Tenderloin Arts LIVE, August 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. 

Want to submit your events for next month’s listing? Email info [at] tlcbd [dot] org to receive the call for event submissions.



Location: EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street

Ongoing Shows:

Saturday Write Fever, Free

Diva or Die Burlesque, $15

Check the website for the full schedule and additional details! And stay tuned for upcoming details on Exit Theatre’s Fringe Festival.

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Multiple Dates

Location: 55 Taylor Street 

C4NM presents concerts of all types of new creative music. From contemporary classical to avant-garde, to new jazz, and more. Here are the shows happening this month:

Thu, Aug 1 | 7:30 PM | Thollem McDonas + Rova Saxophone Quartet

Wed, Aug 7 | 7:30 PM | Cornelius Boots’ 45th Birthday Bash: Solo Shakuhachi Plus Guests

Thu, Aug 8 | 7:30 PM | Ted Moore & Tom Weeks

Sat, Aug 10 | 8 PM | Mukta Raste: Horizons of Tabla w/ harpist Jennifer Ellis

Sun, Aug 11 | 6 PM | Roberto Granados: Bay Area Composers Group Concert

Thu, Aug 15 | 6 PM | Closing Reception: Johannes Bergmark

Fri, Aug 16 | 7:30 PM | Latitudes: Lubelski & Bassett | Krausbauer & Suzuki

Sat, Aug 17 | 8 PM | Charles Xavier: XBOOM

Sun, Aug 18 | 2 PM | Jeffrey Mosier & Friends

Mon, Aug 19 | 7 PM | Awareness Through Movement® Workshop: Improve Your Life

Wed, Aug 28 | 7:30 PM | Futures& Faults: New Compositions by Matthew Creer & Adam Fong

Thu, Aug 29 | 8 PM | Compton’s Cafeteria Series: Trans Audibility

Price: Free to $15

More info about this month’s shows


PIANOFIGHT, Multiple Live Performances Nightly

Location: PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street

There of 20-25 shows per week. Check out the complete show calendar online.

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Art Program at TILDEN HOTEL

Location: Tilden Hotel, 345 Taylor St

Opening Reception: August 6, 5-8pm

Tilden Hotel welcomes local artist Leonardo Niño 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. Niño’s work, which is inspired by his own dreams and visions, will be on display through September.

Tilden Hotel will host a casual welcome reception on Tuesday, August 6 from 5-8 p.m. in the lobby to honor Niño in what is known as Tilden Tuesday. The night features complimentary elevated bar bites and beverages crafted by The Douglas Room, the hotel’s signature restaurant and bar. The event will extend to the hotel’s open and airy backyard space. More info

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Events through the TENDERLOIN MUSEUM

Beautiful By Night: Photographs from Aunt Charlie's Lounge | Opening August 1, 6-9pm | Free to attend | More info

Drugs in the Tenderloin with a Q&A with director Robert Zagone following the screening. | Roxie Theatre | August 7, 7pm | $13 | More info

The Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria with co-director Susan Stryker | August 8th; reception at 6:30pm, screening at 7pm | $10 suggested donation | More info

Thanks to Hank | Join the Tenderloin Museum for a screening of a new documentary film on one of the city’s most preeminent LGBTQ activist Hank Wilsom | Doors at 6:30, Screening at 7pm, with Q&A with Bob immediately following the film | $10 suggested donation | More info


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 Thursday, August 1st. 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.

Artwork by Gala Sadurni

Artwork by Gala Sadurni

ArtSpan Artist Reception for Gala Sadurni & Molly Champlin

Date: August 15, 6-7:30pm

Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street

Join CounterPulse & ArtSpan to celebrate the works of CounterPulse's summer gallery artists, Molly Champlin and Gala Sadurni. | More info

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Cat People: San Francisco

Date: August 15, 6-7:30pm

Location: Hotel Fusion, 140 Ellis Street

San Francisco, rejoice: If you love comedy, cats, or free appetizers, Cat People is the show for you! | August 9, 7pm | $15-$20 | More info