Tenderloin Historic Ephemera Project Closing Reception
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Tenderloin Historic Ephemera Project Closing Reception

Join us on March 28th 6-9pm to celebrate the magic that is ephemera with our closing of the Tenderloin Historic Ephemera Project! This event is your last chance to see our temporary ephemera exhibit and the matchbook art exhibition, Close Cover Before Striking: Alexander von Wolff. Artist von Wolff and ephemera collector and enthusiast, Glenn Koch, will be on hand to happily discuss their work and research.

As we bid adieu to the ephemera project, we invite neighboring institutions and individuals to showcase their own ephemera collections for this one night only closing event. Bring your own ephemera from San Francisco's past, especially the Tenderloin! We are so excited to explore the neighborhood’s collective memory as told through your mementos.

Email info@tenderloinmuseum.org to let us know what you plan to bring (we're welcoming any ephemera from San Francisco, Tenderloin preferred). These small, seemingly ordinary objects beautifully encapsulate the city and the neighborhood's colorful, vibrant past. Join us and travel back in time through the neighborhood's material culture.

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Neon Family: A Tribute By Roxy Rose
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Neon Family: A Tribute By Roxy Rose

Opening Reception for the art exhibition "Neon Family: A Tribute by Roxy Rose"
April 4, 6-9pm
FREE
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The pieces in Neon Family: A Tribute by Roxy Rose have each been created as expressions of loving memory of Roxy’s father, Rio Score II, who passed away in February 2019, and in tribute to their four-generation family neon business, Alert-Lite Neon, which closed in November 2018. Each work was completely created by Roxy—from cutting and shaping the metal, to painting it, to bending and pumping the neon tubing—to reflect on Rio Score II’s life, revealing also a piece of Roxy’s own biography, all through the glow of neon.

Roxy Rose Score grew up in a neon family. Her grandfather, Rio Score, founded Alert-Lite Neon in 1946, raising his son, Rio Score II, in the family trade. Like her father, Roxy was raised in the family neon shop, learning the neon trade from childhood along with her brothers in a rigid-but-informal apprenticeship that stressed speed and accuracy along with the highest level of expert craftspersonship.

Alert-Lite had built their business in wholesale, high-output production neon: though each piece of glass was shaped by hand, “tube benders” like Rio and Roxy often made hundreds—or even thousands—of the same letters, words, or symbols. Working long hours with their bare hands holding hot glass over gas flames made benders like Rio and Roxy strong, and decades of care schooled them in the finest points of their craft. But the pressures of production neon did not often emphasize artistic expression, and Rio and Roxy were each compelled to express their craft skills creatively, using neon as art.

For Rio, that could mean creating a bouquet of neon roses for his wife, or a neon carousel for one of his children. A little sparkle of artistic joy, made with skill, love, and care. For Roxy, neon art came differently: she began to collect and restore historic neon signs in the 1980s, and shifted the family sign shop from high-volume production toward bespoke signs that allowed her to better showcase both her skill as a tube bender and her artistic eye. Her turn to neon works explicitly as works of art came later, after she sold the business, as part of more profound transition: her own gender transition.

When Roxy came out as transgender in 2010, able to manifest on the outside what she’d always felt on the inside, she began to see her craft and skills as more than a blue-collar trade or a way of expressing a client’s ideas, but instead as a way of expressing a long-sublimated part of her own identity—that of an artist, able to express herself through works of neon.

On display in the Tenderloin Museum art gallery April 4th - 28th

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Neon Curiosity Lounge
Apr
26
1:00 PM13:00

Neon Curiosity Lounge

Part art exhibit, part science fair. Drop in to see amazing neon artifacts presented by a roomful of experts. Satisfy your neon curiosity!

The Neon Curiosity Lounge is part of the 2nd Annual Neon Speaks Festival and Symposium (April 26, 27 and 28). Neon Speaks, founded and produced by Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan of SF Neon (fiscally sponsored by Tenderloin Museum), brings together a wide array of people who celebrate vintage neon signs and want to save them as community landmarks. Local designers, architects, historians, preservationists, tube benders, urbanists, photographers, authors, and their contemporaries from across the United States will gather to share case studies and how-to knowledge on preservation efforts from coast to coast.

Tix to Neon Curiosity Lounge here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neon-curiosity-lounge-tickets-56603449441

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Tenderloin Cocktail Culture
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Tenderloin Cocktail Culture

As San Francisco’s roaring vice district, the Tenderloin of the early 20th century figures greatly into the development of cocktail culture. Many of the bars, restaurants, and hotels represented in The Match Book: Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project played a role in San Francisco cocktail history. Join us for a survey of the neighborhood's historic bar culture and recipes from the innovators who shaped the modern cocktail landscape through a historical discussion, guided tasting, and hands-on class led by Shana Farrell, author of Bay Area Cocktails: A History of Culture, Community and Craft. In collaboration with the California Historical Society.

Doors at 6:30pm, Program 7pm

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Matchbooks Walking Tour: Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Matchbooks Walking Tour: Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project

The visual language of the matchbooks broadcasts a rich local dialect, which took root in the Tenderloin’s many restaurants, bars, hotels, and social clubs. Aesthetically evocative examples of this lingo abound, conjuring a rich, nuanced vision of Tenderloins past. As physical artifacts, they provide a historical record of a business or particular address. But what’s more, these mass produced and widely distributed tokens touched myriad individual narratives, belonging to people who walked the same streets and lived in the same buildings as the present Tenderloin community. On March 14th walk these same streets with a Tenderloin Museum Historian, Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan of SF Neon, and typography expert Shelley Gruendler, and see the present day sites of the historic businesses featured in The Match Book: Vintage Matchbooks from San Francisco’s Tenderloin and The Matchbook Map Exhibit. You’ll be mesmerized both by how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same. Let your historical imagination run wild!

Doors at 6pm, Tour leaves promptly at 6:30pm

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Reach Out and Touch: A film screening and discussion
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Reach Out and Touch: A film screening and discussion

Doors at 6:30pm
Screening at 7pm
Followed by a panel discussion

*Director Robert Zagone will be in attendance and available for Q&A*
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Join GLIDE and the Tenderloin Museum for a film screening of the “Reach Out and Touch,” a documentary about the legendary Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial Church. A post-film discussion, facilitated by Paul Harkin, will talk about best practices in harm reduction and how Cecil’s philosophy of radical inclusion and love still permeates and informs Glide’s present-day programs.

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Any City That Doesn't Have a Tenderloin Isn't a City at All
Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

Any City That Doesn't Have a Tenderloin Isn't a City at All

San Francisco History Association leads you through this city's colorful history with talks and slide shows given by guest speakers selected from the Bay Area's diverse arts and literary community. For this event, TLM Executive Director Katie Conry has been invited to speak about the Tenderloin!

Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments and a historical book sale; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 admission for nonmembers.

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Typography & Neon: Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Typography & Neon: Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project

Tickets available at the door, or purchase in advance here

Join the Tenderloin Museum for an exploration of the typography used on the matchbooks featured in our new book The Match Book: Vintage Matchbooks from San Francisco’s Tenderloin and The Matchbook Map Exhibit, with typography expert Shelley Gruendler. Randall Homan and Al Barna from San Francisco Neon will discuss neon signs associated with the historic businesses represented by the matchbooks. Just like matchbooks, historic neon signs are a fascinating synecdoche of the small businesses they represent, and a window to the past explored through material culture. 

6:30pm Doors, 7pm Program

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Book Release for "The Tenderloin District of SF Through Time"
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Book Release for "The Tenderloin District of SF Through Time"

Join author Peter Field for a public presentation at the release party for the book, The Tenderloin District of San Francisco Through Time, which is a brief history of a neighborhood known to early San Franciscans as St. Ann's Valley. The story of this once-placid piece of real estate provides us with a fascinating microcosm of urban history as we follow its turbulent passage from an outlying village of Gold Rush pioneers to prosperous but quiet residential respectability; its development into a hotel, entertainment, and vice district; its gradual decay into decades of mean and homeless streets; and its on-going efforts towards economic rehabilitation. Numerous photographs and images offer glimpses of its successive worlds of early settlers in the sand dunes; houses, churches, schools and mansions in a respectable middle- and upper-class neighborhood; fancy and not-so-fancy hotels and restaurants and saloons and theaters; ward politicians and political bosses, labor unions, gamblers, entertainers, high-class brothels, and petty criminals; bars, strip clubs, burlesque, and poker joints; and the politics of a decaying central city neighborhood trying to save itself.

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Historic Neon Signs of the Tenderloin
Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

Historic Neon Signs of the Tenderloin

The Tenderloin neighborhood is a virtual museum of historic neon signs. These one-of-kind works of sign art are waiting to be illuminated. Join us for a journey into the behind-the-scenes neon renaissance movement in San Francisco to give neon signs their due as hand-made works of art. The Tenderloin Museum and San Francisco Neon co-founders present treasures of lost neon landscapes in rare film footage and photographs. You’ll learn the history of neon through historic images from the San Francisco History Center and the American Sign Museum that show the before and after glow of the America’s neon landscape. Take home a copy of “Neon Icons” a photographic study in past and present neon signs that represent the artistic and spirit and the history of small businesses of San Francisco.

This event is part of the 2019 California Association of Museums (CAM) conference "Changing the Narrative"

About the Theme:
People and communities use narrative–stories built around core values–to understand the world and their place in it. As narratives become more inclusive and encompass a broader range of perspectives, museums are looking for ways to deliver these new stories to provide a narrative that represents as many voices as possible. Museums are working to change the narrative around their collections in order to fulfill their responsibility to better serve the public.

Photo by Ava Porter

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Close Cover Before Striking: Alexander von Wolff
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Close Cover Before Striking: Alexander von Wolff

Alexander Von Wolff creates artwork from vintage matchbooks representing a variety of local institutions past and present. Join us for an opening of his art show at the Tenderloin Museum, which includes a few pieces inspired by matchbooks from our book The Match Book: Vintage Matchbooks from San Francisco’s Tenderloin. For Wolff, matchbooks are “more than mere advertising campaigns...the matchbook symbolizes a collective consciousness of leisure, served as keepsakes for a wealth of anonymous design creativity, and were enjoyed by individuals who attached meaning to them through experience and memories.”

Wolff has captured this historical memory with his art, recreating artistic relics of the past and giving them new life in the form of large scale printed images. “Now this form is not just a miniature memory in a box, or a remnant left on the mantle; it is a piece of art that will allure and transport you to a time gone by,” says Wolff. On display at the Tenderloin Museum until March 31st.

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TLM's 4th Annual Volunteer Fair
Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

TLM's 4th Annual Volunteer Fair

The Tenderloin Museum is pleased to announce its 4th annual Volunteer Fair. This gathering is intended for first time volunteers and seasoned civil servants to meet and connect with representatives from several of the Tenderloin’s vital service nonprofits. Come learn about the many ways one can serve those in need and build meaningful community in the heart of San Francisco.

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.

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Must Our Struggle Last Another Century?
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Must Our Struggle Last Another Century?

102 Years Since America's First Sex Worker Rights Protest

Prostitution has always been a hot-button issue in San Francisco, but how often do we hear from sex workers themselves? On Thursday, January 24th, join the Tenderloin Museum and St. James Infirmary to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of San Francisco's 1917 sex worker march.

Help us set the tone for the new year in celebrating this vital piece of Bay Area history. Authors Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, co-editors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, will give a talk examining the history of sex work in San Francisco from 1849-1917. Afterwards, representatives from St. James Infirmary will address where we are at 100 years later in the continuing fight for sex workers’ rights.

$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. Half of door proceeds will go directly to support St. James Infirmary.

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Neighborhood Neon Icons and How to Save Them
Jan
15
6:00 PM18:00

Neighborhood Neon Icons and How to Save Them

Historic neon signs represent small businesses and neighborhood gathering places where generations have met to watch movies, drink martinis, buy groceries, and park cars. The surviving neon signs that glow brightly throughout the California landscape permeate almost all cultures and lifestyles. They are not disposable advertising, but a bridge between the past and present. They have become iconic community landmarks. But what are the best practices to protect and restore these neighborhood icons? Join Randall Ann Woman and Al Barna of San Francisco Neon to take a look at some iconic neon signs in California, learn the fascinating stories behind them, explore the struggles and the payoffs in saving them, and the neon best practices that may, or may not, be part of the plan. The Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco has more than 100 surviving neon signs, and a recent initiative called Tenderloin Neon A-Z (a collaboration between the Tenderloin Museum, SF Neon, and San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development [OEWD]), aims to restore a cluster of neon signs every year in an effort to illuminate this historic neighborhood.

Katie Conry, Executive Director of the Tenderloin Museum, will profile the Tenderloin and the positive impacts of restoring the neon glow to the streets. The talk will close with a screening of Lost Neon Landscapes, neon-focused footage from the Prelinger Archive. This 15-minute film includes clips of home movies and short films that reveal San Francisco’s lost neon landscape from Market Street to Playland.

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The Match Book: Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

The Match Book: Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project

Join the Tenderloin Museum for the opening reception of The Matchbook Map Exhibit, featuring a searchable, interactive touchscreen map that connects matchbook imagery to historical info on the associated business and address. Th  is new permanent exhibit will be presented in conjunction with a new temporary exhibit, The Tenderloin Ephemera Exhibition, featuring historical Tenderloin ephemera from the 1920’s-1950’s including glassware, postcards, menus, matchbooks et al. The Tenderloin Ephemera Exhibition would not be possible without Glenn Koch, who lent his collection to the Tenderloin Museum. Koch is one of the Bay Area's preeminent collectors of San Francisco historic ephemera and author of San Francisco Golden Age Postcards & Memorabilia, 1900-1940. Koch will be in attendance at the opening (January 10th 6-9pm) to speak about his collection and answer any questions.

To celebrate the magic that is ephemera we’re inviting neighboring institutions and individuals to showcase their ephemera collections for one night only at our opening event. Bring your own ephemera from San Francisco's past, especially the Tenderloin! We are so excited to explore the neighborhood’s collective memory as told through your mementos. Email info@tenderloinmuseum.org to let us know what you plan to bring (we're welcoming any ephemera from San Francisco, Tenderloin preferred). These small, seemingly ordinary objects beautifully encapsulate the city and the neighborhood's colorful, vibrant past. Join us and travel back in time through the neighborhood's material culture.

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Holiday Bazaar!
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Bazaar!

‘Tis the season for the Tenderloin Museum’s annual holiday bazaar! Come enjoy festive holiday libations, snacks, and tunes (by DJ Tylawave) while you shop a pop-up marketplace flush with neighborhood wares from local artist-vendors. Some treasures awaiting you include ceramics, leather goods, tote bags, jewelry, candles, plants, and vintage pieces. Curate unique gift boxes this year while supporting the arts!

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Winter Gala and Book Release
Dec
12
5:00 PM17:00

Winter Gala and Book Release

You are cordially invited to the Tenderloin Museum's Winter Gala benefiting the Tenderloin Museum and its many endeavours. We are overjoyed to share with you the unveiling of The Match Book: Tenderloin Historical Ephemera Project. Enjoy a charming evening with enchanting cocktails and alluring edibles; and be one of the very first to take home the hot-off-the-press publication of The Match Book: Vintage Matchbooks from San Francisco’s Tenderloin! The exquisite illustrations and enchanting tales will make The Match Book a splendid holiday gift! (Preorders available now.)

We appreciate all the love and support we receive from our community. Your support makes all that we do possible.

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Urban Abstracts by Patricia Araujo
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Urban Abstracts by Patricia Araujo

The Tenderloin Museum is pleased to present Urban Abstracts, a collection of paintings by the renowned artist Patricia Araujo. For over a decade, Araujo has painted the facades of both iconic city landmarks and downtown buildings. A lauded San Francisco artist whose paintings celebrate San Francisco cityscapes, Araujo exults the beauty of what can appear commonplace. “In my cityscapes, I sense the presence of the silent stage uninterrupted by inhabitants. My works speaks about the possibility of growth and renewal, exploring architectural practice as both imagination and reality. A marvelous city, that is in constant flux.” 

Araujo continues to deepen her conceptual themes of architecture, place, and change in the urban landscape, addressing evolution, decay, and renewal. She has always been particularly fascinated with domes, towers, sacred, and municipal structures. “While living in SOMA, I witnessed the changes taking place in this redeveloping neighborhood, and found myself enchanted by the rich architectural history of that area and the decayed beauty that remains,” said Araujo. On display at the Tenderloin Museum from December 6th 2018 - February 3rd 2019, Araujo presents a collection of paintings featuring architecture from the Tenderloin, SOMA, and Mid-Market. Don’t miss this mesmerizing tribute to the art of architecture in our own backyard.

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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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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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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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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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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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