Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

Robert Koch Gallery. "Edward Burtynsky: China": New large-scale photographs. Through Oct. 29. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 421-0122.

Rx Gallery. "Altered States": New work by Trevor Traynor, Jeremy Kidd, and Nate Pagel. Through Oct. 1. 132 Eddy (at Mason), 474-7973,

San Francisco Center for the Book. "Multiplicity for Millions": The art and history of the rubber stamp. Through Oct. 28. free. 300 De Haro (at 16th St.), 565-0545,

Sculpturesite Gallery. "Vernissage": Features selections by more than 20 artists, including large-scale pieces by Bruce Beasley, Jeffery Laudenslager, and Clement Meadmore. Through Oct. 8. free. 201 Third St. (at Howard), Suite 102, 495-6400,

SF Black and White Gallery. "Fifth Anniversary Limited Edition Prints": Twenty-five popular images of San Francisco. Through Oct. 31. 619 Post (at Taylor), 929-9424,

SF Citadel. "Fetish Art Photography": Work by by Larry Utley and Andrew Morgan. Through Dec. 31. 245 Eighth St. (at Folsom), 626-1746,

Shooting Gallery. "Red Paintings": New work by Lee Harvey Roswell. Through Oct. 1. 839 Larkin (at O'Farrell), 931-8035,

Southern Exposure. "Practice Makes Perfect: Bay Area Conceptual Craft": Group show including work by Ann Chamberlain, Amy Franceschini/Michael Swaine, David Ireland, Bernie Lubell, Christian Maychack, Jim Melchert, Scott Oliver, Stephanie Syjuco, Mark Thompson, Tony Tredway, and Anna Von Mertens. Through Oct. 15. 401 Alabama (at 17th St.), 863-2141,

Space Gallery. "Cross Street Directory": Photography by bike messengers. Opening reception is Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 7. 1141 Polk at Sutter, 674-1997.

Stormy Leather. "Fetish Art Photography": Work by Shilo McCabe. Through Dec. 31. 1158 Howard (at Rausch), 626-1672,

Traywick Contemporary. "Photo-Based": Group show by eight artists. Through Dec. 1. 895 Colusa (at Solano), Berkeley, 510-527-1214,

V. Breier. "Narratives in Clay": Group show of ceramic work. Through Oct. 29. 3091 Sacramento (at Baker), 929-7173,

Valencia Street (between 20th and 22nd Sts.). "Double Take: A Billboard Project": Art billboards by Felipe Dulzaides in various locations. Through Dec. 31. 626-5416. Valencia Street between 20th and 22nd Sts.

War Memorial and Performing Arts Center's Green Room. "Show Business: Irving Berlin's Broadway: Visual exhibition of the songwriter's work. Through Dec. 17. 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 674-4764.

Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries. "General Ideas: Rethinking Conceptual Art 1987­2005": Featured artists include Francis Alÿs, Jennifer Bornstein, Carol Bove, Adam Chodzko, Martin Creed, Andrea Fraser, Liam Gillick, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jamie Isenstein, Emily Jacir, Emma Kay, Adam McEwen, Jonathan Monk, Gabriel Orozco, Rob Pruitt, Kay Rosen, Josh Shaddock, Santiago Sierra, Ron Terada and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Through Nov. 13. 1111 Eighth St. (at Hooper), 551-9210,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "Bay Area Now": A group show of challenging and experimental work by local artists. Through Nov. 6. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787,

Museums Asian Art Museum. "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. "Shadows, Masks and Music: Aspects of the Performing Arts in Asia": The museum displays a diverse collection of musical instruments, set designs, costumes, and masks that are used in Asian performances. Tuesdays-Sundays. Gallery Tours: Trained museum docents offer both general introductions to the museum's collections as well as tours that highlight special exhibitions. Tuesdays-Sundays, 11, 11:30 a.m., 1 & 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. Architectural Tours: Learn about the transformation of the old San Francisco main public library into the Asian Art Museum's new quarters with this regular tour. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 12 & 2:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 12, 2:30 & 6:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. "Family Art Encounter": Drop in to make arts and crafts pieces related to the museum's current exhibits. First Saturday of every month, 1 p.m.; First Tuesday of every month, 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. 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. Target Tuesday Family Program: Each month this special family program presents an activity connected with Asian art and customs. First Tuesday of every month, 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. Free-$10. 200 Larkin (at McAllister), 581-3500,

Berkeley Art Museum. First Impressions: Free First Thursdays: Check out a world of art and film with free entry to the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive each month. Thursdays, 11 a.m. Free. 2626 Bancroft (at Telegraph), Berkeley, 510-642-0808,

Cable Car Museum. Permanent Exhibit: Located in a historic cable car powerhouse, the museum displays a variety of cable car gear, historic photographs, installations explaining how the cars work, and several antique vehicles. Daily. Free. 1201 Mason (at Washington), 474-1887.

California Academy of Sciences. "Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme": A permanent exhibition that explores the types of environments in the universe that could support life. Daily. 875 Howard (at Fifth St.), 750-7145,

California Historical Society Museum. "Eadweard Muybridge: San Francisco in Panorama": The photographer famous for motion studies also made panoramic images; here, see a room-sized picture of the city circa 1877. Through Oct. 8. Free-$3. 678 Mission (at Third St.), 357-1848.

Cartoon Art Museum. "Play Ball": Over 40 baseball cartoons from 1945-1965 by legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin. Through Oct. 30. 655 Mission (at New Montgomery), 227-8666,

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