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TL Week: Touring The Pre-Vice Tenderloin, Asian Heritage Fair, New Beer Bar & More

Get ready. A busy weekend is about to kick off in the Tenderloin.

First, if you've ever been curious about the background stories of the many murals painted around the neighborhood, you won't want to miss the Tenderloin Museum's public art exploration tonight. After an optional walking tour, catch a screening of the short film “A Brush with the Tenderloin,” which examines the creation of Golden Gate Avenue mural "Windows into the Tenderloin,” by local artist and activist Mona Caron.

Tomorrow night, Code Tenderloin is taking over The Hall to celebrate its many graduates with full-time jobs, and to raise money to help more TL residents find and maintain gainful employment.

On Saturday, Civic Center Plaza will come alive with the annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration. Expect music and dancing, delicious food, a selection of arts and crafts vendors and more to keep crowds busy all afternoon.

Photo: Asian Heritage Street Celebration/Facebook

That evening, the neighborhood's newest bar will make its big debut, with a lineup of rare craft beers and ciders to sip.

Finally, ever wondered what the Tenderloin was like before brothels and speakeasies defined the land? Neighborhood historian Peter Field is hosting his biannual City Guides Walking Tour at 9am this Sunday, exploring how the neighborhood evolved from an "isolated rural village" to the city's center for entertainment and vice. This two-part series only happens twice a year—May and October—so catch it while you can.

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