YOUers join resident bookworms Andi and Colin Winnette for this summer book club! Embedded in San Francisco’s literary scene, our co-hosts select books by local authors to complement YBCA's Bay Area Now 7 triennial. During the first hour (open to the public) catch a reading plus Q&A with the author in the Screening Room. At 3 PM, YOUers gather in the Youth Arts Lounge where our book club hosts facilitate a discussion with refreshments specifically curated in conjunction with the books.
September's book club selection is At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón. More details »
Join us to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at this benefit for the Equal Justice Society. Our event will feature performances by artists from the Marcus Shelby Orchestra, Zaccho Dance Theatre, and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. We will honor California State Senator Ed Hernandez, Frederick Jordan, Jane and Howard Moore, Jr., and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. More details »
General Admission tickets are $150
Mary Helena Clark and Karen Yasinsky in person.
With aesthetic interests in magic, illusionism, and deception, local filmmaker Mary Helena Clark creates films permeated with mysterious associations, ineffably assembled according to dream logics into fragmentary formations of distant or lost lives. This program includes Clark’s After Writing, Orpheus (outtakes), The Plant, and the U.S. premiere of The Dragon is the Frame. Recent films by Karen Yasinsky evidence a similar interest in the fragment, using puppetry, animation, cinematic quotation, and hints of narrative to trigger emotive positions of discomfort and empathy. Program includes Yasinski's Marie, The Lonely Life of Debby Adams, Audition, After Hours, and Life is an Opinion, Fire a Fact. More details »
Garrett + Moulton Productions presents The Luminous Edge
Award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton present the premiere of The Luminous Edge, an evening-length dance theater work that explores themes of transcendence, hope and rebirth. Featuring a cast of 24 dancers, 7 musicians, and renowned Bay Area singer Karen Clark, this deeply expressive and theatrical evening of music and dance celebrates the cycle of life, bringing the audience on a hauntingly beautiful journey through a landscape of light and dark.
For more information, visit garrettmoulton.org.
"...the work of Garrett and Moulton is not to be missed. It is creativity to the core.” (artssf.com)
Special Event:Saturday, September 20th Post-Performance Benefit ReceptionJoin the artists for a celebratory champagne and dessert reception. Purchase a benefit ticket that includes both the performance and reception.
Photo: RJ Muna
San Francisco's internationally acclaimed science and technology dance company, Capacitor, takes you multi-sensory journey through a larger-than-life neural forest with their unique cast of dancers, acrobats, contortionists, and aerialists.
If an YBCA performance is dinner, then Smart Night Out is the appetizer and the dessert. Smart Night Out is part workshop, part happy-hour date, and part backstage sneak peek. This month features Capacitor’s collision of art and science, Synaptic Motion. (Meet at 6 PM at the Front Door Gallery.) More details »
Harmony Chinese Musical Center (Hang Yuen) will feature 7 short operettas taken from Cantonese opera classics. Among these are two popular works: “The Legend of the White Snake at the Broken Bridge” & “Dream of Red Chamber – The Return to Heaven.”
Gum Moon Women’s Residence and the Asian Women’s Resource Center (AWRC) was established to address the unmet needs of women and children in socioeconomic and geographic transition by providing comprehensive bilingual and bicultural support services for Asian immigrant women and families with children and youth ages 0-18. More information about Gum Moon/AWRC may be found at gummoon.org.
Bay Area treasure George Kuchar — sorely missed since his untimely death in 2011 — is celebrated worldwide for his wild and wooly low-budget melodramas and voluminous meandering video diaries. Tonight we celebrate Primary Information’s publication of The George Kuchar Reader, an expansive 340-page compendium of the legendary raconteur’s writings, ramblings, recommendation letters, scripts, UFO visitation narratives, and more. The book’s editor (and Anthology Film Archives’ Curator of Collections), Andrew Lampert, appears in person to read excerpts and discuss this legend. Program will include a screening of Kuchar’s 16mm Corruption of the Damned and select video works to be announced. More details »
The Lamplighters present the most uproarious fun(d)raiser in town! A full-length original satire set (mostly) to the music of Arthur Sullivan, a Lamplighters Gala is a guaranteed afternoon of hilarity. Last year’s — Upside-Downton Abbey, or, the Lass that Loved a Chauffeur — was one of our most successful ever, joining the ranks of brilliant award-winning Lamplighters Galas past. This is definitely an event not to be missed! Our fundraising Gala performance also includes raffle, silent auction, and post-performance champagne reception with the cast.
Silent Auction starts at 3 PM. Full details at www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797.
Photo: Lamplighters Music Theatre
Come along for the ride on this madcap odyssey around the world, set to the sublime music of that quintessential modern American master, Leonard Bernstein, and the brilliant lyrics of Richard Wilbur and Stephen Sondheim (among others). As classic in the realm of operetta as West Side Story is in the realm of American musical theatre, our production presents this masterpiece in the complete British Royal National Theatre version as adapted for the stage by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Join young Candide, his beloved Cunegonde, the absurdly optimistic philosopher Pangloss, and a virtual clown car of other eccentric characters on their picaresque journey in search of the meaning of life. Along the way, enjoy such timeless masterpieces as The Best of All Possible Worlds, Glitter and Be Gay, I Am Easily Assimilated, and Make Our Garden Grow.
Full details at www.lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797.
Photo: David Allen
For more than twenty of its astonishing sixty years defining American modern dance, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has made SF Performances its second home with regular engagements featuring new work and revivals of important Taylor masterpieces. The Company returns to “make the spirit take flight.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
Program A: Wed, Apr 15, 7:30 PMAureole, The Word, Brandenburgs
Program B: Thu-Fri, Apr 16-17, 7:30 PMDiggity [San Francisco Debut], New Work [San Francisco Debut], Promethean Fire
Program C: Sat, Apr 18, 7:30 PM and Sun, Apr 19, 2 PMFibers [San Francisco Debut], Troilus, Eventide, Esplanade
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In this ultimate topsy-turvy farce, Gilbert presents a world turned upside-down when a theatrical troupe deposes the ruler of a tiny European Duchy and proceeds to squabble over which “role” in the government each leading actor should “play,” with uproarious unforeseen consequences. Sullivan's varied and original score includes an astonishing variety of musical styles, from Viennese waltz to uproarious Parisian can-can dance numbers. This Jewel Box Production promises to be a must-see event for Gilbert & Sullivan aficionados and lovers of comic musical theatre alike.
Photo: Joanne Kay