Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a new monthly Tenderloin arts listing

Welcome to Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a collection of monthly Tenderloin arts events sourced from organizations, individuals, and venues from the neighborhood. Want to submit your events? Want to submit your events for next month’s listing? Fill out the submission form here.


May 2018 listings


SF First Thursday Art Walk

Tenderloin & Lower Polk Neighborhoods


Date: 5/3 and every First Thursday 6-10pm

Location: Various locations throughout Tenderloin and Lower Polk


Mark your calendars! The next SF First Thursday Art Walk is set for May 3rd, 2018. Come check out the multifaceted display of color and imagination. Make sure to visit our website for list of participating galleries and to download the map. Over 20 galleries and art spaces bringing together the arts and culture of the surrounding Lower Polk and Tenderloin communities.


Block Fest

with Adam Herbst: The Creature

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Block Fest with Adam Herbst: The Creature

Date: 5/4/2018 3-5pm

Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk St. San Francisco CA

Description:  Contribute to a community sculpture assembled from found objects with Artist Activator Adam Herbst. Choose from a wide array of curious and beautiful materials to construct the creature and add your piece to its written history and taxonomy. To be displayed later for all to see! Starting from a broad range of upcycled materials garnered from Scrap and other locations, participants will design and create a ‘Creature’ whose shape, attributes, abilities, and personal story—along with the history and taxonomy of its species—will be determined as we go along. We will provide a minimal skeleton, and artists can add body parts, color, texture, and any other aspects they’d like. In addition we will have an open slate where anyone can augment an ongoing story about the creature and its kind.

This event is free and open to all



More Info at CounterPulse.org


Skywatchers Presents

At the Table:  Voices

A Festival of Art & Equity

Photo credit: Dierdre Visser

Photo credit: Dierdre Visser


Date: 5/15 to 5/19, times vary, see below

Location: Multiple venues

Description:  Over 4 days of performance, Skywatchers ensemble members plumb the depths of personal and collective histories to celebrate the mythology of the Tenderloin and perform in the present the history we want for the future.



Tuesday, May 15 | 7:00–9:00PM
Queer as a Tuesday Night
SAFEhouse Arts (Tearoom Theater); 145 Eddy Street
Please join us for an after party 10PM-2AM (Aunt Charlie’s)
A cabaret of queers and queens—past, present, and future.

Thursday, May 17 | 5:30-7:00PM
Our Spirits Won’t Be Stolen
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Mission and 3rd Streets
Skywatchers ensemble performs at Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena Gardens, with special guests from TL Votes. Voter registration and ballot measure education included!

Friday, May 18 | 6:00-8:00PM
Not One Of Us Is Dispensable
Tenderloin National Forest; Ellis Street at Leavenworth
Join us for a night of celebration, resistance, opulence, and future-visioning as we premiere new performance and visual works by the Skywatchers Ensemble! Press conference before.

Saturday, May 19 | 1:00-3:00PM
We Dream a Future
Center for New Music; 55 Taylor Street at Turk
Open mic featuring performers from the Skywatchers Youth program at Larkin Street Youth Services, and a screening of “Dreaming in the Streets,” a new video work by The Music Video Art Lab.

Saturday, May 19th | 3:00-5:00PM
Art in the Park
Boedekker Park
An afternoon of live music, performance, spoken word, and visual art by Tenderloin artists hosted every 3rd Saturday by Demonstration Gardens, Cafe Society, and Friends of Boeddeker Park

We Are Here: TL Tours
Community-sourced, neighbor-led tours of Tenderloin landmarks of historical, communal, and personal significance. For tour schedule: abdproductions.org/skywatchers/voices

Events are free, open to all

Events URL/RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/167971247236418/


Concerts at Center For New Music

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Date: Multiple Dates and Times

Location: Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street

The Center for New Music fosters contemporary music’s growth by giving practicing artists access to professional resources and expertise, and by providing them with opportunities for sharing knowledge and exploring new ideas. On evenings and weekends C4NM presents concerts of all types of new creative music, from contemporary classical, to avant-garde, to new jazz, and more. During the month of June, C4NM will produce 6+ innovative and unique events:

HUSH Series — Northern Lights Campout Music Party

AIR: A Tribute to Cecil Taylor

Nadia Shpachenko: “Quotations and Homages” CD Release Concert

Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret

Visual Piano & Friends

Chris Brown, Jason Hoopes, Jon Raskin, Vladimir Tarasov

Check out our online calendar for more details about each show!


Tickets range from $5-$20, all ages welcome

Event tickets/URL:  https://centerfornewmusic.com/calendar/


Fleet Wood presents

Madeleine Tonzi Solo Show

Madeline Tonzi

Madeline Tonzi


Date:  5/3 6:00pm-10:00pm

Location:  Fleet Wood, 839 Larkin Street

Free, 21+

Description:  Madeleine Tonzi’s work is an exploration into the concepts of memory, place and space. It is an investigation into our relationship with the environment, and our experiences and shifting perceptions based on the passage of time.

This body of work explores the concept of Solastalgia, a term coined by psychologist and environmental activist, Glenn Albrecht, in order to describe the psychological distress caused by the loss or change to ones environment due to mining, climate change, pipelines, and other industrial efforts that destruct or alter the natural environment. Madeleine seeks to create imagery that emphasizes the sacredness of the places we inhabit in order to stress the importance of their preservation.

Madeleine grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She moved to Oakland in 2007 to complete her BFA in Community Art at California College of the Arts. She currently lives and works in the Bay Area, while maintaining close ties to her desert home.

You can check out more of her work here~
Website: madeleinetonzi.com
Instagram: instagram.com/madeleinetonzi

Event website/RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/190171528263844


Hospitality House's

33rd Annual Art Auction

Tim Yankosky's "These Are Puzzling Times" - courtesy of the artist and the Andrea Schwartz Gallery

Tim Yankosky's "These Are Puzzling Times" - courtesy of the artist and the Andrea Schwartz Gallery


Date:  5/17 6pm

Location:   Minnesota Street Project 1275 Minnesota Street

Description:  We invite you to a marvelous gathering of art and community. HospitalityHouse 33rd Annual Art Auction will be taking place on Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6PM at the Minnesota Street Project galleries. Don't miss the opportunity to own stunning artwork (like Tim Yankosky's "These Are Puzzling Times" pictured above - courtesy of the artist and the Andrea Schwartz Gallery).

For the past 33 years, Hospitality House’s Annual Art Auction has brought together our local community of artists, gallery professionals, artenthusiast & collectors, non-profit organizations and small businesses in support of our neighborhood artists by raising vital funding for HospitalityHouse's programs including our Community Arts Program.

Cost $50 in advance, $75 at door

For more details, go to: www.hospitalityhouse.org/annual-art-auction



Multiple Live Performances Nightly


Date:  Multiple events every night beginning 5pm, Monday through Saturday

Location: 144 Taylor Street

Description: From live music to magic, a little bit of everything at SF's premier indie arts venue. Welcome to PianoFight! We are a community-driven indy arts venue that takes pride in partnering with local artists to make great shows, mouth watering eats and delicious cocktails adding up to a uniquely San Francisco experience. Our two intimate theaters and cabaret stage host music, comedy, plays, dance, film screenings, drag, magic, variety shows and more, while our restaurant and bar serves up new American bites and classic cocktails. We provide space and infrastructure to hundreds of artists, who create and stage 1,500 performances for over 50,000 audience members each year. During the day, we are the home base for the offices and classrooms of community non-profits like Tenderloin Walking Tours and Code Tenderloin which runs a job-readiness program for TL residents. Every burger you buy, drink you sip and show you see helps keep a community-centric creative space vibrant and thriving. PianoFight – live and local since 2007.

Cost: Prices vary

All ages welcome 21+ for alcohol

For more details on upcoming shows check out the show calendar: