The History of the 1934 General Strike
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

The History of the 1934 General Strike

The event on May 23rd is an educational presentation by Chris Carlsson about San Francisco’s 1934 General Strike, the single more important even in California labor history.

7p-9p
$5-$10 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds
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This event is part of a larger month-long project dedicated to the History of the US Labor Movement. The Tenderloin Museum and Democratic Socialists of America - San Francisco (DSA-SF) are proud to contribute to the oral history of the US labor movement with an exciting new program focused on the past, present, and future of working people.

The Tenderloin has long been a home for the working class. The neighborhood's small, affordable apartments have drawn blue collar workers for generations -- from bartenders and waitresses, to sex workers and union organizers.

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Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution

Join us for an evening with award-winning scholar and filmmaker Susan Stryker as she presents on the newest edition of her book, Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (Seal Press 2008, 2017), with particular emphasis on San Francisco's rich transgender history, from the 19th century to the present.

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 LGBTQ History in the TL Walking Tour
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

LGBTQ History in the TL Walking Tour

On June 20th, architectural historian and preservation activist Shayne Watson will lead a walking tour through the TL focused on LGBTQ-sites and the discussion of how best to honor a crucial, intangible legacy in physical (but often altered) locations. This special walking tour is a rare opportunity to explore one of the earliest and most historic LGBTQ enclaves in San Francisco with an expert in the field.

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The Future of Labor
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Future of Labor

The event on May 16th is a presentation on the labor history being made today by the workers and organizers fighting for it. We'll be joined at this "Future of Labor" panel by workers from Anchor Brewing, joined by organizers from TWU and TWC -- all everyday workers and activists engaging in what local labor historian Fred Glass calls the "oral culture of unionism...[the culture of] workers journeying from isolation and powerlessness to community, strength, and hope."

7-9p
$5-$10 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds
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This event is part of a larger month-long project dedicated to the History of the US Labor Movement. The Tenderloin Museum and Democratic Socialists of America - San Francisco (DSA-SF) are proud to contribute to the oral history of the US labor movement with an exciting new program focused on the past, present, and future of working people.

The Tenderloin has long been a home for the working class. The neighborhood's small, affordable apartments have drawn blue collar workers for generations -- from bartenders and waitresses, to sex workers and union organizers.

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Tenderloin Museum 4th Anniversary Soirée
May
7
5:30 PM17:30

Tenderloin Museum 4th Anniversary Soirée

The Tenderloin Museum would love to toast YOU at our 4th Anniversary Fundraiser!

Join us for a celebration of the Tenderloin Museum, and its years of empowering, supporting, and engaging the Tenderloin community. You’re invited on May 7th to the the iconic mid-century Phoenix Hotel for a swanky evening of nibbles, libations, and mingling. Join the Tenderloin Museum staff and our board members for poolside hors d'oeuvres and frivolity in the most beautiful mid-century hotel in town.

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Maya Stovall: Theorem, no. 1
May
3
3:00 PM15:00

Maya Stovall: Theorem, no. 1

The Tenderloin Museum and SFAI invite you on May 3rd at 3pm to witness an outdoor performance by renowned dance and movement artist Maya Stovall.

Maya Stovall makes art through small encounters in everyday life. Theorem, no.1, her new performance commission, unfolds in the streets and sidewalks — spaces fraught and celebrated — where that life takes place.  Spinning a score that the artist refers to as “The Anti-Pop Up” or “The Anti-Flash Mob,” Theorem, no.1 gathers artists and collaborators to weigh the distances between neighbors, public spaces, and art worlds.  Led by the movement of Seycon-Nadia Chea, Bana Kabalan, and Mohamed Soumah and the soundscapes of Todd Stovall, a group of 15 interconnected souls take actions from reading, eating, crying, sucking, thinking, kissing, writing, and praying.  Together, they weave us into a procession of urban research, wonder, grit, and feeling.


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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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The History of May Day
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

The History of May Day

The event on April 23rd is a presentation that explores the history of May Day, the original workers' holiday. Fred Glass, author of From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Movement, will examine the events which led up to May Day, including the struggle for the 8-hour day, general strikes, and the socialist politics which shaped these actions.

7-9p
$5-$10 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds
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This event is part of a larger month-long project dedicated to the History of the US Labor Movement. The Tenderloin Museum and Democratic Socialists of America - San Francisco (DSA-SF) are proud to contribute to the oral history of the US labor movement with an exciting new program focused on the past, present, and future of working people.

The Tenderloin has long been a home for the working class. The neighborhood's small, affordable apartments have drawn blue collar workers for generations -- from bartenders and waitresses, to sex workers and union organizers.

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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.

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

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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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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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