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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.

Helmut Berger, Actor
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

Tom Sachs Opening Night Party
Please come celebrate with us at the opening night party for our upcoming exhibition Tom Sachs - Space Program: Europa in which artist Tom Sachs and his team of astronauts set their sights on the next frontier of space exploration. This expansive exhibition will take over the galleries and public spaces. Cool space themed drinks will kick off the party along with the series of the Tom Sachs led activations planned for the extended 2-day opening weekend!
Fri 9/16/16 7:00PM YBCA Galleries

Space Program: Europa Live Demonstration with Tom Sachs
Live demonstration of Sachs’ astronauts landing on Europa using the , special effects, monitors, and other DIY sculpture. The astronauts will occupy the LEM while audiences observe the flight sequence from neighboring gallery spaces via live feeds. Once the astronauts find life on icy Europa, watch as they perform experiments on these new forms in a scientific demonstration—one that may conclude with the consumption of this newly-discovered life. Towards the close of the day, the audience is invited to observe the artist serving a select number of guests tea as part of a ritual tea ceremony from his bricolage teahouse.
Sat 9/17/16 1:00PM YBCA Galleries

Tom Sachs
Tom Sachs and his team of astronauts set their sights on the next frontier of space exploration in Space Program: Europa. Targeting Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, this expansive sculpture exhibition gives you an unprecedented view into Sachs’ extraordinary artistic output and advances his quest to find extraterrestrial life with bricolaged sculptures. The exhibition will fill YBCA with everything his astronauts need to successfully complete their voyage–including the Mobile Quarantine Facility, Mission Control, the Apollo-era Landing Exploration Module (LEM), and special equipment for conducting scientific experiments–immersing the audience in a universe of sculpture occupying the entire downstairs galleries in addition to YBCA’s public spaces.
Sun 9/18/16 11:00AM YBCA Galleries
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A Space Program
In the film A Space Program, the internationally-acclaimed artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricate, handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first-person look at his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ historic piece Space Program 2.0: MARS, which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012. Directed by Van Neistat, A Space Program is a captivating introduction to Sachs’ work for the uninitiated, and required viewing for his longtime fans.
Sun 9/18/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 9/30/16 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
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Wed 12/14/16 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 1/13/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Don't Blink - Robert Frank
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

Two Films By Robert Frank: Life-Raft Earth & Life Dances On
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

The Lost Films of Kathleen Collins: Losing Ground
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 Lost Films of Kathleen Collins: The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy
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

San Diego Surf
Viva and Taylor Mead play a bourgeois couple lusting after buff surfer dudes in one of Warhol’s last films. San Diego Surf was never finished and sat in a vault for 40 years. Just a month after filming it, Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas, which virtually ended his work behind the movie camera. The Andy Warhol Foundation commissioned longtime Warhol collaborator Paul Morrissey to complete the editing, based on existing notes and the rough cut. Also starring Joe Dallesandro and Ingrid Superstar. (1968, 90 min, 16mm)
Thu 10/13/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 10/16/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Hope Mohr Dance presents its annual Bridge Project:Ten Artists Respond to Locus, a multidisciplinary exchange with dance history inspired by dance pioneer Trisha Brown. The program features a performance of Brown’s iconic dance Locus Solo (1975) by select local dancers and world premieres, all in response to Brown’s dance, by ten commissioned artists.
Fri 10/14/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 10/15/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

Outer and Inner Space & Tiger Morse
Outer and Inner Space is one of Warhol’s most intense films, a double-screen projection featuring Edie Sedgewick in conversation with her own image. Shown with Tiger Morse, in which this socialite, mod fashion designer, and amphetamine addict delivers a blistering monologue about her marvelous, party-filled world. (1965/1967, 33/34 min, 16mm)
Sat 10/15/16 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Protraits of John Berger
John Berger’s TV mini-series and book, Ways of Seeing, completely refocused perceptions of art and visual culture in the late 20th century. The four episodes that make up the film The Seasons in Quincy find renowned filmmakers Bartek Dziadosz, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, and Tilda Swinton in deep conversation with Berger in the Swiss village of Quincy, which Berger calls home. This remarkable and engaging documentary vividly captures details of life in the village, and brings the themes and ideas of Ways of Seeing to bear on life and art in the 21st century. (2015, 90 min, DCP)
Thu 10/20/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 10/21/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
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My Hustler & Blow Job
The first section of My Hustler shows us an older man discussing “Dial a Hustler” with two companions, centering on the quality of services expected from a young blonde hustler who's spread out in front of them under the sun. The second half is a single shot of an experienced gigolo discussing the ups and down of the business. Followed by the masterpiece of voyeurism Blow Job, a single shot of a man’s face as he receives the sexual act of the film’s title. (1965 /1964, 67/35 min, 16mm)The first section of My Hustler shows us an older man discussing “Dial A Hustler” with two compan
Sun 10/23/16 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

The Velvet Underground Tarot Cards
This rare film kinetically documents each member of The Velvet Underground having their cards read at a big apartment party. The tarot reader is continually interrupted in her readings by the chaos created by the characters around her. Though no VU music is heard, this is one of Warhol’s most fascinating films, which he originally shot as background footage for the VU during their “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” performances. (1966, 65 min, 16mm)
Thu 10/27/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Teen Wolf
Sat 10/29/16 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room

The Wolf Man
Sat 10/29/16 2:45PM YBCA Screening Room

Ginger Snaps
Sat 10/29/16 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Sat 10/29/16 7:15PM YBCA Screening Room

The Life of Juanita Castro
In one of Warhol’s funniest films, a playwright taunts a group of actors into improvising a ridiculous yet politically meaningful meditation on Fidel Castro and his family. The cast sit in chairs as if grouped for a family portrait, repeating lines fed them from the back row. One of the first Warhol films to use sound and erratic camera movements, it was scripted by avant garde writer Ronald Tavel and stars Marie Menken and Elektrah. (1965, 70 min, 16mm)
Sun 10/30/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

37th Annual Spiral Dance
The holiday, popularly known as Halloween, is the time of year known to Witches as Samhain. The veil is thin between the worlds of the living and the dead. We gather to remember and honor our ancestors, our Beloved Dead, and all those who have crossed over. As we mourn for those we love who have died since last Samhain, we also mourn the loss and pain suffered by the Earth. Yet even as we grieve, we remember and honor the sacred cycles of life, death, rebirth and regeneration, celebrating the births of our children born this year and our own vital connections to the Earth and each other, in which we in which we ground our hope. When we dance the Spiral as a community, we remember and honor our own past at the same time that we renew our vision and embrace the future. As with all Reclaiming events, we strive for inclusiveness and diversity. Reclaiming rituals are clean and sober as an act of solidarity for those who are in recovery. Reclaiming rituals are open to folks of all ages, all genders, people of diverse physical abilities, peoples of color, LGBTQ+ folk, Witches, Pagans, those of any faith, atheists, activists, seekers and the curious.
Sun 10/30/16 5:30PM YBCA Forum

YBCA 100 Summit
Sat 11/5/16 1:00PM YBCA Forum

Thu 11/10/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
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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

Marc Bamuthi Joseph's /peh-LO-tah/
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 Retribution
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

DanceFAR 2016
Now in its 5th year, DanceFAR is an annual dance performance and after-party to support the work of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), a Bay Area nonprofit organization.

Performers include the Bay Area's most celebrated dance companies and international dance artists. For up-to-date information and the complete lineup of performers, please visit

All tickets include admission to the after-party, held immediately following the performance in the YBCA Forum, steps away from the YBCA Theater. The after-party includes food and drink from acclaimed Bay Area restaurants and wineries.

DanceFAR gives back to the community and encourages volunteerism by providing a platform for artists to contribute to a good cause. All proceeds benefit CPIC's research and education programs to address the causes of cancer and provide resources to support cancer survivors.

For tickets purchased at the $250 level, $125 is tax deductible.
Tue 11/29/16 7:30PM YBCA Theater

Sonido Fest: Diana Gameros' 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: Carlos Varela, 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: Aurelio's 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

Gregory Dawson's 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
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Sun 2/5/17 2:00PM YBCA Theater

Batsheva Dance Company, "Last Work" (2015) by Ohad Naharin
Set to a pulsing original score by Grischa Lichtenberger, the evening-length work swings from highly charged to poetically still moments that provide a deep, emotional underpinning to an otherwise abstract study in kinetics.
Wed 2/15/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater
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Clas/sick Hip Hop: Amy O'Neal's 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

San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
A national treasure, Paul Taylor’s enduringly popular works are a brilliant fusion of bravura dancing, profound emotional insight and glorious musicality that have brought audiences around the world equal measures of message and mastery. Wednesday, April 26, 7:30pm: Spring Rounds (2005), New Work (West Coast Premiere), Syzygy (1987)
Wed 4/26/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater
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Sat 4/29/17 2:00PM YBCA Theater
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Kyle Abraham's 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
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Sat 5/20/17 5:00PM YBCA Forum
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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