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.

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Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Cher, Sandy Dennis, Karen Black, and Kathy Bates reprise their roles from Altman’s celebrated stage production in this exquisite convergence of theatre and film. In a poignant meditation on gender, power, and female identity, four James Dean devotees reconvene at their teenage hangout twenty years after the death of their beloved idol. (1982, 110 min, 35mm restored print) More details »

Sat 2/28/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Nate Boyce: Polyscroll Reading Group

Join us for a reading group organized in conjunction with Nate Boyce: Polyscroll. For this event, we will be reading and discussing essays on sculpture by artist Charles Ray and art historian Michael Fried before a short tour of the exhibition lead by YBCA's Assistant Curator of Visual Arts, Ceci Moss. More details »

Tue 3/3/15 6:00PM YBCA

Polyscroll Screening Curated by Nate Boyce

Artist Nate Boyce curates a screening of short films that have influenced his practice, ranging from the structuralist film of Paul Sharits to experimental animation by Robert Breer, and many others. The artist provides an introduction and context to the works screened. This event is a co-production with San Francisco Cinematheque. More details »

Tue 3/3/15 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars

The ultimate glam-rock concert film features David Bowie as his gender-bending alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, in his final performance given at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1973. (1973/82, 90 min, 35mm) More details »

Thu 3/5/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 3/6/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 3/7/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Christiane F.

A rare screening of the definitive document of 80s "heroin chic." Christiane F. is the story of a 13-year-old girl’s descent into heroin hell, with a stunning soundtrack of music from David Bowie’s 1977-79 Berlin phase. (1981, 131 min, 35mm) More details »

Sun 3/8/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Absolute Beginners

Set in neon-soaked London in the 1950s, a photographer chases his ever-elusive dream girl. David Bowie stars as a smooth-talking advertising executive. This flashy, candy-colored rock musical was a flop upon its original release, but has become a cult hit over time. (1986, 108 min, 35mm) More details »

Thu 3/12/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Dance Downtown

Choreographers Brenda Way and KT Nelson touch on the troubling and timely issues of censorship and the state of the environment in two world premiere works, The Invention of Wings and Dead Reckoning (Mar 19-22).

ODC/Dance also revisits 2014's stunning evening-length piece boulders and bones (Mar 12-15), the second major dance collaboration by Way and Nelson. The piece is inspired by and created in collaboration with artist Andy Goldsworthy and features live music composed and performed by cellist Zoë Keating.

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Thu 3/12/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
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Sat 3/21/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 3/22/15 4:00PM YBCA Theater

Mentors & Mavericks – John Schott on John Schott

Join Berkeley guitarist John Schott as he takes us on an aural journey of his musical lineage — from his early music training, courtesy of his parents and Seattle Public Schools, to the other mentors and mavericks who inspired him, including Gary Peacock, Julian Priester, Jerry Granelli, Jay Clayton, Ben Goldberg, Kenny Wollesen, and John Zorn. Through words and music, John and his long-time musical partner, bassist Dan Seamans, discuss and demonstrate "how all the voices in his head are actually a good thing." More details »

Fri 3/13/15 5:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Mentors & Mavericks - Rova Channeling Coltrane: Electric Ascension Live Screening

This program presents two films related to John Coltrane and his 1965 recording Ascension, which critic Gary Giddins once called, “the most vexatious piece of music in jazz history.” Famed for its monumental scale and raw emotional power Ascension has been re-incarnated by the Rova Saxophone Quartet as a conducted improvisation for a large ensemble of 12 innovative master musicians, recorded at the Guelph Jazz Festival in 2012. Rova Channeling Coltrane is a duet of films; a concert video of the epic Electric Ascension Live at the Guelph Jazz Festival (68 min.), preceded by Cleaning the Mirror, the documentary by John Rogers on the history and creative process behind the music and how Electric Ascension evolved from Coltrane’s masterwork (45 min.). Shot at jazz festivals in Paris; Saalfelden, Austria; and Philadelphia, the musicians speak about their inspiration, their approach to the music, and their connection to Coltrane.

Filmmaker John Rogers and members of the Rova Saxophone Quartet will be present for a Q&A after the screenings. More details »

Fri 3/13/15 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room

The Man Who Fell to Earth

“Released the year before Spielberg and Lucas changed the genre and thus hippie sci-fi’s last hurrah, this typically fragmented Nicholas Roeg production stars David Bowie in the role he was born (or perhaps reborn) to play — a distinguished visitor from another world." —J. Hoberman, The Village Voice (1976, 138 min, 35mm). Newly restored 35mm print of the original director's cut. More details »

Sun 3/15/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 3/21/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

The Hunger

This sensual goth classic stars David Bowie as an ailing centuries-old vampire whose fanged lover, Catherine Deneuve, seduces a mortal (Susan Sarandon) while seeking a new partner. (1983, 99 min, 35mm) More details »

Thu 3/19/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 3/20/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

The Prestige

Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman star in Christopher Nolan’s overlooked film from 2006. They play young magicians who are friends until one fateful night when their biggest trick goes terribly wrong. Now bitter enemies, they will stop at nothing to learn each other's secrets. The Prestige features David Bowie in what many consider his finest screen performance as the genius inventor Nikola Tesla. (2006, 130 min, 35mm) More details »

Sun 3/22/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

In this captivating and often bizarre World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed the hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, obsessed with the mysterious blond major. Also featuring the brilliant actor-director Takeshi Kitano in his first dramatic role, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is a multilayered, brutal, and at times erotic tale of culture clash. (1982, 124 min, 35mm) More details »

Thu 3/26/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room


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 »

Fri 3/27/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 3/28/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 3/29/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Meredith Monk

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 »

Fri 3/27/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 3/28/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 3/29/15 5:00PM YBCA Theater

Ellis Island

Between 1892 and 1927 almost 16 million people came to Ellis Island attempting to immigrate to the United States.For the 280,000 who were turned back, Ellis Island became the “Isle of Tears.” The film blends documentary, experimental, fiction, and dance modes in what Monk describes as “a mosaic of sounds and images woven together into formal musical design.” (1981, 28 min, digital)&nsbp;More details »

Sat 3/28/15 5:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Smart Night Out: On Behalf of Nature

Smart Night Out is part workshop, part happy-hour date, and part backstage sneak peek. This month features Meredith Monk’s On Behalf of Nature — a poetic meditation on our intimate connection to nature and the fragility of its ecology. More details »

Sat 3/28/15 6:00PM YBCA Forum

David Bowie Is Happening Now

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 »

Sun 3/29/15 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Bayou Maharajah

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 »

Thu 4/2/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Spring

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 11
Join 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

Fri 4/3/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 4/4/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 4/5/15 5:00PM YBCA Theater
Wed 4/8/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Thu 4/9/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Fri 4/10/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 4/11/15 7:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 4/12/15 5:00PM YBCA Theater

Double Feature: Blood on the Moon / The Tall T

Blood on the Moon
by Robert Wise
2 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 Boetticher
3:45 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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Sun 4/5/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

LINES Ballet BFA Program

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

Tue 4/7/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater

YBCA In Community: Sister Spit
with special guest Larkin Street Youth Services

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 »

Wed 4/8/15 6:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Sound of Redeption: The Frank Morgan Story

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 »

Thu 4/9/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 4/11/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Double Feature: The Ox-Bow Incident / Pursued

The Ox-Bow Incident
by William Wellman
2 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)

by Raoul Walsh
3:40 PM

Often 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)

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Sun 4/12/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together: A Family Workshop with Banjo Player Angela Wellman

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 »

Sun 4/12/15 2:00PM YBCA YAAW Lounge

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
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Sat 4/18/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sun 4/19/15 2:00PM YBCA Theater

The Case of the Three Sided Dream

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 »

Thu 4/16/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

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

Be Known

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 »

Sat 4/18/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Double Feature: Ramrod / The Gunfighter

by Andre de Toth
2 PM

Dave 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 Gunfighter
by Henry King
4 PM

Sporting 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)

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Sun 4/19/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Stations of the Elevated

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 »

Thu 4/23/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Migrating Kitchens, Migrating Cultures

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 »

Fri 4/24/15 6:30PM YBCA Screening Room

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

Double Feature: The Searchers / Winchester '73

The Searchers
by John Ford
2 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 Tarantino

John 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 ‘73
by Anthony Mann
4:30 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)

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Sun 4/26/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room