It's a big month in the T.L. This Saturday, July 16, the plucky Tenderloin Museum will celebrate its first birthday with 11 hours of party time and programming dedicated to the most fascinating, most frequently misunderstood neighborhood in the city. Meanwhile, another major milestone hovers just on the next calendar page: the 50th anniversary of the Compton's Cafeteria Riot, the equivalent of the Boston Tea Party for the LGBT rights movement that occurred three years before the better-known Stonewall riot in Manhattan.
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things anniversaries first. This Saturday, the good times start at 10 a.m. with a Youth Magic Class taught by Mike Della Penna at 1 p.m., followed by a recitation of the Rama Epic at 2 p.m., courtesy of a storyteller from the Asian Art Museum. As the afternoon progresses, the events happen every hour on the hour, with highlights like the Larkin Street Youth Services' Youth Choir, former Black Panther Billy Jennings discussing how the political movement helped reshape S.F. for the better, a talk on author Dashiell Hammett, a drag show put on by veteran queens of nearby Aunt Charlie's Lounge, and a resident artist group show that includes the public art project Temporal Cities.
And while LGBT Americans have ever right to be proud that President Obama declared the Stonewall Inn to be a national monument this year, a collaboration between the Tenderloin Museum and the GLBT History Museum in the Castro promises to make sure the importance Compton's doesn't languish. On Thursday, July 28, drag personality Cruzin d'Loo will administer a Queer History Walking Tour centered on the intersection of Turk and Taylor streets from 6-8:30 p.m. ($5) that loops back to the museum for a reception and a talk from Felicia Elizondo (who participated in the riot) and documentarian Susan Stryker. The Roxie Theater will screen Stryker's 2006 film Screaming Queens on Thursday, Aug. 18, with a Q&A to follow.
Elizondo, the self-described “Screaming Queen,” will return on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. for a more thorough talk contextualizing the importance of Compton's within the broader movement, while on Tuesday, Aug. 16, the GLBT Museum will note the exact 50th anniversary of the day with an art launch and artist talk by ceramicist Nicki Green and interdisciplinary rock star Chris Vargas.
In other words, you have ample opportunities to join the party, learn about prelapsarian queer and trans history in San Francisco, and celebrate the achievements of a museum that's deeply embedded in one of San Francisco's most historically dynamic neighborhoods.
Tenderloin Museum's One Year Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., at the Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy.