An Evening with Kamala Harris

The Forum: Conversations at YBCA

Wed, Apr 18, 7 pm
YBCA Forum
$20 General Admission, $10 YBCA Members

Regular admission available April 1, 2012.

The Forum: Conversations at YBCA is a new quarterly series of moderated conversations with policy makers, activists, cultural figures, and innovators of national prominence. The series exemplifies YBCA’s ongoing commitment to serving as a communal meeting place for the discussion and dissemination of contemporary ideas.

In this debut program, YBCA welcomes Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of the State of California. Harris is the first female, the first African-American and the first Asian-American elected to this office. She has gained widespread recognition for her role in negotiating a nationwide settlement with major American banks over home foreclosure abuses and for her views on the death penalty, internet privacy and same-sex marriage. Harris will be joined on stage by award-winning, nationally-known journalist Farai Chideya, whose reporting has been featured in Newsweek, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio.

Purchase tickets now »

Sponsored by:
African American Employees Network (AAEN)

Supported by:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Nu Omega Chapter
Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California
Black Women Organized for Political Action
Charles Houston Bar Association
Coalition of Black Professional Organizations
Esterlina Vineyards
Howard University Alumni Club — San Francisco Bay Area
Ida L. Jackson Education and Housing Foundation
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. — Oakland/Bay Area Chapter
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. — San Francisco Chapter

In the Galleries: Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford in Conversation: In the Aftermath of Prospect.1 and Hurricane Katrina
Mar 31, 2012 2:00pm
YBCA Screening Room
Admission: FREE w/ gallery admission; FREE for YBCA and SFMOMA members

Mark Bradford transforms found material — much of it paper from sources such as billboards and newspapers — into large-scale collages and installations.

In this program, Bradford will engage in conversation with writers Ernest Hardy and Sue Bell Yank to discuss the conceptual framework behind Bradford's Mithra and how it relates to the examination of cultural regeneration within a post-disaster urban environment. Given the controversy surrounding Prospect.1 New Orleans, the guest speakers will have the opportunity to re-examine the cultural ramifications of the first US biennial in relation to the host city, as well as elaborate on Mithra’s contribution within that given context.
More info on Mark Bradford »
Read SF Weekly review of the Mark Bradford exhibition »

More in April at YBCA

David Zambrano: Soul Project
Fri, Apr 27, 8 pm
Sat, Apr 28, 8 pm
YBCA Forum

YBCA welcomes internationally renowned choreographer David Zambrano, a monumental figure in the international dance community for more than a quarter century, with his newest work, Soul Project, a series of virtuosic solos set to live recordings of classic soul tunes by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner and Gladys Knight & The Pips. This performance is part of a debut U.S. tour of Soul Project produced by MAPP International Productions. More info and tickets »

Robert Moses' Kin: 17th Annual Home Season
Fri, Mar 30 8 pm
Sat, Mar 31 8 pm
Sun, Apr 1 8 pm
Novellus Theater at YBCA

Robert Moses’ Kin's 17th Annual Home Season features the world premiere of Helen, a trio inspired by the words and music of Carl Hancock Rux, the poetry by E. Ethelbert Miller and Homer’s Iliad; excerpts from the forthcoming Scrubbing the Dog; Biography, inspired by the life and work of author James Baldwin; and the award-winning The Soft Sweet Smell of Firm Warm Things — not seen in its entirety since 2003 — and Speaking Ill of the Dead, Moses' 2007 meditation on war. Buy tickets »

SFJAZZ: Raul Midón
Sun, Apr 1, 7 pm
YBCA Forum

Raul Midón has worked with Latin pop stars like Shakira, Alejandro Sanz and Jose Feliciano, but has now dedicated himself to honing a highly personal repertoire that draws on jazz, soul, flamenco, Latin and West African influences. One of the most phenomenal musicians on the planet, Midón is an experience not to be missed. Buy tickets at

Alonzo King LINES Ballet: Spring Home Season
Thu, Apr 12 – Sun, Apr 22
Admission: $30-65
Novellus Theater at YBCA

Alonzo King LINES Ballet presents their Spring Home Season, including Triangle of the Squinches, a collaboration with musician Mickey Hart and architect Christopher Haas, and Scheherazade, a re-envisioning of stories from 1001 Nights. Buy tickets »