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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.

Velveteen Rabbit
ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through 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, one of America’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies, returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to present this one of a kind Bay Area production.

"a two-act fantasy that should appeal to children and their grown-up companions alike." —The New York Times

Milk and Cookies Party
For a special treat, join the dancers for a Milk and Cookies Party after the Sunday, November 26th performance. We’ll have dancing, games, prizes, and a whole lot of cookies and treats! Tickets to our Milk and Cookies Party are limited and sell out quickly. Purchase your party ticket today.

Opening Night Party: Edgar Arceneaux and Yishai Jusidman exhibitions
Join us to celebrate the opening of two exhibitions, EDGAR ARCENEAUX and YISHAI JUSIDMAN: PRUSSIAN BLUE, in the First Floor Galleries. The evening will feature performances by musician and composer Zachary Watkins (formerly of Black Spirituals) and his collaborator Sharmi Basu. Both are resonant forces in the Bay Area experimental sound community, and they will perform both collaborative and solo compositions. Additional music will be provided by DJ Patrick Lotilla.

British Arrows Awards 2017
From high-tech extravaganzas to wacky comedy, the British Arrows Awards showcase the most innovative and daring type of filmmaking—commercials! With only moments apiece to captivate their audiences, these UK commercials include outstanding performances by children, animals, and A-list celebrities. New this year: a selection of winners from the “craft” category, celebrating outstanding technical achievements. (2017, 75 min, digital)

SF Cinematheque presents: Stan Brakhage: Metaphors on Vision
Presented in association with Canyon Cinema Foundation

Screening presented by Thomas Beard, Light Industry, Brooklyn

First published in 1963, Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision remains one of the most challenging and inspiring artistic statements of avant-garde cinema by one of its most influential figures. Long out of print, Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry proudly announce the republication of a new definitive edition of Metaphors, featuring a full facsimile of the original 1963 design by George Maciunas and copious annotations by P. Adams Sitney. Light Industry’s Thomas Beard appears in person to present and discuss the book and to present Brakhage’s 1959 masterpiece Anticipation of the Night. Copies of the book available at the screening.

SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band presents the Dance-Along Nutcracker®
Join the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band for the 32nd Annual Dance-Along Nutcracker® on December 9th & 10th! One of San Francisco’s most celebrated events, this year’s show — Nutcrackers of the Caribbean — is a Pirate Party that’s perfect for Jack Sparrow and the whole family.

Each year the SFLGFB selects a theme to blend with Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker Suite. The result? A fun-filled musical production brimming with wit, artistry and ingenuity. For select songs, a large flashing “Dance-Along” sign signals the audience to tug their tutus on and pour onto the dance floor to pirouette beneath the spotlights with the cast.

The Dance-Along Nutcracker® is a casual, joyful and inviting show (no formal dress code or dance experience required); yet more importantly, it is an event and a celebration where truly no barriers exist; be it age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity — or even talent. As a result, the Dance-Along Nutcracker® has become a holiday favorite for families, couples and singles of ALL sexual orientations and gender identities.

Compared to ticket prices for other Nutcracker performances in town, this “Dance-Along” Nutcracker is surprisingly affordable. Student and senior discounts are also available. Tickets purchased in groups of six (or more) will receive two perks - preferred seating and a free tutu rental (per attendee)! SFLGFB believes in the power of music to bridge communities. SFLGFB’s goal is to deliver a powerful core message of equality, diversity and inclusion. The Dance-Along Nutcracker® embodies SFLGFB’s belief that the joy and magic of music and dance removes differences and dissolves barriers; it strengthens unity, cooperation, celebration and is hysterically FUN!

Get your tickets to the Nutcrackers of the Caribbean today — we’ll see you there!

Philadelphia was the first movie to address the AIDS epidemic and institutional homophobia for a mainstream audience. Tom Hanks took home the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who sues when his employers dismiss him after he’s diagnosed with AIDS. Denzel Washington is equally strong as the sole attorney willing to represent Beckett. They lead an incredible cast that includes Antonio Banderas, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Anna Deavere Smith, and Joanne Woodward. (1993, 126 min, 35mm)

Storefront Hitchcock
Jonathan Demme’s rarely screened opus captures singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock in an intimate and engaging performance in a derelict New York shopfront. Hitchcock’s dark, off-kilter wit is very much in evidence, and the songs are boosted by Demme’s minimal but breathtaking cinematic flourishes. A must-see for Hitchcock fans; if you’re not one, this upbeat and endlessly charming film will make you one. Happy holidays. (1998, 77 minutes, 35mm)

dir. Andreas Johnsen

With global food shortages on the horizon, chefs, environmentalists, and food scientists are turning to an unexpected source of protein: insects. This thoughtful new documentary follows a cast of charming and brave food adventurers from the Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab as they travel around the world to explore the vast and growing world of insect cuisine. Everything from revered termite queens and dessert-delicacy honey ants to venomous giant hornets and long-horned grasshoppers is on the menu in this beautifully shot film, which goes beyond the gross-out to raise unexpected and important questions about the future of our food culture. (2017, 74 min, digital)

Time to Die (Tiempo de morir)
After serving his time, a former gunman returns to his hometown, planning to live a quiet life. But the sons of the man he killed have other plans. This existential neo-Western was not only Ripstein’s first film, but the first realized screenplay by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez and legendary novelist Carlos Fuentes. Presented in a brand-new restoration, Time to Die sets in motion many of the themes that Arturo Ripstein would explore in his later work. (1966, 90 min, digital)

Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura)
A surreally entertaining neo-noir based on a true crime that shocked Mexico, Arturo Ripstein's Bleak Street tracks an ill-fated encounter between two desperate old prostitutes and twin mini-luchadores. The Mexico City they traverse during their nocturnal adventures is a grotesque carnival of crime, loneliness, and poverty. All these characters can do is journey ever deeper into the night, with no escape in sight, until fate brings them all together. (2015, 99 min, digital)

Black Coal, Thin Ice
dir. Diao Yi’nan

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, this edgy, neon-soaked mystery begins with the discovery of a severed hand in a coal factory. Cop Zhang (Liao Fan) follows the case, but five years later, when he’s drinking heavily and working as a security guard, the body parts are still showing up. This sumptuous nocturnal noir has drawn comparison to David Fincher’s Zodiac, and is a landmark among Chinese crime films. (2014, 108 min, digital)

The Gondoliers
Due to a mix-up during infancy, a pair of handsome Venetian Gondoliers have, much to their delight, suddenly become kings! Their brand new wives aren’t quite so pleased though, once they find out that the rightful king is also married by proxy to Casilda, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro! Only one pair can be the rightful rulers but, until the identity of the true monarch can be established, the boys must share the royal duties. Being idealists, they really don’t mind! Set by the sun-dappled, lazy waters of the Grand Canal, the singing Gondolieri and Contadine, and the “Cachucha” danced at the Royal Court at Barataria, make The Gondoliers an exuberant, happy valentine, wrapped in some of Sullivan’s most tuneful music and tied with one of Gilbert’s most fanciful libretti. Within this joyful opera Gilbert ingeniously skewers issues of social equality and the class system with his usual brilliant wit and groundbreaking lyrics alongside Sullivan’s lovely, lilting score.

“a hilarious island of sunshine” —The Mercury News

Free and Easy
dir. Geng Jun

Winner of the Special Jury Award for Cinematic Vision, Sundance Film Festival, Free and Easy is an absurdist farce in which crime is the new normal. Under a gray sky in a remote corner of northern China, a stranger arrives in town bearing magical soap—but smelling it will cost you. Nearby, a pair of bored cops try cracking a seemingly simple case. Or not. And forget religious solace; the only monk around is not what he seems. (2017, 97 min, digital)

The Dead End
dir. Cao Baoping

Based on a novel by Xu Yigua, this nail-biting morality play focuses on three men haunted by shared guilt over their role in an unsolved crime. When Deng’s new boss revives the cold case, they find they have more to worry about than their consciences. It’s an acute study of men under impossible pressure, with Dostoevskian undertones. (2015, 139 min, digital)

The Coffin in the Mountain
dir. Xin Yukun

In this unconventional and darkly comic depiction of the claustrophobia of provincial life, a burned body is discovered in a mountain village and the search is on to discover how it got there. This debut feature from Xin Yukun uses a shifting timeline, multiple perspectives, and a large cast of idiosyncratic personalities to deepen the puzzle’s mystery. (2014, 119 min, digital)

SF Cinematheque presents: The Nation's Finest: Sports, Art and the Moving Image
Curated and Presented by Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak

The Nation’s Finest celebrates the publication of the latest issue of INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media—300+ pages examining the intersection of sports, spectacle, popular culture, experimental media and performance. Program surveys five decades of artists’ video and film focusing on sports (including perspectives across gender, racial and national identities) while deconstructing the athlete body and its use for for national, political and social agendas. Screening includes works by Haig Aivazian, Tara Mateik, Nam June Paik, Keith Piper, Lillian Schwartz, the interdisciplinary collective I AM A BOYS CHOIR and more. Copies of INCITE available at the screening.

Edgar Arceneaux Until, Until, Until...
YBCA presents three intimate evenings of Edgar Arceneaux’s first live work, Until, Until, Until…. Arceneaux created the piece as an investigation of and meditation on an infamous 1981 performance by Broadway legend Ben Vereen, televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan’s inaugural celebration. The performance immerses the audience in the scenery of the presidential celebration, where the relationships between past and present, experience and memory, and fantasy and reality blur as they are filtered through time and the television screen. Frank Lawson stars as Ben Vereen. Winner of Performa’s Malcolm McLaren Award and praised in the New Yorker, Lawson’s performance in Until, Until, Until… has been popularly and critically acclaimed from New York to Boston to Los Angeles.

Doors open at 7:15PM, performance starts at 8PM.

Lethal Hostage
dir. Cheng Er

A whiplash succession of double and triple crosses, set to an offbeat soundtrack by trip-hop artist Chen Weilun, this ingenious and meticulously crafted film takes place in the corrupt, crumbling town of Mengxiu where China meets Burma. At the center of the story are a woman (May Wang) and a drug dealer (Sun Honglei) who becomes her husband after first being her kidnapper. (2012, 97 min, digital)

SF Cinematheque presents: After Hours: Films by Karen Yasinsky
Using hand-made puppets, quirky rotoscoped animation and re-purposed footage (citing the links of Cassavetes, Bresson and Tarkovsky among others), the short films of Karen Yasinsky address deep themes of empathy, violence, spiritual grace and redemption as they veer between the cloyingly cute and the viscerally confrontational. As part of a two-part San Francisco residency, Yasinsky appears in person to present a survey of works including After Hours; Perpetual Motion of My Love for You; Life is an Opinion, Fire a Fact, and more, including a special sneak peek of a new work. Full details at

San Francisco Performances presents Company Wayne McGregor: Autobiography
British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s exhilarating company returns to SF Performances with a new work being developed in McGregor’s signature process that fuses dance, art, philosophy, science, technology and current events for a deeper look at how movement embodies much more than movement. The piece is called Autobiography and is inspired in part by McGregor’s own DNA. London’s Financial Times asserts that McGregor is, “A pioneer in exploiting the links between his art and the scientific developments that have revolutionized 21st-century life.”