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 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 »
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

Listening Lab: Adventurous Jazz & Improvised Music

Bay Area bassist, composer, bandleader, and music producer Lisa Mezzacappa hosts a casual after-work guided listening session, focusing on innovative jazz and improvised music from the 1960s to the present. More details »

Fri 1/30/15 5:30PM YBCA YAAW Lounge


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

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Granted full access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, this new documentary follows the three men who are the studio's lifeblood – director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive Isao Takahata. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion, and singular dedication of these remarkable creators. (2014, 118 min, digital) More details »

Sat 1/31/15 12:15PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 1/31/15 2:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 1/31/15 5:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 1/31/15 8:00PM YBCA Screening Room


This father of American independent cinema left an indelible mark, not merely on the evolution of his art form, but also on the western zeitgeist. The very term “Altmanesque” has come to denote a cinematic style characterized by dark humor, chaotic choreography, overlapping dialogue, multi-layered storylines, omniscient cinematography, and a let’s-wing-it ensemble approach to crafting a film. (2014, 96 min, digital) More details&Nbsp;»

Thu 2/5/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 2/8/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter Two: Moonchile

Chicago-born sound experimentalist Matana Roberts works in a variety of performance mediums including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. A dynamic saxophonist, composer, and improviser, her work explores the mystical roots and spiritual traditions of American music within improvisatory structures. More details »

Fri 2/6/15 10:00PM YBCA Forum

Roger Kim's Elliott Smith Hour & Karl Evangelista's Grex

A recent graduate of UC Berkeley and former student of Myra Melford and Brian Pardo, Roger Kim describes his music as swinging and contemplative. The Filipino American guitarist Karl Evangelista, former student of Myra Melford and graduate of the MA program at Mills College, is a fresh new voice in the Bay Area jazz scene, exploring an improvisational aesthetic that blends jazz, rock, western art music, contemporary sound, and "noise" based art. More details »

Sat 2/7/15 3:00PM YBCA YAAW Lounge

Jenny Scheinman: Solo Fiddle For Growing Boys & Girls

Jenny Scheinman is a violinist, singer, and writer of songs with and without words. Scheinman debuts a newly penned cycle of twenty short violin pieces entitled Solo Fiddle For Growing Boys & Girls, which draw upon cyclical structures prevalent in American fiddle music. More details »

Sat 2/7/15 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch: avant:Noir

Talented bassist and bandleader Lisa Mezzacappa, known for her adventurous and diverse musical palette, presents her newest work avantNOIR, inspired by the crime novels of Dashiell Hammett and Paul Auster. More details »

Sat 2/7/15 5:00PM YBCA Forum

Myra Melford, Joelle Leandre & Nicole Mitchell Trio

Expect the unexpected when these three join for an on-the-spot improvisation with pianist Myra Melford, French double bassist Joëlle Léandre, and flautist Nicole Mitchell. More details »

Sat 2/7/15 10:00PM YBCA Forum

Midnight Ben Goldberg's Orphic Machine

Come celebrate the closing of the festival with Berkeley-based clarinetist and virtuoso Ben Goldberg, of the renowned band Tin Hat, re-assembles an all-star lineup to present his seminal piece to date, Orphic Machine, inspired by a book of "speculative poetics" from writer Allen Grossman.  More details »

Sat 2/7/15 11:00PM YBCA Forum

Force Majeure (Turist)

This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch. (2014, 118 min, DCP) More details »

Thu 2/12/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 2/15/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Stephanie Barber: DAREDEVILS

Stephanie Barber's feature-length film, DAREDEVILS is a portrait of risk and language, presenting an epic dialogic interview between a young writer and an admired artist as a reverberating life event and turning point, in resonance with spoken monologue and song. Writes Barber: “The classic rising action, climax, and denouement are sculpted, not by cause and effect, but by the subtle movements to and from understanding that are inherent in conversation. Bubbles of intimacy are blown and popped, begin to be blown again.” (2013, 85 min, digital) More details »

Sat 2/14/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room


An astute observation of racial and class tension, Play is a bracing film based on the real cases of bullying in Gothenberg, Sweden from 2006 to 2008. Centering on a group of boys from African immigrant families who rely on elaborate schemes to rob other children, the boys are well aware of the stereotypes that follow black youth in a nation like Sweden, and use them to intimidate other boys their age. (2011, 113 min, 35mm) More details »

Thu 2/19/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 2/22/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion: Pavement

One of the hottest new talents on the American dance scene, Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion creates a moving and powerful portrait of urban life consumed by gang and police violence in Pavement. Choreographer Kyle Abraham, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, reflects the bold era of ’90s hip-hop, while examining a culture plagued by discrimination and genocide, set against the backdrop of the declining environment of Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods. More details »

Thu 2/19/15 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Fri 2/20/15 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 2/21/15 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Smart Night Out: Pavement

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 Pavement, by Kyle Abraham, which re-imagines the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood as a dance work set in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods. More details »

Sat 2/21/15 6:00PM YBCA Forum

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


Produced before Altman’s first feature The Delinquents, this regional independent movie is a bargain basement backstage musical that puts the corn in cornpone. (1956, 58 min, 35mm) Preceded by three never-before-released short films by Altman: Pot au Feu, The Kathryn Reed Story, and The Party. (1965-66, 27 min, digital) More details&Nbsp;»

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

Involuntary & The Guitar Mongoloid

A surreal comedy of Swedish manners, Involuntary has five intersecting stories in which respect for authority is challenged. (2008, 98 min, 35mm) In scenes of euphoric joy and purposeful destruction, a 12-year-old screams out punk songs, grown men play dangerously with guns, and a young boy twists TV antennas so viewers' reception goes fuzzy in The Guitar Mongoloid. (2004, 85 min, 35mm) Each film preceded by a short. More details »

Thu 2/26/15 9:00PM YBCA Screening Room

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&Nbsp;»

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

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