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 »
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 »
This program highlights vintage short works made in the Mission, dealing with themes of activism, discrimination, and immigration. More details »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
A Royal Wedding is about to take place, but a photograph of the groom in a compromising position with someone other than the bride has gone missing. Sherlock Holmes has been hired to retrieve the photograph in order to save the wedding, but a strange turn of events leads him to somewhere unexpected: the future.
The Lamplighters present the most uproarious fun(d)raiser in town! A full-length original satire, the 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 www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797.
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 »
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 »
Double Play: James Benning and Richard LinklaterDirected by Gabe KlingerA 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)
Thu, Nov 13, 7 PM & Sun, Nov 16, 2 PMEasy RiderDirected by James BenningJames 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 PMTapeDirected by Richard LinklaterThis 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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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 »
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 EventJoin 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 linesballet.org.
Photo by RJ Muna.
A dance performance and after-party to benefit the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and UCSF Melanoma Center.
Featuring: San Francisco BalletAlonzo King LINES Ballet ODC/Dance Smuin Ballet Ballet San Jose Post:Ballet Joe Orrach, tap artist SFDanceworks tinypistol 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 TheaterAll ticket holders are invited to the after-party immediately following the performance at the YBCA Forum.
Presenting Sponsor: Tim Dattels
Visit dancefar.org for more information or to become a sponsor.
(program subject to change)
About DanceFARDanceFAR 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.
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»
Creating immersive, 30-foot shadows that project into cubic space, director and inventor Christine Marie takes the audience on a cinematic shadow theater journey to witness a young couple enjoying the last days of carefree frolic as structured time, toil, and trade begin to intrude upon their solitude. As the surrounding landscape changes, their lives incur hardship as they come to terms with the loss of childhood and the destruction of natural resources.More details »
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 »
This colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle in what has to be one of the most gleefully surreal depictions of intergalactic life ever portrayed in cinema. It seems like just another lazy summer is in store for Amane and her older cousin Natsuki. But their boredom quickly vanishes when they find an injured dog in the woods and bring him back to camp – only to discover that he is not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare and powerful plant. As a thank you for nursing him back to health, Pochi whisks the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar melting pot with a non-stop parade of dynamic alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, and dragon trains. (2014, 136 min, DCP) More details »
A thrilling sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposing cultures and gravitational forces. While exploring a forbidden area in her underground world of abandoned ruins and tunnels, Patema tumbles into a void, and out into the wide-open world above the surface, where the laws of physics are reversed and she "falls” into the sky. A young student on the surface world, Age, discovers Patema hanging upside-down (or downside-up) from a tree and pulls her to safety. Acting as a counter-weight for one another, they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces and set out to evade the totalitarian leaders that rule the surface world and discover the disastrous secret that keeps them apart. (2014, 99 min, DCP) More details »
Legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate... (2014, 137 min, DCP) More details »
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 www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797.
Photo: David Allen
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
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.
Photo: Joanne Kay