TL Dreams: Rea Lynn de Guzman
Feb
23
6:30 pm18:30

TL Dreams: Rea Lynn de Guzman

Join Root Division and the Tenderloin Museum for an artist lecture & closing reception of Rea Lynn de Guzman's TL Dreams on Thursday February 23rd. Learn about Rea’s process and hear about her experiences growing up in the Tenderloin; Doors at 6:30pm, Program at 7pm.

Rea Lynn de Guzman is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores psychological and socio-political themes surrounding liminal identity, cultural assimilation, and the Filipino/a diaspora, tempered by her experience as a Filipina immigrant living in the United States. At the age of fourteen, she emigrated from the Philippines to the United States with her single mother, settling eventually in San Francisco. She lived in the Tenderloin—at Turk and Taylor Streets—where she spent most of her formative years (circa 2000-2005).

Black History Month Film Series: Skywatchers Movie Night
Feb
22
5:30 pm17:30

Black History Month Film Series: Skywatchers Movie Night

Black History Month Film Series is a collaboration of ABD Productions/Skywatchers and community partners Tenderloin Museum, TL Votes, Faithful Fools, and Glide. These organizations will be hosting screenings of the films 13th, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and Free Angela and All Political Prisoners at various locations throughout the Tenderloin, concluding in a facilitated discussion each night.

“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” - Presented by the Tenderloin Museum
February 22nd at the Tenderloin Museum (398 Eddy Street) 5:30 pm

Free and open to the public.

Centennial of the Insuppressible Tenderloin
Feb
15
Feb 16

Centennial of the Insuppressible Tenderloin

The Tenderloin Museum and the Black Cat present an evening in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the Tenderloin vice district closures of 1917, on February 15, 2017 from 5:30 pm - 1 am. Join us for an evening of live entertainment at the Black Cat and celebrate 100 years of resistance to traditional social mores in the Tenderloin.

The historical efforts by reformers to close and establish a “moral” alliance in the heart of the Tenderloin, denying working women and their patrons essential freedoms and protections concluded with a neighborhood wide closure of bars and bordellos (including the original Black Cat) on February 15, 1917. Having closed down San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast for good in 1913, reformers assumed that they had also won a thorough cleanup of the Tenderloin once and for all. Only a few short years after reformers declared victory, the Tenderloin came back stronger than ever. The 1917 campaign would be the first of many establishment attacks on the Tenderloin’s challenge to traditional social values. 

Open to the public. Bar is first come, first served. To make a reservation for dining: www.opentable.com/r/black-cat-san-francisco

Temporal Cities: Residency Showcase
Feb
9
6:30 pm18:30

Temporal Cities: Residency Showcase

Temporal Cities is multimedia collaboration between artists Lizzy Brooks and Radka Pulliam. Over the last three years, through a sidewalk booth, they collected stories and memories from residents of San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, where they both live. Inspired by more than 300 stories, they have been working on a film, a website and a book.

You are invited to come view their work in progress, make your own zine out of your favorite printed stories, drawings and photographs of participants, and watch the 25 min film that uses a mix of technologies, images, and memories recorded and forgotten. You will discover layered history of our neighborhood, always incomplete and unfinished, a patchwork of personal stories that disappear into cracked sidewalks. 

The Tenderloin Museum first hosted Temporal Cities’ collection booth in the winter 2015. During the museum’s regularly scheduled evening events, Temporal Cities projected images in the window to attract passersby and event attendees to the installation, where they were encouraged to share a personal story using a typewriter, clipboard and pen, or a rotary phone turned into an audio recorder. The accessibility of the prompts and materials has created an inclusive environment that welcomed newcomers and longtime residents. Temporal Cities has intended to engage the Tenderloin community in a conversation about place and personhood that transcends polarizing debates about change in San Francisco. 

In an on-going collaboration with the Tenderloin Museum, Temporal Cities received support from the Neighborhood Artist Collaborative grant, to produce three themed collection events, a story-sharing booth installation at the TL Museum, and this event- a residency showcase to share their collection of stories with the larger San Francisco community. 

You can view or contribute a story at http://www.temporalcities.org/

The Magic of Danté! A Special Presentation of Fog City Magic Fest
Jan
27
4:30 pm16:30

The Magic of Danté! A Special Presentation of Fog City Magic Fest

Join the Tenderloin Museum and the EXIT Theatre for a special presentation of Fog City Magic Fest: The Magic of Danté! This family friendly event is part of the 2nd Annual Fog City Magic Fest presented by the EXIT theater, running from January 25th to the 28th 2017. The Magic of Danté is presented to the Glide Family, Youth & Childcare Center, but all neighborhood children are invited to attend, free of charge. Join Danté, family magician extraordinaire, the EXIT Theatre, and the Tenderloin Museum, for a special family neighborhood magic extravaganza.

100 Years of the Sex Workers’ Rights Movement
Jan
25
5:30 pm17:30

100 Years of the Sex Workers’ Rights Movement

On January 25th, join the Tenderloin Museum and the Center for Sex & Culture to celebrate the 100th anniversary of San Francisco's 1917 sex worker march. On January 25th, 1917 Reggie Gamble and Maude Spencer, two madams of the Uptown Tenderloin vice district, organized a demonstration against the planned Valentine's Day eviction of San Francisco's brothels. Targeting anti-vice reformer Rev. Paul Smith, nearly 300 prostitutes stormed the reverend's church and took over the pulpit, demanding that the congregation hear their concerns. Reggie Gamble's speech, which was covered by every one of the city's major newspapers, demanded economic justice and a halt to the looming evictions that threatened to displace the thousands of sex workers that lived and worked in San Francisco's vice districts. The 1917 march, the first of its kind in the United States, sits alongside the protests at San Francisco's Compton Cafeteria and the New York's Stonewall Inn as important historical events reclaimed by communities, and an important milestone in the struggle for sex worker’s rights.

100 Years of the Sex Worker’s Rights Movement will begin on Wednesday, January 25th at 5:30pm at the Tenderloin Museum. A $10 suggested donation will be taken at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds). Refreshments will be available. The procession to the original protest site, just two blocks from the Tenderloin Museum, will leave at 8:15pm. If you plan on attending the march, warm clothes, candles, and signs are encouraged.

Tenderloin Museum Annual Volunteer Fair 2017
Jan
18
6:30 pm18:30

Tenderloin Museum Annual Volunteer Fair 2017

The Tenderloin Museum is pleased to announce our annual Volunteer Fair will take place on Wednesday, January 18th. This is a chance to hear first hand from a select group of amazing service nonprofits in the neighborhood. A 6:30 pm reception will be followed by brief presentations from a selection of local service organizations. Come learn about the fantastic work being done by these organization to help our community, and find out ways you can get involved. Participants include Glide, Project Open Hand, De Marilliac Academy, 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center, Care Through Touch, Larkin Street Youth Services, the Gubbio Project and more!

Unseen Tenderloin: Presentation and Collection Viewing at CHS
Jan
11
6:00 pm18:00

Unseen Tenderloin: Presentation and Collection Viewing at CHS

  • California Historical Society

Join the California Historical Society and the Tenderloin Museum in exploring rare and unseen moments in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Randy Shaw, author of *The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime, and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco* and Tenderloin Museum Board Member, will present a slide show of images from the neighborhood from 1907 to 1971. Afterward join us for a book signing and viewing of Tenderloin materials in the CHS Collections.

Lunch Time Speaker Series: David Chiu
Dec
12
12:00 pm12:00

Lunch Time Speaker Series: David Chiu

Bring your lunch and join us Monday December 12th  for our next Lunch Time Speaker Series event, with David Chiu- Assemblymember of the CA State Legislature, and the first Asian American to represent the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco, and includes our Tenderloin neighborhood.

Before joining the State Assembly, David Chiu served as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for six years. With a reputation as a consensus maker, Chiu was the first Board President in San Francisco history elected by fellow Supervisors to three consecutive terms, and the first Asian American to hold the post. Chiu will be interviewed by Tenderloin Museum founder Randy Shaw, and questions will be taken from the audience.

Tenderloin Holiday Bazaar
Dec
8
6:00 pm18:00

Tenderloin Holiday Bazaar

Join the Tenderloin Museum Thursday December 8th for a holiday celebration and festive shopping opportunity. Exclusive merchandise will be on sale including photography, prints, ceramics, leather accessories, vintage apparel, handmade textiles, succulent planters, and many more unique items. Come support local artisans, while carrying out all of your holiday shopping needs!

There will be music, refresments and holiday treats. You bring the festive spirit, your love of shopping, and the arts!!!

 

Quiet Lightning SEVEN YEAR anniversary
Dec
5
7:00 pm19:00

Quiet Lightning SEVEN YEAR anniversary

Quiet Lightning celebrates seven years of literary mixtapes with #102, curated by Josey Rose Duncan and Jonathan Carroll through a blind selection process and published as a book (sPARKLE & bLINK  80) with art by Jon Garaizar, free for the first 100 people. Free show. All ages. Cheap Lagunitas drafts. Giveaways! Thanks to a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission all of our artists are paid—come to this show and be a part of the next: quietlightning.org.

7pm doors / 7:30 show

Gay San Francisco: Lost Film, 1965-1970
Dec
1
6:30 pm18:30

Gay San Francisco: Lost Film, 1965-1970

On December 1, the Tenderloin Museum will screen a piece of rediscovered history: Gay San Francisco by Jonathan Raymond, a previously lost documentary depicting queer life in San Francisco five decades ago. 

Shot between 1965-1970, Gay San Francisco features a collection of incredible footage of San Francisco’s thriving LGBTQ culture, with a focus on the Tenderloin, San Francisco’s first queer neighborhood. Scenes from gay bars are intercut with fascinating interviews featuring gay men, lesbians, and trans women discussing issues from harassment to sex to job security. The film also includes a not-to-be missed Halloween drag show at On The Levee, one of SF’s many historic gay bars that closed it’s doors long ago. 

Filmmakers Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman unearthed this film while researching their Emmy-winning documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria, which included footage from Gay San Francisco. Victor Silverman will be on hand to discuss this period in San Francisco history, and why this footage became an integral part of Screaming Queens. 

This screening compliments the Tenderloin Museum’s first major temporary exhibition, The Unseen World of the Tenderloin: Rare Historic Photographs 1907-71.

 

The Unseen World of the Tenderloin: Rare Historic Photographs, 1907-71
Nov
15
5:30 pm17:30

The Unseen World of the Tenderloin: Rare Historic Photographs, 1907-71

“The Tenderloin – so what’s to like?... What’s to like is the action, the struggle to survive on one’s own terms, the togetherness of losers and loners…” – Herb Caen

The Tenderloin Museum’s first major temporary exhibition, The Unseen World of the Tenderloin highlights both historic neighborhood scenes and the intimate spaces familiar to its inhabitants. Rare photos of backstage dressing rooms, streetscapes, legendary clubs, and daily hangouts together form a kaleidescopic view, showcasing the diversity and energy that the neighborhood is still known for today.

The Tenderloin is where San Francisco keeps its secrets – home to underground gay bars, illicit nightclubs, and the core of the vice industry. It’s also where everyday people have lived, worked, and made art for generations. Over the decades, these unlikely neighbors have created one of the city’s most tightly-knit communities, wrought by the Tenderloin’s dynamism, chaos, and unique beauty.

Members-only preview: Tuesday November 15th, 5:30pm Reception, 6:30pm Program

Become a member today! http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org/membership/

Election Insights: Lunch Time Speaker Series
Nov
7
12:00 pm12:00

Election Insights: Lunch Time Speaker Series

Bring your lunch and join us Monday Nov 7th for the relaunch of Lunch Time Speaker Series, with Randy Shaw of Beyond Chron, Cindy Wu, Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party, and Joe Fitzgerald Rodriquez of the SF Examiner. Shaw, Rodriquez, and Wu will be at the Tenderloin Museum at noon the day before the election to give their picks and analysis of key local, state and national elections. Candidates and ballot measures will be dissected and discussed. Join us and debate your picks with our panel of pundits; Lively, spirited debate encouraged.

Drugs in the Tenderloin: Another Hole in the Head Film Festival
Nov
6
Nov 9

Drugs in the Tenderloin: Another Hole in the Head Film Festival


Drugs in the Tenderloin is a documentary shot guerilla style, directed by Robert Zagone in 1966; it captures the Tenderloin as it transformed into a center for young queers and drug users.The film is a chance to catch a rare glimpse of the Tenderloin’s past, and to hear first hand from the people who lived there. The film was rediscovered by the Tenderloin Museum and played a series of sold-out shows at the Tenderloin Museum and the Roxie Theater in 2015 & 2016. Join the Tenderloin Museum on Nov 6th & Nov 9th for the film festival debut of this memorable lost film.

Q&A with director Robert Zagone immediately following the film.

The Spooky, Strange, and Magical History of San Francisco
Oct
25
6:30 pm18:30

The Spooky, Strange, and Magical History of San Francisco

On Oct 25th, Magician, storyteller, and long time Artist in Residence at EXIT Theatre, Christian Cagigal, will share his favorite stories of San Francisco's fantastic and forgotten past. 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 world famous magician whose show stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge; come learn about these stranger-than-fiction characters, and more, at THE SPOOKY, STRANGE, AND MAGICAL HISTORY OF SAN FRANCISCO. Join us for a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience about the most fascinating city in the world.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: On Location in the Tenderloin
Oct
20
Nov 3

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: On Location in the Tenderloin

Join the Tenderloin Museum for Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Oct 20th, and Snatchers Body the of Invasion on November 3rd. The first is the classic film from 1978, and the second is that film meticulously edited shot-by-shot in reverse order by artist Anne McGuire. See the original first, and then come back for a more hopefully version where soul-less clones are gradually replaced by humans. Anne McGuire in person on November 3rd!

Litquake: Tenderloinism
Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

Litquake: Tenderloinism

The Tenderloin Museum is hosting a 2016 Litquake event (https://litquake2016.sched.org/) on Monday Oct 10th. Tenderloinism: Tales from the 'Hood features gritty tales from the city's most misunderstood neighborhood, with Alan Black (of Edinburgh Castle), Paula Hendricks (TL apartment manager & prolific writer), Gary Kamiya (Cool Gray City of Love), David Henry Sterry & Carolyn Terry.

After Hours at the Tenderloin Museum: MSPF
Oct
7
5:30 pm17:30

After Hours at the Tenderloin Museum: MSPF

The Tenderloin Museum will be staying open late on Friday! In collaboration with the Market Street Prototyping Festival, the Museum will be hosting an evening of music, refreshments, and a lively MSPF conversation. After the festival, continue your exploration of this historic area in a Museum which captures its culture and history.

Unraveling Little Saigon’s History and Influence in the Tenderloin
Sep
22
6:00 pm18:00

Unraveling Little Saigon’s History and Influence in the Tenderloin

On September 22, join San Francisco Heritage at the Tenderloin Museum. Tho Do, former Community Organizer at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center, will chronicle Vietnamese migration, culture, and activism in the Tenderloin from the 1980s to the present.

Part of an ongoing lecture series hosted by San Francisco Heritage occurring at several venues throughout the city. From July through November, lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 PM.

Pornography in Denmark: Tenderloin and the Birth of Porn
Sep
14
6:30 pm18:30

Pornography in Denmark: Tenderloin and the Birth of Porn

Legal pornography in the United State was born in the Tenderloin. Join us on Sept 14th and see the first feature length pornographic film to get past obscenity laws in the US- Pornongraphy in Denmark: A New Approach. Filmmaker and porn historian Mike Stabile will be on hand to discuss filmmaker Alex de Renzy, his Screening Room in the Tenderloin, and how this film sparked a revolution in pornography in the US.

Compton's 50th: Vanguard Revisited, Revisted W/ Rev. Megan Rohrer
Sep
8
6:30 pm18:30

Compton's 50th: Vanguard Revisited, Revisted W/ Rev. Megan Rohrer

In 2011, Megan Rohrer and historian Joey Plaster created a remarkable work of public history: Vanguard Revisited, which  introduced the history of the 1960s radical queer-youth organization Vanguard to contemporary queer homeless youth, who created their own art and poetry zine in conversation with essays and themes from the original Vanguard newsletter. The new zine also featured archival materials, a historical narrative and writings from urban ministers and youth organizers.

For the 50th Anniversary Compton's Commemoration, a second issue of the Vanguard Revisited zine will be released with new materials by the original authors and editors. For the Tenderloin Museum program, Rohrer will describe the initial process leading up to Vanguard Revisited and will discuss its legacy. Rohrer is the pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Francisco and is a nationally recognized leader on issues of homelessness, gender, sexuality and faith.

The storytelling project Temporal Cities will attend the event to share and record LGBTQ stories. Listen to a piece of oral history in their rotary phone, or type your own memories on a real typewriter. Temporal Cities is a public art project that examines the experience of living in the Tenderloin through the stories of its residents. For more information about the project, visit TemporalCities.org.

 

Snapping Back: Exploring Addiction in the Tenderloin Through Photography
Sep
1
6:00 pm18:00

Snapping Back: Exploring Addiction in the Tenderloin Through Photography

Join Snapping Back, a photography project at Tenderloin Health Services, for the opening of their  first gallery show, “Exposure: Photographic Tales from the Tenderloin” September 1st 2016, from 6-9 pm at the Tenderloin Museum.

Participating artists in various stages of substance abuse and recovery were given black and white film cameras and encouraged to explore a number of themes over three months of shooting. Their work will be on display in the Tenderloin Museum Store for the month of September; don’t miss your chance to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the opening Sept 1st.

The opening will feature the public storytelling project Temporal Cities, where participants are invited to share stories about addiction and recovery in the neighborhood.

Artists: Kevin Fortman, Reggie Davis, Rose Peele, Laura Hayes, Yolanda Morrissette. Curated by Shannon Heuklom and Andy Desruisseau.

ARRVLS LIVE: The Tenderloin
Aug
25
6:30 pm18:30

ARRVLS LIVE: The Tenderloin

ARRVLS is an audio documentary program and live event series featuring stories of migration, transformation, and change. Now, ARRVLS is launching a new series of live events that explore how change impacts communities.

ARRVLS Neighborhoods partners with local residents, storytellers, and community organizations to tell the stories changing neighborhoods and the people who are changed by them. Our first installation focuses on the San Francisco neighborhood of the Tenderloin.

Produced in collaboration with The Tenderloin Museum, Larkin Street Youth Center, and The Curry Senior Center, "ARRVLS LIVE: The Tenderloin" will feature storytelling from residents, performers, and community leaders sharing their personal experience of a neighborhood changing and forever changed. The interactive storytelling project Temporal Cities is collaborating with ARRVLS to collect and share stories in person on the night of the event.

The stories from the show will also be recorded and released as a very special episode the podcast.

Screaming Queens at the Roxie Theater
Aug
18
7:00 pm19:00

Screaming Queens at the Roxie Theater

  • The Roxie Theater

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Compton's Cafeteria Riot we are excited to present a special screening of SCREAMING QUEENS: THE RIOT AT COMPTONS CAFETERIA followed by a Q&A with the directors and other special guests.

Directors Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman's award winning documentary tells the forgotten story of the first collective act of militant resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States--a 1966 riot by transgender prostitutes at a late night cafeteria in San Francisco, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn.

Co-presented with the GLBT Historical Society and the Tenderloin Musuem

The Tenderloin: Tell Your Story! Theatrical Workshop from Campo Maldito
Aug
6
5:30 pm17:30

The Tenderloin: Tell Your Story! Theatrical Workshop from Campo Maldito

How can space and place inspire the creation of new work? How do we create art that captures the essence of our homes and communities? Join playwright Bennett Fisher and director Jesca Prudencio for a theatrical workshop based on the ideas at the core of Campo Maldito - art inspired by and created for a changing city. In this 90 minute workshop, participants will engage in a creative dialogue and create a collective documentary theater piece inspired by their relationship with the neighborhood, using both material in the Tenderloin Museum, as well as their own personal narratives. This workshop is open to writers, performers, educators, and anyone with story.

Where Art Lives: Youth Art Program
Aug
4
5:00 pm17:00

Where Art Lives: Youth Art Program

Young neighborhood artists have designed street art that would benefit their community. Come see what the city will look like when they are in charge.

This summer, young artists from three local programs, United Playaz, Boys & Girls Club, and Glide, have worked with teaching artists from the Where Art Lives program to develop their own ideas for how to decorate their community. For the month of August the Tenderloin Museum Store will showcase the creative visions of these young adolescents.

For several years now, Where Art Lives has connected experienced artists with 4th-6th grade students to teach art skills and discuss the difference between public art and illegal vandalism. This year, participating students will be asked to collectively envision how San Francisco will look when today’s adolescents are running things. What images would they like to see on the walls in their neighborhoods?

AudioBus – Energized Vectors
Jul
31
6:00 pm18:00

AudioBus – Energized Vectors

Soundwave presents AudioBus- an immersive, uniquely San Franciscan performance experience. As a mobile venue, AudioBus will take audiences on a journey in the city where audiences can hear a live score on an open-top double-decker bus with installed headphones sonically customized for this experience. For this season’s tour, Soundwave is partnering with the Tenderloin Museum which holds a wealth of history in visual, textual, and auditory recordings about the neighborhood. As a symbiotic entryway to collaborative performance Sonic Portraits of a Shifting City, Kevin Corcoran and Jen Boyd explore an energetic understanding of architecture through sound. By listening to urban environments in flux – sounds of public places (atmospheres), sounds unheard by the ear alone (electromagnetic architectures), and thoughts from individuals who have shaped neighborhoods by their actions (stories) – a sonic map emerges.

Compton's 50th Celebration: Tenderloin Queer History Walking Tour
Jul
28
6:00 pm18:00

Compton's 50th Celebration: Tenderloin Queer History Walking Tour

Compton’s Cafeteria Riot 50th Commemoration Celebration Series:
Three years before the more famous 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, San Francisco’s Tenderloin district erupted with one of the first-known moments of collective queer confrontation of police harassment. On a hot August night in 1966, drag queens, trans sex workers, hair fairies and street hustlers rose up against police harassment in what has become known at the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. In July through September of 2016, the GLBT History Museum and the Tenderloin Museum are teaming up to host a series of programming to commemorate the 50th anniversary of those riots. 

Tenderloin Queer History Walking Tour and Kickoff Reception
At 6 PM, starting at Museum, neighborhood historians will give an hour-long walking tour of the LGBT history of the Tenderloin, centering on the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots and their now-famous intersection of Turk and Taylor Streets, before returning to the Tenderloin Museum at 7 PM for a kickoff reception. At the reception, trans historian and award-winning documentarian Susan Stryker and original “screaming queen” Felicia Elizondo will say a few words to mark the occasion.

One Year Anniversary Celebration
Jul
16
10:00 am10:00

One Year Anniversary Celebration

On July 16th, 2016 the Tenderloin Museum will have been open for one year. Please join us in celebrating this important milestone at our free community day celebration from 10am-9pm, with free hourly programming from 1pm-8pm. The mission of the Tenderloin Museum is to inspire and serve the neighborhood. The museum’s permanent collection and Neighborhood Walking Tours offer locals and tourists alike an opportunity to learn the history of the Tenderloin and experience San Francisco’s most unique neighborhood, a history that has been routinely overlooked in historical accounts of San Francisco. Our evening programming celebrates the Tenderloin’s rich artistic community and features live music, theatre performances, film screenings, lectures, local artist exhibitions, poetry nights, and much more.

Our first year has been exceptional because of all the incredible partnerships we’ve forged with other museums, non-profit organizations, artists, local businesses, and our neighbors. Our first anniversary will be spent celebrating those partnerships.