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.


"Black & White" a group exhibition at HOSPITALITY HOUSE'S COMMUNITY ART PROGRAM

Date: Opening Friday, August 31, 6-8pm

Location: 1009 Market Street (& Sixth Street)

Hospitality House is hosting an art show. Come by to see the show, check out the art market, and have some refreshments. 100% of proceeds go directly to the artists.

All ages, free to attend. More info

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Uncle Vanya at CUTTING BALL

Date: Friday, September 21, 8pm

Location: 277 Taylor Street

Vanya was once a brilliant intellectual but now, suddenly, he realizes that he’s squandered twenty years managing his family's farm. Eschewing love and personal acclaim can take its toll on a psyche, so is it any surprise that he eventually cracks, especially with all these family members under one roof? Comic, caustic, and true to life, Uncle Vanya challenges us to find value in the things that we take for granted.

$10 - $45, neighborhood residents are pay as you wish. More info.

Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Combustible Residency 2018  at COUNTERPULSE

Date: Thursday, September 13

Location: 80 Turk Street

Join CounterPulse for a double bill evening featuring works by 2018 Combustible Residency artists: Daevron & Raissa Simpson's PUSH Dance Company and Deborah Slater Dance Theater & John Fesenko.

Combustible is a lab for intersecting art practices with dance and technology. This year CounterPulse presents works that confront San Francisco's fractured geographies and the digital divides in our everyday lives.

$15-35 with Pay-what-you-can Thursdays. 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.


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

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3rd Annual Zine Mart at FLEET WOOD SF

Date: Thursday, September 6,  3-10pm

Location: 839 Larkin StreetFleet Wood SF

Fleet Wood presents the opening reception of the 3rd Annual Zine Mart !!

We'll have hundreds of small press books and zines from over 60 amazing artists and presses on display and available for sale, as well as limited edition tees, tote bags, prints, and art.

Free to attend. More info

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Multiple Dates in September. More info

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.

  • Fri, Sep 14 Current Vibrant Duo: New works by Eldad Tarmu for oboe and vibraphone Sat, Sep 15 Charles Xavier’s Cow Walk Orchestra: THE BOSCO SERIES

  • Thur, Sep 20 C4NM Benefit Concert, Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson – Michael Formanek – Tomas Fujiwara

  • Fri, Sep 21 Chaotic Pathways: Dirt and Copper with Hunter Long and Julie Herndon Wed Sep 26 Live Cinema: Thingamajigs Performance Group + viDEO sAVant /duo B.

  • Sat Sep 29 Pianist Jihye Chang: Co-Ko (Contemporary Korea)


SF Fringe Festival Sneak Peek at EXIT THEATRE

Date: Saturday, September 6, 7pm through September 15, 11pm

Location: 156 Eddy Street

Join EXIT Theatre and 21 local and national theatre companies for the 27th annual San Francisco FringeFestival, from Thursday, September 6 to Saturday, September 15. A worldwide phenomenon, begun 71 years ago in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festivals allows performers to debut new, experimental, and challenging work, develop their reputations, hone their craft, and tour the globe as independent artists. 

More info