Tenderloin Arts LIVE, October Arts Listings


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.

Artwork by Laurie Blessen

Artwork by Laurie Blessen

Tilden Tuesday Art Opening at TILDEN HOTEL

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 5-8pm

Location: 345 Taylor Street

Check out the pop-up art gallery by featured local artist: Laurie Blessen. To kick off the two-month residency, Tilden Hotel will host a casual welcome reception on Tuesday, October 1 from 5-8 p.m. in the lobby to honor the featured artist in what is known as Tilden Tuesday. The event is a bi-monthly gathering that takes place on the first Tuesday other month. Open to all, the night features complimentary elevated bar bites and beverages crafted by The Douglas Room, the hotel’s signature restaurant and bar. RSVP to attend.

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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, Oct 3 | 7:30 PM | Fay Victor and Myra Melford

Fri, Oct 4 | 8 PM | Burton Greene: Solo Piano; plus Dunkelman/Ackley/Fluke-Mogul Trio

Sat, Oct 5 | 8 PM | Slow Wave: New Music for Viola, Clarinet, and Piano

Sun, Oct 6 | 7:30 PM | Site: Yizkor, Andrew Conklin and Maya Ciarrocchi

Thu, Oct 10 | 8 PM | The Chromelodia Project: Chris Brown-Theresa Wong-Kyle Bruckmann

Sat, Oct 12 | 7 PM | Darius Jones: C4NM Benefit

Wed, Oct 16 | 8 PM | Ensemble EKT / I Lo U

Thu, Oct 17 | 7:30 PM | Friction Quartet with bass clarinetist Bruce Belton

Mon, Oct 21 | 7 PM | Brainwave Curious?

Wed, Oct 23 | 7:45 PM | Face of a Stranger: a film by David Michalak, Bruce Ackley solo

Fri, Oct 25 | 8 PM | Jesse Perlstein & Shinya Sugimoto + Glenda Bates/OboeTronics

Sat, Oct 26 | 7:30 PM | Neil Rolnick: Journey’s End, with pianist Kathleen Supové

Sun, Oct 27 | 3 PM | Kinda Green (Tim Perkis, Tom Djll) / Kim Nucci solo

Mon, Oct 28 | 7 PM | Composer MeetupMore 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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Block Fest: Discover the Weaver in You at COUNTERPULSE

Date: October 4, 3-5pm

Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street

Have you ever been curious about weaving? Interested to learn but think it’s too hard? Join CounterPulse and Rachel Lozada in this fun-filled activity where you’ll discover your inner weaver. Designed for beginners, we'll be using simple, accessible looms that you can easily replicate at home. Come learn about weaving traditions from different cultures. Materials are provided, and you can take your creations home! Block Fest is supported by BLICK Art Materials. www.dickblick.com Block Fest is a part of 4 Corner Friday.

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There Will Always Be Roses in San Francisco at the TENDERLOIN MUSEUM

Opening reception: October 3, 6-9pm

A free public celebration of the fourth Aunt Charlie’s art exhibition, featuring the work of Marissa Leitman,and performances by the queens featured in the exhibition. In this exhibition, Marissa Leitman’s vibrant photographic work focuses on High Fantasy at Aunt Charlie's, and it pays homage to a bygone era of quirky, rowdy, experimental drag that rebels against glam and redefines drag for a new generation. Opening reception: October 3, 6-9 p.m. Drag performances by High Fantasy performers at 7:30pm, featuring Mandy Coco, Shane Thomas, Silk Worm, and Brittany Smears.


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.


Madonna: “Madame X” Tour at GOLDEN GATE THEATRE

Date: October 31 – November 4

Location: Golden Gate Theatre

The rock legend is performing her Madame X tour in smaller venues and has chosen historic Golden Gate Theatre for her San Francisco engagements.

Artwork by Kat Geng

Artwork by Kat Geng

Block Fest: Let's Start From Scribbles, Let's Start From Scraps at COUNTERPULSE

Date: October 18, 3-5pm

Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street

You are invited to join Kat Geng once more in making unique sculptures from repurposed colorful odds and ends. Think Mr. Potato Head of contemporary sculpture. Through 3 interactive stations, Kat Geng will share her creative process—from the conceptual stage to the markmaking that leaves the mind to rest—by inviting guests to create their own sculptures using everyday objects. Participants will make these assemblages to take home or share in the process giving birth to collaborative sculptures. Block Fest is supported by BLICK Art Materials. www.dickblick.com Block Fest is a part of 4 Corner Friday.


5 Blocks Film Screening at the TENDERLOIN MUSEUM

Date: October 24, 6:30-9pm

Location: Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy

A rare screening of 5 Blocks, which explores the complex questions of income disparity, changing demographics, and the very nature of place.


Concerts at the Cadillac at the CADILLAC HOTEL

Date: October 18, 12:30-1:30pm

Location: Cadillac Hotel, 380 Eddy Street