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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission San Francisco, CA 94103 | South of Market | 415-978-2787

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Through different media, this organization works to present to visitors a wide array of artistic viewpoints and endeavors. Check out the event calendar on its website for the latest exhibits and films.


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  • Calendar: Highlights
    When looking for a regular experimental art fix, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' monthly event ConVerge is pretty hard to beat. Every third Thursday of the month, YBCA puts together a...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The 36th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival is in full swing, with over 300 musicians and dancers bringing traditions from every corner of the globe to stages in the city and around...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Alonzo King LINES Ballet, known for intricate choreography executed by elegant dancers of supernaturally elongated proportions, presents its "Spring Season." The company debuts an untitled...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    In early reviews, Mike Daisey was often compared to monologist Spalding Gray. Nowadays, it's Mark Twain because, from 2001's 21 Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com to 2013's Fucking Fucking...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Smuin Ballet rounds off its 20th anniversary season with its "XXcentric Spring Dance Series," making its first stop on its tour of the Bay Area at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts before...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Andy Goldsworthy paints with time, patiently constructing ephemera that rises to the peak of its beauty and vitality at the very moment entropy takes hold and decay sets in. Whether it is a...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    For four decades, Susan Meiselas' name has been synonymous with photographs that are raw, unnerving, illuminating, and transportive. In the 1970s, Meiselas established her career with an...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    This age has allowed us to split our lives into multiple semblances, to live our analog lives alongside digital personae, to consider the value of our lives in terms of page views, likes,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Do you feel like you finally have a couple dance moves perfected, so that when you find yourself out at a club you might not die of embarrassment? Before you feel too proud, you should know...
  • Culture: Reviewed
    In the second decade of South African apartheid, a young black photographer named Ernest Cole took clandestine images that showed the brutality, despair, and utter senselessness of the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Design & Architecture Films Showcase gathers a dozen recent documentaries about design, architecture, and urban planning. These are films that consider the enormous challenges of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    In San Francisco, if a BART car opens on a lavish formal dinner attended by a French buffoon and a mezzo-soprano, travelers are likely to watch, applaud, and later gloat over the charm of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Who wants to eat off the sidewalk in the Tenderloin? No? What's the turn-off? Is it the human feces? The catcalling crackheads? What about the cannibalistic pigeons or the occasional spent...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The 10th annual Black Choreographers Festival, offers the Bay Area premiere of Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire's Miriam. Chipaumire, formerly a featured dancer with the Urban...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Black Choreographers Festival. The annual event has grown immensely since 2004; this year, it features a number of events spread throughout 12 days...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The ASKEW Film and Performance Festival is a look at some of the best and most groundbreaking work from the Bay Area's "fringe" artists. It's produced by the crew at the Femina Potens art...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Untitled Feminist Show celebrates women under the guidance of experimental playwright and director Young Jean Lee. She brings together a cast of six unique players from acting, dance, and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    It's the day after Christmas and the Christmas tree hasn't started dropping its needles yet, and there's no way you're taking those lights down because you nearly fell out the window trying...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    If you're in need of a Nutcracker fix this holiday season, but don't feel like spending an evening in between a snoring teenager and an old woman unwrapping cough drops, consider...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    For parents looking for an alternative to the dozens of Nutcrackers popping up in every theater or for anyone craving a heartwarming, family-friendly afternoon of first-rate dancing, ODC's...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    In a year with an overabundance of interpretations of Igor Stravinsky's monumental The Rite of Spring, in its centennial year, autumn brings us yet one more. New York City's Bill T....
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Yerba Buena Night is kind of like a block party, but a bit more refined. The organizers put the flavor of the area into the event: It's fancy but welcoming, curated but freewheeling, and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    In his autobiography Last Night on Earth, choreographer Bill T. Jones writes eloquently about his upbringing, the forces that have gone into his celebrated dance company, and the magic that...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Oakland-based bastion of African-American contemporary dance, Dimensions Dance Company, led for four decades by founder, artistic director, and principal choreographer Deborah Vaughan,...
  • Film: Column
    It's a frontier town, this, a good place for pausing now and then to wonder where we've come from and where we're going. To the movies? Collectively, the four shows at YBCA's series Local...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    It is widely believed that simply pointing a camera at André Gregory is a good way for a filmmaker not to go wrong, a truism established by Louis Malle's 1981 film My Dinner with...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    If you've been nursing a nagging desire to expose yourself to Bolivian bird dances from 800 B.C., Kathak interpretations of 12th century Sufi poems, buck jumping, trick roping, Bollywood...
  • Film: Column
    It's anyone's guess how to situate Ulrich Seidl's Paradise on the continuum of movie trilogies, but safe to say that unlike your Bourne and Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and Three Colors...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Say this for Mexican director Carlos Reygadas: His films are not predictable. The Latin title of Post Tenebras Lux translates as "After Darkness, Light," but this should not imply any...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Spring is special in San Francisco. In a city where we spend most of the year wrapped up in sweaters and scarves to fend off the harsh ocean winds, the sun peaking out from behind a...
  • Film: Column
    "Since last night it's been one horror after another," says a guy in Ghost Cat of Otama Pond, suggesting one possible tagline for the prolific Japanese film studio Shintoho, which cranked...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Alonzo King LINES Ballet celebrates its 30th year as a leading light in contemporary ballet in its spring season. In a new collaborative work, King sets his lapidary choreog-raphy to music...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Strap on your platforms, shimmy into your bellbottoms, and get down with David Dorfman Dance’s Prophets of Funk at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Celebrating the music of San...
  • Film: Column
    Death fantasies abound in the films of Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang, so how is it that they often seem so life-affirming? "Many books say death is relaxing," narrates the suicidal...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Shen Wei is known as the principle choreographer behind the opening ceremony of Beijing's 2008 Summer Olympics, but by then he was already a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    It’s that time of the month. That time when, after paying every bill, you realize you live in one of the most expensive cities in the country. Fortunately, there is still hope in this...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    One-of-a-kind string ensemble Kronos Quartet celebrates the global infusion of San Francisco culture in Listen Local, a program of dynamic new works by the city’s top composers,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Opera Parallèle presents the Bay Area premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar, a one-act contemporary opera that explores the relationship between politics and artistic expression....
  • Calendar: Highlights
    When last we saw Jon Jost — and a good long while ago it was — he was giving the middle finger to the U.S.A. and leaving San Francisco for Rome. Twenty years later, the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    If anyone is up to the task of presenting critical movements in American history in the form of dance — from the violent actions employed by the abolitionist John Brown to the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    When’s the last time you engaged in a thoughtful, stimulating discussion about the existence of hell? Telling your ex (or your health insurance company) to go to hell doesn’t...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Local film historian Matthew Kennedy’s forthcoming book, Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, recounts in juicy, gory detail how bloated bombs like Doctor Dolittle, Paint...
  • The Exhibitionist: Dance
    Hip-hop dance has always been about the beat. It's 1 and 2 and 3 and 4; you're up on the and, and down on the 1, or down on the and, and up on the 1; you pop to the clap or hit on the 2, and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Hip-hop dance has always been about the beat. It's 1 and 2 and 3 and 4; you're up on the and, and down on the 1, or down on the and, and up on the 1; you pop to the clap or hit on the 2, and...
  • The Exhibitionist: Art This Weekend
    The conceit of toys with rich internal lives has entertained generations from Pinocchio to Toy Story, but none as beautifully as The Velveteen Rabbit. Seemingly written for dance, this 1922...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The conceit of toys with rich internal lives has entertained generations from Pinocchio to Toy Story but none as beautifully as The Velveteen Rabbit. Seemingly written for dance, this 1922...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Chamber music is a hard sell. It’s an art form with roots in class divide, in which small groups of musicians gathered in salons for intimate performances benefiting the upper echelon....
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Natalia Almada has some serious bragging rights. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship just a few weeks ago, the rising documentary filmmaker will have the word “genius” (as in...
  • Culture: Reviewed
    On a recent Sunday afternoon, a girl no older than 8 stood inside a gallery at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and watched Nathalie Djurberg's claymation short, I Wasn't Made to Play the...
  • The Exhibitionist: Dance
    When it comes to dance innovation, San Francisco thinks outside the bun. Our dance troupes perform off the sides of hotels (Niagara Falling), collaborate with indie-pop musicians (Oh,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    When it comes to dance innovation, San Francisco thinks outside the bun. Our dance troupes perform off the sides of hotels (Niagara Falling), collaborate with indie-pop musicians (Oh,...
  • The Exhibitionist: Film Festivals
    San Francisco has a long reputation -- sometimes deserved, sometimes not -- of being the place to come to if you want to do all the things that mom, dad, and your teachers told you not to....
  • SFoodie: Events
    Taste of Microfinance Where: East Gardens, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.) When: Thurs., Oct. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $40 (purchase in advance via Eventbrite);...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Ah, the VHS tape. Currently a waste-of-space lick of nostalgia and soon, if not already, to head into the realm of kooky hipster collector item when those "Screw Blu-Ray" movie nights start...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The apocalypse has arrived, not with a bang but with the whimper of wind whistling through tall grass, in Kaneto Shindo’s mesmerizing 1964 fable, Onibaba (The Hole). An unflinching...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The arts sector is one of our city's major life forces -- not only do the arts feed the city's soul, but also its pockets -- four times as many jobs and three times as much city revenue than...
  • The Exhibitionist: Technology
    Much of the war against computer freedom has centered on things like copyright, net neutrality, and SOPA, but Cory Doctorow argues that this isn't a war at all. It's a skirmish, the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Much of the war against computer freedom has centered on things like copyright, net neutrality, and SOPA, but Cory Doctorow argues that this isn't a war at all. It's a skirmish, the opening...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Collectively a chronicle of self-amplifying dissent, Chinese art-star and activist Ai Weiwei interprets politics in aesthetic terms and vice versa in tonight's screening of five rare films,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Art can be many things -- revelatory, disconcerting, numinous, insert your preferred highbrow art critic adjective here -- but it can also be really goddamn funny once everybody drops the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Proposition 8 not only restricted the definition of marriage in California, for queer people of color, it pitted beloved communities against each other and turned cultural norms and identity...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Remember when certain types of hetero sex were acts of political rebellion? Don’t fret if you don’t — those days will return soon enough if the Republicans and evangelicals...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Few choreographers have stood downtown and not dreamed of staging the morning commute -- all that hustle and bustle, all those people slipping around one another, all that solo rhythm within...
  • Culture: Reviewed
    In the spring of 1921, white residents of Tulsa, Okla., burned down the city's black district and murdered scores of African-Americans — men, women, and children. Historians have...
  • The Exhibitionist: Over the Weekend
    When idiots talk about wanting to de-fund the arts, Jaap Blonk is the kind of artist that they're angry about. He makes wacky sounds with his mouth and throat and gets paid for it, which...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Watching Eiko & Koma is like observing nature. The duo is brutal and beautiful; lingering, gradual, and dynamic; deliberate and chaotic. In a word, awesome. While the two are neither natives...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    We’d love to know what Jaap Blonk thinks of The Artist, the old-fashioned silent charmer that seduced Academy Awards voters. The improvisation-oriented Dutch performer discovered his...
  • Culture:
    The business suit has gone through different epochs and will always have cachet, but artist John-Mark Ikeda says that it's lost its "mythic" status and become a casualty of our economic...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    “Audience” does not always equal “spectator.” Have you ever bulled into the thick of a mosh pit, body-surfed at an outdoor festival, or thrilled to the collective...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The monthlong series “Bros Before Hos” explores “masculinity and its discontent” via avenues such as vintage stag movies, the bonding experience between men in...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    If you find American TV spots entertaining and clever, you should see the brief bits of brilliance concocted by the whiz kids on the other side of the Atlantic. The British Arrows Awards (a...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    If there were a commendation set aside for the heroes of a free and open web, Lawrence Lessig would get it. Lessig has long been a prominent critic of the increasingly corporate-controlled...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Aptly, the final film in the “From Muppets to Metal” series is Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, which, despite its homespun title, satisfies both ends...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Margery Williams, your story The Velveteen Rabbit holds the power to make people cry just by mentioning it, you magnificent embarrasser of otherwise perfectly normal adults. ODC Dance's...
  • Culture: Reviewed
    Ideally, art exhibits offer an "ah-ha" moment, when you stand transfixed and realize, "This speaks to me like nothing before." All three India shows now in San Francisco contain pieces that...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    "The Matter Within" surveys contemporary artists with roots in India who are taking radical approaches to their subjects. In photos, performance artist Nikhil Chopra inhabits characters that...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit has carved out a nifty niche by focusing our eyes on the everyday stuff we either don’t see or take for granted. Helvetica, his first foray into the...
  • The Exhibitionist: Dance
    The Alonzo King Lines Ballet is a true San Francisco institution, not only because it has been around for nearly 30 years, but because it embodies the diversity of San Francisco in almost...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Imagine it: You see a provocative performance, and it leaves you with questions – maybe even uncomfortably strong opinions you didn't even know you held. By the end of it, you're...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    “If I’d known what it was like, I wouldn’t have come here,” a man says, speaking of the United States. His wife interjects, “You wouldn’t have met me, my...
  • SFoodie: Events
    Taste of MicrofinanceWhen: Sept. 27, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.Where: Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsCost: $40 in advance, $50 at the door Some people call money "bread" or "cheddar," but you can do...
  • The Exhibitionist: Film
    "If I'd known what it was like, I wouldn't have come here," a man says, speaking of the United States. His wife interjects, "You wouldn't have met me, my love." He repeats: "I wouldn't have...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    As calling cards go, Charlotte Lagarde’s Heart of the Sea couldn’t have been better. When Lagarde and fellow Bay Area filmmaker Carrie Lozano (Reporter Zero) pitched the idea of a...
  • Culture: Reviewed
    Various: "Bay Area Now 6" Through Sept. 25 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), S.F. $5-$7; 978-2700 or www.ybca.org. Every three years, YBCA showcases a disparate...
  • The Exhibitionist: Opera
    When she wasn't busy collecting art, fomenting literary movements, and dissing her childhood home in Oakland, Gertrude Stein used her inimitable talents to help create a most inimitable...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    When she wasn’t busy collecting art, fomenting literary movements, and dissing Oakland, Gertrude Stein used her inimitable talents to help create a most inimitable opera —...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Chris Sollars shaves with an ax. Tony Labat is internationally famous for drinking beer. And Mica Sigourney does not even want a normal life. At BAN6 Presents Literary Death Match, these...
  • The Exhibitionist: Dance
    (Video starts slow and ends with you weeping at its radiant, joyful beauty.) You know what makes dancers fun to watch? Brutal rigor. That's pretty much it. An artist's eye for the audience...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    We San Franciscans have our pick of blockbuster museum shows this summer, including a huge Picasso exhibit as well as two shows on Gertrude Stein and her family’s art collection. Those...
  • The Exhibitionist: Art
    We San Franciscans have our pick of blockbuster museum shows this summer, including a huge Picasso exhibit as well as two shows on Gertrude Stein and her family's art collection. Those are...
  • The Exhibitionist: Sex and Sexuality
    There is a vast and varied swath of humanity committed to depicting sex on film in a way that is potentially realistic, intense, erotic, fantastical, and whatever other sex-specific...
  • The Exhibitionist: Over the Weekend
    The Smuin Ballet premiered its spring program Friday night, a show of three pieces -- one bright, one dark, one kitsch. The first was Momentum. The program opened with the Bay Area premiere...
  • The Exhibitionist: Performance Art
    When I moved to NYC in the mid 1980s, Karen Finley was all the rage. She was either on the cover or had a huge spread in all the magazines. In interviews, she was one of those people who...
  • The Exhibitionist: Dance
    Tonight's Isadora Duncan Dance Awards ceremony is classic Bay Area art love; it's a good idea with high standards and lovely gravitas; this is the 25th annual. But someone should handicap...
  • The Exhibitionist: Talks
    If you look up the word provocateur in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, you'll see an example that might as well has been written about Karen Finley: "[S]he has made a career out of...
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