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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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Miss Bulalacao

A drag princess gets pregnant following an alien abduction, and rumors of immaculate conception raise his status to that of a cult leader. Bursting with small-town flavor, this film displays a keen understanding of the nation’s evolving attitudes toward gay people. (2015, 102 min., Bisaya with English subtitles)  More details »

Sat 7/2/16 4:30PM YBCA Screening Room

The House by the Bamboo Grove (An Kubo Sa Kawayanan)

Set in the lush Bicol countryside, this mystical fairy tale focuses on the reclusive Michelle, an embroiderer who finds profound comfort in her plain little kubo (hut). Her boyfriend and others try to convince her to leave for greener pastures elsewhere, but Michelle’s hut, and the simple things around it, communicate happiness and security in a language only she can understand. Starring Mercedes Cabral (Thy Womb). (2015, 88 min., Tagalog and Bicol with English subtitles)

Preceded by Tami-aw (Serene) by Mary Ann Gabisan, an intimate portrait of a rural 4Ps (social welfare) recipient. (2015, 11 min, Bisaya with English subtitles)
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Sun 7/3/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Chasing Waves

The young child Sipat and his family are forced by their landlord to leave their home in the mountains in the southern Philippines. They prepare to migrate to the unfamiliar landscape of the seaside, and Sipat is excited to finally experience the beach. As he and his best friend count down the days to his departure, life in the mountains subtly changes and begins to feel ominous. The majestic terrain of Barangay Tamugan, with its peaks, caves, waterfalls, and rivers, is a dramatic backdrop to this mysterious tale of childhood and innocence lost. (2015, 92 min., Visayan with English subtitles)  More details »

Sat 7/2/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Scarecrow (Bambanti)

Every weekend, Belyn and her son Popoy come to town from the rice fields to do laundry for Martha, a wealthy relative. The relationship between employer and employee takes a sharp turn when a gold watch disappears, and a clairvoyant blames Popoy for the theft. Unspoken prejudices are yanked into the open in this incisive, award-winning movie that interrogates an entire nation’s concepts of fairness and justice. Starring Alessandra de Rossi and Shamaine Buencamino. Winner, Best Film, Festival International du Film de Bruxelles. (2015, 87 min., Tagalog and Ilocano with English subtitles)  More details »

Sun 7/3/16 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Trap (Taklub)

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, struck the eastern Philippines on November 8, 2014, killing more than six thousand people. Brillante Mendoza’s Trap captures the reality of the post-typhoon situation in the hardest-hit city of Tacloban. Filmed in an intimate documentary style, the film features actors blending in with real residents coping with the devastation and focuses on three survivors: a mother who lost her children, a husband who lost his wife, and a son who lost his parents. Starring Nora Aunor. (2015, 89 min., Tagalog)  More details »

Thu 6/30/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 7/2/16 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room

How to be (or not to be) an Activist: How to Survive a Plague

Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV- positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. The film is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. This overwhelming film drops the viewer right in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs. (2012, 110 min, digital)

Tue 7/5/16 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room

In a time where music has become a commodity with streaming services, overwhelming access to anything ever produced, and experiencing music through earbuds or small sound systems, Listening Sessions creates the optimal environment for true music lovers to listen, share, and connect with others around the music that moves them the most. Each music session, four guest DJs of diverse backgrounds curate a three-song set with the music that has impacted their lives the most. The music is introduced through storytelling, as the artists expose their personal connection to each song. All music is played on a hi-fidelity sound system, creating an experience where the music can absorbed and not just heard. Following Listening Sessions, guests are invited to a reception to engage with the artists.
Thu 7/7/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Paths of Glory

In arguably his finest performance, a fiery Kirk Douglas is a World War I French colonel who battles the army’s ruthless and incompetent top brass to defend his men from trumped-up charges of cowardice. Paths of Glory was the first film to concentrate many of the themes for which Kubrick’s work became known, including psychologically resonant set design, an unflinching view of the military machine’s absurdity, and a stark portrait of the individual’s doomed fight against dehumanization. (1957, 88 min, 35mm)

Fri 7/15/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 7/17/16 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

The Killing

Sterling Hayden is career criminal Johnny Clay, who intends to call it quits after one last heist. Covering multiple timelines with documentarian urgency, Kubrick captures both the careful planning of the racetrack robbery and the brutal fallout thereafter. Razor-sharp dialogue by pulp novelist Jim Thompson is delivered by a spectacular cast of accomplices, hangers-on, and backstabbers, including a nervous Elisha Cook Jr., a scheming Marie Windsor, and wildman Timothy Carey. (1956, 85 min, 35mm)

Sat 7/16/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 7/17/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Fear and Desire

Conceived as a European-style art film by way of a Hollywood war picture, Fear and Desire follows a squad of soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. Working their way downriver to rejoin their unit, the squad confronts all of the uncertainty and absurdity of war as they’re killed one by one. Writer/director/photographer/editor Kubrick described the film as “a drama of ‘man,’ lost in a hostile world . . . seeking his way to an understanding of himself, and of life around him.” (1953, 72 min, 35mm). It will be preceded by Day of the Fight (1951, 16 min) and Flying Padre (1951, 9 min). “The best education in film is to make one,” declared Kubrick, and these early documentary shorts—about, respectively, the preparation before a boxing match and a priest who uses an airplane to navigate his vast congregation—show Kubrick learning by doing, and hint at the depth and intensity of his future work.

Thu 7/21/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 7/24/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Killer's Kiss

Returning to the boxing dens, subway stations, and back alleys he shot in his earlier career as a photographer, Kubrick’s simple but effective film noir follows a struggling New York boxer (Jamie Smith), whose life is imperiled when he protects a nightclub dancer (Irene Kane) from her gangster boss. (1955, 67 min, 35mm)

Sat 7/23/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 7/24/16 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

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)

Thu 7/28/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
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.

Thu 7/28/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Fri 7/29/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
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

Thu 8/4/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 8/7/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Sat 8/6/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 8/13/16 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Thu 8/11/16 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 8/14/16 7:30PM 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.

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


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!

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