Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a 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 for next month’s listing? Fill out the submission form here.


June 2018 listings


SF Recovery Theatre Presents

Reflections in Black

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Reflections in Black 2018

Date: June 1, 2, 8,9,15,16, all shows at 7pm

Location:  PianoFight 144 Taylor Street


Reflections In Black 2018 is a mix of original monologues and devised plays, excerpts, songs and adaptations of plays and essays by prominent African American writers. Reflections In Black 2018 is an outgrowth of the mission of SF Recovery Theater, to provide a safe place for those that are suffering, their family members and those in recovery. With Reflections In Black, SFRT focuses on creating a safe space to examine issues facing African Americans around the country at large and in San Francisco specifically. With this production, SFRT is striving to include as much of the Tenderloin, Mid-Market and 6th Street corridor population as well by organizing groups from neighborhood organizations to see the play free of charge, and by casting actors who are currently or have lived in the Tenderloin

Cost $20 donation, however no one is turned away for lack of funds

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reflections-in-black-2018-tickets-45664433550


Reflections: Photography by Michelle Kilfeather

  1. at Aspect Framing Studio and Art Gallery

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Reflections: Photography by Michelle Kilfeather.

Location:  Aspect Framing Studio and Art Gallery 731 Polk St. San Francisco, CA 94109

Date:  Opening Reception on June 7th During SF First Thursday Art Walk

Description:  A painter since childhood , Michelle fell in love with photography as her ideal medium of expression. Film photography forced her to have faith and truly be present in the moment; searching for stories to tell through light, design and content. The work from this series Reflections, illustrates dreams in its ethereal qualities. A continuation of time and space that mirrors reality. 

More info and RSVP:  http://aspectframingstudio.com/featured-artists/reflections


SF First Thursday Art Walk

Tenderloin & Lower Polk Neighborhoods


Date: 6/7 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 June 7, 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: 6/1/2018 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


Tender (n.): a person who takes charge

Tender image courtesy of R J Muna

Tender image courtesy of R J Muna


Tender (n.): a person who takes charge

Date: Premier June 7th, 8:30pm

June 8th, 12:30pm and 8:30pm

June 9th 8:30pm and 9:30pm

June 14th 8:30pm

June 15th 12:30pm and 8:30pm

June 16th 8:30pm and 9:30pm

Location: Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy Street

Description:  Premiere of Tender (n.): a person who takes charge, a site-specific aerial dance celebrating 100 years of “outcast activism” in the Tenderloin. Tender is the culmination of a multi year collaboration between the Tenderloin Museum and Flyaway Productions, an aerial dance troupe that performs at the intersection of social justice and acrobatic spectacle. Directed by renowned choreographer Jo Kreiter, Tender interprets and translates the vital history enshrined within the Tenderloin Museum into four dances that correspond to four distinct waves of activism in the Tenderloin.

Free and open to all

More info and RSVPhttps://www.facebook.com/events/590649637971053/



EXIT Theatre presents

Talk Story

photo: Dr. Ada Cheng; photo credit: Brian McConkey 

photo: Dr. Ada Cheng; photo credit: Brian McConkey 


Talk Story at EXIT Theatre

Date Wed, June 6, 8pm Sat, Jun 9 8:30pm

Location EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy, SF, CA, 94102

Event is 18+


After a successful inaugural year in 2017, EXIT Theatre brings a treasure trove of storytellers together to Talk Story. As an art form and a means of communication, storytelling is one of our deepest rooted instincts, and thanks to the phenomenal successes of series such as Porchlight, Bawdy, and The Moth, it’s enjoying a renaissance in the Bay Area and across the country. Join us in June as we present a diverse slate of stories, spoken straight from the heart. With Ed Wolf, Shelley Steward, Randall Denham, and Dr. Ada Cheng.

Tickets cost $15

To purchase or more info visit:   http://www.theexit.org/talk-story/



Tenderloin Museum 3rd Anniversary Celebration

Photo by RJ Muna

Photo by RJ Muna


Tenderloin Museum 3rd Anniversary Celebration

Date: June 9th 12:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: 398 Eddy Street

Description: 2018 marks year number 3 for the Tenderloin Museum! Please join us for our Anniversary Party, a full day of free, family-friendly programming at the Museum that celebrates the diverse and impactful efforts of the Tenderloin community both past and present. In a time marked by an urgent and invigorating surge in advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement, the Tenderloin’s history is more relevant and inspiring than ever. 

This year, the Tenderloin Museum aims to highlight and reflect upon the pioneering activism and fierce resistance woven deep into the story of our 31 square blocks. Anniversary programming will center around the world premiere of TENDER (n.): a person who takes charge, a site-specific dance celebrating 100 years of outcast activism in the Tenderloin. 

Daytime events include Drag Queen Story Hour, a preview of the Exploratorium + Civic Center Commons, live music and spoken word by Larkin Street Youth, traditional folk music, song, and dance by the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center, a presentation by Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, authors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, as well as a talkback and drag revue by the writers and cast of The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot.

Free and open to all

RSVP and more info:https://www.facebook.com/events/373191829855346/



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/



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: