre de Toth2 PMDave Kehr at the Chicago Reader described this film better than we can: “Andre de Toth's bizarre Freudian western features Veronica Lake in drag and Joel McCrea as a fading phallic symbol (you thought the title was accidental?), performing a barely sublimated sadomasochistic ritual — she's a lady ranch owner who teams up with her foreman to put her chief competitor, her father, out of business.” (1947, 95 min, 35mm)
The Gunfighterby Henry King4 PMSporting a thick mustache, Gregory Peck stars as the aging Jimmy Ringo, a notorious killer and the deadliest shot in the old west. Though he now regrets his criminal past, Jimmy is forced to stay on the run by brash young punks determined to shoot him down. Like many of the best noirs, The Gunfighter is a kind of existential nightmare, with an overwhelming sense of inescapable doom hanging over the protagonist. (1950, 85 min, 35mm)
Newly rediscovered and restored to high definition, this earliest filmed document of graffiti sets images of New York to a soundtrack that interweaves ambient city noises with the gutbucket gospel squall of Charles Mingus. With lyrical shots of tagged trains, desolate rail yards, and other details of the urban landscape, it remains a priceless portrait of a quintessentially urban art form. (1981, 45 min, digital) Preceded by the director’s short film Claw. (1968, 30 min, digital) More details »
This panel, co-organized by YBCA and Art Practical, brings together notable Bay Area chefs, members of their staffs, and food writers for a conversation about the apparent, subtle, and unacknowledged ways in which restaurant menus reflect stories and patterns of migration. More details »
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 www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797.
Photo: Joanne Kay
The Searchersby John Ford2 PM“Every time I watch it — and I've seen it many, many times since its first run in 1956 — it haunts and troubles me. The character of Ethan Edwards is one of the most unsettling in American cinema." —Martin Scorsese"One of my American western heroes is not John Ford, obviously. To say the least, I hate him." —Quentin TarantinoJohn Wayne and John Ford forged The Searchers into an indelible portrait of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it. Wayne plays ex-Confederate soldier Ethan Edwards, who believes more in bullets than in words. He's seeking his niece, who has been captured by Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements, or loneliness. And in his obsessive, five-year quest, Ethan encounters something he didn't expect to find: his own humanity. (1956, 119 min, 35mm)
Winchester ‘73by Anthony Mann4:30 PM A cowboy's obsession with a stolen rifle leads to a bullet-ridden odyssey through the American West. The ingenious premise follows a Winchester rifle being passed between a drifter seeking revenge (Jimmy Stewart), an Indian trader, an Indian chief (Rock Hudson), an outlaw, and a bank robber. Winchester ‘73 unites the western, film noir, and Greek tragedy. (1950, 92 min, 35mm)
Presented in a brand-new high-definition digital restoration, Hoop Dreams is an epic chronicle of hope and faith as two, ordinary, inner city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible. Digital restoration by the Academy Film Archive, the Sundance Film Institute, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. (1994, 172 min, DCP) More details »
This painstakingly researched combination of video essay and mixtape surveys basketball’s shifting place in 20th century American history and culture. The film covers the evolution of basketball from its indoor New England roots, to a Midwestern small town phenomenon, to an outdoor city game, with particular emphasis on its merger with hip-hop in the mid-80s and the rise of Michael Jordan as the world's first corporate branded athlete. (2014, 88 min, digital) More details »
In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It’s a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church. (2012, 85 min, digital) More details »
Kevin Jermone Everson appears in person to present The Island of St. Matthews, a feature-length generational portrait of the citizens and surrounding landscape of Westport, Mississippi, a community frequently ravaged by flood, haunted by lost memories. (2013, 64 min, digital) More details »
Kevin Jermone Everson appears in person to present a selection of works examining overlooked aspects of American life including Sugarcoated Arsenic, a fascinating archival re-enactment exploring African American intellectual, social, and political life at the University of Virginia during the 1970s (made with UVA colleague, historian Claudrena Harold) and the paired films Fe26 and Sound That, two divergent looks at work, employment, and the underground infrastructures and economies of Cleveland, Ohio. (2013/2014, 40 min, digital) More details »
In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. This quintessentially American documentary tracks the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was just out of reach. (2013, 92 min, digital) More details »
Local artist Tommy Becker is a poet/musician trapped in a camcorder. His never-ending saga, Tape Number One, blends poetics, performance, costuming, found footage, and hand-made props, creating pop songs that wrap subtle menace with humor. Program opens with earlier tracks, including Song for the Pain-Body and Song for the Lemons, and presents Passing Periods: Reflections through a Classroom Window, a six-part subsection of Tape Number One exploring and celebrating the dynamics and complexities of the high school landscape, the cultural construct of the classroom, and more. (digital, 70 min + Q&A, 2013-2015) More details »