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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.


April and the Extraordinary World
2017 YBCA Film/Video
April and the Extraordinary World
From the creators of Persepolis and the mind of graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes this riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe. Paris, 1941. A family of scientists are on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April lives alone with her intelligent cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. (2016, 106 min, digital)
Sun 5/28/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room April and the Extraordinary World


Harry and Tonto
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Harry and Tonto
Art Carney won the Best Actor Academy Award for his touching performance in this rarely-screened drama with a mellow 70s vibe. Carney plays Harry, a feisty Manhattan widower who gets evicted from his tiny apartment. Accompanied by beloved cat Tonto, Harry sets out on a long odyssey to Los Angeles, looking for a new beginning and a place to belong. Also starring Ellen Burstyn and Chief Dan George. (1974, 115 min, 35mm)
Thu 6/1/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Harry and Tonto


Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky
Last Blue Couch in the Sky, a commissioned work by Kim Epifano, leads us on a dance journey traversing the SoMa neighborhood. It is a tribute to both the seminal places that have influenced her work and other significant places in this rapidly changing city. Last Blue Couch in the Sky is also a nod to Brian Goggin’s 1997 San Francisco public art installation Defenestration.
Fri 6/2/17 9:00PM YBCA Forum Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky
Sat 6/3/17 9:00PM YBCA Forum Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky
Sun 6/4/17 8:30PM YBCA Forum Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky


Cats Don’t Dance
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Cats Don’t Dance
This decidedly manic cartoon satire of old-time musical comedies features Scott Bakula as an ambitious cat who hits Hollywood to pursue his dreams of becoming a star. With songs by Randy Newman and musical numbers choreographed by the late Gene Kelly (his final film credit), this animated fantasy has become a cult favorite on home video, and we’re delighted to screen a 35mm print of it for fans old and new. (1997, 75 min, 35mm)
Sun 6/4/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Cats Don’t Dance


The Apology
2017 YBCA Film/Video
The Apology
The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Seventy years after their imprisonment, Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines are facing their twilight years. After decades of living in silence about their experiences of institutionalized rape and sexual slavery, they finally give first-hand accounts of the truth. They are seeking an apology and the hope that this horrific chapter of history not be forgotten. (2016, 104 min, digital)
Thu 6/8/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room The Apology
Fri 6/9/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room The Apology
Sat 6/10/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Apology
Sun 6/11/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Apology


Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder Opening Night Party
Celebrate the opening of Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder. This extraordinary survey exhibition presents Bruguera’s artworks for the public sphere created between 1985 and 2017, all of which position art as a useful resource for social change.
Fri 6/16/17 7:00PM YBCA Galleries Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder Opening Night Party


Yarn
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Yarn
Meet the artists who are redefining knitting and crochet, reinventing our relationship with these colorful traditions by bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Yarn weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers in a visually striking look at one of contemporary art’s hottest trends. (2016, 76 min, digital)
Sat 6/17/17 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room Yarn


Death by Design
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Death by Design
Death by Design investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry, revealing how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From intensely secretive factories in China to a ravaged New York community and the high-tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, health tragedies, and the fast-approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability. (2016, 73 min, digital)
Sat 6/17/17 3:00PM YBCA Screening Room Death by Design


Original Copy
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Original Copy
Hand-painted movie posters have almost disappeared in India. But in the heart of Mumbai lives Sheikh Rehman, the city’s last such artist. His studio is behind the screen of a crumbling old cinema, where he serves as an artist, guru, comedian, and philosopher. But Rehman's world is at risk. Today’s film posters are cheaply printed by machine on plastic, and theater audiences are dwindling. Original Copy is a celebration of the handmade, and of the profound social function that cinema provides. (2015, 95 min, digital)
Sat 6/17/17 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room Original Copy


Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future
Explores the life and visionary work of Finnish American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910–1961). Saarinen is best known for designing St. Louis’s Gateway Arch (a National Historic Landmark), the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair. His work introduced Americans to the expressive delights of the curve, offering an escape from the rectilinear confines of the modernist tradition. Shot in 6K with the latest in drone technology, the film showcases the architect’s body of timeless work and includes some spectacular aerial tours. (2016, 70 min, digital)
Sat 6/17/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future


Design Disruptors
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Design Disruptors
The future of business is being written by companies and products that—intentionally or not—are shaking up billion-dollar industries. Enter the world of fifteen-plus industry-toppling companies—valued at more than $1 trillion combined—with one unifying secret advantage: the transformative power of design. Design Disruptors reveals never-before-seen perspectives on the design approaches of these companies and how they are overtaking their competitors. (2016, 75 min, digital)
Sun 6/18/17 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room Design Disruptors


The Cobweb
2017 YBCA Film/Video
The Cobweb
The Cobweb is big-budget Hollywood psycho-drama starring Lauren Bacall, Gloria Grahame, and Richard Widmark. Set in a private mental institution where the neuroses of the staff are often as violent as the traumas of their patients, the main storyline revolves around what kind of drapes are hung in the library. Everyone has an opinion, and as the drapes debate rages on, the characters slowly unravel. An exquisite example of a director using decor to express complex emotions. (1955, 124 min, 35mm)
Sun 6/18/17 3:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Cobweb


Joe Goode Performance Group Presents Nobody Lives Here Now
The centerpiece of the celebration will be the world premiere of Nobody Lives Here Now, a poetic fable that mines questions of identity, aging, and disappearance as part of the fragile human condition. The piece tells the story of a fantastical world where the things that anchor us - home, culture, people - rapidly shift and erode, and the characters find themselves faced with sudden transformation. What happens when things vanish in an instant, when our vitality, place, and identity disappear? Nobody Lives Here Now is laced with JGPG's signature humor and song. It is highlighted by a fervent classical music score, performed live by Thalea String Quartet (the first-ever quartet in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and an original set and video design by David Szlasa.
Thu 6/22/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater Joe Goode Performance Group Presents Nobody Lives Here Now
Fri 6/23/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater Joe Goode Performance Group Presents Nobody Lives Here Now
Sat 6/24/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater Joe Goode Performance Group Presents Nobody Lives Here Now


Yohji Yamamoto: Dressmaker
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Yohji Yamamoto: Dressmaker
This intimate portrait of the life and work of Yohji Yamamoto, one of the most influential and enigmatic fashion designers of the last forty years, tells the fascinatingly complex story of this iconic and visionary seventy-three-year-old Japanese master craftsman. (2016, 69 min, digital)
Sat 6/24/17 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room Yohji Yamamoto: Dressmaker


Invention
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Invention
From famous corners of the Louvre museum to the modernist buildings of Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil and Mies van der Rohe in Canada, director Mark Lewis takes us on a poetic, silent tour of fluctuating cityscapes, capturing the texture of these places, their landmarks, and the people who inhabit their streets and buildings, with images of glass, light, reflections, concrete, spiral staircases, and paintings. An homage to the “City Symphony” films of the 1920s, Invention is a searching love letter to urban spaces, art, and cinema. (2015, 87 min, digital, silent)
Sat 6/24/17 3:00PM YBCA Screening Room Invention


Neon
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Neon
In a world where neon will soon be superseded by LEDs, Neon celebrates the beauty, color, and vibrant history of the neon sign from an international perspective. Neon signage is more than a hundred years old, and the craft and construction behind it has changed very little; it is one of the greenest forms of light ever produced and an amazing and enduring source of color and brilliance in the visual landscape. (2016, 83 min, digital)
Sat 6/24/17 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room Neon


Walls
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Walls
When the Berlin Wall came down, we dismissed the idea of separation, and we assumed walls were something from the past. In reality, it is the exact the opposite. There have never been so many walls – thousands of miles of fences, gates, barbed wire and barriers – in the most distant and dissimilar parts of the world. Walls tells the true stories of people living on either side of these forms of separation. These are intimate and intense stories that reveal our similarities. Regardless of which side we inhabit, we all share the same hopes, fears, thoughts and emotions; the same desire to survive. (2016, 80 min, digital)
Sat 6/24/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room Walls


David Adjaye—Collaborations
2017 YBCA Film/Video
David Adjaye—Collaborations
The first feature-length documentary on the work of British Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, lead designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, features interviews with his collaborators—a roster of influential figures in the art and cultural world—as well as a significant number of his architectural projects, including public buildings, residential houses, artist studios, and exhibition spaces. (2015, 52 min, digital).
Preceded by The 100 Years Show (dir. Alison Klayman), a portrait of the Cuban American artist Carmen Herrera, tracing her long career, from architecture studies in Cuba to her involvement with the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles in Paris. Herrera has been largely ignored until the last decade, when institutions from New York’s Museum of Modern Art to London’s Tate Modern began acquiring her work and acknowledging it as a precursor to Modernism. (2015, 30 min, digital)
Sun 6/25/17 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room David Adjaye—Collaborations


Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. The film vividly brings to life Jacobs’s 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood. (2016, 92 min, digital)
Sun 6/25/17 3:00PM YBCA Screening Room Citizen Jane: Battle for the City


SF Cinematheque Presents: The Illinois Parables by Deborah Stratman
Deborah Stratman appears in person to present The Illinois Parables (2016), a suite of Midwestern parables relaying histories of settlement, removal, technological breakthrough, violence, messianism, and resistance, based on histories of the state of Illinois. Utilizing reenactment, archival footage, observational shooting, inter-titles, and voiceover to tell its stories, the film suggests links between technological and religious abstraction, allowing its histories to become allegories that explore how we’re shaped by conviction and ideology. Also screening is Stratman’s 2014 film Hacked Circuit, an exploration of the thematic parallels between the cinematic art of Foley recordings and the contemporary climate of government surveillance. (total running time 80 min plus post-show Q&A)
Thu 6/29/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room SF Cinematheque Presents: The Illinois Parables by Deborah Stratman



Thu 9/14/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Program A: Embodiment Project & Jesse Hewit
Fri 9/22/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Program A: Embodiment Project & Jesse Hewit



2018 YBCA Performance
Program B: RAWdance & Fauxnique
Fri 9/15/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Program B: RAWdance & Fauxnique
Sat 9/23/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Program B: RAWdance & Fauxnique



Sat 9/16/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Program C: Amy Seiwert & Larry Arrington, Sandra Lawson Ndu, Minoosh Zomorodinia & Fogbeast
Thu 9/21/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Program C: Amy Seiwert & Larry Arrington, Sandra Lawson Ndu, Minoosh Zomorodinia & Fogbeast