Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a monthly Tenderloin arts listing


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.

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Art in the Park at Boeddeker Park

Date: October 20, 3pm

Threes the charm! Art in the Park, organized by Friends of Boeddeker Park , will feature three kinds of art, on the third Saturday of every month, at 3 o' clock. All ages are welcome, free to attend. More info


Deirdre Weinberg: Living Memory in the TL at the Tenderloin Museum

Dates: October 4th, 2018, Opening Reception 6pm - 9pm
October 13th & 14th, 2018, ArtSpan SF Open Studios 11am - 5pm

Location: Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy Street

The Tenderloin Museum welcomes visual artist Deirdre Weinberg into its gallery space for ArtSpanSF Open Studios 2018. The artist has lived and worked in San Francisco for over 25 years; her dynamic artistic practice ranges from quickly drawn mini portraits to large scale public murals but is grounded in a sensitivity to her environment and immediate community. More info.

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 Protest Sign and Button Making at Block Fest, COUNTERPULSE

Multiple Dates in October, 3-5pm

Location: CounterPulse80 Turk Street

Join CounterPulse’s Zerena Diaz for an opportunity to speak truth to power with protest sign making. We’ll be providing all the materials to make your own signs and buttons, as well as inspiring protest signs from history to inspire our audience.

Free event. More info


SF First Thursday Art Walk: Tenderloin and Lower Polk

Date: October 4, 6-10pm (every First Thursday)

Multiple Locations

Mark your calendars! The next SF First Thursday Art Walk is set for October. 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.


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


Canon Episcopi: an all-womxn group show on Witchery

Date: Thursday, October 4, 6-10pm

Location: Fleet Wood SF, 839 Larkin Street

Fleet Wood presents the opening reception for “Canon Episcopi,” an all-lady group art show focused on Witchery and featuring some of the Bay Area's most talented badass womxn artists. Co-curated and featuring new art by Caitlin Mattisson. 

Free to attend. More info.


E. Lewis Basher & Brian Bourassa Exhibition, HOSPITALITY HOUSE

Date: Friday, October 12, 6-8pm

Location: Hospitality House, 1009 Market St

Check out the artwork of Brian Bourassa, a committed community member, self-taught artist and story teller; and E. Lewis Basher who has been at the Community Arts Program for the last 5 years. Free to attend. More info.

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Multiple Dates | More info

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.

Oct 4, 7:30 PM, Animals and Giraffes – Final 2017/2018 EiR concert

Oct 6, 8 PM, Curium: Women Through the Ages

Oct 7, 2 PM, Thomas Schultz plays The People United Will Never Be Defeated and music by Hyo-shin Na

Oct 10, 7 PM, Latitudes: The Music of Tetuzi Akiyama & John Krausbauer

Oct 12, 8 PM, Visible Transitions

Oct 13, 8 PM, Keepsakes for Contraforte and Contrabass Flute

Oct 14, 6 PM, Shamisen from Edo Hauta to Contemporary

Oct 15, 8 PM, Surely You Gesture (Eric Lyon, Donald Swearingen, Pamela Z)

Oct 18, 7:30 PM, New Music Performed by Nicolas Deuson and Jonathan Pilkington

Oct 23, 7:30 PM, Future Sonic Cities: Artist Panel

Oct 25, 6 PM, Closing Reception: Inventions from The Maze and The Machine

Oct 27, 8 PM, Early Music Meets New: Liaison Ensemble + Helia Music Collective

Oct 28, 8 PM, Mari Kawamura plays Bordeau, Vine, Hsieh, and Couperin


Upcoming Shows at EXIT THEATRE

Multiple Dates | More info

Oct 3- 20, San Francisco Olympians Festival: Roman Holiday

Oct 12, Talk Story: Undiscovered

Oct 19-27, Talk Story Reprise: It’s Hard to Explains, by Ed Wolf