The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot
Feb
22
to May 5

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot

You are invited to the WORLD PREMIERE of The Compton's Cafeteria Riot, a new play written by Collette LeGrande, Mark Nassar,
& Donna Personna
directed by AeJay Mitchell
conceived by Mark Nassar & Katie Conry

Performances at 7:30 pm.
Initial run February 22 - March 17, 2018 - SOLD OUT

Extended with select dates through May 5, 2018 - SOLD OUT

Please sign up HERE to keep informed about possible future dates.

Thank you for your interest!

New Village Cafe
1426 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

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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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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.

 

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-stairs-film-screening-with-glide-harm-reduction-tickets-44160871355

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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.

Learn more and RSVP here.

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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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Drag It Out in the Open: Compton's Queens at UN Plaza
Feb
21
12:00 PM12:00

Drag It Out in the Open: Compton's Queens at UN Plaza

The world premiere of The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot is upon us! In celebration of the opening night, come see the queens behind play give a rare, high-noon show at UN Plaza during the Heart of the City Farmers’ Market. Don’t miss this chance to see our stars shine in front of the beautiful and iconic San Francisco City Hall--both cast members and co-creators of this historic production will be performing from 12pm to 1pm on Wednesday, February 21st. Meet the cast and buy your tickets to The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot with a side of fresh, local fruits and veggies. See you there!

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Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser

In anticipation of The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, the Tenderloin Museum’s first ever theater production, we’re hosting an after-hours Drag Queen Bingo Party! Come down to 398 Eddy Street for drinks and good cheer, but bring your own luck. Prizes abound, from the luxurious (a two night stay at the Phoenix Hotel!) to the whimsical (kitty play time at KitTea). Others will turn this night out into another, like tickets to the Color Factory or film passes to the beloved Roxie Theater. The competition won’t be the only thing that’s fierce. The incomparable drag artist and activist Cruzin D’Loo will be mistress of ceremonies, presiding over the bingo balls and calling out those lucky numbers.

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Color Is Pure Feeling: Paintings by Dennis Conkin, Opening Reception
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Color Is Pure Feeling: Paintings by Dennis Conkin, Opening Reception

The Tenderloin Museum is pleased to present a collection of new work by painter Dennis Conkin. The eight abstract canvases on display are the fruits of his largely self-taught painting practice, developed over three decades living in the heart of the Tenderloin, and communicate the artist’s emotional relationships with color. Conkin is well known in the neighborhood for his work as a community activist and as a reporter for The Tenderloin Times, focusing on issues of homelessness, AIDS, and mental disability when few would. As such, his non-representational paintings strike an intriguing counterpoint to the linear, narrative nature of chronicling the news. “Art is the story of humanity’s quest for love and awareness, for insight and understanding about our lives,” Conkin told the Tenderloin Museum. “Art is also ecstatic celebration, belonging to no one, and, fundamentally, art saves lives.” Join us for the opening reception of Color Is Pure Feeling on Thursday, February 1st.

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Tenderloin Museum Annual Volunteer Fair 2018
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Tenderloin Museum Annual Volunteer Fair 2018

The Tenderloin Museum is thrilled to announce its annual Volunteer Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 23rd. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and connect with representatives from several of the Tenderloin’s vital service nonprofits. Learn about the many ways one can serve those in need and build meaningful community in the heart of San Francisco. This gathering is intended to be inclusive and engaging for first time volunteers and seasoned civil servants, so please come join the conversation about involvement and impact. 

The Volunteer Fair begins with an opening reception at 6:30 pm, followed by short presentations at 7 pm from over a half dozen local organizations. Participants include Glide, 826 Valencia, Larkin St. Youth, Coalition for the Homeless, Code Tenderloin, Project Open Hand, the St. Anthony Foundation, Skywatchers, and more. More detailed information on each group is included below. 

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Alhambra S.R.O. Walking Tour & Artist Talk with Paz de la Calzada
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Alhambra S.R.O. Walking Tour & Artist Talk with Paz de la Calzada

In collaboration with the Tenderloin Museum,Ramon’s Tailor Gallery presents a neighborhood Walking Tour & Artist Talk, inspired by the current art installation at Ramon’s Tailor by Paz de la Calzada, entitled Alhambra S.R.O. This one-night only event is an exciting exploration of the intersection of art, architecture, history, and diaspora.

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The Penalty (1920): SF on the Silent Screen
Jan
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Penalty (1920): SF on the Silent Screen

If you think San Francisco has changed so much in recent years that Dirty Harry (1971) is almost a museum piece, you'll be shocked to see how much of the City is still standing from the 1920 film The Penalty. Starring Lon Chaney in his breakout role as a vengeful, amputee underworld boss hell-bent on robbing the Old Mint, The Penalty is a frightening noir that draws heavily on San Francisco's historical viceland. The Tenderloin Museum presents a screening of this macabre classic of the silent film era, followed by a century-spanning look of The Penalty’s many recognizable locales. Don Herron, acclaimed literary walking-tour guide and Dashiell Hammett expert, will host the evening, which features an exclusive virtual tour of movie’s locations by CitySleuth (aka Brian Hollins), the authority on the urban history of SF film noir.

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The People of the Tenderloin on the Big Screen
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

The People of the Tenderloin on the Big Screen

Take a deeper look at the people of the TL in Street Music (1982), a whimsical story about a street musician and other residents of the fictitious Victory Hotel who must fight their eviction from the Tenderloin, and Tenderloin Blues (1987), a cinéma vérité-style documentary film chronicling the lives of people who live on the streets of the neighborhood. Both of these ‘80s films were shot on location in the TL and speak to today’s predicaments of homelessness, poverty and displacement. A panel discussion will follow the screenings.

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This event is part of Voice of the Central City: The Tenderloin Times, 1977-94, an exploration of the Tenderloin’s past as seen through two decades of reporting by the trailblazing neighborhood newspaper, The Tenderloin Times. Created in collaboration with community historian and former Times Editor Sara Colm, this exhibition will showcase a number of the publication’s rare archival images, articles, and political cartoons documenting our vibrant community during the pivotal years of 1977-1994.

The Tenderloin Times had its start in August 1977 when three homeless men mimeographed 150 copies of the first edition from the basement of Hospitality House. Over the next 17 years, The Times grew into an award-winning newspaper with a circulation of 15,000 that was published in four languages – English, Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian. As the nation’s first four-language newspaper, it was recognized in 1991 by the Smithsonian Institution for its groundbreaking use of desktop publishing technology (thanks to a donation from Apple computers) to produce the polyglot paper.

Exhibition Run: November 2nd, 2017 - March 30th, 2018

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Holly Coley’s Tender Life & the Holiday Bazaar
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Holly Coley’s Tender Life & the Holiday Bazaar

The holidays are nigh, which means the return of the Tenderloin Museum’s Holiday Bazaar! Ten local artist-vendors will bring pop up shops to the Museum for a festive marketplace flush with neighborhood wares. Forget the old chestnuts and stereotypical stocking stuffers--enliven your gift game while supporting the arts. From hand-tooled leather belts to intricately-latticed metalworks to cherry-picked vintage duds, there will be a plethora of unique gifts for sale. This year’s seasonal celebration coincides with the opening reception for Holly Coley’s solo exhibition in the TL Museum gallery, Tender Life: Graphic and Ceramic Memories of Tenderloin Living, 1999-2004. 

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Even In Darkness: The San Francisco Night Ministry
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Even In Darkness: The San Francisco Night Ministry

The Tenderloin Museum presents its debut screening of Even In Darkness (2016), a new documentary by James Hosking (Beautiful By Night) that follows the city’s Night Minister, Rev. Lyle Beckman, as he walks the streets of the Tenderloin providing emotional support at a time when many need it the most: 10PM-4AM. The film will be screened alongside Shepherd of the Streets (1966), a KRON-TV Assignment Four report that offers a rare look at the pioneering work of San Francisco’s first Night Minister, Rev. Donald E. Stuart. James Hosking will be present for a panel discussion along with Rev. Beckman, former Night Minister Rev. Don Fox, and other community leaders.

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The Imperfect Is Perfect: The Tenderloin
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

The Imperfect Is Perfect: The Tenderloin

SF Urban Film Fest 2017 Film Screening Event

Catch a rare screening of the film “Drugs in the Tenderloin” and witness stories of "outcasts" flocking to the Tenderloin for sanctuary starting in the early 1960s (even before the Summer of Love which was centered in the Haight/Ashbury District). The second film, "Tender Souls", by local filmmaker Brenton Gieser, about three Tenderloin residents current stories of struggle and redemption, makes us reflect on our own fragility and strength.

The Tenderloin Museum, as the film screening venue is appropo, as under the direction of Katie Conry, its exhibits bring the neighborhood’s history to life to bring greater appreciation of how the area has changed and yet not changed at all. Film screening followed by discussion with the Director of Tenderloin Museum and "Drugs in the Tenderloin" filmmaker.

Co-presenter: Tenderloin Museum

Moderator: Ron Sundstrom, Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, University of San Francisco

Panelists:

Katie Conry – Executive Director, Tenderloin Museum
Robert Zagone – Director, “Drugs in the Tenderloin”
Paul Trudeau - Executive Director, City Hope

Doors open at 5:30 pm
Cost: $10 per person (all proceeds go to the Tenderloin Museum)

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Aunt Charlie's: A Fundraiser for the Tenderloin Museum
Nov
12
4:00 PM16:00

Aunt Charlie's: A Fundraiser for the Tenderloin Museum

Join us at Aunt Charlie's Lounge on Sunday, November 12th as Collette LeGrande - Ashton Presents:  A Fundraiser for the Tenderloin Museum. Come by from 4pm to 7pm to hang out with Tenderloin Museum at Aunt Charlie's Lounge and celebrate the queer groups that help make San Francisco, San Francisco.

Raffle! Prizes! Refreshments at 4pm, Show at 5pm.

Raise a glass (and a bit of funding) for the upcoming production of Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, an interactive play directly inspired by the historical 1966 riot — one of the first recorded militant uprising by the transgender and queer community against police harassment in US history — produced by the Tenderloin Museum.

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Into the World of Southeast Asian Refugees
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Into the World of Southeast Asian Refugees

Follow a group of refugees as they journey from Asia to the TL and beyond in Who I Became (2013), a documentary film that follows Pounloeu Chea, a Cambodian youth who grew up in the TL during the 1980s; Refugee (2003), a glimpse into the life of a young man as he leaves the Tenderloin to reunite with his father in Cambodia; My Journey Home(2004), a PBS film that accompanies Bay Area journalist (and former Tenderloin Times contributor) Andrew Lam back to Vietnam in the early aughts. A panel discussion will follow the screenings.

 

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This event is part of Voice of the Central City: The Tenderloin Times, 1977-94, an exploration of the Tenderloin’s past as seen through two decades of reporting by the trailblazing neighborhood newspaper, The Tenderloin Times. Created in collaboration with community historian and former Times Editor Sara Colm, this exhibition will showcase a number of the publication’s rare archival images, articles, and political cartoons documenting our vibrant community during the pivotal years of 1977-1994.

The Tenderloin Times had its start in August 1977 when three homeless men mimeographed 150 copies of the first edition from the basement of Hospitality House. Over the next 17 years, The Times grew into an award-winning newspaper with a circulation of 15,000 that was published in four languages – English, Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian. As the nation’s first four-language newspaper, it was recognized in 1991 by the Smithsonian Institution for its groundbreaking use of desktop publishing technology (thanks to a donation from Apple computers) to produce the polyglot paper.

Exhibition Run: November 2nd, 2017 - March 30th, 2018

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From Broadsheet to Broadband: Community Media in the Digital Age,
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

From Broadsheet to Broadband: Community Media in the Digital Age,

Join Tenderloin Museum in From Broadsheet to Broadband: Community Media in the Digital Age, a panel discussion with Bay Area journalists on how technology is re-defining how we connect to media, as well as the very concept of community itself. Speakers will include: Sara Colm and Rob Waters, Former Editors, The Tenderloin Times; Andrew Lam, The Tenderloin Times & New American Media; Juan Gonzales, Founder, El Tecolote newspaper & chair of CCSF Journalism Department; Carrie Sisto, Tenderloin Editor, Hoodline

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This event is part of Voice of the Central City: The Tenderloin Times, 1977-94, an exploration of the Tenderloin’s past as seen through two decades of reporting by the trailblazing neighborhood newspaper, The Tenderloin Times. Created in collaboration with community historian and former Times Editor Sara Colm, this exhibition will showcase a number of the publication’s rare archival images, articles, and political cartoons documenting our vibrant community during the pivotal years of 1977-1994.

The Tenderloin Times had its start in August 1977 when three homeless men mimeographed 150 copies of the first edition from the basement of Hospitality House. Over the next 17 years, The Times grew into an award-winning newspaper with a circulation of 15,000 that was published in four languages – English, Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian. As the nation’s first four-language newspaper, it was recognized in 1991 by the Smithsonian Institution for its groundbreaking use of desktop publishing technology (thanks to a donation from Apple computers) to produce the polyglot paper.

Exhibition Run: November 2nd, 2017 - March 30th, 2018

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The Spooky, Strange, and Magical History of San Francisco
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Spooky, Strange, and Magical History of San Francisco

On Oct 24th, The Tenderloin Museum's resident magician and storyteller, Christian Cagigal, returns to share his favorite stories of San Francisco's fantastic and forgotten past in The Spooky, Strange, and Magical History of San Francisco. The extravaganza tells the tales of the city’s most bizarre characters, including The Mother of Civil Rights in California who still haunts the six eucalyptus on Octavia Street, the Founder of the Church of Satan that lived in the Outer Richmond, and the surprising spots you may not know San Francisco's corpses are buried.

Now, in its second year, Christian Cagigal presents an even wilder history of our fascinating city — this time with added stories and surprises about the stranger-than-fiction characters of the most fascinating city in the world.

About Christian Cagigal:

Christian Cagigal has been performing his trademark blend of theatre, storytelling, and magic as an Artist in Residence at EXIT Theatre since 2006. He's a regular speaker at Odd Salon as well as a regular performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He's been named a Finalist for the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Solo Performer, two years in a row; recipient of a Mastermind Award by the SF Weekly; and three time winner of the Best Magician of the Bay Award by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Christian has consulted for A.C.T.'s MFA program, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, EXIT Theatre, Wilderness, and Tilted Frame. He's the Co-Founder of the new Fog City Magic Fest (EXIT Theatre January 2018), and the new owner of the San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour, 19 year tradition in the City by the Bay.

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Where Art Lives
Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

Where Art Lives

Uphill Arts and Tenderloin Museum are proud to present the artwork of Where Art Lives, a youth-focused program that gives Tenderloin students the tools to unleash the type of creativity that shapes a community for the better. The exhibition will showcase the developing voices and personal visual art styles by middle schoolers of United Playaz and the Boys and Girls Club Tenderloin Clubhouse.  

Where Art Lives uses best practices in arts education to explore real world issues with people in San Francisco. Their mission is to support teens as they shape the future of their community with the kind of skills, knowledge, and creativity that could make San Francisco a more beautiful and inclusive city. Created in an effort to navigate the complexities of adulthood and positively mold their surroundings, the program uses arts education to explore the ideas around artistic expression in everyday life.

Where Art Lives features the work of teenagers that focuses on transforming public spaces and gives audiences a window into the colorful San Francisco of the future today’s adolescents strive toward.

The opening reception has been conceptualized and organized by students of Galileo Academy of Science and Technology and will include live music, snacks, and interactive teen activities from 5pm - 8pm.

The Where Art Lives program is funded through a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission and will run through October 30th.

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Art Wraps for the Heart of the Tenderloin
Oct
12
5:30 PM17:30

Art Wraps for the Heart of the Tenderloin

Central City SRO Collaborative, the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, and Tenderloin Museum are pleased to present Art Wraps for the Heart of the Tenderloin, a collection of custom-designed vinyl art wraps that will encase 20 SFMTA traffic control signal boxes and 22 city trash cans throughout the Tenderloin. The project, which covers various streets within the parameters of Golden Gate Avenue, Larkin Street, O’Farrell Street, and Taylor Street, will showcase work directly influenced by the vibrant and storied neighborhood it seeks to illuminate.

Mirroring the many murals and public art projects that have long been integral to the identity of the Tenderloin, Art Wraps for the Heart of the Tenderloin features the work of seven Bay Area artists, all of whom were juried by an open community call and a panel of neighborhood experts including Rob Duncan, Tenderloin-based branding agency Mucho; Dan Williams, owner of PianoFight; Gayle Rosemond, Tenderloin-based artist and resident; Kim Jackson, 30 year Tenderloin advocate; and Tino Meki, former Supportive Housing Manager, Tenderloin Housing Clinic and Tenderloin resident.

The selected artists are:

Nico Berry - Former art director, Thrasher Magazine; freelance graphic designer; muralist; children’s book author/illustrator; San Francisco resident 

Sylvester Guard Jr. - Street artist; skateboard designer; Tenderloin resident 

Lisa Hoffman - Director of Graphic Design at FIDM; SJSU and SFAI alumna 

Alan Khum - Art Preparator; Fine Artist; San Francisco State University alumni; San Francisco resident

Piper Lewine - Painter; large-scale muralist; bassist; lo-fi electronica musician; San Francisco resident 

Christopher Stokes - Artist, Design professional, Founder Sevenfortyseven Studios, San Francisco Resident

Deirdre Weinberg - Monoprinter; screenprinter; painter; muralist; San Francisco resident 

Currently undergoing installation, the project will be completed in mid-October of 2017. Tenderloin Museum is proud to host the opening reception for Art Wraps for the Heart of the Tenderloin on October 12th 5:30-9pm. Patrons are encouraged to join us at 6pm for a walking tour of the Art Wraps — led by long-time Tenderloin Museum tour guide and neighborhood advocate, Pam Coates — to see the transformative artwork and hear more about the inspiration and connection to our neighborhood from the artists themselves.

Funding for this project is provided in part from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development and Shorenstein LLC.

 

 

 

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City Looks by J.B. Higgins
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

City Looks by J.B. Higgins

Tenderloin Museum is pleased to present City Looks by J.B. Higgins, a collection of Tenderloin-based imagery by local photographer and 2017 ArtSpan SF Open Studio Artist, J.B.Higgins. In his debut solo exhibition, Higgins continues his four-decade-long exploration of patience and repetition within his own artistic process as a portal for his audiences into the quiet nuances of day-to-day life in San Francisco.

Higgins creates his collections by visiting and revisiting, photographing and rephotographing the same spots in the city — sometimes for dozens of years — to study the role that time plays on his subjects. Minute changes, that for most would be entirely unnoticeable, become the subjects of extensive study, turning many of his pieces into lessons of patience as much as they are glimpses of an active city. With a knack for capturing moments of softness and beauty within the boisterous and ever-changing city, Higgins’ work tells the often unnoticed stories of the people, structures, and spirit of San Francisco, and more specifically, the Tenderloin.

The show is comprised of a collection of photographs, all scenes from San Francisco. The exhibition will be on view October 5th - 17th and October 31st - December 5th, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 5th at 6pm with the artist in attendance.

City Looks by J.B. Higgins is presented as part of SF Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country. The annual, month-long art event in October and November showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios in an effort to connect collectors with artists for engaging dialog and a glimpse into the life of the working artist. City Looks by J.B. Higgins for SF Open Studios will be on view November 4th and 5th from 10am to 5pm, again with the artist in attendance. Visit the SF Open Studios website for a full list of participating artists.

About The Artist:

J.B. Higgins was born and raised in Kentucky. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war era and was released in 1972. For the next 10 years he lived in Florida, Atlanta, GA, and Washington D.C. He moved to San Francisco in 1982, where he has remained for the past 35 years. His portrait, commercial, artistic, and documentary work has been shown in various movies and magazines, as well Magnet Gallery, Art Saves Lives Gallery and the Castro Country Club. This is his first show with the Tenderloin Museum.

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The Compton's Cafeteria Riot
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot

Scheduled to debut in early 2018, The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot is an interactive play based on the Compton’s Cafeteria riot, inspired by the Tenderloin Museum’s exhibits on the subject. It was conceived of by playwright Mark Nasser and Tenderloin Museum director Katie Conry, written in collaboration with long-term Tenderloin drag queens (and TLM collaborators) Donna Persona and Collette LeGrande

Tenderloin Museum has been a key partner in the development of the play, connecting Nassar with Tenderloin LGBT history experts Susan Stryker, and Victor Silverman, as well as legendary neighborhood drag queens for academic and first-hand accounts of the scene at the cafeteria. The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot will be performed at an unconventional venue reminiscent of Compton’s Cafeteria itself.

Nassar has completed the script, and early readings and feedback sessions at the Museum have been packed with interested audiences. The third and final workshop of The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot will be held on September 26th at 7pm. We very much value transparency and community input, and invite you to be a part of the process of this play before its 2018 premiere.

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This event is part of our Compton’s Film Series: Queens to the Front, a four-event series culminating in a final workshop of The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, an interactive play directly inspired by the 1966 riot, produced by the Tenderloin Museum.

In the summer of 1966, a drag queen patron of the Tenderloin’s Compton’s Cafeteria threw her cup of hot coffee in the face of an police officer as he made an unwarranted attempted to arrest her. The riot that followed would be come to known as the United States’ first recorded act of militant queer resistance to social oppression and police harassment in history. Three years before the famous gay riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn, the neighborhood’s drag queens and allies banded together to fight back against their ongoing discrimination, beating the cops with their high heels and throwing furniture out of the cafeteria windows.

The Compton’s Film Series: Queens to the Front will consist of works created as a response to the story of Compton’s, the movement that followed, and the Tenderloin’s continued support of queer communities. This history is an integral component of the neighborhood’s identity, and we are honored to recognize the individuals whose tenacious spirit spawned a movement against the long history of discrimination and violence.

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Compton’s Film Series: Queens to the Front

8/16: The Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria

8/24: Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight

9/14: Beautiful by Night + Queens At Heart 

9/26: The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, A Workshop 

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The Commons Block Party
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

The Commons Block Party

SF Civic Center, UN Plaza, and Fulton Street present their third-Thursday iteration of The Commons Block Party. Curated by Bay Area music and culture champion, Noise Pop, this FREE family-friendly event will feature three stages of live music, a food truck marketplace, and entertainment from various local businesses and organizations.

Join us for our Outdoor Art Gallery by Tenderloin Museum, a boutique collection of works for sale from past and future Tenderloin Museum artists such as photographers J.B. Higgins, Darwin Bell, and Marissa Patrice Leitman, and painter Ira Watkins. Jazz music will be performed by former Tenderloin Museum collaborator and Tenderloin youth advocate, Tomas Jay.

About The Commons Block Party:

The Commons Block Party on 3rd Thursdays is a series of FREE events held on four nights, one each month from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

Headlining the September event will be French Cassettes and EagleWolfSnake on Fulton Street, Omega LIVE band in Civic Center Plaza and DUCKWRTH in UN Plaza – unique and compelling performers highlighting the diversity in San Francisco’s music scene.

The events encompass the linked public spaces in Civic Center Commons: Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza and Fulton Street, between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library.

The Commons Block Party on 9/21 adds FREE skating & rentals from The Church of 8 Wheels http://www.churchof8wheels.com/. Listen 2 FREE music while you skate. http://civiccentercommons.org/

For more information, please visit http://www.civiccentercommons.org/, or their social media pages: https://www.instagram.com/civiccentercommons/ https://twitter.com/CivicCenter

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Beautiful By Night + Queens At Heart
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

Beautiful By Night + Queens At Heart

Beautiful By Night is a documentary film and photo series that follows three older drag entertainers, Donna Personna, Collette LeGrande, and Olivia Hart, at famed San Francisco gay bar, Aunt Charlie's, over the course of one evening. Directed by James Hosking (The California Sunday Magazine, Mother Jones, The Washington Post) and shot by Vanessa Carr and the film has received a Platinum Award from the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, was chosen by Vimeo as a Staff Pick, and has been screened at the Boston LGBT Festival, Frameline, Atlanta Documentary Fest.

Beautiful By Night will be shown alongside Queens At Heart, a rare and provocative glimpse into pre-Stonewall queer life. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary the 1967 short documentary introduces us to four trans women and explores their histories, travails, and dreams. The film is screened with permission by Outfest / UCLA Legacy Project.

Beautiful By Night + Queens At Heart will be held on September 14th; reception at 6:30pm, screening at 7pm with drag performances by Donna Personna, Collette LeGrande, and Olivia Hart.

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This event is part of our Compton’s Film Series: Queens to the Front, a four-event series culminating in a final workshop of The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, an interactive play directly inspired by the 1966 riot, produced by the Tenderloin Museum.

In the summer of 1966, a drag queen patron of the Tenderloin’s Compton’s Cafeteria threw her cup of hot coffee in the face of an police officer as he made an unwarranted attempted to arrest her. The riot that followed would be come to known as the United States’ first recorded act of militant queer resistance to social oppression and police harassment in history. Three years before the famous gay riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn, the neighborhood’s drag queens and allies banded together to fight back against their ongoing discrimination, beating the cops with their high heels and throwing furniture out of the cafeteria windows.

The Compton’s Film Series: Queens to the Front will consist of works created as a response to the story of Compton’s, the movement that followed, and the Tenderloin’s continued support of queer communities. This history is an integral component of the neighborhood’s identity, and we are honored to recognize the individuals whose tenacious spirit spawned a movement against the long history of discrimination and violence.

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Compton’s Film Series: Queens to the Front

8/16: The Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria

8/24: Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight

9/14: Beautiful by Night + Queens At Heart 

9/26: The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, A Workshop 

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Cocktails for a Cause with Tenderloin Museum
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Cocktails for a Cause with Tenderloin Museum

Join us at Virgil’s Sea Room on Wednesday, September 13th for COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE, a night of boozing in support of LGBTQ-focused arts! 

Raise a glass (and a bit of funding) for the upcoming production of Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, an interactive play directly inspired by the historical 1966 riot — one of the first recorded militant uprising by the transgender and queer community against police harassment in US history — produced by the Tenderloin Museum.

Supporters of the museum are integral in keeping the history of LGBTQ communities alive in San Francisco. The history of these marginalized groups is an essential component of the city’s identity, and together with allies like you, we are honored to recognize the individuals whose tenacious spirit spawned a movement against the long history of discrimination and violence.

With your help, we can bring the stories of the pioneering trans and queer individuals to a new generation of San Franciscans.

How can you help? By joining us for a cocktail! Sip a Vicki Marlane, a specialty sweet and sassy cocktail named after the famed Tenderloin drag queen herself. A portion of each drink sold, in addition to the $5-$10 suggested donation at the door, will go directly to support production costs of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot.

Come by from 6pm to 9pm to hang out with Tenderloin Museum on Virgil’s patio, raise a glass, and celebrate the queer groups that help make San Francisco, San Francisco.

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About the Play:

Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, is an upcoming interactive play by Bay Area-based artist Mark Nassar inspired by the eponymous 1966 uprising for TLGB rights. Taking place in the Tenderloin and predating the more famous Stonewall Inn riot in New York City by three years, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot still remains relatively unknown. With San Francisco on the verge of creating the nation’s first-ever TLGB Cultural District—a move grounded partly in the significance of the Compton’s riots—there has never been a better time to support cultural projects that celebrate this rich history. 

This project will combine artistic innovation with powerful historical reference, emphasizing research, high-quality production, and contemporary staging through site-specific location and audience interaction. In this way, program partners will deploy vibrancy and creativity of the Bay Area’s theater community to share this critical LGBTQ story with a wide audience.

Since 2016, the Tenderloin Museum has been a key partner in the development of the play, connecting Nassar with Tenderloin LGBT history expert Victor Silverman, as well as legendary neighborhood drag queens Donna Personna and Collette LeGrande, for academic and first-hand accounts of the scene at Compton’s Cafeteria. Nassar has completed the script, and early readings and feedback sessions at the Museum have been packed with interested audiences.

Mark Nassar along with Tenderloin Museum director Katie Conry conceived of the idea of an interactive play based on the Compton’s Cafeteria riot, inspired by the Tenderloin Museum’s exhibits on the subject. Nasser, in collaboration with long-term Tenderloin drag queens Donna Persona and Collette LeGrande, has spent the past year writing the play The Riot in Compton’s Cafeteria.


Compton’s Cafeteria Riot is set to premiere in early 2018.

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Gay San Francisco
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Gay San Francisco

Tenderloin Museum is pleased to present, for the first time in its entirety, Gay San Francisco, a documentary film delving into the Tenderloin’s early queer movements during the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Created by filmmaker Jonathan Raymond, the full-length, never-before-screened Gay San Francisco gives an unabashedly raw window into queer life decades ago. Restored from its original 16mm film, and transferred to digital in a collaboration between Tenderloin Museum and California Preservation Program, this extended version features, among other new scenes, lesbian subject matter and a fetish “tickle sacrifice” scene. A true mondo film with no shortage of pornographic material, Gay San Francisco tackles its gay and erotic themes with a respect and humor that was all but unheard of at the time of its shooting. This footage — along with scenes from San Francisco’s thriving LGBTQ culture, interviews with gay men and transwomen, and rare pieces from a Halloween drag show at the historic On The Levee gay bar — give a shockingly complete depiction of homosexual life in San Francisco, and more specifically, the Tenderloin, San Francisco’s first queer neighborhood.

Gay San Francisco was discovered by filmmakers Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman during research for their Emmy-winning documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria, which includes footage from Gay San Francisco. The original 8mm film was generously given to Stryker and Silverman by Ed Muckerman, cinematographer of Gay San Francisco.

The restoration of the film was a collaboration between Tenderloin Museum and California Preservation Society as a part of California Reveale, a State Library initiative to help digitize, preserve, and serve online historically significant Californiana. California Revealed is currently accepting submissions on behalf of the Tenderloin Museum. Participants are encouraged to bring in material related to the history of the Tenderloin (e.g., books, documents, photographs, audiovisual recordings) to be digitized and added to the Tenderloin Museum’s digital collection as well as the California Light and Sound collection. In exchange, participants will get free copies of the files. The Tenderloin Museum will gather basic description and help send the original materials to California Revealed for digitization. The next deadline for nominations will be Spring 2018.

To arrange a drop-off, please contact the Tenderloin Museum at info@tenderloinmuseum.org.

Since 2010, California Revealed and its sibling project, the California Audiovisual Preservation Project, have worked with over 150 partner institutions across the state — including public libraries and local historical societies — to help preserve California’s history through digitizing materials, making them available online, and providing long-term storage. For more information about California Revealed please visit the California Preservation Program.

Bryn Hoffman, archivist with California Revealed, will be speaking following the screening of Gay San Francisco. Hoffman specializes in “non-av” materials: photos and print. She has previously done work at the Internet Archive and the Freedom Archives in San Francisco, and as a rural librarian in Vermont. She received her MLIS in archival studies from Simmons College in 2016.

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