Wish YOU Were Here is the debutante ball for YBCA's exciting new program: YBCA:You, and we want to tell you all about it! For just $15 a month, you get free admission to all YBCA-presented programs, parties and events plus YBCA:You-only exclusives.
The night’s entertainment will feature live performances by San Francisco's electro-hop duo Double Duchess, a DJ set by Doc Sleep (Dots and Loops Radio, DIAL UP), and Brooklyn-based musician Tim Fite who Esquire Magazine called “one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most subversive renaissance men.” Enjoy live performance artists Kirk Read, Maryam Farnaz Rostami, boy child and Mica Sigourney/VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! manifesting secret wishes, free tarot readings by witchy local artists, and chocolate bars with prize-winning golden tickets! Plus check out our visual art exhibitions, including the final night of David Shrigley’s acclaimed Brain Activity.
Everyone who joins YBCA:YOU at Wish YOU Were Here will be given an original objet d’art by artist Zara Thustra and get access to the You Lounge, serving bottomless ice cream sundaes and free-flowing champagne!
Watch Double Duchess' "Bucket Betch"
Watch Tim Fite's "We Are All Teenagers"
Listen to Doc Sleep's "Island Fever"
Tim Fite is an artist and true original. His music defies easy categorization. Esquire Magazine called him, “one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most subversive renaissance men.” The Brooklyn-based Fite has released Ain’t Ain’t Ain’t, the best record of his career via ANTI-Records. This is the final installment of Fite’s acclaimed “Ain’t” trilogy. The first two albums, Fair Ain't Fair and Gone Ain't Gone, were powerful sound collages that artfully combined disparate musical traditions without pretense or prejudice. Yet underneath all that exquisite sound was an artist ardently addressing the issues of his time and the circumstances of his life. Both records received phenomenal response from both music fans and esteemed publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Bay Guardian, NPR and more.
After 12 years of living and performing in New York, Berlin, Montreal, and Paris, the international Krylon Superstar moved back to his native California and in 2008 met the Baltimore/Annapolis-based musician and producer, d.a.v.O. in San Francisco. Together they are Double Duchess. Their raw sound of campy electro-hop transcends genres and genders through a live and interactive theatrical experience. These high-energy, playful, fun, sexy, and unforgettable divas will have you wishing you were as queer as they are!
Doc Sleep is a resident DJ at Dial Up (222 Hyde) and Darling NIkki (Som Bar), and was recently the co-host of an electronic music radio show, “Dots and Loops.” She has been DJing in the Bay Area and Minneapolis since 2003.
Performance artist Kirk Read is the author of How I Learned to Snap and the director of Army of Lovers. He has produced over 250 literary and performance events in San Francisco, including the open mic series Smack Dab, and The Biggest Quake, a series of evenings where writers were challenged to say things about AIDS that hadn't been said before. He has toured with Sister Spit and the Sex Workers Art Show. SF Weekly named him "Best Solo Performer" in 2012 for his solo shows This is the Thing and Computer Face, which returns to the Garage on November 2–4.
Born in 2008, VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! is a cyclone. Often bottomless, unkempt with a high beat on her face, VVFM is daughter to Glamamore and Glenn Marla. She's mother of a dysfunctional gang of drag babes, and an emcee who's social awkwardness is only surpassed by her desire to be loved. Mica Sigourney is a conceptual artist working in performance and social manipulation. He layers his fictions with facts and vice versa. Concerned more with beauty and drama than with truth, his personas and stories revel in uncomfortable vulnerabilites while simultaneously building castles to hide them.
Maryam Farnaz Rostami is a San Francisco based contemporary performance artist and drag queen from Texas. Her work deals with the complexities of the modern condition through the lens of the child of model minorities. Maryam is dedicated to artistic engagement as an invitation for thinking about, looking at and talking to one another differently. Mona G. Hawd, Maryam’s drag/nightlife persona, uses lipsync, movement, narrative, dance and an exaggerated high femme medium to question ownership of images in our culture.
boy child is a drag creature, freaky freak, visual and performance artist.
YBCA:You is made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, Adobe Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation and The Bernard Osher Foundation.
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YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by:
The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, U.S. Bank, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Special Innovation Projects in 12-13 supported, in part, by generous grants from:
Association of Performing Arts Presenters and MetLife Foundation All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation Program, and EmcArts' Innovation Lab for Museums in partnership with AAM's Center for the Future of Museums and MetLife Foundation