Brilliantly billed as a film series "for holiday haters, adventurous cinephiles and degenerate thrill-seekers alike", the YBCA's Go To Hell For The Holidays: Horror In December collection of messed-up movies could almost be a cathartic experience for those of you struggling with all this Christmas cheer in the air lately.
Don't ever let something silly like Katy Perry's cleavage distract you from the magic of Sesame Street. The wacky, educational, and sometimes psychedelic kid's show, which debuted in 1969, is getting big props from YBCA during the entire month of October (Halloween costume ideas!), celebrating the making and legacy of Jim Henson's Sesame Street with four film screenings.
The world is your stage, or so the saying goes. Starting today, this cliche can become your reality with London-based experimental theater company Rotozaza. A performance piece for two, Etiquette can be played out between strangers or friends across a table at Samovar Tea Lounge in Yerba Buena Gardens. Turning the idea of audience participation on its head, Silvia Mercuriali and Anthony Hampton—the masterminds behind this offbeat experience—provide headphones which dictate instructions to layman-come-actor.
If you've never been to YBCA's Big Idea Night, now's about time. If the last shindig is any indication (it drew 2,500 people!), this is one hot night you don't want to miss. So, clear your schedule for this Saturday's FREE party, where you'll have hands-on interaction with the oh-so-popular DIY culture of homemade, homespun goodness.
One glance at our calendar made something very clear, there's much too much happening this week to keep it all to ourselves. So strap on your walking heels and get ready for some serious summer shopping:
If you dig films and dancing, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has the perfect film series for you: To the Limit: Pina Bausch on Film delivers the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch to audiences during a hefty 24-day, six-film run in their screening room. Bausch, whose credits include work with Federico Fellini and Pedro Almodóvar, passed away last year but left behind her amazing gift for blending Dadaism, Existentialism and Expressionism with theatre and dance in a whirlwind of intense emotion on film.
From classic to cutting-edge, here's what's hot in the world of dance for January and February.
Mormophes Ballet Troupe
In just two short years, Christopher Wheeldon went from being a New York City Ballet rookie to its first artist-in-residence. Now, scarcely 10 years later, he's the talk of the modern ballet choreography town. Prolific, inventive and forward-thinking, expect to see an exciting new twist to a classic art form.
YBCA Novellus Theater, January 23-24, 415-978-2787, $32-$49
SF Ballet's Swan Lake
The latest masterpiece to open at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on January 27th isn't a painting, a sculpture, or even, arguably, "art" at all. It's the newest product from the folks at Apple, which is sure to make techies squeal like children about to enter Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. (The invitation, left, shares Mr. Wonka's enthusiasm for psychedelic colors.) As is typical with Apple, the "creation" hasn't been specified, though the Internet rumor mill predicts it will be the company's first tablet PC-- if it comes with a stylus pen for drawing enthusiasts, that should explain the choice of an art museum as a venue. Either way, since Apple has bowed out of its typical introductory venue, the Moscone Center's annual Macworld Expo, this should be a big one.
To describe something as simultaneously silent and outspoken seems an oxymoron, but that's what best defines the Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe. Now celebrating 50 years of performance art, "Engagement, Commitment and Fresh Air" at YBCA features archival photographs and video, musical recordings, props, costumes, scripts and other memorabilia documenting the company's colorful history. On January 15, check out Don Lenzer's look at the first decade of the company's shenanigans in the film Have You Heard of the San Francisco Mime Troupe?.