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A History Of Violence

Starring Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello, with outstanding performances by Ed Harris and William Hurt, A History of Violence is, “a masterpiece of indirection and pure visceral thrills, Cronenberg's latest mindblower is the feel-good, feel-bad movie of the year. The story of a seemingly average American family almost undone by cataclysmic violence, the film takes place in a surreal and mercilessly brutal land, Anytown, U.S.A., that has been repeatedly soaked in blood only to be repeatedly washed clean. The great kick of the movie — or rather, its great kick in the gut — comes from Mr. Cronenberg's refusal to let us indulge in movie violence without paying a price.” —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times. (2005, 96 min, 35mm) More details »

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Thu 9/3/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 9/6/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Maps To The Stars

“Hilariously funny and, dare I say it, yes, pernicious. I love this film more than I love my own mustache.” —John Waters

David Cronenberg’s latest film is one his darkest works, a journey into the black heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. The result is a modern Hollywood Gothic, a brutal comedy about the ravenous need for fame and validation — and the yearning, loss and fragility that lurk in the shadows underneath. Starring Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and, in an amazingly risky and fearless performance, Julianne Moore. (2014, 111 min, DCP) More details »

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Sat 9/5/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 9/6/15 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Journey Through the Past

Young's rarest film is an experimental hybrid of documentary and fiction. The film combines electrifying footage of Buffalo Springfield from 1966, backstage and concert film of Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, all the way forward to Young recording songs for Harvest in a barn. The amazing music is interspersed with home movies, news footage, and many surrealistic hippie daydreams. (1974, 79 min, digital) More details »

Thu 9/10/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 9/11/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 9/13/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Muddy Track

A shambling trip through the chaotic 1987 Neil Young and Crazy Horse European tour. Young considered this tour such a disaster that he vowed to never work with Crazy Horse again. With a soundtrack drenched in feedback and distortion, the film is a shadowy look at life on the road from the artist's POV. (1987, 72 min, digital) More details »

Sat 9/12/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 9/13/15 3:45PM YBCA Screening Room

Human Highway: The Director’s Cut

We present the director's cut version of Young's mind-bending post-apocalyptic musical comedy, starring Young himself and an eccentric cast including Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper, and Devo. Now recut and restored according to Young’s own specifications, this fascinating but little-seen film was first released in 1982. (1982/2014, 80 min, digital) More details »

Thu 9/17/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 9/20/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Neil Young Trunk Show

The kinetic reality of a Neil Young performance is presented in a breathtakingly intimate fashion in this superb film. Young and his band (in 2007) are captured by director Jonathan Demme with great immediacy, often in dramatically long takes that let the viewer experience Young opening up his heart song by song, and then blowing it all away in heated, uninhibited displays of rock and roll power. (2009, 82 min, digital) More details »

Fri 9/18/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 9/19/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room


Part diatribe, part avant-garde home movie, Greendale tells the story of the Green family, a Northern California clan of ex-hippies, eco-activists and criminals. Their idyllic community comes under attack from the forces of the modern world. (2003, 85 min, 35mm) More details »

Sun 9/20/15 3:45PM YBCA Screening Room

Recology Field Trip

At Recology, we’ll visit artists-in-residence Jenny Odell, Chris Sollars, and Roger Ourthiague, and see their exhibition with a special introduction by YBCA Assistant Curator, and curator of Earth Machines, Ceci Moss. Through Recology’s residency program, these artists have scavenged materials from the dump over four months to make art while promoting recycling and reuse. More details »

Tue 9/22/15 5:00PM Off Site Venue

YBCA:You Summer Book Club

To more deeply consider Place, September’s book club selection is Infinite City by Rebecca Solnit. What makes a place? Infinite City, Rebecca Solnit’s brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, searches out the answer by examining the many layers of meaning in one place, the San Francisco Bay Area. Aided by artists, writers, cartographers, and twenty-two gorgeous color maps, each of which illuminates the city and its surroundings as experienced by different inhabitants, Solnit takes us on a tour that will forever change the way we think about place. More details »

Thu 9/24/15 6:00PM YBCA

Rust Never Sleeps

Hey hey, my my… Neil Young, live at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, October 22, 1978, captured at the height of his powers. What more do we need to tell you? (1979, 103 min, digital) More details »

Thu 9/24/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 9/26/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

The Monsanto Years

A special work-in-progress screening, this film documents the recording of Young's 36th studio album The Monsanto Years. A fierce attack on corporate greed, the album features Neil Young and Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah. (2015, 59 min, digital) More details »

Fri 9/25/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 9/27/15 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Solo Trans/A Day at the Gallery

Directed by Hal Ashby, Solo Trans is an exceptional concert film. A solo acoustic set moves into a song cycle of Neil Young's controversial electronic Trans period, followed by a closing set of rockabilly accompanied by Neil's band The Shocking Pinks. (1983, 60 min, digital). Preceded by Young's A Day at the Gallery, in which a writer visits a gallery featuring the works of Shepard Fairey and haggles with the owner over purchasing paintings for a book. Slowly, the paintings come to life and tell a story of their own. (2012, 40 min, digital) More details »

Sun 9/27/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Xaviera Simmons, Continent: Dark Sound Blue

Simmons presents a multi-sensory and multi-lingual performance based work where a buildup of a continental space is constructed through language, sight, sense, and taste. No late entry. 21+ More details »

Thu 10/1/15 7:00PM YBCA Forum

Sankai Juku

Umusuna is an ambitious and breathtaking vision of the creation of the Earth that shifts giddily from balance to imbalance, as the surface of the stage itself is upset amid towering cascades of sand and bodies that hint at the movement of the cosmos. Not seen in San Francisco since 2010, Sankai Juku will leave you with the feeling that, like a child, you have seen the world for the first time. More detail »

Fri 10/9/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sat 10/10/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sun 10/11/15 4:00PM YBCA Theater

Degenerate Art Ensemble

Degenerate Art Ensemble's Predator Songstress is an intensely visual, music-driven theatrical event that tells the modern-day fairy tale of an anti­heroine in search of her stolen voice, set in a world where the tools that are used to stifle and control are re-appropriated as means for individual realization. More detail »

Thu 11/5/15 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Fri 11/6/15 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 11/7/15 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Akram Khan

Akram Khan's first collaboration with celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney, yielded his company's first full-length evening work in 2002. "Hindu Gods, black holes, Indian time cycles, tablas, creation and destruction" were the starting points for Kaash (Hindi: "if only"). This revival continues Akram Khan's quest to build bridges between the worlds of contemporary dance and the Indian classical dance form kathak, and has given him the title of one of the most acclaimed choreographers of his generation. More detail »

Fri 11/20/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sat 11/21/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater

Sara Shelton Mann’s <em>Erasing Time</em>

In Erasing Time, six-time Isadora Duncan award-winner Sara Shelton Mann live-directs former members of her historic ensemble Contraband and other past collaborators in a five hour durational event. Part performance marathon, part gallery show, part intimate party, YBCA invites you to become immersed in the first retrospective of the catalytic body of work by this renowned Bay Area choreographer. Featuring design direction by David Szlasa and musical direction by Norman Rutherford. More detail »

Fri 12/4/15 5:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 12/5/15 5:00PM YBCA Forum

Company Wayne McGregor

Boundary-blurring choreographer Wayne McGregor's company returns to San Francisco Performances with Atomos, an evening-length work that features sculptural, rigorous movement with a jarring and hauntingly lyrical edge. McGregor — who irreverently mixes up the interface between the arts, sciences and technology — describes Atomos as "atomizing bodies, movement, film, sound and light into miniature shards of intense sensation." More details »

Thu 1/14/16 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Fri 1/15/16 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sat 1/16/16 7:30PM YBCA Theater

Company Wayne McGregor Family Matinee
Sat 1/16/16 2:00PM YBCA Theater

Vân-Ánh Võ & The VA’V <br> The Odyssey - <em>from Vietnam to America</em>

Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ will premiere a new musical event, The Odyssey. Inspired by the epic journey of the Vietnamese boat people, this performance reflects upon the resilience of the human spirit and the price of freedom. In this performance, Võ integrates traditional and modern instruments, video, field recordings, and interviews with those who survived the the voyage of fleeing Vietnam by boat. More detail »

Fri 1/22/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 1/23/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Fri 2/19/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 2/20/16 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 2/20/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 2/21/16 2:00PM YBCA Theater

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance

Analogy/ Dora: Tramontane is a meditation on perseverance, resourcefulness, and resilience while suggesting the amorphous nature of memory. The work is based on an oral history Jones conducted with 95-year old Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker and survivor of World War II. Dora's inspirational story unfolds in multiple levels of transformation.  More detail »

YBCA Co-Commission with Peak Performances, Montclair State University, New Jersey; additional commissioning support provided by: Dancers’ Workshop

Thu 3/10/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Fri 3/11/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 3/12/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 3/13/16 5:00PM YBCA Theater

NF FEST: Pamela Z

YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Thursday's performance features vocalist/audio artist and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award winner Pamela Z. More detail »

Thu 4/28/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

NF Fest: Theresa Wong & Edward Schocker

YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Friday's performances feature cellist/composer Theresa Wong and found object/instrument makers Edward Schocker & Thingamagigs Performance Group. More detail »

Fri 4/29/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

NF FEST: Luciano Chessa

YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Saturday's performance features composer Luciano Chessa. More detail »

Sat 4/30/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

This Was Made Here: A Diasporic Odyssey

A new body of music composed by Oakland-based singer, musician, and cultural activist Meklit. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Brooklyn and based for a decade in San Francisco, Meklit weaves together traditional songs, poetry, and a female chorus to trace Ethiopian Jazz from eastern Africa to the Fillmore in San Francisco. More detail »

Thu 5/19/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Fri 5/20/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 5/21/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum