YBCA Calendar


Bay Area Now 8

Sep 07, 2018 – Mar 24, 2019
The only survey exhibition of its kind in Northern California, YBCA's signature triennial BAY AREA NOW returns in its eighth manifestation as a key component of YBCA's 25th anniversary season.

Exhibition Tour

Sep 07, 2018 – Mar 23, 2019
Join us every Saturday at 2PM for a guided tour of our exhibitions.

Holcombe Waller
Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite

Nov 16, 2018 – Nov 17, 2018
In partnership with San Francisco’s iconic Grace Cathedral and in conjunction with YBCA’s upcoming Fall 2018, REQUIEM MASS: A QUEER DIVINE RITE by composer Holcombe Waller remembers those who suffered persecution for their sexual orientation and gender expression.

Open Seminar
Shoghig Halajian

Nov 21, 2018
Curator and writer Shoghig Halajian will present on the work she has done to foster performative and underexposed modes of expression at the not-for-profit arts organization Human Resources in Los Angeles.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Nov 24, 2018 – Dec 09, 2018
The Velveteen Rabbit: A Bay Area holiday tradition! ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real.

Jose Antonio Vargas in conversation with Jerome Reyes

Nov 29, 2018
As part of the West Coast book tour for Vargas’s book Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, Vargas will join Reyes for their first on-stage conversation together.

Double the Discount Weekend

Dec 01, 2018 – Dec 02, 2018
Use your YBCA Membership and receive double the member discount on YBCA store purchases. That’s 20% off on merchandise and 40% off on YBCA exhibition catalogs for the weekend of Dec 1 & 2 only!

Other Minds
Gloria Cheng and Terry Riley

Dec 05, 2018
From ragas to ragtime, the endless invention of composer-pianist Terry Riley is celebrated tonight by Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng and the composer himself in a retrospective evening of Riley works for piano.

San Francisco Cinematheque
Laura Parnes’ Blood and Guts in High School

Dec 06, 2018
Laura Parnes’ Blood and Guts in High School (2007) re-imagines punk-feminist icon Kathy Acker's book of the same title.

ODC School
Global Passport

Dec 06, 2018 – Dec 07, 2018
Immerse yourself in an exciting evening sampler of world dance!

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band
The 2018 Dance-Along Nutcracker®: Clara Potter and the Elder Baton

Dec 08, 2018 – Dec 09, 2018
Join the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band for the 33rd Annual Dance-Along Nutcracker®! This year’s show, Clara Potter and the Elder Baton, takes the audience on a magical journey to Fogwarts School for the Magically Oriented.

Smuin Contemporary Ballet
The Christmas Ballet

Dec 13, 2018 – Dec 24, 2018
The Christmas Ballet, the Bay Area's holiday favorite, returns this December with classical ballet and a contemporary twist.


Jan 24, 2019 – Jan 26, 2019
RAWdance’s 15th anniversary season delivers a suite of three works, unearthing and sifting through uncertain times past and present.

Paul D Miller aka DJ Spooky
QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet

Jan 25, 2019
Teaming up with Internet Archive and data artist Greg Niemeyer, composer/multimedia artist Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky created QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet, featuring performances by DJ Spooky, Classical Revolution and San Francisco Girls Chorus.

Kristin Damrow & Company

Jan 31, 2019 – Feb 02, 2019
Inspired by the Brutalist movement in architecture, with its emphasis on massive exposed concrete construction, and a wistfulness for the anti-bourgeois spirit of an earlier era, Impact features a cast of 15 performers inhabiting a dystopian world in the near future. With scenic design by Alice Malia and commissioned music by Aaron M. Gold, this new contemporary dance by Kristin Damrow will lead audiences through a mirror world eerily like our own.

Lamplighters Music Theatre
A Little Night Music

Feb 02, 2019 – Feb 03, 2019
A Little Night Music is the enchanting story of three couples and their romantic machinations, set during the magical and romantic midsummer of Sweden at the turn of the last century.

San Francisco Performances
Jessica Lang Dance

Feb 28, 2019 – Mar 02, 2019
Jessica Lang's work draws equally from modern dance and ballet, transforming and redefining movement with stunning visuals and emotional engagement.

World's On Fire

Mar 07, 2019 – Mar 10, 2019
World’s on Fire explores the cyclical nature of human experience with smoldering choreography and fiery music, played live by the renowned old time ensemble The Crooked Jades.

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.

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.