|The Tenderloin Museum follows this film showing on May 27th with the Skywatchers Ensemble’s 5th Annual Performance.
What is the meaning of “home” when housing is a contested idea? When peaceful sleep is elusive? Or when privacy is a scarce commodity? In the Skywatchers Ensemble’s 5th Annual Performance the politics of the body and space in an economically divided city are embodied in the unique stories, song, dance, and participatory performance work that have become the hallmark of this ensemble of Tenderloin residents, who are performers and co-creators of the work.
Skywatchers, a program of ABD Productions, brings together a richly diverse community in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood to collaboratively create celebratory site-specific performance. This community performance ensemble is rooted in the lives, talents, and stories of Tenderloin residents, who are performers and co-creators of the work. Together we celebrate the voices, the collective brilliance and power of Tenderloin residents, rising up, resisting, and daring to live as we imagine.
On May 27, audience members will witness these stories, join our joyous twighlight procession from the Tenderloin Museum through the neighborhood to the Tenderloin National Forest, led by the inimitable vocalist and choral director, Melanie DeMore, and enjoy the music, dance, song, and visual art that makes Skywatchers not only an aesthetic experience, but also the community celebration and life affirming event that it is.
Featuring residents of the Senator, Iroquois, Cambridge, Dalt, and Hamlin Hotels. Also featuring participants of Larkin Street Youth. With guest artists Melanie DeMore, NAKA Dance Theater, and the ABD Ensemble.
The event is Friday May 27, 2016
7:45pm Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy Street, SF
8:30pm Tenderloin National Forest, 509 Ellis Street, SF
Free admission. No tickets or reservations required.
These two events typify the creative programming regularly found at the Tenderloin Museum. If you have yet to visit the museum, this weekend offers the perfect opportunity—-and you can also visit 826 Valencia’s newly opened King Carl Emporium only two blocks away.
Randy Shaw is Editor of Beyond Chron and on the Board of the Tenderloin Museum. He is the author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco