Deirdre Weinberg: Living Memory in the TL
Oct
4
to Nov 29

Deirdre Weinberg: Living Memory in the TL

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4th 6pm - 9pm

ArtSpan SF Open Studios: Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th 11am - 5pm

Closing Reception: Thursday, November 29th 6pm - 9pm

The Tenderloin Museum is excited to welcome visual artist Deirdre Weinberg into its gallery space for ArtSpanSF Open Studios 2018. The artist has lived and worked in San Francisco for over 25 years; her dynamic artistic practice ranges from quickly drawn mini portraits to large scale public murals but is grounded in a sensitivity to her environment and immediate community. “I have always recorded my reactions to the world around me, even if it's not beautiful,” Weinberg says in her artist statement, “though I do seek to show beauty where it might be overlooked.” This perspective makes Weinberg an ideal artist-in-residence at the Tenderloin Museum, one who can create at the intersection of the neighborhood’s long, storied history and its persisting themes of transition, perseverance, and compassion.

Weinberg’s SF Open Studios project is an ambitious hybrid of portraiture and cartography, living memory and historic record. The artist will assemble a street map of the Tenderloin comprised of past and future artworks that represent people and places of the neighborhood, an homage to both the Tenderloin’s distinctive built environment and the luminous neighborhood map on the Tenderloin Museum’s ceiling. In an effort to invite people into her practice, Weinberg will add to her map throughout Living Memory in the TL’s run, making portraits of visitors at the Opening Reception (October 4th) as well as the SF Open Studios weekend (October 13-14). There will be many opportunities to view this map mural as it grows and expands, a living testament to the Tenderloin past and present.

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Thanks to Hank: Kickoff for the Kickstarter
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Thanks to Hank: Kickoff for the Kickstarter

The Tenderloin Museum, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, and Cleve Jones present Thanks to Hank: Kickoff for the Kickstarter, an evening celebrating the life of storied Tenderloin hero, Hank Wilson. We invite our community to help support the upcoming documentary film on one of the city’s most preeminent LGBTQ activist entitled “Thanks to Hank.” This event marks the kickoff of the film’s Kickstarter campaign, join us in paying tribute to his incredible legacy.

Hank Wilson’s work in San Francisco’s Tenderloin spanned 30 years, and included co-founding and spearheading organizations such as the Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club (home of San Francisco's queer, progressive left). While leading these groups, Wilson also ran the Ambassador Hotel SRO in an effort to bring harm reduction housing to low-income residents living with HIV and AIDS. “Thanks to Hank” is a feature film observing the selfless spirit and assiduous work of this beloved Tenderloin character.

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Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra
Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra

Imagine a Bay Area supergroup that combined the firepower of the Jefferson Airplane, the improvisational brio of the Grateful Dead, and the harmonic prowess of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – with Joni Mitchell sitting in. Now imagine that this group really existed and made some of the best recordings of their era. That’s the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra (a.k.a. PERRO) -- the unofficial name for the loose confederation of psychedelicized folk-rockers behind a series of boundary-stretching albums that included Volunteers (credited to the Airplane), Blows Against the Empire, Baron Von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun, and Sunfighter(credited to Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and Jefferson Starship), and David Crosby’s masterpiece If I Could Only Remember My Name. On November 27, 2018 at the Tenderloin Museum, New York Times bestselling author and lifelong music fan Steve Silberman will bring to light the secret history behind these legendary sessions, which were recorded at Wally Heider’s famed studio in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
 
Probing the evolution of PERRO from the early days of beatnik-influenced communal living in Venice Beach, through the peak of the Summer of Love in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, to the post-“Death of Hippie” diaspora in the Watergate era, Silberman will chronicle the rise and fall of this unusually inspired and inspiring body of work, which stands out as some of the most creative and innovative music produced by these gifted musicians, and still sounds fresh today. Silberman’s appearance at the Tenderloin Museum will include the playing of some rare unreleased recordings and a booksigning. By appraising the PERRO legacy, he will also weigh the larger contributions of the ‘60s-era “counterculture” to music today.

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Drove V
Nov
2
to Nov 3

Drove V

Friday, November 2nd 6:30pm - 9pm

Saturday, November 3rd 6:30pm - 9pm

The Tenderloin Museum is excited to host Chlo & Co Dance for the company’s biannual show, Drove. Drove V will be developed and performed by Chlo & Co Dance, joined by their curated guest artists, many of whom have connections to the Tenderloin: Bellwether Dance Project, Malia Byrne, Michael D. Lee, pateldanceworks, and Requisitedance. Chlo & Co Dance will create a new piece in conversation with TLM artist-in-residence Deirdre Weinberg’s Living Memory in the TL

The founders of Chlo & Co Dance, Courtney King and Chloë Zimberg, share an interest in social justice; they designed their company’s Drove series to be community based performances that use movement and visual art to amplify the voice and impact of their guest artists’ visions. Guest artists are given prompts by King and Zimberg that are compositionally and thematically curated to address an overarching theme. For Drove V, King and Zimberg chose the theme of “preservation,” which also serves as the conceptual entry point to Weinberg’s visual investigations of memory and representation as (im)perfect modes of preservation. Chlo & Co Dance’s performance will respond to Weinberg’s sprawling, richly detailed map-mural of scenes, faces, and places in the TL. 

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Strange San Francisco
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Strange San Francisco

The Tenderloin Museum welcomes the return of resident magician and mesmerizing storyteller Christian Cagigal for Strange San Francisco, an evening of surprising and unsettling tales that explore the uncanny underbelly of San Francisco’s history of record. For this chilling story hour’s fourth edition, Cagigal has summoned the city’s most tortured souls to provide the night’s entertainment--legends so outlandish and unexpected they can barely be believed. Steel your soul for this gripping set of haunted histories from San Francisco’s dead and buried past!

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Drag Queen Bingo ft. Persia
Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Drag Queen Bingo ft. Persia

Drag Queen Bingo is back!

Come down to the Tenderloin Museum Friday, October 19th for our third installment of the wildly successful Drag Queen Bingo! This fabulous fundraiser is inspired by the neighborhood’s long and storied history of gambling, and supports our ongoing diverse and dynamic programming. Come for the drag, stay for the party, and hopefully leave lucky! If luck be your lady, you will be going home with some fabulous prizes ranging from the experiential to the material!

We are honored to have the one and only, dear friend of the museum, Per Sia as our mistress of ceremonies! You have seen at a few of our events already -- in the Tenderloin Museum’s production of “The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot,” Drag Queen Story Hour, on the main stage at this year’s SF Pride, and our recent fundraiser for the San Francisco Rock Project. Persia is an undeniable drag gem and scene stealer!

Come by the museum and try your luck, for what is life without risk? And what is risk without cause? That cause is the creation of a special match book exhibition! The Tenderloin Match Book: Historical Ephemera Project will make its debut in January of 2019. The two-part exhibition and series of 10 public programs aims to uncover and preserve the neighborhood’s retail and business history of the 1920’s-1950’s as told through these tiny works of art which may serve as the only remaining link.

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The Shoots: Life Is Fare screening with director Sephora Woldu
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

The Shoots: Life Is Fare screening with director Sephora Woldu

Join us in giving Life Is Fare a proper homecoming! Director Sephora Woldu will host a screening of her locally produced feature film as part of "The Shoots" making-of exhibit on view in the Tenderloin Museum gallery. 

Shot in the Tenderloin, Life is Fare is a Tigrinya and English language film that explores three wildly different perspectives on the East African nation of Eritrea. Inspired by current Eritrean and Ethiopian migration journeys, the film portrays global conversations about identity with a keen, intimate sense of place. The Tenderloin is recognizable in most of the shots, but the TL is much more than a setting--it is a complex character that experiences change and growth alongside the film’s protagonists. Woldu is an ambitious young filmmaker whose persistent DIY spirit is emblematic of the neighborhood she so passionately portrays in her feature.

The film premiered at the 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival and garnered awards at the Marfa Film Festival, African Diaspora International Film Festival, and Silicon Valley African Film Festival, as well as a Best Feature nomination at the Blackstar International Film Festival in Accra, Ghana.

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Tenderloin Dog Show at Sunday Streets
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

Tenderloin Dog Show at Sunday Streets

Fair doggies of the Tenderloin--who has the hautest paws on the pavement? Participate in the Tenderloin Dog Show at Sunday Streets on September 23rd to find out! We’ll be flaunting fur to highlight just how important companion animals are to many Tenderloin residents and to celebrate the unique and sweet relationships between them. Walk your pup in the Tenderloin Museum’s runway show to compete for such superlative titles as “best dressed,” “wildest hairdo,” “biggest bark,” and “kindest eyes.” Judges will have plenty of praise and tasty treats to share! 

In its heyday post 1906 earthquake, the Tenderloin’s finest dining establishments were called The Pup and The Poodle Dog, monikers that foreshadow the current popularity of pooches in the TL and the stylistically innovative cuts and coats we see on the street every day. That said, the Tenderloin Dog Show isn’t some pedigree’d Kennel Club affair; our pups will be unbenched and uninhibited, ready to strut their stuff and be their best selves!

In addition to spotlighting the most fabulous mutts on the block, this pet pageant is an opportunity to raise awareness for organizations serving the pet community such as SFSPCA, PAWS, and VET SOS. Come learn about resources and services available to you and your pet, or if you are able, sign up to contribute to or volunteer for these organizations that ensure those who have companion creatures can care for them!

Cute, charismatic dogs who are on leash, comfortable in crowds, and friendly to both other canines and humans are encouraged to sign up in advance via email (to info@tenderloinmuseum.org) or at the Tenderloin Museum’s table/pet-palace at Sunday Streets (Ellis St. between Hyde and Leavenworth). All dogs welcome regardless of address! Sunday Streets is from 11am to 4pm; the dog show kicks off at 2pm.

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Tenderloin Museum at the 8th Annual Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival
Sep
22
11:30 AM11:30

Tenderloin Museum at the 8th Annual Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival

The Tenderloin Museum is thrilled to be a part of the 8th Annual Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival, presented by the Southeast Asian Arts & Culture Coalition. A celebration of Tenderloin's cultural diversity, the Festival helps promote and preserve the arts and culture of the neighborhood's many Asian American communities. 

The Tenderloin Museum will be present with a table and pop up exhibit discussing The Tenderloin Times. In print from 1977 to 1994, the acclaimed polyglot newspaper (published in English, Lao, Khmer, and Vietnamese!) provided indispensable perspective on issues of the day for the neighborhood's Asian Refugee communities. Come learn more about The Tenderloin Times' maverick grassroots journalism and its legacy in the TL and beyond! In addition, the Festival will feature a Southeast Asian Street Soccer USA Tournament, a lantern parade, and many culinary delights such as papaya salad and pandan waffle demonstrations. 

The Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival takes place at the Tenderloin Recreation Center on 570 Ellis Street (btwn. Leavenworth and Hyde) on Saturday, September 22nd from 11:30am to 4pm. For more information and contact info, visit https://www.aucocenter.org/2018/08/mid-autumn-harvest-festival-2018.html 

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Skywatchers Movie Night: Agents of Change
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Skywatchers Movie Night: Agents of Change

The Tenderloin Museum is excited to host another Skywatchers Movie Night! On Friday, September 21st, members of the Skywatchers arts community invite you to the Tenderloin Museum for a discussion and screening of Agents of Change, a 2016 documentary that chronicles the struggle for the creation of black and ethnic studies programs in colleges and universities. Unfolding in the late 1960s at the intersection of the civil rights movement, black power and anti Vietnam War movement, the film examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to protests. Right here in the Bay, the 1968 Third World Liberation Front strikes at SF State and UC Berkeley directly led to the creation of ethnic studies programs at both universities. Despite the success of these actions for more relevant and meaningful educations, much work remains to be done. Join us to explore how these pivotal efforts in the past can inform and direct our struggle today!  

Founded in 2011, Skywatchers brings SRO residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District into partnership with professional artists to create multi-disciplinary, site-specific performance installations that amplify the rich and complex stories, life experiences, and talents of community members. Skywatchers Movie Nights make thought provoking films accessible to Tenderloin residents and participants in the Skywatchers arts programs; all are welcome to join and participate in the discussion.

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Drag Us Back To School! SF Rock Project Fundraiser
Sep
15
6:30 PM18:30

Drag Us Back To School! SF Rock Project Fundraiser

The Tenderloin Museum will host a rockin’ drag show benefitting San Francisco Rock Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of music to the youth (and adults) of San Francisco. Since 2010, Rock Project has been striving to offer affordable music instruction to San Francisco and the Bay Area. The support of the community keeps this program available to students who can't afford full membership, as well as helping maintain facilities and equipment.

Drag Us Back To School is the rare chance to see celebrated drag artists (and Tenderloin Museum favs) Persia, Donna Personna, Shane, and Boy Young perform with live musical accompaniment by SF Rock Project’s House Band (comprised of currently-enrolled students)! Emceed by Grand Duchess Cruzin d’Loo, the evening’s revue will also feature performances by local drag bands the Ethel Mermen Experience, Muñecas, and Bitch Please.

We hope that you won’t miss this powerhouse ensemble of the SF drag and music communities coming together to support our city’s next generation of rockers!

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The Shoots: The Making-Of Life Is Fare Exhibit Opening
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

The Shoots: The Making-Of Life Is Fare Exhibit Opening

The Tenderloin Museum is thrilled to present a “making-of” exhibition about the independent, locally produced feature film Life Is Fare, curated by the film’s director, Sephora Woldu. Shot in the Tenderloin, Life is Fare is a Tigrinya and English language film that explores three wildly different perspectives on the East African nation of Eritrea. Inspired by current Eritrean and Ethiopian migration journeys, the film portrays global conversations about identity with a keen, intimate sense of place. “The Shoots” is a colloquial term used by Woldu to reference the seemingly endless movie-making efforts over 2015 to 2018, the time that it took to shoot, re-shoot, re-re-shoot, post-produce, and promote the finished product of Life is Fare. The gallery show, on view from September 6th to 30th, is an existential roar that commemorates the Tenderloin and the Eritrean community that calls the neighborhood home while celebrating the success of Life Is Fare.

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Drugs In the Tenderloin Screening ft. Director Robert Zagone
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Drugs In the Tenderloin Screening ft. Director Robert Zagone

Join us for a rare opportunity to see Robert Zagone's guerilla-style documentary that captures the Tenderloin transforming into a center for young queers and drug users. Premiered on KQED in 1966, this visceral flick wasn't shown again in public until 2015 when it was rediscovered by the Tenderloin Museum. Zagone's footage is a revealing time-capsule of '60s SF, and his camerawork gives a whole new meaning to "eyes on the street." The intimacy and intensity with which Drugs in the Tenderloin paints its subjects transports viewers to a time and place on the edge. The film is one of the few records of the TL’s marginalized communities during one of the pivotal moments in the neighborhood’s history.

On Thursday, August 30th, we’ll revisit this essential piece of Tenderloin cinema and are incredibly fortunate to have the director, Robert Zagone, introduce the film and answer questions following the screening. Randall Ann Homan and Al Barna of SF Neon will provide historical context for the film’s bygone neon landscapes and discuss the Tenderloin’s rich collection of surviving neon signs with an eye to restoration. Drugs In the Tenderloin is not streaming or available commercially--your chance to peek into SF’s underground of yore is at the Tenderloin Museum!

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Acting UP: GIRLFLY Visuals
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Acting UP: GIRLFLY Visuals

Join us in the Tenderloin Museum's gallery space for treats and the opening of Acting UP: GIRLFLY Visuals, a new visual art exhibit designed by local youth for the Tenderloin! GIRLFLY is the youth offshoot of Flyaway Productions, the site-specific aerial dance troupe that, back in June, graced the facade of the Tenderloin Museum with Tender (n.): a person who takes charge. Over a 4 week long summer workshop, GIRLFLY introduces 20 teen girls to “outcast activism” in the TL, integrating social justice, female empowerment, oral history writing, visual art and (of course) aerial dance! In collaboration with archivist Dr. Catherine Powell, director of the Labor Archives & Research Center at SF State, and visual artist Lala Openi, the girls translated the stories of Tenderloin activists Pratibha Tekkey, Anakh Sul Rama, and Ilana Master—stories about housing, immigration, and labor activism—into visual art. Come check out this new work and celebrate the youth’s perspective on how and why local activism matters more than ever.

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Tenderloin Neon A-Z: Discussion & Film Screening
Aug
9
6:30 PM18:30

Tenderloin Neon A-Z: Discussion & Film Screening

Join us on August 9th as we announce our new initiative, Tenderloin Neon A-Z, a collaboration between the Tenderloin Museum, SF Neon, and San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to restore neon signs in the Tenderloin neighborhood. This association is a continues and expands upon the valuable work being done by SF Shines, part of OEWD’s Invest In Neighborhoods Initiative. To celebrate this newly minted alliance between the city’s most dedicated neon people, the Tenderloin Museum is screening selections from Gay San Francisco, Drugs in the Tenderloin, and Neon, followed by a neon history & preservation discussion featuring SF Neon founders Al Barna & Randall Ann Homan as well as Darcy Bender from the OEWD.

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Neon+Fire: The Art of Tube Bending
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Neon+Fire: The Art of Tube Bending

On August 2nd Shawna Peterson and Libby Cahill will host a neon letterform bending demonstration on-site at the Tenderloin Museum. Peterson is the artist responsible for the glowing “Home” sign-sculpture in the Tenderloin Museum’s Neon Home gallery show, and she has earned a reputation as a master tubebend and torchbearer for the light source. Her work has been featured in Wired and KQED’s Bay Curious podcast, and her piece “Neon Noise Reduction,” commissioned by Dolby Laboratories, is contemporary masterpiece of intricacy and craft. Peterson will be joined by fellow tubebender Libby Cahill for an up-close demonstration of the by-hand processes that go into creating a new neon, meticulously shaping and slicing tubes against white-hot flames. Neon Home will be on display in the Tenderloin Museum gallery through August 12, 2018. 

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Tenderloin Neon A-Z Walking Tour
Jul
26
6:30 PM18:30

Tenderloin Neon A-Z Walking Tour

SF Neon founders Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan will take us into the field for an up-close and lit-up survey of the TL’s historic neon signs! The pair are seasoned guides for neighborhood-centric neon expeditions, but this will be their first foray to focus exclusively Tenderloin signage. Al and Randall’s historical and preservationist expertise will be augmented by typographic insights by Dr. Shelley Gruendler, the featured speaker at SF Neon and Tenderloin Museum’s SF Design Week event, “Light Source and Letterforms.” 

The abundance of functioning neons in the Tenderloin is emblematic of the the neighborhood’s tenacious spirit. The high density of historic SRO hotels turned protected, low-income housing (such as the Essex and Senator) means an inordinate number of fascinating examples of vintage neon. Then there are the many iconic bar signs, such as the Ha-Ra’s stern, slender red and Aunt Charlie’s loopy indoor pink. On this stroll, you will learn about the urban factors and aesthetic trends that have enabled neon to thrive in the Tenderloin and persevere through several periods of change and neighborhood renewal.

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GLIDE Legacy Committee Presents: A Social Justice Film Festival
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

GLIDE Legacy Committee Presents: A Social Justice Film Festival

The Bay Area is full of moving stories that embody the mission of GLIDE, which is to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. The GLIDE Legacy Committee has selected a few documentary short films that beautifully reflect GLIDE's values and message, which are rooted in transformation, empathy, and inclusion.


We invite you to join us for an exciting, thought-provoking evening of documentary shorts, filmed and produced by local artists, that demonstrate the resilience and grace of the human spirit. Drinks and light refreshments will be available.


Doors open at 6:30 pm

Program: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Q&A with filmmakers: 8:30 – 9:00 pm


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Drag Queen Bingo ft. Cruzin D'Loo
Jun
29
6:30 PM18:30

Drag Queen Bingo ft. Cruzin D'Loo

Drag Queen Bingo returns to the Tenderloin Museum on Friday, June 29th! Inspired by the neighborhood’s long and storied history of gambling, we’ve decided to throw a fundraiser that supports the diverse, dynamic programming at the Tenderloin Museum while providing the thrill of a brush with Lady Luck. That Lady, of course, is Cruzin D’Loo, who will reprise her role as the host of Drag Queen Bingo. Unrivaled in charisma and comedic ability, Lady Loo plucks bingo balls from the basket with the utmost finesse and grace. Will the ball reveal the number you need? Buy a few cards and find out on Friday, June 29th. 

Join us for a raucous evening replete with prizes fit for a Queen, such as a signed photo of Klay Thompson direct from the Championship Golden State Warriors, a pair of tickets to a show at the historic Warfield Theater, a piece by acclaimed Tenderloin photographer Darwin Bell, and many more!

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The Compton's Cafeteria Riot on SF Pride Main Stage!
Jun
23
1:24 PM13:24

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot on SF Pride Main Stage!

It is an immense honor for The Compton's Cafeteria Riot - The Play to grace the MAIN STAGE of San Francisco Pride! The cast will perform an excerpt from the play from precisely 1:24pm - 1:39pm, so get out to Civic Center early, stake out a spot, and celebrate the Tenderloin Museum community's reimagining of the TL's seminal act of queer resistance!

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Light Source & Letterforms: Neon Talk + Opening of "Neon Home" Art Show
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Light Source & Letterforms: Neon Talk + Opening of "Neon Home" Art Show

The Tenderloin Museum is thrilled to host SF Neon for an evening of illuminating presentations by graphically inclined neon enthusiasts, plus the opening of a neon-centric art show in our gallery space. Neon Light Source & Letterforms will convene the burgeoning neon community in the Tenderloin, a hotbed of heritage glow and striking neon signage, as part of San Francisco Design Week 2018. Join us for an examination of some notable neon sign survivors and preservation projects in the Bay Area, as well as several expert views on neon’s persisting allure and design potential.  

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Tenderloin Museum Third Anniversary Celebration
Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Tenderloin Museum Third Anniversary Celebration

2018 marks year number 3 for the Tenderloin Museum! Please join us for our Anniversary Party, a full day of free, family-friendly programming at the Museum that celebrates the diverse and impactful efforts of the Tenderloin community both past and present. In a time marked by an urgent and invigorating surge in advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement, the Tenderloin’s history is more relevant and inspiring than ever.

This year, the Tenderloin Museum aims to highlight and reflect upon the pioneering activism and fierce resistance woven deep into the story of our 31 square blocks. Anniversary programming will center around the world premiere of TENDER (n.): a person who takes charge, a site-specific dance celebrating 100 years of outcast activism in the Tenderloin.

Daytime events include Drag Queen Story Hour, a preview of the Exploratorium + Civic Center Commons, live music and spoken word by Larkin Street Youth, traditional folk music, song, and dance by the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center, a presentation by Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, authors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, as well as a talkback and drag revue by the writers and cast of The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot.

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TENDER (n.): a person who takes charge
Jun
7
to Jun 16

TENDER (n.): a person who takes charge

The Tenderloin Museum and Flyaway Productions are proud to announce the world premiere of TENDER (n.): A PERSON WHO TAKES CHARGE, a site-specific aerial dance celebrating 100 years of “outcast activism” in the Tenderloin. Tender runs June 7 – 16 at the Cadillac Hotel, located at 380 Eddy Street, with performances at 8:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Matinee performances at 12:30 pm will take place on Friday, June 8 and 15. Two additional performances at 9:30 pm will take place on Saturday, June 9 and 16. All performances are free, as is admission to the Tenderloin Museum, located on the ground floor of the Cadillac Hotel, during each performance.

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LGBTQ History in the TL Walking Tour
May
24
6:30 PM18:30

LGBTQ History in the TL Walking Tour

On May 24th, architectural historian and preservation activist Shayne Watson will lead a walking tour through the TL focused on LGBTQ-sites and the discussion of how best to honor a crucial, intangible legacy in physical (but often altered) locations. Her pioneering work expands the language of preservationists to recognize LGBTQ sites as well as streamlines the process to landmark historic buildings. This special walking tour is a rare opportunity to explore one of the earliest and most historic LGBTQ enclaves in San Francisco with an expert in the field.

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Lewd & Lascivious: Documentary Screening about the 1965 Raid on California Hall
May
15
6:30 PM18:30

Lewd & Lascivious: Documentary Screening about the 1965 Raid on California Hall

The 2012 documentary Lewd & Lascivious recounts then now infamous 1965 police raid on California Hall, the aftermath of which crystallized an inter-faith alliance against the SFPD’s discriminatory harassment. Following the screening, the Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer will host a panel featuring Ms. Joanne Chadwick, Executive Director Emeritus for the Commission for Women, ELCA and The Rev. Charles Lewis, ELCA San Francisco Night Minister Emeritus, both of whom were present at the dance and featured in the film.

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TENDER (n.): A Person Who Takes Charge Reception for the Vietnamese Community + Sunday Streets
May
6
3:30 PM15:30

TENDER (n.): A Person Who Takes Charge Reception for the Vietnamese Community + Sunday Streets

Tenderloin Museum and Flyaway Productions invite the Vietnamese community to the Museum on May 6th to learn about TENDER (n.): a person who takes charge. This site specific public art performance will take place on the outdoor walls of the Cadillac Hotel and will features stories of outcast activism in the neighborhood over the last 100 years, including stories of Vietnamese people’s arrival in the neighborhood and efforts to thrive here. The shows will take place June 7-16, 2018 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

As the director of TENDER, choreographer Jo Kreiter will speak about her experiences making community responsive public art. Composer Vân-Ánh Võ will talk about making the music for this project, and will share some of that music at the reception.

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NEON SPEAKS: Symposium & Spotlight Forum
Apr
21
1:00 PM13:00

NEON SPEAKS: Symposium & Spotlight Forum

At night, the Tenderloin is illuminated by some of SF's most historic and iconic neon signs. The craft and construction of this century old medium is a captivating and enduring force of color and beauty in the visual landscapes of our lives. Thus, the Tenderloin Museum is thrilled to host the Neon Speaks Symposium and Spotlight Forum, a central event in the Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium: a Celebration of Neon Signs. The weekend-long festival is presented by the San Francisco Neon/Historic Neon Network, a non-profit organization sponsored by the Tenderloin Museum that aims to raise awareness and promote information sharing about the artistic legacy of historic neon signs and restoration best practices. The ticketed Saturday afternoon Symposium at the Tenderloin Museum will feature many luminaries from the neon community, followed by a free “Spotlight Forum” on the future of neon preservation.

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The Spooky, Strange, and Magical History of San Francisco, Volume 3
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

The Spooky, Strange, and Magical History of San Francisco, Volume 3

The magician and raconteur Christian Cagigal returns to the Tenderloin Museum to share a freshly unearthed set of bizarre tales about San Francisco’s fantastic and forgotten past. A charismatic performer, Cagigal channels an old-fashioned showmanship to transport audiences into the uncanny dimension of his stranger-than-fiction characters and lost lore.

 

At this third edition of the Spooky, Strange, and Magical History of San Fancisco, attendees will be regaled with stories of Charles Carter, the famous Vaudeville magician whose show stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as Gertrude Atherton, the feminist novelist whose husband returned from sea dead in a barrel of rum. Add to that a haunting at the nearby Curran Theatre and a few cemeteries full of exhumed corpses, and one is guaranteed a dazzling evening of storytelling.

 

Cagigal’s previous story hours at the Museum were immensely popular amongst both history buffs and acolytes of the obscure. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the underbelly of Bay Area history with a most charming, dramatic guide. Join us on Tuesday, April 10th for a reading at 7pm. 

 

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The Heart of the City: Photography by Darwin Bell
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

The Heart of the City: Photography by Darwin Bell

Photographer Darwin Bell returns to the Tenderloin Museum’s gallery with a collection of vivid imagery plucked from the streets of his adoptive home: the TL. Bell’s sense of place is a strong one. “I don’t like directing a photo,” Bell told the Tenderloin Museum, “I like letting the setting direct me.”

“Heart of the City” is comprised of twenty digital prints on metal that celebrate the iconoclastic neighborhood’s perpetual state of metamorphosis. The artist will be present for an opening reception on April 5th as part of #SFfirstThursdays Art Walk.

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THE PENALTY: Special Screening On Location at The Old Mint!
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

THE PENALTY: Special Screening On Location at The Old Mint!

The Penalty is a frightening noir that draws heavily on San Francisco's historical viceland and stars Lon Chaney in his breakout role as Blizzard, a vengeful, amputee crimelord hell-bent on robbing the Old Mint. Now, nearly a century later, the California Historical Society and the Tenderloin Museum are granting this gangster his wish by screening The Penaltyinside the Mint’s majestic receiving room, replete with a live musical score and a century-spanning presentation on the film’s many recognizable locales.

 

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THE STAIRS: Film Screening with GLIDE Harm Reduction
Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

THE STAIRS: Film Screening with GLIDE Harm Reduction

The documentary, The Stairs, profiles social workers at Toronto's Regent Park Community Health Centre, all of whom are former or current drug users. The Stairs tells the story of Marty, Greg and Roxanne, who each survived decades of street-involvement. Using their experiences to ease the paths of others, they perform social work in their old neighborhood, while struggling to maintain their newly-found stability. Told over five years, The Stairs examines life on society’s margins. Defying stereotypes through intimate portraits, its remarkable subjects are surprising, funny, shocking and moving. This compassionate film looks at progressive urban drug policies alongside the human realities of addiction.

 

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Crochet Jam at the Tenderloin Museum
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Crochet Jam at the Tenderloin Museum

This interactive art activity is presented by ArtSpan Artist Ramekon O'Arwisters. His Crochet Jams engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. Crochet Jam, a public, art-making event that's embracing and inclusive, with no attempt made to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project, is liberating, empowering, transcending and FUN! Part of the SF First Thursday Art Walk.

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Quiet As They Come & Birds Of Paradise Lost: Viet-Lit In SF
Feb
25
1:00 PM13:00

Quiet As They Come & Birds Of Paradise Lost: Viet-Lit In SF

The Tenderloin Museum is thrilled to collaborate with the Asian Art Museum on hosting a literary reading featuring renowned Vietnamese-American authors, Andrew Lam and Angie Chau. Both authors have written extensively about coming of age in San Francisco in the ‘80s through the lens of the Vietnamese immigrant experience. As members of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network (DVAN), they have contributed to a body of work that gives voice to the immigrant experience in the Bay Area and beyond. Their personal narratives are in dialogue with the current special exhibition at the Tenderloin Museum, Voice of the Central City: The Tenderloin Times, 1977-94, which explores the history and impact of the Pulitzer Prize nominated, polyglot Tenderloin community newspaper.

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