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!!!

 

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.


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.

Sunday Streets in the Tenderloin
Jul
10
11:00 am11:00

Sunday Streets in the Tenderloin

The Tenderloin Museum will be at Sunday Streets with artist Raphael Villet. A San Francisco raised artist, Raphael has exhibited his work throughout the Bay Area including the Oakland Museum of California, Adobe Books of San Francisco and the San Francisco Arts Commission City Hall Gallery. He really likes creating a space for a diversity of voices to come together through art and will launch his Street Zines exhibit at the Tenderloin Museum in October. Come share your story, art, ideas and make a zine, for free. Don't know what a zine is? Come find out.

Colors of the Tenderloin: Photography by Darwin Bell
Jun
30
6:30 pm18:30

Colors of the Tenderloin: Photography by Darwin Bell

Join us for a Museum Store opening reception of Colors of the Tenderloin: Photography by Darwin Bell. As Darwin Bell sees it, San Francisco has always been well known for being a haven for artists, weirdoes and the alternative fringe. Because of this, it has always been a place of immense and constant metamorphosis. As soon as he picked his first camera, Darwin’s mission has been to document his city in all it’s glory and neglect; to record its changes, as to be a reminder of not only where it has been but where it is heading.  Since moving to The Tenderloin, he has thrilled at recording the beauty and history of this iconic neighborhood. Even in the most sordid of areas there is beauty to be found and that has always been one of the greatest joys of living in San Francisco.

Join us for a lively evening with music and refreshments, Thursday June 30th from 6:30-9pm and see the Tenderloin through the lens of photographer Darwin Bell.

Caring for Our Civic Center: Best Practices for Great Public Space
Jun
23
5:00 pm17:00

Caring for Our Civic Center: Best Practices for Great Public Space


Join us for a brief history of Civic Center with local expert Jim Haas. A panel discussion will follow led by Project for Public Spaces’ Senior Vice President Ethan Kent and featuring Mary McCue of MJM Management and Tyrone Mullins of Green Streets. This dialogue will showcase best practices for improving and managing public spaces by examining case studies from around the country. Examples from Detroit, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles as well as San Francisco will be presented in order to discuss topics including best practices for activation, stewardship, and stakeholder engagement in public spaces that serve many different populations.

TenderLoveSF
Jun
11
11:00 am11:00

TenderLoveSF

Please join us for a celebration of life and culture in the Tenderloin!

On June 11th the Tenderloin Museum will participate in an outdoor block party will take over Turk Street (between Mason St & Taylor St), and will feature live music and dance performances from local artists, Turk Street fashionistas, daredevil urban sports, underground galleries, and food from around the world.

Little Saigon Larkin Street Festival
Jun
4
11:00 am11:00

Little Saigon Larkin Street Festival

Join the Tenderloin Museum at the Little Saigon Larkin Street Festival Saturday June 4th from 12-4pm. The Larkin Street Merchants Association is hosting a block party to honor the Little Saigon/Larkin Corridor. We will have activities for kids and adults like Bánh mì eating contest, arts and crafts, street games, zucchini racers, live art, a bounce house and gigantic bubbles!

5th Annual Skywatchers Festival
May
27
7:45 pm19:45

5th Annual Skywatchers Festival

Skywatchers, a program of ABD Productions, brings together a richly diverse community in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood to collaboratively create celebratory site-specific performance. This community performance ensemble is rooted in the lives, talents, and stories of Tenderloin residents, who are performers and co-creators of the work. Together we celebrate the voices, the collective brilliance and power of Tenderloin residents, rising up, resisting, and daring to live as we imagine.

Issac Julien "Vintage" Film Screening
May
26
6:30 pm18:30

Issac Julien "Vintage" Film Screening

Jessica Silverman Gallery and the Tenderloin Museum are pleased to present “Vintage,” films by Isaac Julien featuring Looking for Langston (1989), Trussed (1996) and The Long Road to Mazátlan (1999-2000).

This event is an extension of the exhibition “Vintage” at Jessica Silverman Gallery (488 Ellis St), which presents the same three bodies of work. Located just 300ft from the Tenderloin Museum, be sure to check out the photography exhibition before heading to the museum for the screening.
 

Murals of the Tenderloin
May
19
6:00 pm18:00

Murals of the Tenderloin

Join us for our encore event- Murals of the Tenderloin, an exploration of some of the greatest murals of the Tenderloin neighborhood, with a special focus on the unusually detailed and story-packed mural “Windows into the Tenderloin” by Mona Caron, at Jones and Golden Gate.

The evening will comprise of an *optional* Neighborhood Walking Tour, a short film screening, a brief slideshow, and Q&A.

unSHELTERED
May
13
6:30 pm18:30

unSHELTERED

Join us for the opening of unSHELTERED, our latest show in the Tenderloin Museum Store. This exhibit critiques new prototypes for the homeless shelter in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco as a vital, connected part of the evolving San Francisco, and all its inhabitants. Students at the Academy of Art University school of Architecture, through site investigation and a scrutiny of typology, have formulated a critical design stance toward the architectural problem of how integrate the homeless shelter into the fabric of the new incarnation of SF, making it stigma free and relevant.  The exhibition showcases multiple scales, guerilla methods, and collective space,  revealing alternate models for a public infrastructure in San Francisco.

Ghost Signs of the Tenderloin
May
6
6:30 pm18:30

Ghost Signs of the Tenderloin

  • Tenderloin Museum

Ghost Signs are old and fading advertisements painted on the walls of buildings. They are urban archeology, and they inform us about our past.

From May 6th-May 11th we're hosting a special exhibit in our Museum Store featuring the photography of Nan M. Castle. Join us for the opening of "Ghost Signs of the Tenderloin" on May 6th from 6-8pm. Light refreshments will be served.