Tons of interesting events this week in, around and on top of the Tenderloin/Tendernob. Take your pick:


  • If you missed the Peruvian Food Festival at the Civic Center a few days ago, today is your golden opportunity to go Peruvian (whatever that means) and try to earn an invitation to the Pisco secret society of San Francisco. It’s Peru’s Independence Day. You can start celebrating at Cantina, who will be offering an extensive and exclusively pisco cocktail menu all night, along with complimentary snacks during the early hours from Destino. There will be shots of the newly released Campo de Encanto for $4, and pisco punch for $1. Cuidado!
    Cantina, 580 Sutter (at Mason). 5pm
  • Last week we mentioned the opening of Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter’s, “Something Left, Something Taken” at Kokoro Studio. Tonight they want you to join them again “for a more intimate look into the creative process” (no hands gentlemen). They will screen the film, will show people some set pieces from the feature, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Doors will open at 6pm on Wednesday the 28th.
    Kokoro Studio, 682 Geary (at Leavenworth). 7-10pm


  • The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is hosting a benefit evening to support the work of Ocean Revolution in the Gulf of Mexico. Besides some drinks, there will be presentations by Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols of Ocean Revolution, who traveled to the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month to understand first-hand the impact of the oil catastrophe on sea turtles.
    Gaffta, 55 Taylor (at Turk). 6:30pm

    If you can’t attend the benefit but still want to contribute to the cause, Ocean Revolution is accepting tax-deductible contributions are being accepted online.

  • All you can taste sake. We learnt via Tablehopper that every last Thursday of the month, Hotel Nikon’s Anzu restaurant (who claims to be serving “EuroJapanese cuisine) hosts a sake happy hour with all-you-can-taste sake, and all-you-can-eat appetizers by chef Philippe Striffeler. Featured sakes include Mizbasho Ginjo, Yaegaki Nigori, Katana “Extra Dry” Junmai Ginjo, and Yaegaki Kuro-Bin “Black Bottle.” $25 in advance (simply call the restaurant to make a reservation and secure your spot), $30 at the door.
    Anzu, 222 Mason (at O’Farrell).


  • Are you in the mood for some goth? The Bay Area Booking Collective [page not updated] is having a party at The Luggage Store Gallery, with performances by Purple Rhinestone Eagle, Tesseract, Quiet Coyote, Livid and Fat Transfer. Have you heard of them? Me neither.
    The Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market
  • Motion Graphics Festival at GAFFTA. A creative conference for motion design, visual effects, sound design and interface technology – presenting a wide array of events including: art showcases, workshops, panel discussions, studio tours, theater screenings, industry mixers… and audio visual showcases.
    Gaffta, 55 Taylor (at Turk). 6-12pm
  • Streetwear boutique Infinite SF is having a Freeminds summer release party, with live music and free beer. And if you buy a Freeminds t-shirt, you’ll get a 25% off your whole purchase at the store.
    Infinite SF, 646 Hyde (at Leavenworth). 7-11pm


  • The 4th Annual Polk Village Pub Crawl is on again! (and who uses the term Polk Village besides them?). It will start at 4pm at McTeagues Saloon on Polk (at Sutter) at 4pm, and it will then go down into the depths of the Tenderloin with Hemlock, Vertigo, SNOB, Blur, Route 101, R Bar and others, although maybe this isn’t that much of an event as it represents a pretty typical weekend night for the Bridge, Tunnel, & Peninsula set.

Do you know of other interesting events in the TL this week, or later? Send them our way.