Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a monthly Tenderloin arts listing

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Around here we tend to know our neighbors. Here are the arts & culture happenings right here in the Tenderloin. 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.


"Like Tar, Like Baskets" at the SWIM GALLERY

On view through August 12

Location: Swim Gallery, 509 Ellis Street

A mixed media art show featuring work by Maria Paz, Grace Rosario Perkins, and Cristienne Dugan Cuadra. More info.

Turk Street Mural by Twin Walls Mural Co. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Turk Street Mural by Twin Walls Mural Co. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Turk Street Mural Celebration at COUNTERPULSE

Date: Wednesday, August 29

Location: 80 Turk Street

Together with Twin Walls Mural Company, the Turk Street mural—Tenderloin: Stay Rooted—is UP! Take a moment to celebrate the work of the artists, community members, and partners who came together to make this mural happen.

Meet the artists, grab some food, and hang out with us in front of CounterPulse and check out the mural. CounterPulse will be bringing some food, feel free to bring a side dish to share as well.

More info


SF First Thursday Art Walk: Tenderloin and Lower Polk

Date: August 2, 6-10pm (every First Thursday)

Multiple Locations

Mark your calendars! The next SF First Thursday Art Walk is set for July 8, 2018. Come check out the multifaceted display of color and imagination. Make sure to visit their website for a 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.



Location: 398 Eddy Street

On view: June 12 - August 10

Neon Home is a group art exhibition of neon-centric work featuring photographs of historic neon signs in the Tenderloin and around the Bay by photographers Mark Carrodus, Merideth Grierson, Randall Ann Homan, and Al Barna. The show gets its name from its centerpiece: a glowing neon sign-sculpture called “Home/Hotel,” a collaboration between SF Neon and Oakland based tube bender and neon artist Shawna Peterson. 

All ages, general admission $10. More info


PIANOFIGHT, Multiple Live Performances Nightly

Starting at 5pm, Monday through Saturday, PianoFight has nightly performances. Here's the complete show calendar.

Location: 144 Taylor Street

From live music to magic, find a little bit of everything at SF's premier indie arts venue. PianoFight is 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. Piano Fight includes two intimate theaters and cabaret stage that hosts music, comedy, plays, dance, film screenings, drag, magic, variety shows and more, while the restaurant and bar serves up new American bites and classic cocktails. They 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. PianoFight – live and local since 2007.

Cost: Prices vary

All ages welcome, 21+ for alcohol


C.W. Nevius: the Oakland Raiders, true crime and coming of age in San Francisco...

Multiple Dates in August

Location: PianoFight

When former SF Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius was looking for a venue for his one-person stand up performance, he wisely chose PianoFight in the Tenderloin.

$15, More info

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Multiple Dates in August

Location: Center for New Music

The Center for New Music (C4NM) 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.

  • 8/10 Hans Tammen and The San Francisco Third Eye Orchestra
  • 8/16 A Circle Has No Beginning by Sameer Gupta
  • 8/24 American Narratives – Music by Kyle Hovatter & Emma Logan
  • 8/27 Composer Meetup
  • 8/30 THERE IS A RIVER: David Neita & Deborah Pritchard
  • More info
Chelsea Brown by Anna Maynard

Chelsea Brown by Anna Maynard


Date: Friday, August 3

Location: 145 Eddy Street

  • August 3-4- RAW presents Roxanne Gray/ Stephanie Unger/ Caroline Liviakis
  • August 10-11- RAW presents Unruly Body Tanztheater/ Rosewater Vigilante/Europa Baker-Brathwaite
  • August 17- RAW presents Potatoes Mashed Comedy
  • August 23-24- RAW presents eMotion Arts / Chelsea Boyd Brown & Collaborators/ Oscar Tidd
  • August 29- RAW presents Lynea Diaz-Hagan
  • More info

SF Fringe Festival Sneak Peek at EXIT THEATRE

Date: Saturday, August 18

Location: 156 Eddy Street

Get ready for Fringe fun at EXIT Theatre as seven selected performers perform preview excerpts of their shows at our annual San Francisco Fringe Festival Sneak Peek. Be the first to get all the inside scoop on these performances and more, hosted by longtime EXIT collaborator, Mark Romyn.

Performers from the following shows will be: 
Sheila Rubin, Transformation
Ronen Sberlo, Experts, Assholes and True Believers
Marcus Duskin, The Folk This! Songbook – an End of Empire Memoir
Evelyn Jean Pine, The Mermaid’s Tears
Harriet Patterson, Sail On!
Kathleen Denny, Tolerance?!
Christine Keating, Witchy

More info