Tenderloin Arts LIVE, February 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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Bearing Witness: An exhibition of artwork by Sherri Ling Lu and Axel Osterberg at Hospitality House Community Arts Program

When: February 1, 2019

Where: Hospitality House Community Arts Program, 1009 Market St (& 6th)

Join us for an opening reception celebrating two CAP artists: Sherri Ling Lu and Axel Osterberg. There will be refreshments and an art market run by community artists. 100% Art Sales Proceeds goes directly to the artists.



Performances at EXIT THEATRE

Date: Multiple Dates
Location: EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street

Burlesque Extravaganza, Feb 20-23 (4 shows)

Talk Story: Undiscovered, Feb 8

Saturday Write Fever, Feb 9

DIVA or Die Burlesque, Feb 16

Subversion, with IncivilitySF, Feb 22

Check the website for full lineup and additional shows!


Unearthed Stories at Block Fest at COUNTERPULSE

Date: Friday, February 1, 2019, 3-5pm

Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street

Throughout the month of January, UNEARTHED artists will collaborate with Tenderloin community members to tell their own stories through video interviews, stop motion animations, and personal footage. The stories will be presented alongside UNEARTHED video installations during Block Fest in the CounterPulse gallery, with a free communal meal at 5pm.

Free | More info


Faces of the Tenderloin with Magic Theatre at PIANOFIGHT

Date: January 31, 2019

Location: PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street

“Faces of the Tenderloin” is written, created and performed by Tenderloin residents. This show, created by the Making Magic group, is free and open to everyone. The show is one hour in duration with a Q&A/chat to follow. More info.


Tilden Tuesday Art Event

Date: February 5, 2019, 4-7pm

Location: Tilden Hotel

Free and open to all, the night features live music and complimentary small bites and beverages crafted by The Douglas Room, the hotel’s signature speakeasy-style bar. In a dedicated commitment to shine a light on San Francisco’s spirited creativity and engaging community, the featured artist’s art will be displayed in the lobby for eight weeks, providing a space for thought and respectful discussion for hotel guests and locals alike.

Free | More info



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


Writing Workshops with SF Writing Institute

Location: WeWork Golden Gate, 25 Taylor Street

SF Creative Writing Classes hosts year-round workshops, classes, lectures and performances in Creative Writing. Located in the heart of the Mid-Market neighborhood, we offer premier writing instruction from dynamic, vetted instructors. Come join the fun. All are welcome.

Find classes and more info


SF Recovery Theatre presents Night at the Black Hawk, at PIANOFIGHT

Date: February 16, 2019, 10pm to midnight

Location: 144 Taylor Street

SF Recovery Theatre will present their flagship production of A Night at the Black Hawk; an ongoing original jazz musical reflecting on the lives and stories of the artists, musicians and residents that lived in the shadow of the Tenderloins' own, Black Hawk Jazz Club.

More info


PIANOFIGHT, Multiple Live Performances Nightly

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

Location: PianoFight, 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.

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 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.