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Wednesday, Feb 12 2014

Who wants to eat off the sidewalk in the Tenderloin? No? What's the turn-off? Is it the human feces? The catcalling crackheads? What about the cannibalistic pigeons or the occasional spent needle? We all know that the 'Loin is not the nicest part of town. It can sometimes be painful to walk through, let alone accept and appreciate. But, in her show Tenderloin Dirt Harvest: Please Be Seated on the Ground, local artist Ilana Crispi aims to, if not change our presumptions about the neighborhood, at least start a discussion about them. Crispi has designed and crafted a series of gorgeous (and completely safe-to-use) ceramics from the soil of the city's special neighborhood, from which she asks audience members to eat and drink. Through Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' monthly interactive project, ConVerge, she challenges patrons to experience a more pleasing version of the gritty neighborhood. But don't worry, if drinking from a cup that used to be a pigeon's plate is too much for you, come just to hear fellow San Franciscans tell stories of their TL experiences.

Thu., Feb. 20, 4-8 p.m., 2014

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