In yet another sign of the resurgent Tenderloin arts scene, the Performance Arts Institute
is moving from its current Sutter location to a long vacant storefront at 118 Turk Street. According to its website, PAI is a “multifaceted art space dedicated to performance art and issues that matter in our society and culture.” The program includes an artist-in-residence program, a perfect fit for the newly renovated tourist hotel above the arts space. Focusing on “new genre artists connected to performance, film, video, sound and avant-garde music, artists from around the world are presented with the opportunity to meld their residency into the maximum creative environment to ideate, compose, perform and document fresh work.”
PAI’s relocation to 118 Turk comes only weeks after the announcement that CounterPulse
dance studio was moving to the former Dollhouse site at 80 Turk. With the Bulldog Bathhouse doggie day care facility opening next year at 130 Turk, and the Phantom Coast Brewery set to open in 2014 at Taylor and Turk, one of the Tenderloin’s most troubled areas will soon dramatically improve.
PAI’s arrival also follows a glowing November 29 SF Chronicle review of Jessica Silverman’s new art gallery
at Ellis and Leavenworth.
Owner Neal Patel deserves tremendous credit for transforming a rundown youth hostel and long vacant retail space at 116-118 Turk into a positive community asset. Many people I talked to thought Patel was foolish to invest in such a difficult area. But he has committed significant resources to the Tenderloin and believes in its future.
Now, he has proven the skeptics wrong. Only several months after buying a rundown property, Patel has a jewel of a hotel (whose renovation he supervised) and a top-quality arts tenant in PAI.
Credit also goes again to Urban Solutions, which is doing a great job finding quality tenants for Tenderloin retail spots. In July, I wrote about Urban Solutions’ success at attracting the vinyl record store RS 94109
to Larkin and Geary.
In another positive development this week unrelated to the arts, the acclaimed Golden Era vegan restaurant will be moving into Hastings’ long vacant Golden Gate Avenue space next to the Subway and Philz Coffee. The long overdue revival of Golden Gate Avenue continues, with the café at the Lofts at Seven also set to open soon.
Randy Shaw is Editor of Beyond Chron