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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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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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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To learn more about the GLIDE Legacy Committee, please visit glide.org/legacycomittee

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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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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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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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