Drag Queen Bingo is back with Grand Duchess Olivia Hart!
On Friday, October 4th from 6 to 9 p.m., come play double or nothing and visit the Tenderloin Museum for our latest installment of the wildly successful Drag Queen Bingo! Hosted by drag pioneer Olivia Hart, this fabulous fundraiser is inspired by the neighborhood’s long and storied history of gambling, and supports our ongoing diverse and dynamic programming.
Whether you’re a natural or a newbie, the Tenderloin Museum welcomes all to go bank or go home and win the following prizes:
Tickets to the Roxie Theater
Tickets to the San Francisco Jazz Center
Tickets to Great American Music Hall
Tickets to The Warfield
Gift Card to City Lights
Gift Card to the San Francisco Bike Coalition
While you’re at it, come check out There Will Always be Roses in San Francisco, our latest exhibition by California-based photographer Marissa Leitman. On display from October 3 to November 3, 2019, this exhibition is part of our public arts program centering around Aunt Charlie’s, the legendary Tenderloin drag bar. More info about this program and other upcoming exhibitions can be found below:
This event supports the Tenderloin Museum’s 2019-2020 public arts program about the pioneering drag queen performers at the legendary Aunt Charlie’s. Aunt Charlie’s is one of the oldest continuously operating queer bars in San Francisco, one of the last working class queer bar in San Francisco, and the last of its kind in the Tenderloin district. Our project aims to celebrate and lend visibility to Aunt Charlie’s as a remarkable space of socio-historical importance that is graced nightly by offbeat, eccentric characters whose seemingly idiosyncratic lives open up universal themes related to beauty, community, and self-acceptance.
Aunt Charlie’s: San Francisco’s Working Class Drag Bar highlights the work of numerous LGBTQ artists with a history of working in the neighborhood, and who reflect diverse approaches to portraiture: James Hosking, Tim Synder, Raphael Villet, Marissa Leitman, and Darwin Bell. In addition to launching their work as exhibitions, the artists’ work will be assembled into an original art book, complemented by oral histories, interviews, and a critical introduction written by Susan Stryker.
Our project hopes to draw into focus the Tenderloin’s low-income LGBTQ community, to reflect on the area’s history as a center of drag performance, and to engage the intersectionality of drag as it relates to questions of class, race, gender, and beyond.
Current and upcoming exhibitions include:
There Will Always Be Roses in San Francisco by Marissa Leitman
October 3, 6pm-9pm
A free public celebration of the fourth Aunt Charlie’s art exhibition, featuring the work of Marissa Leitman,and performances by the queens featured in the exhibition. In this exhibition, Marissa Leitman’s vibrant photographic work focuses on High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's, and it pays homage to a bygone era of quirky, rowdy, experimental drag that rebels against glam and redefines drag for a new generation.
High Fantasy by Raphael Villet
November 7, 6pm-9pm
A free public celebration of the fifth Aunt Charlie’s exhibition, featuring the work of Raphael Villet, and performances by the queens. Raphael was introduced to Aunt Charlie's in 2010. He began to attend High Fantasy, a weekly young drag/performance night hosted by Myles Cooper and Alexis Penny. The themes and experiences and emotions explored at High Fantasy confronted Raphael to his own unknowing of many parts of himself. He began to explore his relationship to his own body, sexuality and his world through witnessing and photographing the diverse array of performers at High Fantasy. He is currently working on an art book of photographs and reflections from these night and will share them this November.