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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.

Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. When she is selected for an intriguing program called the Barefoot College in India, Rafea travels to join 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers. Will she be able to empower the other women in the village to join her in the struggle to rewire the traditions of the Bedouin community that stand in their way? (2012, 75 min, digital) More details »
Thu 4/17/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University presents the 2014 Senior Showcase.

The grand finale to their four-year college journey, the 2014 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-show-only event presents new contemporary ballets by Sandrine Cassini and Gregory Dawson, as well as the return of Maurya Kerr’s powerful FUR and Uri Sands’s delightfully humorous Onomatopoeia. Also featuring second year students from the LINES Ballet Training Program

For more information about this performance and this unique BFA program, visit

Photo credit: Weidong Yang

Sat 4/19/14 2:00PM YBCA Theater More Information Purchase

This dramatic feature is a poignant depiction of a family struggling with the tensions between tradition and modernity. Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family's remote African village, to attend school in the bustling city. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family's survival, their father decides to sell 11-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her younger sister from a future she did not choose. (2012, 82 min, digital) More details »
Sun 4/20/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

A fascinating portrait of a young man who grew up imprisoned by dehumanizing violence, yet still found the will to escape. Born inside a North Korean prison camp as the child of political prisoners, Shin Dong-Huyk was raised in a world where all he knew was punishment, torture, and abuse. Weaving interviews with Shin, anecdotes from a former camp guard, and powerful animated scenes capturing key moments in his life, the film gives us a complex portrait of Shin's world. He finally escapes and becomes a human rights “celebrity,” but as we see, his life outside the camp is often just as challenging as it was inside it. (2012, 104 min, digital) More details »
Thu 4/24/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

A boat that travels on dry land… Steampunk… A man giving birth to over 40,000 babies in a single day! Join Opera Parallèle on an unforgettable journey, as a theater troupe of desert wanderers sings the jazz-infused melodies Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel. They’re searching for paradise—and that now-rarest of commodities, water—in a shattered world. Along the way, they discover not paradise, but an audience for their performance of Poulenc’s outrageously surreal satire Les mamelles de Tirésias. Brian Staufenbiel’s scenic concept seamlessly melds the two works into one extraordinary operatic experience, under the brilliant musical leadership of Nicole Paiement. Be there!
Fri 4/25/14 8:00PM YBCA Theater More Information Purchase
Sat 4/26/14 8:00PM YBCA Theater More Information Purchase
Sun 4/27/14 2:00PM YBCA Theater More Information Purchase

Join fellow YOUers for an art crawl through Potrero Hill! We’ll begin with a coffee tasting at Front Coffee Shop and then stroll to CCA’s Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, the Catharine Clark Gallery, and the SF Center for the Book Art Gallery for insider tours of the exhibitions. You’ll also have time to explore additional local galleries in this thriving art neighborhood. Meet at Front Coffee Shop at noon. More details »
Sat 4/26/14 12:00PM YBCA YAAW Lounge More Information Purchase

In 1986, Michael Morton's wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael was convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, he had years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate. Though he was virtually invisible to society, a team of dedicated attorneys spent years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene. Their discoveries ultimately reveal that the price of a wrongful conviction goes well beyond one man's loss of freedom. (2013, 92 min, digital) More details »
Sun 4/27/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

By Hayao Miyazaki
The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki is considered by many to be his masterwork—and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph. Ages 10 and up. (1984, 116 min, 35mm) More details »
Thu 5/1/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase
Sat 5/3/14 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

Think you've seen Indian dance? Think again. Pandit Chitresh Das continues to challenge the perception of India's classical dance tradition with his new work, Pancha Jati. His choreography and music composition for his all-female, kathak dance company draws from India's ancient rhythmic energy, juxtaposing the raw power of percussive footwork and drums with movement that is both austere and lush.

Accompanied by world-class musicians: vocalist Debashis Sarkar, sitarist Jayanta Banerjee, tabla player Biplab Bhattacharya, and taval player Jim Santi Owen.

Photo: Margo Moritz

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By Yoshifumi Kondo
In this masterpiece about the awakening of creative talent, Shizuku is nearing the end of her last summer vacation before starting high school. Perusing the stack of books she has checked out from the library, she notices that the name Seiji appears before hers on the checkout card of each one. And thus begins a series of curious and magical incidents, when she meets and establishes a connection to Seiji. Ages 10 and up. (1995, 111 min, 35mm) More details »
Sat 5/3/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase
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By Hayao Miyazaki
English language version.
This is the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. Rarely has Miyazaki’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightful film—a timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world. Ages 5 and up. (1989, 102 min, 35mm) More details »
Sun 5/4/14 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

The Forum: Conversations at YBCA is a series of moderated conversations with artists, activists, and thought-leaders of national prominence. The series exemplifies YBCA's ongoing commitment to serving as a communal meeting place for the discussion and dissemination of contemporary ideas. YBCA is pleased to welcome Benjamin Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP, and Belva Davis, the first African-American female journalist in the west, in conversation.

Ben Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years serving as a journalist and community organizer.

Belva Davis helped change the face and focus of TV news. In a career spanning half a century, she reported many of the most explosive Bay Area stories of the era, including the Berkeley student protests, the birth of the Black Panthers, the Peoples Temple cult that ended in the mass suicides at Jonestown, the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, and the onset of the AIDS. In addition, she soldiered in the trenches in the battle for racial equality and brought stories of black Americans out of the shadows and into the light of day.

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Tue 5/6/14 7:00PM YBCA Forum More Information Purchase

By Hayao Miyazaki
An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, this film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke the box office record on its original release in Japan. While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into the sacred depths of the Great Forest, where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods who is waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. Ages 12 and up. (1997, 133 min, 35mm) More details »
Thu 5/8/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase
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The secrets of manga faces and expressions, basic character design, and comics are revealed! Manga is the Japanese word for comics and literally translates to “whimsical pictures.” Anime is the Japanese word for animation. In the US, manga and anime are used interchangeably to describe a drawing style inspired by manga and/or anime.

In this hands-on workshop taught by Karen Luk, students will draw and compare a realistic face to a manga-style face with different expressions. Chibis (cute and small character types) are also taught, along with standard proportions for manga characters. Basic drawing skills are helpful, but not required. Instructional materials are provided, suitable for pre-teens up to high schoolers.

Karen Luk is a drawer of words, writer of images and erstwhile sword fighter. She is a teacher and freelance illustrator. At state and national conferences, Luk has presented on manga and anime history and comics as a storytelling medium, and is a graduate of the California College of Art. More details »
Sat 5/10/14 1:00PM YBCA More Information Purchase

YOUers join resident bookworms Andi and Colin Winnette for this summer book club! Embedded in San Francisco’s literary scene, our co-hosts select books by local authors to complement YBCA's Bay Area Now 7 triennial. During the first hour (open to the public) catch a reading plus Q&A with the author in the Screening Room. At 3 PM, YOUers gather in the Youth Arts Lounge where our book club hosts facilitate a discussion with refreshments specifically curated in conjunction with the books.

May's book club selection is Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li. More details »

Sat 5/10/14 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

By Hiroyuki Morita
Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a surprising proposal of marriage to his son. Haru embarks on an unexpected journey to the Kingdom of Cats, where her eyes are opened to a whole other world and her destiny is uncertain. To change her fate, she'll need to learn to believe in herself and appreciate her everyday life. Ages 7 and up. (2002, 75 min, 35mm) More details »
Sat 5/10/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase
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By Hayao Miyazaki
English language version.
Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. As to be expected with Miyazaki, the film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder—but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film. Ages 5 and up. (2009, 101 min, 35mm) More details »
Sun 5/11/14 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

By Isao Takahata
In this wonderful and often overlooked film, the forests are filled with groups of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their raccoon form to practically any object. The tanuki spend their days playing idly in the hillsides—until the construction of a huge new Tokyo suburb clears the nearby forest and threatens their way of life. In an effort to defend their home, the tanuki learn to transform into humans. (1994, 119 min, 35mm) More details »
Thu 5/15/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase
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Mike Daisey is the preeminent monologist in the theater today, hailed by The New York Times as “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation,” and referred to by many as a modern-day Mark Twain. In American Utopias he explores how we create public spaces in which we act out our dreams of a better world. More details »
Fri 5/16/14 7:30PM YBCA Theater More Information Purchase
Sat 5/17/14 7:30PM YBCA Theater More Information Purchase

By Hayao Miyazaki
A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island in the sky, site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. Castle in the Sky is an early masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking whose imaginative and ornately detailed vision presaged later films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Ages 8 and up. (1986, 124 min, 35mm) More details »
Sat 5/17/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase
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By Hayao Miyazaki
English language version.
One of Studio Ghibli’s most endearing films, this is the deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in an ancient tree and are seen only by children. At its core, My Neighbor Totoro is about humans’ relationship to the Earth, and it is infused with an almost spiritual reverence for the power of nature (a philosophy tied to the ancient Shinto belief that every object in nature has a soul). Ages 4 and up. (1988, 86 min, 35mm) More details »
Sun 5/18/14 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

On the heels of a sold-out Paris season, San Francisco based Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater with a stunning world premiere set to music that spans the globe. The deft 11-member company will also reprise a trilogy of iconic sections from King’s body of work. The retrospective includes pieces danced to music of jazz legend Pharoah Sanders as well as to the heart-piercing melodies of bassist Edgar Meyer. King’s visionary choreography, brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, is "a discovery absolutely worth making."

Opening Night Gala
Wed, May 21, 5:30 PM

Join us for our Spring Gala, hosted by Alonzo King and Honorary Chair Linda Ronstadt, on May 21, 2014 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts beginning at 5:30 PM. This spectacular evening includes cocktails, dinner, and a live auction of unique experiences. After a world premiere performance, join the LINES company members for a dance party with entertainment provided by DJ Masonic (aka visionary composer Mason Bates).

Tickets for the Spring Gala celebration are available through the LINES Ballet office. Contact or 415.863.3040 ext. 257.

Opening Night Performance and After Party
Wed, May 21, 8 PM

Celebrate into the night with LINES Ballet dancers and artists at the Opening Night Performance and After Party. Begin the evening with refreshments in the YBCA Lobby and then head into the theater for the premiere performance of our spring season. Following the performance, step across the courtyard and into the nightclub-styled atmosphere of the YBCA Forum, where you can join the LINES company members on the dance floor. Enjoy desserts, libations, and the musical musings of DJ Masonic, as he spins the hottest beats alongside live musicians. More details »

Thu, May 22: Post-Performance Talk with Alonzo King
Fri, May 23: Post-Performance Book Signing with Alonzo King
Sat, May 24, Matinee Performance: Post-Performance Talk with Alonzo King
For more information about the Spring Season, visit
Photo: RJ Muna

Wed 5/21/14 9:00PM YBCA Theater More Information Purchase
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By Isao Takahata
Grave of the Fireflies is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation." —Roger Ebert. This meditation on the human cost of war is Studio Ghibli’s most devastating film. A teenage boy must care for his younger sister after an American firebombing during World War II separates the two children from their parents. Ages 13 and up, not appropriate for young children. (1988, 89 min, DCP) More details »
Thu 5/22/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase
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Beauty, surprise, anger, sadness, disgust, horror, and a myriad of other emotions occur when we experience art. Some artworks generate such feelings rather quickly, while others depend on thought and knowledge. How do we appreciate a work of art? Why do we like some artworks but not others? Is there no accounting for taste? In this talk, Shimamura will explore how artworks engage and stimulate our sensations, thoughts, and feelings. He will describe findings from psychological and brain sciences as a way to understand our aesthetic response to art. In this manner, it is hoped that we all can find new and insightful ways to experience and appreciate art. A Q&A follows the talk.

YBCA:You members are then invited to a reception with Dr. Shimamura in the Youth Arts Lounge. More details »
Fri 5/23/14 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

By Isao Takahata
Realizing that she is at a crossroads in her life, bored twenty-something Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories that unfold in flashback to younger years, and Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Only Yesterday is a double period piece that beautifully evokes both the 1960s and 1980s, and is the quintessential portrait of Japanese school-girl nostalgia. (1991, 118 min, 35mm) More details »
Sat 5/24/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase
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By Hayao Miyazaki
English language version.
Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. But after this chance meeting, the young girl is turned into a 90-year old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle. This was the second Studio Ghibli film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. Ages 9 and up. (2005, 114 min, 35mm) More details »
Sun 5/25/14 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

By Hayao Miyazaki
Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers. Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax, and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Ages 8 and up. (2002, 125 min, 35mm) More details »
Thu 5/29/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase
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By Hayao Miyazaki
This unsung treasure puts a tale of morality and identity inside a soaring airborne adventure. It follows the life of Marco, a bounty hunter who plies his trade above the waters of the Adriatic. Somewhere along the way a curse has transformed Marco’s head into the head of a pig, reflecting his loss of faith in humanity. Marco meets his polar opposite in the innocent and energetic 17-year-old Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and the two are catapulted into a wild adventure as they are pursued by air pirates, the Italian army, and an egotistical American flying ace. Ages 9 and up. (1992, 94 min, 35mm) More details »
Sat 5/31/14 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase
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By Goro Miyazaki
English language version.
The story centers on an innocent romance between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in a changing world. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics—and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. While the children work together to save a dilapidated club house from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom. Ages 8 and up. (2011, 91 min, DCP) More details »
Sun 6/1/14 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room More Information Purchase

Through a piano solo performance and recorded clips, Myra Melford takes us on an aural journey of her own musical lineage—from her primary mentors such as Don Pullen, Henry Threadgill, and Erwin Helfer to other inspirations of jazz innovators such as Randy Weston, Andrew Hill, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, and others. Mystery guest to be announced. More details »
Sat 6/7/14 5:30PM YBCA Forum More Information Purchase

The World United Through Dance

An unparalleled series of inspiring performances is in store at the 36th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, highlighting the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the Bay Area. This year’s Festival includes 11 world premieres and features dances from Bali, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Congo, Hawai`i, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Tahiti, and the continental U.S. Each weekend’s program is different, and includes nine to ten dance performances in each show, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.

This year's Festival includes a special weekend of performances (June 14–15) where audiences can watch all eight classical Indian dance forms on one stage for the first time in the United States.

Weekends two, three, and four of the Festival are at YBCA's Theater. For more information about the opening weekend of the Festival, click here.

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San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

Photo: RJ Muna, Pictured: Natyalaya

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