YBCA Calendar


Alonzo King LINES Ballet with Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ
Spring Season 2019

Apr 12, 2019 – Apr 21, 2019
Join us for a season of experimentation as Alonzo King LINES Ballet partners with Emmy award-winning Vietnamese musician and composer, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ.

Suzanne Lacy
We Are Here

Apr 20, 2019 – Aug 04, 2019
Co-presented by YBCA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here is the first full retrospective of the Los Angeles–based artist. The YBCA presentation offers a new, experimental approach to authorship and participation, inspired by Lacy’s own commitment to collaborative creation.

Call + Response
Allan deSouza

Apr 25, 2019
Allan deSouza in conversation with James Voorhies, CCA Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, about his new book How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change (Duke University Press).

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
Dance Series 02

Apr 26, 2019 – May 05, 2019
Fall in love all over again with classic numbers like “Unforgettable” and “Fever” from Dances with Songs, and excerpts from Dancin’ with Gershwin, Carmina Burana, Frankie and Johnny, and more. Amy Seiwert, one of Smuin’s most illustrious alumni, presents a world premiere to close Smuin's 25th anniversary celebration.

Celebrating We Have Iré

May 02, 2019 – May 11, 2019
Celebrate Paul S. Flores' We Have Iré with special meet the cast opportunities, free dance classes, screenings on Afro-Cuban culture, and more.

Dorrance Dance
ETM: Double Down

May 09, 2019 – May 11, 2019
Michelle Dorrance returns with the San Francisco premiere of ETM: Double Down, celebrating the extreme mobility of the percussive body, combining rhythm with interactive electronic music technology in a perfect fusion of movement and sound.

Paul S. Flores
We Have Iré

May 10, 2019 – May 12, 2019
A new multidisciplinary theater work by award-winning poet, performance artist, and playwright Paul S. Flores, We Have Iré, explores the true stories of Afro-Cuban immigrants living in the United States, as well as their influences on and experiences with American culture.

SF Cinematheque
Triple Consciousness: Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu

May 11, 2019
Drawing from W.E.B. Du Bois’ concept of double consciousness—the split subjectivity of the oppressed African-American subject—Ghanaian-American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu creates works of cinema embodying a "triple consciousness”—the collision of identities of the African immigrant in the United States.

Call + Response
chronic freedom: a monument “against dialogue” on the Northern California hippie-grower insurgency

May 15, 2019
In this talk Berlin-based artist, writer and archivist Scott Holmquist presents chronic freedom, the lead volume in a series of five artist books that portray a macroscopic history of the back-to-land and marijuana culture in Southern Humboldt County, California, from the late 1960s to 2010.

A Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders

May 16, 2019 – May 18, 2019
Celebrate the return of UnderCover with A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders - one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time.

Free Third Thursday
Celebrating Ten Years of MediaJustice

May 16, 2019
Join YBCA and MediaJustice for an evening of celebration and conversation.

San Francisco Ballet School 2019 Spring Festival

May 22, 2019 – May 24, 2019
From May 22–24, please join San Francisco Ballet School at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater for SF Ballet School 2019 Spring Festival. The SF Ballet School Spring Festival will include three evenings of SF Ballet School ON STAGE performances, a dinner on opening night, new interactive activities, and more opportunities to learn about ballet.

Real Vocal String Quartet
Culture Kin

May 25, 2019
Real Vocal String Quartet in association with YBCA presents Culture Kin, songs and pieces in collaboration with artists from eight of San Francisco's international sister cities. The idea grew out of a pivotal experience we had as cultural ambassadors for the US State Department in 2012.

Spring into Summer
San Francisco Boys Chorus

Jun 01, 2019
Following the success of the 70th anniversary concert at YBCA, the Chorus is thrilled to return to showcase the boys' glorious voices in this intimate setting. Featuring music through the ages with a special guest artist.

The Lightbulb Ensemble
Brian Baumbusch's 'The Pressure'

Jun 15, 2019
The work, entitled The Pressure, features more than 25 players including the composer’s own Lightbulb Ensemble, a flexible group of 20 percussionists, along with the San Francisco-based Friction String Quartet, a keyboardist, and four singers/narrators.

Martine Joste, Vicki Ray, Steven Vanhauwaert, Hocket Ensemble, Donald Crockett
Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Music for four pianos in quartertones

Jun 16, 2019
Other Minds presents the first-ever American retrospective of works by this Russian-born acquaintance of Alexander Scriabin’s who lived most of his life in Paris after 1920.