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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.
Thu 4/27/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 4/28/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 4/29/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 4/30/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Mon 5/1/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 5/2/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 5/3/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 5/4/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 5/5/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 5/6/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 5/7/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Mon 5/8/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 5/9/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 5/10/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 5/11/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 5/12/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 5/13/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 5/14/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Mon 5/15/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Tue 5/16/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Wed 5/17/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thu 5/18/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Fri 5/19/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sat 5/20/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sun 5/21/17 YBCA Galleries Lynn Hershman Leeson


In the Steps of Trisha Brown
2017 YBCA Film/Video
In the Steps of Trisha Brown
Choreographer Trisha Brown revolutionized the world of contemporary dance. Her choreography emphasizes the relationship of bodies with gravity, a near-boneless-seeming fluidity, and working close to the ground. In this film, Brown’s formative 1979 work Glacial Decoy, with costumes and projected slides by Robert Rauschenberg, is coming to Paris where it will be performed by a new generation of dancers. Interspersed with fascinating, little-seen archival footage from original productions and of Brown herself in rehearsal, the film is both a testament to the value of teaching and studying art and dance, and a privileged look at the process of staging a major dance piece. (2017, 79 min, digital)
Sun 4/30/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room In the Steps of Trisha Brown


Living Stars
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Living Stars
Living Stars might just be the most entertaining dance film ever made. This remarkable, moving work captures real people in Buenos Aires, in long static takes, simply dancing to pop music. In their kitchens, offices, and garages the film features dancers of all ages, diverse lifestyles and all levels of talent, each with a common and infectious enthusiasm. In the background their pets, families, and friends go about their lives and the intimacy of the frame contributes to a loving portrait of each person, pointing to the universal qualities of all people. This simple premise has an overwhelming cumulative effect of shared humanity and pure joy. (2014, 63 min, digital). Preceded by the short Stephen Fry Hates Dancing (2016, 3 min, digital).
Thu 4/27/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Living Stars
Sat 4/29/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room Living Stars


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. Thursday-Friday, April 27-28, 7:30pm: Book of beasts (1971), Lines of Loss (2007), Black Tuesday (2001)
Thu 4/27/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
Fri 4/28/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
Sat 4/29/17 2:00PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company Family Matinee
Sat 4/29/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company
Sun 4/30/17 2:00PM YBCA Theater San Francisco Performances Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company


SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team)
We begin the series with this very special documentary about the care and welfare of all kinds of animals, not only cats. Just like humans, animals sometimes need to be rescued. In Los Angeles, the members of SMART have stepped up to save their lives. Led by Armando Navarrete, this division of trained and passionate animal lovers risks life and limb to rescue every kind of creature in need, from horses to mountain lions, to cats and dogs. Armando and his team have saved over 1,000 lives and created new tactics, technology, and inspiration for similar programs to develop in other cities. (2016, 74 min, digital). Preceded by a surprise short.
Thu 5/4/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team)


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.
Thu 5/4/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Fri 5/5/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Sun 5/7/17 5:00PM YBCA Theater Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Wed 5/10/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Thu 5/11/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Fri 5/12/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Sat 5/13/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Sun 5/14/17 5:00PM YBCA Theater Alonzo King LINES Ballet


Cat's Eye
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Cat's Eye
Three stories by horror master Stephen King feature a determined tabby cat who weathers some terrifying adventures as he crosses the country to save an innocent young girl (Drew Barrymore) from a tiny but malevolent troll. A hidden gem from the ocean of 80s Stephen King movies– and one of the strangest– Cat’s Eye balances PG-13 scares and suspense with the earnest quest towards home by its adorable feline protagonist. (1985, 94 min, 35mm)
Fri 5/5/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Cat's Eye


Eye of the Cat
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Eye of the Cat
“Come face to face with the kind of terror that shatters your every concept of fear!” (original poster tagline) A wayward nephew and his beautiful girlfriend plot to kill his dying aunt once she agrees to leave him her fortune. The current heirs, an army of brooding house cats, have other plans. San Francisco provides a picturesque backdrop to this seedy story of fear, betrayal, revenge, incest, and death. This highly entertaining obscurity was written by Joseph Stefano, the screenwriter of Psycho. (1969, 102 min, 35mm)
Sat 5/6/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room Eye of the Cat


The Cat Returns
2017 YBCA Film/Video
The Cat Returns
This intricate and earthy anime feature maintains the whimsy and fantastic invention for which Studio Ghibli is famous. Haru, a young girl able to talk to cats, finds herself, quite accidentally, engaged to the Prince of the Cat Kingdom. Her attempts to escape her fate send her on a voyage of self-discovery that may well end with Haru turning into a cat herself! (2002, 75 min, 35mm)
Sun 5/7/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Cat Returns


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.
Tue 5/9/17 7:30PM YBCA Theater LINES Ballet BFA Program


Cat People
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Cat People
Down-to-earth auteur Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Blue Collar) took a turn into the mythic with this adult fantasy about a young woman (Nastassja Kinski) whose growing urges betray her otherworldly, feline ancestry. The glossy 80s production design is by Fernando Scarfiotti, and Giorgio Moroder's dreamy, primal score features vocals by David Bowie. (1982, 118 min, 35mm)
Thu 5/11/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Cat People


The Happy Film
2017 YBCA Film/Video
The Happy Film
Sat 5/13/17 5:30PM YBCA Screening Room The Happy Film
Sat 5/13/17 8:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Happy Film
Sun 5/14/17 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Happy Film
Sun 5/14/17 3:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Happy Film
Sun 5/14/17 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Happy Film
Sun 5/14/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Happy Film
Tue 5/16/17 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Happy Film
Tue 5/16/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Happy Film
Wed 5/17/17 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Happy Film
Wed 5/17/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Happy Film


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.
Tue 5/16/17 7:30PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
Wed 5/17/17 7:30PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
Thu 5/18/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
Fri 5/19/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
Sat 5/20/17 2:00PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home
Sat 5/20/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home


Roar
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Roar
A man's family, visiting him at his secluded home, are soon fighting for their lives as the animals he keeps run spectacularly amok. Intended by director Marshall and actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds) to raise awareness of the threats faced by endangered feline species, the movie instead resulted in over 70 serious injuries to cast and crew members. With the tension between the cast and the untamed animals evident in every single shot, Roar is one of the oddest and most dangerous movies ever made. (1981, 102 min, digital)
Thu 5/18/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Roar


The Aristocats
2017 YBCA Film/Video
The Aristocats
In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it's up to a rough-and-tumble alley cat and his band of swingin' jazz cats to save the day. The last feature approved by Walt Disney himself, this delightful film deserves fresh eyes, boasting superb Disney animation with spirited voice performances and jazzy French-inspired music. (1970, 78 min, 35mm)
Sun 5/21/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Aristocats


Shadow of the Cat
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Shadow of the Cat
“Stare into these eyes if you dare!” In this British oddity, a maniacal tabby cat named Tabitha stalks the killers after her wealthy mistress is murdered. We know this sounds ridiculous, but Shadow of the Cat is a bizarre blast. It’s moody, drenched with “old dark house” atmosphere, and the revenge scenes are filmed from Tabitha’s perspective in “Cat-O-Vision.” (1961, 79 min, 35mm)
Thu 5/25/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Shadow of the Cat


April and the Extraordinary World
2017 YBCA Film/Video
April and the Extraordinary World
From the creators of Persepolis and the mind of graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes this riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe. Paris, 1941. A family of scientists are on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April lives alone with her intelligent cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. (2016, 106 min, digital)
Sun 5/28/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room April and the Extraordinary World


Harry and Tonto
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Harry and Tonto
Art Carney won the Best Actor Academy Award for his touching performance in this rarely-screened drama with a mellow 70s vibe. Carney plays Harry, a feisty Manhattan widower who gets evicted from his tiny apartment. Accompanied by beloved cat Tonto, Harry sets out on a long odyssey to Los Angeles, looking for a new beginning and a place to belong. Also starring Ellen Burstyn and Chief Dan George. (1974, 115 min, 35mm)
Thu 6/1/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Harry and Tonto


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 Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky
Sat 6/3/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky
Sun 6/4/17 7:30PM YBCA Forum Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions' Last Blue Couch in the Sky


Cats Don’t Dance
2017 YBCA Film/Video
Cats Don’t Dance
This decidedly manic cartoon satire of old-time musical comedies features Scott Bakula as an ambitious cat who hits Hollywood to pursue his dreams of becoming a star. With songs by Randy Newman and musical numbers choreographed by the late Gene Kelly (his final film credit), this animated fantasy has become a cult favorite on home video, and we’re delighted to screen a 35mm print of it for fans old and new. (1997, 75 min, 35mm)
Sun 6/4/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Cats Don’t Dance



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Yarn
Sat 6/17/17 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room Yarn



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Death by Design
Sat 6/17/17 3:00PM YBCA Screening Room Death by Design



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Original Copy
Sat 6/17/17 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room Original Copy



Sat 6/17/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Design Disruptors
Sun 6/18/17 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room Design Disruptors



2017 YBCA Film/Video
The Cobweb
Sun 6/18/17 3:00PM YBCA Screening Room The Cobweb


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.
Thu 6/22/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater Joe Goode Performance Group Presents Nobody Lives Here Now
Fri 6/23/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater Joe Goode Performance Group Presents Nobody Lives Here Now
Sat 6/24/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater Joe Goode Performance Group Presents Nobody Lives Here Now



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Yohji Yamamoto: Dressmaker Em
Sat 6/24/17 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room Yohji Yamamoto: Dressmaker Em



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Invention
Sat 6/24/17 3:00PM YBCA Screening Room Invention



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Neon
Sat 6/24/17 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room Neon



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Rem
Sat 6/24/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room Rem



2017 YBCA Film/Video
David Adjaye – Collaborations
Sun 6/25/17 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room David Adjaye – Collaborations



2017 YBCA Film/Video
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Sun 6/25/17 3:00PM YBCA Screening Room Citizen Jane: Battle for the City



Deborah Stratman appears in person to present The Illinois Parables (2016), a suite of Midwestern parables relaying histories of settlement, removal, technological breakthrough, violence, messianism, and resistance, based on histories of the state of Illinois. Utilizing reenactment, archival footage, observational shooting, inter-titles, and voiceover to tell its stories, the film suggests links between technological and religious abstraction, allowing its histories to become allegories that explore how we’re shaped by conviction and ideology. Also screening is Stratman’s 2014 film Hacked Circuit, an exploration of the thematic parallels between the cinematic art of Foley recordings and the contemporary climate of government surveillance. (total running time 80 min plus post-show Q&A)
Thu 6/29/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room SF Cinematheque Presents: The Illinois Parables by Deborah Stratman