Buy Tickets: Upcoming Events

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.

Estate, a Reverie

This remarkably beautiful film was made in collaboration with the residents of the Haggerston public housing estate (in a borough of London) as it faced obliteration. (2015, 83 min, digital) More details »

Sun 10/11/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Sankai Juku

Umusuna is an ambitious and breathtaking vision of the creation of the Earth that shifts giddily from balance to imbalance, as the surface of the stage itself is upset amid towering cascades of sand and bodies that hint at the movement of the cosmos. Not seen in San Francisco since 2010, Sankai Juku will leave you with the feeling that, like a child, you have seen the world for the first time. More detail »

Fri 10/9/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sat 10/10/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sun 10/11/15 4:00PM YBCA Theater

Public Square

During a YBCA Public Square, you're invited to join us for programs designed to spur conversation, cultivate empathy, and address the key questions of our time. On October 10, enjoy extended gallery hours, special Garage Cinema screenings, and the exciting closing dance party for Radical Presence produced by SKIN World Wide. More details »

Sat 10/10/15 12:00PM YBCA Galleries

YBCA 100 Conference
The YBCA 100 event will convene luminaries from this year’s YBCA 100 list for a public discussion around the questions and provocations that are driving their work. Ticket price includes general admission to the invitation-only YBCA 100 event, as well as access to the galleries, film screenings and parties that day. More details »

Sat 10/10/15 12:00PM YBCA Forum

Sankai Juku Butoh Workshop: What Makes A Body Move

Semimaru, member of Sankai Juku since its founding in 1975, conducts this special movement workshop for dancers and non-dancers, no butoh experience necessary. More details »

Sat 10/10/15 12:00PM YBCA Theater

Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture

This labor-of-love documentary profiles five dynamic and accomplished female architects: Annabelle Selldorf, Marianne McKenna, Kathryn Gustafson, Farshid Moussavi, and Odile Decq. Come with us on this intimate journey as we see how these women are transforming the landscape of the 21st century. (2014, 50 min, digital) More details »

Sun 10/18/15 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture

This labor-of-love documentary profiles five dynamic and accomplished female architects: Annabelle Selldorf, Marianne McKenna, Kathryn Gustafson, Farshid Moussavi, and Odile Decq. Come with us on this intimate journey as we see how these women are transforming the landscape of the 21st century. (2014, 50 min, digital) More details »

Thu 10/15/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 10/18/15 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Gibson + Recoder: Light Spills

Directors in person. The complex and subtle, widely exhibited, performance cinema work of Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder continues traditions of film history’s greatest ephemeralists in the exploration of the raw mechanics of cinema — projection, machinery, optics — and their transmutation of these base materials into paradoxically evanescent, even transcendent experience, solid forms of cinema melting into air. Eschewing the image altogether, tonight’s screening features three dual-projector works of white light, ephemeral form, and shadow. (2004-2006, 60 min + Q&A) More details »

Fri 10/16/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Special Youth Screening: Extreme by Design

We follow Stanford students as they work in teams applying design thinking methods to develop products and services that serve the needs of the world's poor. (2013, 57 min, digital) More details »

Sat 10/17/15 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Christiania: 40 Years of Occupation

Christiania was founded in 1971 when youthful idealism and a severe housing shortage incited hundreds of young people to occupy 85 acres of deserted brick buildings, woods, ramparts, and canals in the center of Copenhagen. (2014, 76 min, digital) More details »

Sun 10/18/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 10/24/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Made You Look

Made You Look is a documentary about the UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. Via candid interviews with top British creatives, publishers, and agency owners we explore the fact that more people than ever seem to be turning to analog means of creating things, even though we are living at the height of the digital era. (2015, 80 min, digital) More details »

Thu 10/22/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 10/24/15 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art, featuring a cadre of renegades who sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale. More details »

Thu 10/29/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 11/1/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Microtopia & Tiny: A Story About Living Small

Two looks at the micro-house movement. Microtopia by Jesper Wachtmeister and Tiny: A Story About Living Small by Merete Mueller and. Christopher Smith. More details »

Sat 10/31/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 11/1/15 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Why a Film about Michele De Lucchi?

Michele De Lucchi is one of the forefathers of postmodernism, and a pillar of the Memphis group that influenced the aesthetics of the 1980s with colorful, fun furniture that changed interior design forever. (2014, 64 min, digital) More details »

Sat 10/31/15 4:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Thu 11/5/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Smart Night Out: Degenerate Art Ensemble

Smart Night Out is part workshop, part happy-hour date, and part backstage sneak peek. This month features Degenerate Art Ensemble's Predator Songstress — an intensely visual, music-­driven theatrical event that tells the modern-­day fairy tale of an anti­-heroine in search of her stolen voice, set in a world where the tools that are used to stifle and control are re­-appropriated as means for individual realization. More details »

Thu 11/5/15 6:00PM YBCA

Degenerate Art Ensemble

Degenerate Art Ensemble's Predator Songstress is an intensely visual, music-driven theatrical event that tells the modern-day fairy tale of an anti­heroine in search of her stolen voice, set in a world where the tools that are used to stifle and control are re-appropriated as means for individual realization. More detail »

Thu 11/5/15 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Fri 11/6/15 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 11/7/15 5:00PM YBCA Forum

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Fall

A world premiere collaboration unites Alonzo King LINES Ballet with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer for the 2015 Fall Home Season. Called "a phenomenal powerhouse" by the New York Times, Ms. Fischer has shared the stage with musical luminaries of nearly every genre and was recently featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom. She shares with the LINES dancers her unfailing generosity as they pay tribute together to the power of song. Ms. Fischer will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist JC Maillard.

Special Event
Join Alonzo King, LINES dancers, and special guests for LINES Ballet's Opening Night After Party at the St. Regis Hotel, just steps away from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres immediately following the performance on Fri, Nov 6. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased with your performance tickets for opening night.

Fri 11/6/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 11/7/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 11/8/15 5:00PM YBCA Theater
Wed 11/11/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Thu 11/12/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Fri 11/13/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 11/14/15 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 11/15/15 5:00PM YBCA Theater


Maker looks into the current maker movement in America — a new wave of do-it-yourself and do-it-together fueled by passion and powered by new technologies. (2014, 65 min, digital) More details »

Sun 11/8/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Sauerbruch Hutton Architects

This compelling, and often humorous, study of a major architectural firm in Berlin follows partners Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton. This is the final film by the brilliant Harun Farocki before his untimely death last year. (2013, 72 min, digital) More details »

Sun 11/8/15 3:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Artist Talk with Mark Benson

Oakland-based artist Mark Benson will speak about his practice, and his newly commissioned site-specific sculpture Open Fields for the exhibition Office SpaceMore details »

Thu 11/12/15 6:00PM YBCA

Films by Nathaniel Dorsky: How Delicately the Light Imbues our Fleeting Life

With a delicate and unique clarity of focus, the serenely silent 16mm films of Bay Area treasure Nathaniel Dorsky embody a mindful concern for the epiphanies of each passing moment and a rare sensitivity to the ephemeralities of light. More details »

Thu 11/12/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Fri 11/13/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sat 11/14/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room
Sun 11/15/15 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Akram Khan

Akram Khan's first collaboration with celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney, yielded his company's first full-length evening work in 2002. "Hindu Gods, black holes, Indian time cycles, tablas, creation and destruction" were the starting points for Kaash (Hindi: "if only"). This revival continues Akram Khan's quest to build bridges between the worlds of contemporary dance and the Indian classical dance form kathak, and has given him the title of one of the most acclaimed choreographers of his generation. More detail »

Fri 11/20/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sat 11/21/15 7:30PM YBCA Theater

The Velveteen Rabbit

Join us for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.

Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance returns to present their 28th season of the beloved Bay Area production!

Join us on November 29 for post-performance Milk and Cookies with the dancers! Buy tickets»

Fri 11/27/15 4:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 11/28/15 4:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 11/29/15 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Thu 12/3/15 11:00AM YBCA Theater
Fri 12/4/15 11:00AM YBCA Theater
Sat 12/5/15 4:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 12/6/15 2:00PM YBCA Theater
Thu 12/10/15 11:00AM YBCA Theater
Fri 12/11/15 11:00AM YBCA Theater
Sat 12/12/15 1:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 12/12/15 4:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 12/13/15 2:00PM YBCA Theater

Milk & Cookies Party

Join us after the November 29th show at our Milk & Cookies Party. Play games, eat yummy treats and meet the dancers! (Separate ticket required.)

Sun 11/29/15 4:00PM YBCA Forum

George Chen Presents I Gave At The Office

Celebrated musician, writer, producer, and comedian George Chen hosts a special evening of stand-up from West Coast comedians. More details »

Tue 12/1/15 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Sara Shelton Mann’s <em>Erasing Time</em>

In Erasing Time, six-time Isadora Duncan award-winner Sara Shelton Mann live-directs former members of her historic ensemble Contraband and other past collaborators in a five hour durational event. Part performance marathon, part gallery show, part intimate party, YBCA invites you to become immersed in the first retrospective of the catalytic body of work by this renowned Bay Area choreographer. Featuring design direction by David Szlasa and musical direction by Norman Rutherford. More detail »

Fri 12/4/15 5:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 12/5/15 5:00PM YBCA Forum

The Lighted Field: Remembering Andrew Noren

The films of Andrew Noren (1943–2015) were among the most visually intense and overwhelming films ever created, incorporating relentless barrages of imagery, rapid in-camera editing, incredible single-framing, and time lapse photography, only pausing for the briefest of moments. More details raquo;

Fri 12/4/15 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room

Dance-Along Nutcracker®

The 2015 Dance-Along Nutcracker® blends Tchaikovsky’s classic fairytale with a unique adaptation of the timeless story of Oz into amusical theater treat guaranteed to delight both children and adults. Join Clara, her dog Fritz and the Stahlbaum clan on their escapade down the yellow brick road. Under the baton of Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, the band will play “Ozesque” favorites from the 1939 cinema classics, Wicked and The Wiz. Donna Sachet, Tina Sogliuzzio, Leigh Crow join Zelda Koznofski, Flynn DeMarco, Joe Wicht and Noah Haydon in the cast this year to bring favorite Oz characters to life. As always, Sugar Plum wannabes are invited to join the actors onstage to dance under the spotlights of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. If twirling and pirouetting is not your thing, listening and watching is equally gratifying!

Sat 12/12/15 3:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 12/12/15 7:00PM YBCA Forum
Sun 12/13/15 11:00AM YBCA Forum
Sun 12/13/15 3:00PM YBCA Forum

Screening of Office Space

We will host a screening of the Mike Judge film Office Space in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. More details »

Tue 1/5/16 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room

Company Wayne McGregor

Boundary-blurring choreographer Wayne McGregor's company returns to San Francisco Performances with Atomos, an evening-length work that features sculptural, rigorous movement with a jarring and hauntingly lyrical edge. McGregor — who irreverently mixes up the interface between the arts, sciences and technology — describes Atomos as "atomizing bodies, movement, film, sound and light into miniature shards of intense sensation." More details »

Thu 1/14/16 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Fri 1/15/16 7:30PM YBCA Theater
Sat 1/16/16 7:30PM YBCA Theater

Company Wayne McGregor Family Matinee
Sat 1/16/16 2:00PM YBCA Theater

Vân-Ánh Võ & The VA’V <br> The Odyssey - <em>from Vietnam to America</em>

Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ will premiere a new musical event, The Odyssey. Inspired by the epic journey of the Vietnamese boat people, this performance reflects upon the resilience of the human spirit and the price of freedom. In this performance, Võ integrates traditional and modern instruments, video, field recordings, and interviews with those who survived the the voyage of fleeing Vietnam by boat. More detail »

Fri 1/22/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 1/23/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

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

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance

Analogy/ Dora: Tramontane is a meditation on perseverance, resourcefulness, and resilience while suggesting the amorphous nature of memory. The work is based on an oral history Jones conducted with 95-year old Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker and survivor of World War II. Dora's inspirational story unfolds in multiple levels of transformation.  More detail »

YBCA Co-Commission with Peak Performances, Montclair State University, New Jersey; additional commissioning support provided by: Dancers’ Workshop

Thu 3/10/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Fri 3/11/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sat 3/12/16 8:00PM YBCA Theater
Sun 3/13/16 5:00PM YBCA Theater

NF FEST: Pamela Z

YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Thursday's performance features vocalist/audio artist and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award winner Pamela Z. More detail »

Thu 4/28/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

NF Fest: Theresa Wong & Edward Schocker

YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Friday's performances feature cellist/composer Theresa Wong and found object/instrument makers Edward Schocker & Thingamagigs Performance Group. More detail »

Fri 4/29/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

NF FEST: Luciano Chessa

YBCA's annual festival of today's visionary musicians and sound explorers, New Frequencies Fest underscores San Francisco's reputation as a crucible for new music experimentation with Sound (In) Art. Saturday's performance features composer Luciano Chessa. More detail »

Sat 4/30/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum

This Was Made Here: A Diasporic Odyssey

A new body of music composed by Oakland-based singer, musician, and cultural activist Meklit. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Brooklyn and based for a decade in San Francisco, Meklit weaves together traditional songs, poetry, and a female chorus to trace Ethiopian Jazz from eastern Africa to the Fillmore in San Francisco. More detail »

Thu 5/19/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Fri 5/20/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum
Sat 5/21/16 8:00PM YBCA Forum