Programs invite an engagement of minds

     (PNAN-CA) – Beginning at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 2 at 8:00 pm, “Left Coast Learning” is the second annual festival in partnership with Youth Speaks.  The three-day program, which runs through Saturday, December 4, reflects the West Coast arts scene and the festival format enables audiences and artists to engage in a shared dialogue that crosses performance disciplines.

     Chosen artists are: Jogja Hip Hop Foundation, Indonesia; Miwa Matreyek, Los Angeles; José Navarrete, Violeta Luna and Adia Tamar Whitaker, Bay Area; and The 605 Collective of Vancouver, British Columbia, who will represent the diversity of cultures of West Coast society as an alternative to the negative image of hip hop arts that is projected by contemporary media and challenges artists and audiences to an engagement with each other.

     Left Coast Leaning also looks across the Pacific horizon in this year’s programming, by integrating different ideas both outside and within the city of San Francisco, to establish the Bay Area as a place for artists, scholars and arts lovers to encounter this dynamic and flourishing New Majority American art form.

     Opening Saturday, December 4, from 2:00-4:00 pm, “The Complete Works” by Nina Beier, focuses on shared actions, experiences and histories that bind people together in close relationships, temporary groups or abstract communities. This new body of work by Beier, also includes several live performances with Muriel Maffre and Great Willow.

     From Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 pm and other scheduled themes through Sunday 19th, YBCA will present the International Buddhist Film Festival, a five film series featuring two US premieres, “Shugendo Now” by Jean-Marc Abela and Mark Patrick McGuire and “Lucia Rijker: Boxer, Buddhist” by George Schouten, as well as the west coast premiere of Ken Burns’s three-part, deeply personal documentary on the life and work of thinker William Segal, “Seeing Searching Being,”  IBFF other films are “Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden” by John Junkerman and “Inland Sea” by Lucille Carra.

     For more information, see or call 415.978.2787.

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