Tenderloin Arts LIVE, September Arts Listing


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.

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28th Annual San Francisco Fringe Festival at EXIT THEATRE

Location: EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street

From September 5-14, 2019, we’ll be welcoming 21 local and national performing companies to our Tenderloin Theatreplex to perform their work at our 28th annual San Francisco Fringe Festival. Full schedule of performers and showtimes available online.

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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:

Fri, Sep 20 | 7:30 PM | Colin Martin and Friends (Contemporary Classical)

Sat, Sep 21 | 8 PM | Deep States (dancer and original experimental instruments)

Mon, Sep 23 | 7 PM | Composer Meetup (free!)

Tue, Sep 24 | TBA | Larry Ochs (Saxophone)

Wed, Sep 25 | 7:30 PM | Duduk Master Harutyun Chkolyan: Armenian Soundscapes

Fri, Sep 27 | 8 PM | Refracted Pathways: Dirt and Copper (chamber music and visuals)

Sat, Sep 28 | 6 PM | C4NM 7th Birthday Bash (free for members and artists)

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.



Location: Fleet Wood, 839 Larkin Street

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5, 3-10pm

Fleet Wood presents the opening reception and month-long exhibition of the 4th Annual Zine Mart! Fleet Wood will have hundreds of small press books and zines from over 60 amazing artists and presses on display and available for sale, as well as limited edition tees, tote bags, prints, and pins. Plus new Riso art from Matthew Bodaly. Free to attend.


Hot Boxx Girls by Darwin Bell at the TENDERLOIN MUSEUM

Opening reception: September 5, 6-9pm

A free public celebration of the third Aunt Charlie’s art exhibition, featuring the work of Darwin Bell. Recently named “Best Street Photographer” by SF Weekly, Darwin Bell has captures the queens of the Hot Boxx Girls befriending and befamilying adoring crowds every weekend at Aunt Charlie’s. Free to attend.


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.

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Artwork by Gala Sadurni


Date: September 4, 6-7:30pm

Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street

Join CounterPulse for another evening of body-based, improvisational, and poetic expression, courtesy of our weird and radical community. This is CounterPulse's fourth Open Stage, a free, wild, and welcoming event that brings you to the stage to share whatever you're working on. Email justin@counterpulse.org to sign up to perform.


tiny little get down at COUNTERPULSE

Date: September 6, 7:30-9:30pm

Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street

the tiny little get down is back at CounterPulse by popular demand! tinypistol’s Maurya Kerr and little seismic dance company’s Katie Faulkner invite you to their autumn tiny little get down, a dance party for people who love to dance, don’t want to go clubbing or worry about looking cool, and need that 10pm-ish bedtime! $5-$15 suggested donation