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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.


Lynn Hershman Leeson
2017 Exhibitions
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar is the only presentation in the Americas of this acclaimed retrospective that provides an overview of the Bay Area artist’s revolutionary career from the 1960s to the present day. A pioneer of performance and conceptual art, Lynn Hershman Leeson has continually examined our relationship to technology. Her work reflects a fascination with the construction of identity and the use of media and technology as tools for empowerment against censorship and repression. Hershman Leeson has been, and continues to be, a strong voice in the feminist movement.


British Arrows Awards
2017 YBCA Film/Video
British Arrows Awards
From high-tech extravaganzas to wacky British comedy, the British Arrows Awards showcase the most innovative and daring type of filmmaking - commercials! With only moments to captivate its audience, these UK commercials include outstanding performances by children, animals, and A-listers alike. And to celebrate the Arrows’ 40th anniversary, a bonus reel of top commercials from the last 40 years. t(2016, 70 min, digital)


Dance Downtown
2017 ODC
Dance Downtown
ODC/Dance’s 2017 Dance Downtown season features the premieres of Brenda Way’s What we carry What we keep and KT Nelson’s Reimagining Heritage. The program also includes 2016’s Walk Back the Cat by Way and Kate Weare’s Giant.
Join us on Friday, March 24 for ODC’s annual pre-show Gala Dinner or join us on the dance floor for the Gala After-Party! This event features exclusive one night only programing featuring excerpts from new and repertory works by Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kimi Okada, and Kate Weare. For more information on Dance Downtown programming and the Gala, visit ODC online at www.ODC.Dance


YBCA Conversation: Civic Radar Book Discussion
In this discussion, B. Ruby Rich and Peggy Phelan join moderator Elizabeth Thomas to speak about their contributions to the catalog Civic Radar, the first comprehensive publication summarizing Hershman Leeson's long and varied career. Civic Radar covers the expansive range of works created by the Bay Area-based artist throughout five decades of practice, from early enactments of social performance and experiments with technology to large-scale installations and activist film. As long-time colleagues, Phelan and Rich will consider aspects of Hershman's pioneering work in new technologies, as it ranges over different formats and disciplines to engage with issues of power, identity, and representation. Exploring the reaches of the artist's difficult to categorize work, the discussion will explore how Leeson has worked to interrogate media in particular–its capitalistic underpinnings, gender dynamics, and role in social control.


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.


LINES Ballet Spring Season
2017 LINES Ballet
LINES Ballet Spring Season
Poet Bob Holman joins Alonzo King LINES Ballet for the spring season world premiere. With a career spanning four decades as a filmmaker, performer, professor, activist, and impresario, Holman is also a leading advocate for the preservation of endangered languages. With over half the world’s 6,000-7,000 languages at risk of vanishing by the end of the century, Holman has traveled the globe supporting linguistic revitalization programs across indigenous communities from Hawaii and Alaska to Australia and Wales. His recorded collection of native peoples’ poetry and song forms the soundscape of a new ballet choreographed by Alonzo King.


LINES Ballet BFA Program
2017 LINES Ballet
LINES Ballet BFA Program
Celebrate the accomplishment and artistry of the Class of 2016! The grand finale to their four-year college journey, the 2016 Senior Showcase brings our seniors to the beautiful YBCA stage in a celebration of artistic achievement. This one-show- only event presents original contemporary ballets by choreographers Gregory Dawson, Amanda K. Miller, Alivia Schaffer and Amy Seiwert.


Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
2017 YBCA Performance
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.


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.


Joe Goode Performance Group Presents Nobody Lives Here Now
The centerpiece of the celebration will be the world premiere of Nobody Lives Here Now, a poetic fable that mines questions of identity, aging, and disappearance as part of the fragile human condition. The piece tells the story of a fantastical world where the things that anchor us - home, culture, people - rapidly shift and erode, and the characters find themselves faced with sudden transformation. What happens when things vanish in an instant, when our vitality, place, and identity disappear? Nobody Lives Here Now is laced with JGPG's signature humor and song. It is highlighted by a fervent classical music score, performed live by Thalea String Quartet (the first-ever quartet in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and an original set and video design by David Szlasa.