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.
Volunteering with Safe Passage not only helps to build a culture of safety in the Tenderloin, it is a direct impact experience that will not only have you feeling good about yourself, but offers a chance to connect with Tenderloin residents and families, changing how you experience the neighborhood.
In addition to volunteering with Safe Passage, we are always willing to work with with you to develop a volunteer experience that best utilizes your skills and aspirations including in-kind pro bono services.
Whether you're a property owner, new business in the neighborhood, a group of residents wanting to learn more, or a San Francisco corporation looking to give back, TLCBD Open House sessions offer an excellent opportunity for engagement and connection.
There is no such thing as a fixed point in a city. But a salami sandwich at Turk and Larkin Deli still costs $6.25, which may be close enough. For every $300 prix fixe in this town there are 200 lunch lines like the one that forms at 11:30 in Mike and Jean Aburahma’s Tenderloin deli . . . After 39 years in business, the couple is on to their next stepping stone and have announced they will be retiring. Read the full article on the San Francisco Chronicle.
A new 300-seat buffet restaurant called Palace of Spices is opening in the Tenderloin on July 1st. One of the owners also owns Gorkha Kitchen at 9th Avenue and Judah Street in the Inner Sunset. According to the article, expect to find an assortment of Indo-Chinese and Asian-fusion dishes, with more than fifty items on the menu from apps to entrees. Read the full article on Hoodline.
San Francisco Senior Center’s Downtown location invites you to their Grand Re-Opening! Come by for B.B.Q., raffle, tour of the space, and the opportunity to meet others who want “to keep the Tenderloin a safe, lucrative, and a caring supportive community.”
Donations of food, gift cards or products for a raffle would also be greatly appreciated. 100% of proceeds from raffle tickets will go to providing programs and activities for the center.
Keep an eye out for Cova Hotel's new mural, created in partnership with the Academy of Art University. They will be hosting a community unveiling on July 12th at 5:30 PM in the parking lot of the Hotel at 655 Ellis Street.
Cutting Ball's Tenderloin performance captivated far-flung audiences in 2012. Now, they’re thinking locally and taking its characters on a neighborhood tour, reaching the community that the show honors. The Tenderloin Tour will visit community locations throughout our city blocks with free performances for neighborhood citizens in January 2019. Find out how you can support this project via their Indiegogo fundraising page.
On June 20, German President-elect Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited St. Anthony's Foundation to get a better understanding of what types of responses there can be to urban homelessness. President Steinmeier was accompanied by his wife, Elke Büdenbender, and a delegation of high-ranking German officials and other cultural dignitaries.
Save the date! The next Tenderloin Talk LIVE is August 1st, from 5-7pm. Combining elements of a community forum, presentation, and neighborhood mixer, the Tenderloin Talk LIVE quarterly event series, held at different Tenderloin locations, is a fun, spirited way to strengthen community connection, encourage dialogue on neighborhood issues, and influence TLCBD’s neighborhood serving programs.
Tenderloin Museum’s production of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot is inspiring and educating a whole new generation about the pivotal moment in history. Watch KQED’s video and read the full article here. Also find the The Compton's Cafeteria Riot - The Play on the MAIN STAGE of San Francisco Pride, Saturday, June 23rd (1:24pm - 1:39pm).
Make your own herbal and edible garden! All materials will be provided at this free class, hosted by the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition. Take home what you make! Please note, this is a first come, first served event, limited to 15 slots. Stay tuned for future classes at the garden.
GLIDE recently announced news that the United Methodist Church would be pulling their pastors starting July 1, with no clear plans to replace them. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, GLIDE's "emphasis on social services and not enough on church" is at the root of the problem and leads to a deeper concern about a "possible a split with the national United Methodist Church altogether." On Thursday, June 21, GLIDE's leadership, friend, and supporters held a Unity Rally at City Hall.
It was 1993 when Jeff Marshall, a 35-year-old born and raised Houstonian, had enough of the Texas heat. So he hitched up his motorcycle and headed for Seattle.
Except he never quite got there. Twenty-five years later, Jeff is an irreplaceable member of his Tenderloin community, a painter with a contagious passion for kites. When his creative impulses get bigger than his one-room apartment, he takes to the streets and flies his paintings across the San Francisco skies, proving art can thrive in even the most improbable places. Read the full article on KQED Arts.
Local developer Group i is constructing 242 residences and 232 hotel rooms above 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail and a 2,000-square-foot space that will house a nonprofit at the corner of Turk and Taylor streets. Read the full article on Hoodline. And make sure to check out the amazing mural in progress along the Turk Street side of the project!
In May of 2018, the TLCBD Clean Team removed 31,514 pounds of trash from the district. In addition, our team members properly sanitized for 151 instances of human/animal waste and properly disposed of 1,656 syringes. Call the Clean Team at 415-385-5490 or send us a clean request online.
On April 4, 2018, nearly 400 community members attended the Tenderloin's SF Mayoral Candidate Forum at St. Boniface Auditorium to hear from six candidates directly addressing issues of significance to the Tenderloin.
TLCBD was a lead sponsor for the event. We are grateful to our partners, the Tenderloin community, and to our candidates for making the time to address the Tenderloin during this important event.
Z Zoul, which opened in February, may be the Bay Area’s only Sudanese restaurant. While its owner is making repairs and meeting with agencies, it is still finding its way — a place to stop for spiced coffee or a dish called foul masalah. Yet it’s also a sign that the Tenderloin remains one of the few spots in San Francisco where a new immigrant, idealistic and impatient to work, can go into business for himself.
“It would take five or six days to tell my story,” Elgaali says.
KQED recently visited TLCBD's Safe Passage, resulting in radio, print, and video stories documenting some of the diverse voices powering this important program. Get to know the people who’ve come to inspire us as Corner Captains, the residents who volunteer to make the Tenderloin a safer place for ALL.
The Tenderloin People’s Congress was launched in 2015 as the Tenderloin Alliance and has held dozens of meetings across the neighborhood, including a TL People’s Summit in March with the intention of developing a cohesive local vision
Less than a year after opening their contemporary restaurant, the partners behind BarnZu aim to open a second location in the Tenderloin.
The new location will take over the former Lafayette Coffee Shop at 250 Hyde St. The landlord is doing much of the renovation work to make the space amenable for the new restaurant, partner Min Choe told us.
Thanks to all the community members who came out and joined us in conversation for the Tenderloin Talk LIVE #4. Catch up on all the exciting news, and stay tuned for the next installment in July, when we focus on the theme of Renewal.
After careful consideration, the Tenderloin Community Benefit District board of directors has made the decision to move ahead with the assessment district renewal process one year early. Don’t miss the first meeting, join the steering committee today. Interested? Contact Steve@tlcbd.org
In April of 2018, the TLCBD Clean Team removed 28,490 pounds of trash from the District. In addition, our team members properly sanitized for 119 instances of human/animal waste and properly disposed of 1654 syringes. Call the Clean Team at 415-385-5490 or send us a clean request online.
But that is what makes Hai Ky Mi Gia so unique among the countless pho places in both the immediate neighborhood and the greater Bay Area: It offers a cuisine that encapsulates two immigrant identities and thus, a refuge for many.