The Tenderloin Museum's Volunteer Fair and Drugs in the Tenderloin Screening

The Tenderloin Museum opened only last summer, but it's been recalibrating the storied neighborhood's position in San Francisco history ever since. While the programming is always top-notch, there is an altruistic arm of the institution as well. Next Wednesday, Jan. 13, the Museum will hold its first Volunteer Fair, connecting patrons with nonprofits such as Project Open Hand, 826 Valencia, the Cooking Project, De Marillac Academy, and Glide Memorial.

[jump] Although these organizations are well-known, if pressed, some people might have a difficult time specifying exactly how they help low-income, non-native-born, or otherwise disadvantaged San Franciscans. If you've ever walked down the block, seen somebody suffering, and felt your motivation to help them scaling over with the city-dweller's instinct to just keep on walking, here is a great opportunity to change that.

Additionally, for one night night only (Jan. 28), the Tenderloin Museum will screen Robert Zagone's Drugs in the Tenderloin to the Roxie Theater. The 1966 documentary, which screened twice at the museum after its opening last year, shows the TL as it was a half-century ago: still the hangout for young LGBT people and drug users, only at a time when the queer rights movement had yet to begin and the incarceration state was in its infancy.

Director Robert Zagone will participate in a Q&A immediately after the film, just in case the mind-blowing sight of Golden Gate Avenue in the mid-'60s leaves you with any questions about the Tenderloin's story.

Tenderloin Volunteer Fair,
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., free, at the Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy, 415-351-1912.

Drugs in the Tenderloin, Thursday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., $10, at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St.

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