Two years after its debut, the Tenderloin Museum has worked hard to provide public programming that highlights the cultural and political history of — corrects the occasional selective mis-remembering about — the 31-square-block neighborhood that surrounds it. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 13, the museum takes a small victory lap in the form of free admission and a busy schedule, covering jazz, the Summer of Love, and the foundational queer riot that preceded it by a year.
It starts at 4 p.m. with The Diggers’ “Invisible Circus” Remembered, as original Digger participant Judy Goldhaft, Diggers archivist Eric Noble, and Shaping San Francisco’s co-director LisaRuthElliott discuss the legacy of the community anarchists and guerrilla theater troupe that burst into the world at a day-long happening at Glide Church in February 1967.
At 5 p.m., Season of the Witch author, San Francisco Chronicle columnist, and occasional 9-San Bruno bus passenger David Talbot takes the stage to provide a historian’s context on the ferment of 1967. At 6:00, drag superstars and Hot Boxx Girls Donna Personna and Colette LeGrande join Olivia Hart for the first stage-reading of Mark Nassar’s play The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, about the August 1966 anti-police action undertaken at the corner of Turk and Taylor streets. Then, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., a famous neighborhood jazz club comes back to life after a 54-year absence, as musicians cool things down with SF Recovery Theater: Night at the Black Hawk.
Then, a week and a half later, on Wednesday May 24, from 6-8 p.m., the museum hosts the closing reception for This Is Not a Gun, Amanda Eicher and Cara Levine‘s interactive artwork that they created as part of 100 Days of Action, a mode of creative resistance meant to act as a counterweight to the Trump administration’s First 100 Days agenda. Because police departments around the country have an unfortunate tendency to mistake ordinary objects for guns, Levine carves wooden replicas of them (based on a list compiled by print-only magazine Harper’s last December) to demonstrate the dangers marginalized communities face on an everyday basis, contrasting it with excesses of power and the idea that human lives are disposable.
Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., 415-351-1912 or tenderloinmuseum.org.