Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

Culture Cache Gallery. "Stage Light: A Photo Exhibit": An exhibit of photo essays on entertainment cultures. Opening reception is Feb. 2 from 6 to 11 p.m. Through Feb. 28. 1800 Bryant (at 17th St.), 626-7776,

Edo Salon. "Collections From the Perforated West": Color prints and polaroids by Joseph Findeiss. Opening reception is Jan. 28 from 8 to 11 p.m. Through Feb. 28. 601 Haight (at Steiner), 861-0131.

Fort Mason, Bldg. A. "Embarcadero Nocturne": Exhibition of after-dark images by 22 photographers who capture silent, looming ships, an iconic Ferry Building, and gleaming neon. Through Feb. 28. Free. 824-1653. Marina & Buchanan.

Fraenkel Gallery. "Underfoot": Photographs by Irving Penn. Through March 5. 49 Geary (at Kearny) (Fourth Fl.), 981-2661.

Frey Norris Gallery. "Life on Paper": Group show of watercolor and oil sketches, charcoal, pastel, graphite, pen and ink, pencil, decollage, and other mixed media works on paper. Through March 1. 456 Geary (at Taylor), 346-7812,

Gallery 16. "Alex Zecca: New Paintings": Solo exhibition. Opening reception is Jan. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through Feb. 28. 1616 16th St. (at Rhode Island), 626-7495.

Glama-Rama. "The Shape of Things": Group show of mixed media cutouts on wood and masonite by artists with developmental disabilities including Pablo Calderon, Loren King, Sara O'Sullivan, Vincent Jackson, Kelly Clarke, and Steven Geeter. Opening reception is Feb. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Through March 26. 417 South Van Ness (at 15th St.), 861-4526,

Hackett-Freedman Gallery. "American Modern": Work by Milton Avery, Arthur Dove, John Graham, Marsden Hartley, Hans Hofmann, Walt Kuhn, Gaston Lachaise, John Marin, Elie Nadelman, Georgia O'Keeffe, Max Weber, and others. Opening reception is Feb. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through April 2. 250 Sutter (at Kearny) (Fourth Fl.), 362-7152,

Haines Gallery. "Surrealist Landscapes and Other Departures": New works on paper by David Simpson. Opening reception is Jan. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 26. 49 Geary (at Kearny) (Fifth Fl.), 397-8114.

Jack Hanley Gallery. "David Sherry": Sound, video, three-dimensional pieces, and works on paper. Opening reception is Feb. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through Feb. 28. 395 Valencia (at 15th St.), 522-1623.

James Nicholson Gallery. "Thomas Wrede: Adrift": Exhibition of new large-scale color photography. Opening reception is Jan. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 26. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 397-0100,

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. "Our Mother Mary Found": New work by Beth Grossman. Through March 31. 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200.

La Maison des Artistes. "The Rhythm & Culture of Art": Paintings by Bernard-Emmanuel Beneito. Opening reception is Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Daily. 333 Hayes (at Franklin), 621-4813,

Main Library. "Choosing to Participate: Facing History and Ourselves": Multimedia exhibition addressing racism, apathy, and compassion. Through March 20. 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4277,

Meridian Gallery. "As They Saw It: Richard Correll and Frank Rowe: Six Decades of Their Art of Social Conscience": Prints, paintings, and drawings curated by Art Hazelwood, with several companion events: On Feb.17, Sam Shin from Koreans United for Peace leads a discussion at 7 p.m. On Feb. 24, Tony Nguyen leads a discussion after the film Agent Orange Today at 7 p.m. On March 3, Leonard Shek leads a discussion on McCarthyism and immigration after a screening of Chinatown Files at 7 p.m. co-Sponsored by the Chinese Historical Society of America. Through March 5. Free. 545 Sutter (at Powell), 398-7229.

Micaela Gallery. "The Master of Mezzotint": Prints by Yozo Hamaguchi. Through Feb. 28. 333 Hayes (at Franklin), 551-8118,

Mission 17. "We All Must Play Our Parts": Artist Julia Page deconstructs the function presidential daughters serve in establishing the commander in chief's image. The opening reception is Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Feb. 25-April 2. 2111 Mission (at 17th St.), Suite 401, 336-2349.

National Product. "The Elephant Man vs. the Vampire Woman": Collages on canvas by John Sheridan. Opening reception is Feb. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 25-March 19. 1845 Market (at Guerrero), 255-1920.

Oakland Art Gallery. "Visual Alchemy: Phase I": Group show including work by Michael Arcega, Caleb Duarte, Heike Liss, and Sarah Wagner. The reception for the artists is Feb. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. and there will be an artists' talk April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Through March 12. 199 Kahn's Alley (at 14th St.), Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 510-637-0395,

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.

Photoworks. "Vegas Valentine's Day Weddings": Photography by Marla Aufmuth. Opening reception is Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Through March 15. 2077 A Market (at Church), 626-6800.

Punch Gallery. "Flaneur": Group show of visual art on the subject of walking in the city. Opening reception is Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Through Feb. 26. 155 10th St. (at Howard), 522-5555,

Robert Koch Gallery. "Michael Wolf: Architecture of Density": Large-scale color photographs of Hong Kong high-rise buildings. Artist's reception is Feb. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 26. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 421-0122.

San Francisco Art Institute. "The Intimate Collaboration: 25 Years of Teaberry Press": Dozens of intaglio prints. Opening reception is Jan. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through March 12. 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 771-7020,

San Francisco Center for the Book. "2005 Calendar Show": Exhibition of calendars made by book artists. Opening reception is Jan. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through Feb. 25. 300 De Haro (at 16th St.), 565-0545,

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