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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.

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Dr. Strangelove

Kubrick set out to film a gritty, realistic story of nuclear destruction. What resulted was this nightmarish and very funny, jet-black comedy in which a paranoid American general (Sterling Hayden) orders a nuclear attack on Russia. Peter Sellers plays three of the characters struggling to stop—or exploit—Armageddon. His rogues’ gallery of costars includes George C. Scott, Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn, and James Earl Jones. Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. (1964, 95 min, 35mm)

Sun 7/31/16 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Garrett + Moulton Productions

Award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton present the premiere of Speak, Angels, an evening-length dance theater work exploring themes of providence and illumination. Featuring a cast of twenty-four dancers—including a "movement choir"—an ensemble of instrumentalists, and six singers led by renowned Bay Area contralto Karen Clark, this deeply expressive and theatrical evening of music and dance celebrates the providential voices that guide us through our lives.

Sat 7/30/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 7/31/16 3:00PM YBCA Theater


Kubrick waged a long and difficult battle with censors over his elegant, oddly moving adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel, in which reserved academic Humbert Humbert (James Mason) falls hard for a blithe teenage nymphet (Sue Lyon) with that “lovely, lyrical, lilting name,” Lolita. The dark comedy is juiced immeasurably by Peter Sellers’s chameleonic and sinister performance as Humbert’s romantic rival, Clare Quilty. (1962, 152 min, 35mm)

Sat 7/30/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 7/31/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Wiseman began his documentary career with this stark, graphic portrayal of the conditions at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Titicut Follies exposes the treatment of mentally ill inmates by guards, social workers, and psychiatrists (the title refers to a rather sad musical revue staged by the inmates). Wiseman’s harrowing film was banned from public exhibition for over 20 years. (1967, 82 min, 35mm)
Thu 8/4/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 8/7/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Hospital presents the daily activities of New York City's Metropolitan Hospital, with an emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. A spellbinding film, it unflinchingly depicts an overwhelmed staff managing a blizzard of crises, set against a byzantine, ominous bureaucracy. (1970, 84 min, 35mm)
Sat 8/6/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 8/13/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

High School was filmed at Philadelphia's Northeast High School, documenting the clash of teens with teachers and administrators who confuse learning with discipline. With sharp insight and occasional humor, the film depicts how the school system exists not only to pass on "facts" but also to transmit highly debatable social values from one generation to another. (1968, 75 min, 35mm)
Thu 8/11/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 8/14/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Resurrecting San Francisco, Erotic City: Randy, the Electric Lady

San Francisco was ground zero for erotic filmmaking in the 1970s. The support of freedom of expression, and a general acceptance of “free love,” created a ripe atmosphere for transgressing boundaries and taboos. Randy, the Electric Lady is an incredible rarity of this era, shot mostly at the San Francisco Art Institute and cowritten by the radical satirist Terry Southern. Starring Desiree Cousteau, it tells the story of a young woman whose body produces a miraculous substance called orgasmine, which causes earth-shattering orgasms. The film is campy, romantic, and bizarre, with a soundtrack that veers between lounge, disco, and punk. Come celebrate the return of a lost cinematic treasure to the city of its origin. (1978/1980, 72 min, 35mm)

Thu 8/18/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

The Mikado

With a hilarious plot line, ingenious dialogue, memorable characters and wonderful music, The Mikado is possibly the most popular musical comedy in the English language. In a time when flirting was a capital offense, a handsome wandering minstrel has fallen in love with the fiancée to the recently appointed Lord High Executioner. Chaos, desperation, and comical mayhem ensue, with impromptu marriages, substitute executionees, forged death certificates, and the revelation of a prince in disguise. Performance takes place at YBCA Theatre.

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

John Waters named this film number one on his 2015 top ten list. A relentless, yet intimate portrait of the legendary actor and former Luchino Visconti “muse” Helmut Berger. At the height of his stardom and handsomeness Berger epitomized the exuberant jet set lifestyle of the 70s. In recent years he has settled for a more secluded life, a small hideaway kingdom where time seems to have stopped. Berger’s mood swings and sudden outbursts of aggression are reminiscent of actor Klaus Kinski’s tirades. But the film exposes the brusqueness of his character for what it really is: a cry for attention, closeness and intimacy. (2015, 90 min, digital)
Thu 9/8/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 9/10/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 9/11/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Robert Frank revolutionized photography and independent film. He documented the Beats, Welsh coal miners, Peruvian Indians, The Stones, London bankers, and, of course, the Americans. Filmmaker Richard Linklater describes Frank as “a restless, searching artist pushing the boundaries of the documentary, experimental, and more traditional narrative forms.” Prepare yourself for a bumpy ride, revealed with unblinking honesty by the reclusive artist himself. (2015, 82 min, digital).
Thu 9/22/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 9/23/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 9/24/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 9/25/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

We begin with a newly-restored print of Life-Raft Earth (1969, 37 min, 16mm). Whole Earth Catalog editor Stewart Brand and his friend Hugh Romney (Wavy Gravy) asked Robert Frank to document “The Hunger Show,” a week-long fast and a “happening” designed to make the problem of world hunger and malnutrition a personal matter for participants and observers. Then, one of Frank’s greatest works, Life Dances On (1980, 30 min, 16mm), his most personal and emotional film, and a devastating portrait of loss.
Sun 9/25/16 3:45PM YBCA Screening Room

One of the very first fictional features by an African-American woman, Losing Ground remains a stunning and powerful work of art. It tells the story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers, a professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her painter husband Victor sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy. Funny, brilliant and personal, Losing Ground should have ranked high in the canon of indie cinema. But the early 80s was not an easy time for women or independent filmmakers and the film was never theatrically released. It was shown once on PBS’s American Playhouse, and then disappeared for over 25 years. (1982, 86 min, digital)
Thu 9/29/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 10/2/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy is a fresh and exciting discovery, and one of the best cinematic celebrations of Puerto Rican culture in the Northeast US. Collins’ first feature film is an adaptation of a series of short stories by Henry H. Roth about three young Puerto Rican men whose lives are watched over by their father’s ghost. (1980, 50 min, digital). Preceded by Transmagnifican Dambamuality (1976, 7 min, digital), a celebrated student film by Collins’ cinematographer Ronald K. Gray.
Sun 10/2/16 3:45PM YBCA Screening Room

Sat 11/5/16 1:00PM YBCA Forum

Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North
Tanya Tagaq’s intense, evocative vocal style draws on her Inuit roots. This performance brings to life imagery from the controversial 1922 film Nanook of the North through a sonic exploration of scenes of life in an early twentieth-century Inuit community and in Artic landscapes. Practicing traditional Inuit throat singing, Tagaq, along with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, bring feeling and depth to a complex mix of beautiful representations and racially charged clichés.
Thu 11/17/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

YBCA presents /peh-LO-tah/, the latest dynamic performance work by the award-winning poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph. The complexities of culture and the sport of soccer are conduits for both global pride and global corruption, a theme that gives depth to the movements on stage. Joseph draws on his experiences as a child of Haitian immigrants, playing the game in the United States, and his affinity for the sport as chronicled in journals of his travels to World Cups in South Africa and Brazil. His explosive hip-hop style takes on political, economic, and social significance in /peh-LO-tah/. It is, as Joseph says, “a dance about the economy, choreographed to the rhythm of the beautiful game.” His spoken-word poems and charismatic storytelling form the base of a theatrical experience featuring live music and choreography inspired by South African and Brazilian styles, and techniques from the soccer field.
Fri 11/18/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 11/19/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 11/20/16 5:00PM YBCA Theater

Tanya Tagaq’s performance Retribution celebrates her upcoming album release. The Inuit throat singer will be joined on stage by Christine Duncan, a musical chameleon with a near five-octave range. Though two very different artists, Tagaq and Duncan share an improvisational approach to vocal expression, both using their voices as instruments that explore tone, timbre, and texture.
Fri 11/18/16 10:00PM YBCA Forum

Sonido Fest: I Am Home: A Musical Reflection on Love, Migration and Identity
Diana Gameros, a 2015 YBCA 100 artist, presents an evening of Latin-influenced indie-pop, folk, jazz, and orchestral music. The music is complemented by storytelling through poems and sound clips inspired by her journey as an immigrant, the constant search for “home,” and the stories of those she’s met along the way.
Thu 12/1/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Sonido Fest: Edward Simon & Ensemble Venezuela
Pianist and composer Edward Simon, a Guggenheim Fellow, leads Ensemble Venezuela in creating and showcasing underrepresented Venezuelan music. Together they blend the color-rich lyricism and rhythmically buoyant sounds of Simon’s Venezuelan roots with the harmonically sophisticated, modern manner of jazz. Simon is joined by drummer Adam Cruz, flutist Marco Granados, John Ellis on reeds, bassist Roberto Koch, special guest singer-songwriter Maria Alejandra Rodriguez, and instrumentalist Jackeline Rago.
Fri 12/2/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Sonido Fest: The Poet of Havana
YBCA presents well-known Cuban nueva trova singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, showcasing a musical style that developed in postrevolutionary Cuba. His music frames his HBO documentary The Poet of Havana, shown in conjunction with the concert. American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, Calle 13’s Eduardo Jose Cabra of Puerto Rico, and actor Benicio del Toro are documented in their travels to Havana for a concert celebrating Varela’s three decades in music. The film reflects on the impact the composer has had on Cuban culture, and the inspiration he’s been to fellow artists.
Sat 12/3/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Sonido Fest: Honduran Garifuna Dance Party!
Aurelio Martinez gives a music performance that will have you on your feet. Aurelio, a torchbearer of the Garifuna musical tradition, marries the music and the movements of his Caribbean coastal culture. Set to the sounds of the infectious Central American paranda style, framed by drums and maracas, Aurelio’s lyrics highlight the social and political challenges faced by the Garifuna community, historically African descendants. The songs are from his critically acclaimed album Landini, plus premieres of unreleased music from his forthcoming album.
Sun 12/4/16 5:00PM YBCA Forum

les vérités
YBCA presents the world premiere of Gregory Dawson’s les vérités. The piece celebrates dawsondancesf’s past decade of dance performances, featuring influential artists who have supported their craft. Live music from Richard Howell, the Revolution Quartet, and Ron Kurti provide a backdrop for the dances.
Fri 1/27/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 1/28/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater


Come revel in the comic stylings of that aesthete-to-end-all-aesthetes, Reginald Bunthorne, as he pursues the winsome and simple milkmaid Patience while simultaneously enjoying the worshipful adoration of his 20 love-sick groupies; the uproarious confusion of a hapless corps of jilted Dragoon Guard as they struggle to become aesthetic initiates in order to win back their old girlfriends; and the hilarity that ensues with the sudden unexpected appearance of the handsome aesthetic poet Archibald Grosvenor, who proves a rival for the affections of everyone else on stage! Performance takes place at YBCA Theatre.

Fri 2/3/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 2/4/17 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 2/4/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 2/5/17 2:00PM YBCA Theater

Clas/sick Hip Hop - Amy O'Neal: Opposing Forces
Opposing Forces showcases contemporary performance, with movements that expose fears around feminine qualities in our culture through the hyper-masculine dance style of breaking. With curiosity, vulnerability, and power, five world-class B-boys uncover binary perceptions of gender through battling, commercial dance, and cyphering. Clas/sick Hip Hop, now in its third iteration, is an artful platform that surfaces questions about the role of hip hop through music, movement, and the politics of freedom. This year we explore gender norms in hip hop culture, highlighting the presence and impact of femininity in a subculture that has historically been undergirded by hyper-masculinity and violence. Both performances, Opposing Forces and UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, reflect on gender in unique ways while also responding to ongoing curatorial inquiries into the viability of hip hop at a contemporary arts center. We ask ourselves how we can embrace its rapidly changing form as it takes new shape across the domestic landscape and is transposed within international bodies. Clas/sick Hip Hop is our vehicle.
Thu 2/16/17 7:30PM YBCA Forum
Fri 2/17/17 7:30PM YBCA Forum
Sat 2/18/17 7:30PM YBCA Forum

Clas/sick Hip Hop –  UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
YBCA and UnderCover present a showcase of local Bay Area artists in a performance that pays homage to the Grammy award–winning artist Lauryn Hill. Eleven diverse musical ensembles each lend their unique creative voices to a song from her iconic soul and hip hop album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Reinterpreting the classic record from start to finish, they create a musical cross-pollination that is unusual to encounter in a single bill. Clas/sick Hip Hop, now in its third iteration, is an artful platform that surfaces questions about the role of hip hop through music, movement, and the politics of freedom. This year we explore gender norms in hip hop culture, highlighting the presence and impact of femininity in a subculture that has historically been undergirded by hyper-masculinity and violence. Both performances, Opposing Forces and UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, reflect on gender in unique ways while also responding to ongoing curatorial inquiries into the viability of hip hop at a contemporary arts center. We ask ourselves how we can embrace its rapidly changing form as it takes new shape across the domestic landscape and is transposed within international bodies. Clas/sick Hip Hop is our vehicle.
Thu 2/16/17 9:30PM YBCA Forum
Fri 2/17/17 9:30PM YBCA Forum
Sat 2/18/17 9:30PM YBCA Forum

Dearest Home
YBCA presents Dearest Home, a commissioned work by Kyle Abraham. The dance performance is a culmination of works that embody love and loving, and the solos and duets were born from dialogue and collaboration with a diverse set of subcultures. Dearest Home uses vulnerable and intimate movement to symbolize cultural views and exchanges about love and the absence of love.
Thu 5/18/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Fri 5/19/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 5/20/17 5:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 5/20/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sun 5/21/17 2:00PM YBCA Forum
Sun 5/21/17 5:00PM YBCA Forum

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 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 6/3/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sun 6/4/17 7:30PM YBCA Forum