On September 11, we planted trees in the Tenderloin! Big thanks to Mayor London Breed, State Senator Scott Wiener, San Francisco Public Works, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, FriendsSentaorof the Urban Forest, and the many Tenderloin volunteers and community partners!
Curators and photographers Brenton Gieser and Felix Uribe will present and discuss their exhibition Tender Souls, a project uncovering the humanity and complexities of the Tenderloin. Tender Souls will be on view September 15, 2018 - January 13, 2019, at the Main Library, Skylight Gallery.
The Golden Gate Theatre—Mid-Market’s enduring playhouse turned movie house turned playhouse again—celebrates its 96th year. But thanks to a 13-month renovation, which will conclude next week, it doesn’t look a day over, say, 35. Read the full article on SF Curbed.
A new free art lending library will be available to Tenderloin residents, courtesy of local theater CounterPulse. Launching September 4, the Tenderloin Art Lending Library (TALL) is a queer-artist-run project that will lend artwork to neighbors free of charge for up to one month, according to Rick Darnell, CounterPulse’s community arts manager. Read the full article on Hoodline.
With an exhibit called "The Shoots," the Tenderloin Museum acknowledges the effort to create Sephora Woldu’s Life Is Fare. Catch the film screening on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Tenderloin Museum and in November at the Museum of the African Diaspora. Read the full article on the SF Weekly.
The Argentine muralist Andres Iglesias, who signs his art with the pseudonym Cobre, completed his wall-sized tribute to Williams on Sunday in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Read the full article on the SF Examiner.
August saw the arrival of five new trashcans in the District. Among the street cleaning stats, our hard-working TLCBD Clean Team responded to 96 Hot Line requests, collected 27,265 pounds of trash, properly sanitized for 140 instances of human/animal waste, and properly disposed of 2,335 syringes.
This week (August 28 – 31, 2018) Safer Inside's demonstration site was in full swing with tours to the press and public. The goal? Show what a full-scale, operational demonstration model of an overdose prevention site would look like.
Welcome to Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a collection of monthly Tenderloin arts events sourced from organizations, individuals, and venues from the neighborhood. Want to submit your events for next month’s listing? Fill out the submission form here.
As students are heading back to school and our safety orientation sessions begin, the Safe Passage crew is growing and so are their schedules. This year Safe Passage will be celebrating 10 years! Stay tuned for our celebration in November. Also check out Safe Passage on ABC7 this Friday at 4pm.
Join your neighbors on Saturday, September 8, 9am-noon, as we get swept up with civic pride and all do our part to keep our city clean. The ask is simple: LOVE OUR CITY! Grab a broom and dustpan, sweep the sidewalk in front of your home or business and pick up litter in your neighborhood.
The meeting location for the Tenderloin neighborhood is Sgt. Macaulay Park (@ O’Farrell & Larkin Street). Join us, we’ll see you there!
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, joined San Francisco Mayor London Breed today in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood to unveil 89 newly renovated affordable housing units. Named after late House Democratic Leader Sala Burton, the public housing building is for elderly and disabled residents. Read the full article on the SF Examiner.
Running Sept. 6-15, the San Francisco Fringe Festival is an annual, two-week theatrical event featuring a panoply of category-defying short plays, performance art and solo shows from the Bay Area and all over the world. It’s an unjuried festival, in contrast to many other Fringe Festivals throughout the world, meaning that acts are selected by luck of the draw. Nothing gets censored, and artists don’t need a resume to get in. For audiences, it’s a chance to see something other theaters might deem too unmarketable, too indecent, too unorthodox, too confessional. Read the full article on SF Chronicle's Datebook.
Aunt Charlie's Lounge holds the title of Tenderloin's last gay bar. The small-but-mighty space still draws a crowd and mesmerizes audiences. Here's a look inside. Read the full article on the SF Chronicle.
The Tenderloin Museum this week will host the launch of a new initiative focused on restoring neon signs in the neighborhood through a partnership with the city, neon enthusiasts, and SF Neon who has developed best practices for neon sign restoration. Through its SF Shines grant program, OEWD has been providing funds to property owners for facade upgrades, which sometimes include restoration of historic neon signs. Read the full article on Hoodline.
As tech giants expand in San Francisco, homelessness and job displacement for locals continues to rise. Deana Mitchell explores Code Tenderloin, an organization that's helping to merge the two worlds for local job seekers. The program was founded by Del Seymour . . . watch the powerful video segment at VOA News.
The City’s Fix-It Team is distributing free motion-sensor solar LED lighting for property owners to install on their properties to enhance sidewalk visibility. Property owners must sign a waiver form to participate; priority is given to properties within existing Fix-It neighborhoods, of which the Tenderloin is one. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
July was another busy month for our hard working TLCBD Clean Team. They responded to 91 Hot Line requests, collected 33,425 pounds of trash, properly sanitized for 142 instances of human/animal waste, and properly disposed of 2,259 syringes, 324 more than June. Our scheduled pressure washing covered 261 block faces.
A new shop in a long-vacant space near the corner of O’Farrell and Hyde streets offers apartment dwellers the chance to easily add some plants to their life. Plant Therapy, at 687 O’Farrell St., is owned by Chai Saechao and his partner, Tony Stapor, who live just down the street and had walked past the empty storefront for years. Read the full article on Hoodline.
High fives to everyone who made it out to the first Walk for Wellness! Highlighting the parks throughout the Tenderloin, this was a great day connecting neighbors to the local parks, the arts, and each other.
The TLCBD Board of Directors and staff would like to thank all the community members who came out for our quarterly event, Tenderloin Talk LIVE. In this fifth edition, we focused on OPPORTUNITIES to get involved with some of our fellow neighborhood organizers and the TLCBD.
Tim Snyder is always busy creating. He walks around San Francisco wearing psychedelic shirts that he’s sewn together and bright accessories that he’s repurposed from vintage finds.
But what people don’t know is that Snyder hasn’t always been a ray of light. After losing his husband, Paul, to AIDS, Snyder went through a dark time in his life. He fell into drugs and alcohol throughout most of the 1990s and early 2000s and struggled to fill the void of his loss. It wasn’t until deciding that he “no longer wanted to live in the trauma” did Snyder get help. Read the full article and watch the video segment on SF Chronicle.
TLCBD is excited to present the community with several upcoming volunteer opportunities in partnership with San Francisco's Public Works. These events offer a chance to connect with community members, share our pride, and amplify the positivity we feel on a daily basis while beautifying our neighborhood.
These events (Aug 18th, September 8th, and 11th) offer a chance to leverage city resources in improving the neighborhood while serving as a potential springboard to future events.
On July 24, the second annual Commission on the Environment's environmental service award was received by the Tenderloin Community Benefit District and the Safe Passage Team, after being nominated by Commissioner Mike Sullivan of Orrick Harrington & Sutcliffe.
On Saturday, July 21, we had a great morning working with our Hyde Street neighbors who launched their weekly weekend volunteer cleaning efforts. Big thanks to Adam and the LOHSA crew for your neighborhood pride. Good prep for San Francisco Public Works D6 Clean Up in August.