Artbeat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

Mezzanine Gallery. "Hot Off the Press": Group show of prints by artists including Sylvia and Richard Bolingbroke. Opening reception is March 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Through May 4. 342 Grant (at Bush), 673-3080.

Micaela Gallery. "Pacific Rim": Gilded paintings by Joel Hoyer. Opening reception is April 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. Through May 31. 333 Hayes (at Franklin), 551-8118, www.micaela.com.

Mills College. "The Bookworks of Flying Fish Press": An exhibition of artists' books. Through May 30. 5000 MacArthur at Seminary, Oakland, 510-430-2255.

Mission Dolores. " Ohlone Portraits": An exhibit that features life-size depictions of the Ohlone people, a Native American tribe. Through Oct. 1. $2-$3. 3321 16th St. (at Dolores), 621-8203.

MixedUSE Gallery. "Peeing in the Sandbox": The show's artists are inspired by those whimsical years, using materials in their works that are reminiscent of such kiddie supplies as crayons and paste. Through May 1. free. 2917 24th St. (at Florida), 970-0560.

Newmark Gallery. "Essentialism": New paintings by Krzysztofa Zwierz-Ciok. Opening reception is April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Through May 28. 251 Post (at Stockton), No. 412, 392-3692, www.newmarkgallery.com.

Nob Hill Masonic Center. "The Universe Within: The Human Body Revealed": A science-educational exhibit featuring 200 former human bodies, preserved through the process of plastination. Daily, 11 a.m. $10-$17. www.theuniversewithin.org. 1111 California (at Taylor), 776-4702.

Octavia's Haze Gallery. "Dana Kawano & Remarque Loy": New paintings. Through May 29. 498 Hayes (at Octavia), 255-6818.

Pasquale Iannetti Art Galleries. "Les Petits Maîtres": Exhibition of paintings and art objects from 1880-1945. Through May 14. 531 Sutter (at Powell), 433-2771, www.pasqualeart.com.

Paul Thiebaud Gallery. "Jeffrey Hester: Delta Paintings": New oil paintings. Through May 14. 718 Columbus (at Filbert), 434-3055.

Pigman Gallery. "Art for the Rest of Us": New work by Joe Sam. Opening reception is April 7 from 6 to 11 p.m. Through April 29. 72 Tehama (at Fifth St.), 546-7441, www.pigmangallery.org.

Ratio 3. "Lollipop (In 200 Days I'll Be 11)": 6 1/2 seconds of a seamless film loop set to ominous music, featuring artist Maria Marshall's son's face as he sucks a lollipop -- while wearing hyperrealistic stubble makeup and gazing intently into the distance. Shot in a widescreen format with a brownish color wash, the 10-year-old becomes a tribute to Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood. The result is a somewhat creepy and totally brilliant endless film. Through May 15. 903 Guerrero (at 21st St.), 646-732-2767.

Rena Bransten Gallery. "Henry Turmon": New sculptures and drawings. Through May 7. "John Bankston": Exhibition of oil paintings. Through May 7. 77 Geary (at Grant), 982-3292, www.renabranstengallery.com.

Robert Koch Gallery. "Bill Owens: Leisure": Solo photography show. Through April 30. "Nathan Baker: People at Work": Solo photography show. Through April 30. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 421-0122.

San Francisco Art Institute. "Offices of The Anti Advertising Agency": Performance art project by the Anti Advertising Agency. Through May 7. "www.delocator.net": Interactive art by the Finishing School collective. Through May 7. 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 771-7020, www.sfai.edu.

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. "Wedding Portraits": Poster exhibit celebrating the first anniversary of the controversial same-sex weddings at City Hall. Through May 12. 401 Van Ness (at Larkin), 554-6080, www.sfacgallery.org.

San Francisco Center for the Book. "Journey to the Source: Handmade Books From Cuba": Book art from Ediciones Vigía. Through May 6. 300 De Haro (at 16th St.), 565-0545, www.sfcb.org.

Sargent Claude Johnson Gallery. "Paul Robeson -- Revolutionary Artist": Group exhibition of art and artifacts honoring the life of Paul Robeson. Opening reception is April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Through July 22. 762 Fulton (at Webster), 922-0623.

Schurman Fine Art Gallery. "Paul Jacoulet": Woodblock prints by the late artist. Through May 30. 1659 San Pablo (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510- 524-0623.

SF Black and White Gallery. "Two Year Tour -- A Travelogue": Black and white and color photography by Angelo Di Pietrantonio. Opening reception is April 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Through May 7. 619 Post (at Taylor), 929-9424, www.sfblackandwhite.com.

Shooting Gallery. "Beyond the Pale": Former punk singer Niagara exhibits her latest series, dedicated to opium and absinthe. Through May 6. free. 839 Larkin (at O'Farrell), 931-8035, www.shootinggallerysf.com.

Southern Exposure. Spring Fundraiser & Art Auction: Huge art sale. Sat., April 30, 7 p.m. Free. 401 Alabama (at 17th St.), 863-2141, www.soex.org.

Steel Gallery. "Spring Fling": New work by Eric Michael Corrigan and Tina Lauren Vietmeier. Through May 28. 3524 Sacramento (at Laurel), 885-1655, www.steelgalleryinc.com.

Swallowtail. "Aspects of Nature": Paintings by Bella Bigsby. Opening reception is April 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through May 15. 2217 Polk (at Vallejo), 567-1555, www.swallowtailhome.com.

Takada Gallery. "Meditations": New work by Sue Dirksen. May 3-28. 251 Post (at Grant), www.takadagallery.com..

Tart Contemporary. "The Major Something in Doing Nothing": Duncan Campbell's Falls Burns Malone Fiddles and a slide show by Mark Orange. Opening reception is April 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through May 14. 47 Lusk (at Townsend), 606-3158, www.tartcontemporary.com.

Toomey Tourell. "Secret Garden": New work by Philip Willem Badenhorst. Through April 30. 49 Geary (at Kearny) (Fourth Fl.), 989-6444.

Urbis Artium Gallery. "A World of Influence": An exhibit by the Los Angeles art group Workhorse Collective spotlighting the urban art form of graffiti. Opening reception is March 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. Through April 30. 140 Second St. (at Minna), 369-9404, www.urbis-artium.com.

Valencia Street (between 20th and 22nd). "Double Take: A Billboard Project": Art billboards by Felipe Dulzaides in various locations; currently there is one at Valencia and 22nd Street. Daily. 626-5416. www.newlangtonarts.org. Valencia Street between 20th and 22nd.

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