Tenderloin Arts LIVE, May 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.


Supremacy at EXIT THEATRE

Date: Fri, May 3, 8pm through Sat, May 18
Location: EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street

Connor, an adopted black youth, has lived his entire young life flying under the radar, adhering to the rules of “the talk.” When an officer involved shooting thrusts him into the crux of his city’s mounting racial & political animus, between opposing movements for power, he is set on a journey of mythic proportions to learn the truth of his heritage. A revelation that holds the key to the greatest superpower against man’s inhumanity to man.

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 Annual CounterPulse Gala at COUNTERPULSE

Date: Thursday, May 16, 3-5pm

Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street

CounterPulse is the Innerspace of the Bay Area arts constellation. We are a celestial community of futurists and galvanizers. We are the constellation of visionaries that invest in each other, to ensure our collective paths are starlight and far out.
Support CounterPulse by bidding at the silent auction, an intergalactic array of treats and experiences that sustain the mind and body for the galaxy ahead.

Feast on a gourmet celestial dinner catered by Fogcutter. Get down with your fellow martians on the dance floor with free drinks all night.
Immerse yourself in radical performances and live art by your favorite artists. This party is for you, for all of us.

Tickets start at $25 | More info


Art in the Park at BOEDDEKER PARK

Date: Saturday, May 17, 3pm to 5pm

Location: Boeddeker Clubhouse, 246 Eddy St

Art in the Park with David Byrd Quartet (Mississippi Delta jazz) and ThunderPuppets Players

Neighborhood Arts

Gardening, Drawing, Music Circle

Every Sat: 11 - 1:30

All ages, Boeddeker Clubhouse

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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 online.

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 May 2nd. 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.


Mexico: A Stand-Up Comedy Show & Tacos at OUR LITTLE COMEDY CLUB

Date: Saturday each week, 7pm

Where: Our Little Comedy Club, 287 Ellis St

Join us for “Mexico: A Stand-Up Comedy Show & Hangout”, every Saturday at 7pm! There will be laughs, jokes, & tacos included with your ticket!

$10 | More details


Sharks: One Year Anniversary Show at SWIM GALLERY

Location: Swim Gallery, 509 Ellis

Date: Friday, May 24, 6-9pm

SWIM Gallery is proud to present “SHARKS”, a dynamic group exhibition that features the works of over 30 incredible artists. Like sharks navigating the ocean landscape, artists are beautiful and majestic, yet ruthless. They embody both the light and dark sides of perception. An artist must be strong, persistent, and never be let down by denial or failure; simultaneously, steady and consistent when producing work. The artists of “SHARKS” display these characteristics. They are all strong and hold their ground in a competitive art ecosystem where various institutions are all out to survive.This exhibition curated by Yarrow Slaps and Auguste Somers marks the 1 year anniversary of SWIM Gallery.

More details


THHE Auction, by Hospitality House at Midway Gallery

Location: Midway Gallery, 900 Marin St

Date: May 9, 6-9pm

Join us for THHE AUCTION, Hospitality House's 34th annual live & silent art auction featuring stunning artwork from celebrated local and national artists, delicious hors-d'oeuvres, and live entertainment all to benefit Hospitality House's Community Arts Program as we celebrate its 50th year.

More details & tickets | $75 in advance; $100 at the door


Reflections n Black 2019, presented by SF Recovery Theatre at PianoFight

Location: Pianofight, 144 Taylor St

Date: May 22, 7pm

An overview of the African American experience in the United States as viewed through the eyes of various playwrights and literary luminaries

More details & tickets | $25


KulArts presents PostColonial Survival Kit at LUGGAGE STORE GALLERY

Location: Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St

Date: May 3- 31

PostColonial Survival Kit is a FREE exhibition that explores survival tactics of contemporary tribal and diasporic Pilipinx against the historical and ongoing inequities of cultural erasure and marginalization, brought on by centuries of colonization. The exhibition features tribal soil paintings, sculpture, installation, and media art and will run from May 3-31 at the Luggage Store Gallery.

More details | Free to attend


Two Blocks of Art

Location: Sixth Street between Market/ Howard St

Date: Saturday, May 4, 1pm-5pm

More details | Free