Main Library, Jewett Gallery. "The Child in Me": 50 original works by children's book illustrator Ed Young. Through Jan. 2, 2005. 100 Larkin (at Grove) (Lower Level), 557-4200,

Market Street Gallery. "The Holiday Show": Large group show with many different media. Opening reception is Dec. 17 from 7 to 9. Through Dec. 31. 1554 Market (at Van Ness), 621-2841.

Mechanics' Institute Library. "After the Gold Rush: A 150-Year Photographic History of San Francisco's Mechanics' Institute": Archival photographs illustrating the history of the Institute. Open house celebration is Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through Dec. 31. "After the Gold Rush": Photographs illustrating the Institute's interesting history. Through Dec. 31. 57 Post (at Market), 393-0101,

Meridian Gallery. "Issho / Together": Group show featuring the work of 40 Japanese American and Japanese artists. Through Jan. 7, 2005. 545 Sutter (at Powell), 398-7229.

Mezzanine Gallery. "It's All About the Light": New work by Mira M. White. Opening reception is Nov. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. Through Jan. 5, 2005. 342 Grant (at Bush), 673-3080.

Micaela Gallery. "Im'-pede": Installation art by Camilla Newhagen. Through Dec. 30. "Spaces + Morceaux d'Espaces": New paintings by Martine Jadel. Opening reception is Nov. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. Through Dec. 30. 333 Hayes (at Franklin), 551-8118,

Mission 17. "By Any Means Un/Necessary": Juried group exhibition. Opening reception is Dec. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through Jan. 15, 2005. 2111 Mission, Suite 401 (at 17th St.), 336-2349.

National Product. "A dream with 4 exits": New woodblock prints by Ayu Tomikawa. Through Jan. 8, 2005. 1845 Market (at Guerrero), 255-1920.

Newmark Gallery. "Convergence": New paintings by Ilan Laks. Opening reception is Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Through Jan. 15, 2005. 251 Post (at Stockton), No. 412, 392-3692,

Octavia's Haze Gallery. "Handblown Art Glass from Italy, Seattle and the Bay Area": Art glass vases, tableware, and other objects from a variety of artists. Daily. 498 Hayes (at Octavia), 255-6818.

Ratio 3. "Conor McGrady: Civil Abuse": New political gouache paintings. Through Dec. 23. 903 Guerrero (at 21st St.), 646-732-2767.

Robert Koch Gallery. "Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: A Series of Twenty Photographic Views": Photography by Frances Frith. Through Dec. 24. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 421-0122.

San Francisco Art Institute. "The Line Up": New work by David Hamill, Curtis Hollenbeck, Murat Musulluoglu, David Allan Peters, Mel Prest, Genevieve Quick, Diane Romaine, Carolina Silva, and Maria Vasconcelos. Through Jan. 4, 2005. 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 771-7020,

San Francisco Botanical Garden. "Skin Deep -- The Beauty of Bark": Photographs by Helene Sobol. Through Dec. 30. Ninth Ave. & Lincoln Way (Golden Gate Park), 661-1316.

San Francisco Center for the Book. "50 Books/50 Covers": An exhibition of the nation's best-designed book covers. Through Dec. 22. free. 300 De Haro (at 16th St.), 565-0545,

Schurman Fine Art Gallery. "Kazutoshi Sugiura: Prints": The artist's distinctive prints, known for use of gold leaf and iris images. Opening reception is Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Through Jan. 30, 2005. 1659 San Pablo (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-524-0623.

Steel Gallery. "Rouge": Group show featuring work by Marc Ellen Hamel, James Jarrett, and Mark Paron. Through Jan. 29, 2005. 3524 Sacramento (at Laurel), 885-1655,

Stormy Leather. "Human Form": Photography by Jeff Compasso. Through Dec. 31. 1158 Howard (at Rausch), 626-1672,

Studio Z. "Bush Sucks!": Group show including work by Marco Almera, David Ball, Tanem Davidson, Dorsey Dunn, Greg "Pnut" Galinsky, Bethlyn Gaza, Lars Howlett, Phillip Hua, John Kimmell, Chris Nolan, Ferris Plock, Stuart Sheldon, Romanowski, Anne Faith Nichols, Kevin Cross, Laura Smith-Blair, Piotr Wojnarski, and many others. Opening reception is Dec. 18th, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Through Dec. 28. 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 252-7666,

USF Campus: Thatcher Gallery. "Human/Nature": Large-scale oil paintings by Sukey Bryan and Janice Nakashima. Through Jan. 12, 2005. 2130 Fulton (at Cole), 422-2044.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "Create and Be Recognized: Photography on the Edge": Group show of outsider photography. Through Jan. 9, 2005. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Galleries. "I Love My Time, I Don't Like My Time: Recent Work": Sculpture by Erwin Wurm. Through Jan. 9, 2005. "Soy y Que: New Chicano/Latino Representations": Group show of young Chicano/Latino artists, presented as part of the Hecho en Califas festival. Through Jan. 9, 2005. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787.

Museums Asian Art Museum. "Fakes, Copies, and Question Marks: Forensic Investigations of Asian Art": An exhibition that demonstrates the science of authenticating artworks using objects from the museum's own collection. Through March 27, 2005. Free with museum admission, free-$10. "Winning Entries from the 2004 Cotsen Bamboo Prize Awards": An exhibition of winners from the biennial competition for basket- and bamboo-related Japanese artworks. Through Jan. 16, 2005. Free with museum admission, free-$10. "Days in a Life: The Art of Tetsuya Noda": A major retrospective of the works of the famous Japanese printmaker. Through Jan. 16, 2005. Free with museum admission, free-$10. "The Elegant Lotus: The Art and Life of Chang Shangpu": Memorabilia from the life of the artist as well as her modern Chinese brush-stroke paintings. Through Jan. 9, 2005. Free with museum admission, free-$10. "In a New Light: The Asian Art Museum Collection": A display of more than 2,500 objects from the museum's permanent collection explores the major cultures of Asia. Daily. Free with museum admission, free-$10. Asian Art Museum Storytelling: Each weekend the museum leads a family-oriented tour through a particular exhibit, followed up by a retelling of stories related to the exhibits. Sundays, 1 p.m.; first Saturday of every month, 1 p.m. Free with museum admission, free-$10. 200 Larkin (at McAllister), 581-3500,

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