Tenderloin Arts LIVE, April Arts Listing

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Welcome to Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a collection of monthly Tenderloin arts events sourced from organizations, individuals, and venues from the neighborhood. Here are some of the many arts & culture happenings in the Tenderloin this month. 

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Date: Fri, April 5, 8pm through Sat, April 27
Location: EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street

Winner of Best of the 2017 San Francisco Fringe Festival, Nigga-Roo is a multidisciplinary solo performance by Dazié Grego-Sykes that explores blackness as a social construct. A daring deconstruction of the African-American experience, and the weight imposed upon it by language, history, and ever-evolving societal norms, Nigga-Roo is a work that challenges both artist and audience through video, movement music, monologue, and an intentional usage of blackface. Offering an unconventional and unapologetic commentary on racism and its impact on the Black individual.

Tickets: $20-$30

Additional ongoing shows:

Saturday Write Fever

DIVA or Die Burlesque

Subversion, with IncivilitySF

Ages 16+, cost: $20-$30. Check the website for full lineup and additional shows!


The Sun as Camera: Cyanotype Printing at Block Fest at COUNTERPULSE

Date: Friday, May 3, 3-5pm

Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street

Join us for an afternoon of making cyanotypes at Block Fest! Stop by to harvest the Sun's rays to make and develop your own alternative process photographs. Materials will be provided, but we invite you to bring your own objects to photograph as well. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

Free | More info


Tilden Tuesday at TILDEN HOTEL

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 5pm to 8pm

Location: Tilden Hotel, 345 Taylor Street

+ Pop-up art gallery by Parisa Ghaderi

+ Live music

+ Complimentary small, elevated bar bites and beverages crafted by The Douglas Room, our restaurant and bar

Tilden Hotel welcomes local visual artist and designer Parisa Ghaderi in its upcoming two-month artist showcase on the ground floor of the hotel. Free to enjoy by the public and hotel guests, the Tilden Hotel rotating art series shines a light on San Francisco’s spirited creativity and engaging community while directly supporting local artists.

Free | More info

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Multiple Dates

Location: 55 Taylor Street 

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.

More info about this month’s shows


PIANOFIGHT, Multiple Live Performances Nightly

Location: PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street

Starting at 5pm, Monday through Saturday, PianoFight has nightly performances. 

Check out the complete show calendar and be on the look out for the following events:

Missed Connections, Every Weds @ 9pm

Comedy Baseball 2, Thurs @ 9pm

The Infinite Wrench, Fri/Sat 9pm

WrestleMania XXXV Watch Party, Sun April 7 2pm

Murder She Write (In Drag), Fridays in April @ 10pm

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.

Prices vary | All ages, 21+ for alcohol


SF First Thursday Art Walk: Tenderloin and Lower Polk

Date: Every First Thursday

Multiple Locations

Mark your calendars! The next SF First Thursday Art Walk is set for April 4. 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.


Laura Austin Wiley Quintet at CADILLAC HOTEL

Date: Friday, April 5, 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: Cadillac Hotel, 380 Eddy St

‘Concerts at the Cadillac Hotel’ presents the Laura Austin Wiley Quintet.

Free to attend.


Mexico: A Stand-Up Comedy Show & Hangout With Juancho at OUR LITTLE COMEDY CLUB

Date: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday each week

Doors are at 7:30, shown us at 8, & goes till about 9:30-9:45

Where: Our Little Comedy Club, 287 Ellis St

Juancho (aka Juan Medina) is a San Francisco native, his parents immigrants from the Mexican states of Jalisco y Durango, respectively, & also runs “Cat People”, a stand-up comedy show for cat lovers. He is very passionate about comedy & creating a space for laughter, & raw, honest, comedy expression, with no fear, just love!

The show starts at 8, ends at about 9:30, & features free chips & salsa! Each show features a salsa handpicked by Juan! You’re always welcome to bring in your own burritos, tacos, & even hamburguesas; we do not discriminate!

$10 | More details