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.

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

We Are Mari Pepa (Somos Mari Pepa)
Funny, fresh, and hugely enjoyable, We Are Mari Pepa is the story of a teenage Guadalajara-based rock band. However, they only have two songs in their repertoire, both of which they have trouble playing. This is a sincere, rough-and-tumble portrait of contemporary Mexican youth culture and the endless quirks of adolescence. (2013, 95 min, DCP) More details »
Thu 12/4/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 12/6/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 12/7/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Christine Marie & Artists: 4TRAINS

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 »

Thu 12/4/14 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Fri 12/5/14 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 12/6/14 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Smart Night Out: Christine Marie

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 Christine Marie’s 4TRAINS, an expressionist, wordless fable set in the American wilderness as 19th-century industrialization looms. More details »

Sat 12/6/14 6:00PM YBCA Forum

The Searches (Las busquedas)
Fate brings a widow and a widower together in this elegant, award-winning film. Starring the superb Mexican actors Gustavo Sánchez Parra and Arcelia Ramírez, The Searches is a tale of revenge and redemption, and the long path to happiness and peace. (2013, 77 min, DCP) More details »
Thu 12/11/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 12/14/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

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

The Empty Hours (Las horas muertas)
In this lush, luminous new film, 17-year-old Sebastián takes over running his uncle’s rent-by-the hour motel on the desolate coast of Veracruz. There he meets Miranda, a regular customer who comes to the motel to meet a lover who always keeps her waiting. As they slowly get to know each other, an ambiguous game of seduction begins between them. (2014, 100 min, DCP) More details »
Sat 12/13/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 12/14/14 3:45PM YBCA Screening Room

The Naked Room (El cuarto desnudo)
The location: a pediatric therapist’s office. The characters: severely depressed child patients and their anguished parents. At times overwhelmingly intense, this unique documentary is an exploration of mental illness in children, and a profound view of Mexico’s social reality. (2013 67 min, DCP) More details »
Thu 12/18/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 12/21/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Welcome To The Space Show

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 »

Thu 1/8/15 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 1/10/15 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 1/11/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Patema Inverted

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 »

Thu 1/15/15 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 1/17/15 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 1/18/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

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

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

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 »

Thu 1/22/15 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 1/24/15 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 1/25/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

2014 British Arrows Awards

Formerly called the British Television Advertising Awards, the British Arrows annually showcase a type of commercial filmmaking that has only moments to captivate its audience. This year’s brisk program of advertisements is an eclectic mix of riveting drama and distinctly British wit, produced with inspiring creativity. Though designed to sell products, this is emotionally engaging and formally innovative filmmaking. (2014, 74 min, digital) More details »

Thu 1/29/15 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 2/1/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room


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

Opera Parallèle - Dead Man Walking

Opera Parallèle is proud to bring Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking back home, in the first production of this 21st-Century masterwork in San Francisco since it was premiered here in 2000. Opera Parallèle's all-star cast includes Jennifer Rivera, Talise Travigne, Robert Orth, and San Francisco’s own Catherine Cook. Presented in the innovative, high-impact performance style for which Opera Parallèle has become known, this is a production you won’t want to miss! More details »

Fri 2/20/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 2/21/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 2/22/15 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