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Galleries Ampersand International. "There Is No Failure Here": New work by Lori Gordon. Through Dec. 16. "Creature Comfort": New work by Rebecca Szeto. Through Dec. 16. 1001 Tennessee (at 20th St.), 285-0170, www.ampersandintlarts.com.

Blue Gallery. "Urban Art: Paintings and Sculpture": New work by Justin "Proj" Rowley, Charles H. Stinson, and Danae Nybreech Altman. Through Dec. 23. 731 Polk (at Willow), 606-7170, www.bluegallerysf.com.

Bucheon Gallery. "Provisional Communities": New paintings by Cynthia Hooper. Through Dec. 24. "We Are All Tourists Here": New work by Liza Phillips. Through Dec. 24. 389 Grove (at Gough), 863-2891, www.bucheon.com.

City Hall. "Saint Francis Memorial Hospital: 100 Years of Caring for San Francisco": Photos, artifacts, and memorabilia, curated by Gladys Hansen. Through March 31, 2006. 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett (at Fulton), 554-5184.

Future Primitive Sound. "Sweet Sixteen": Graffiti by Mike Giant. Through Dec. 14. 597 Haight (at Steiner), 551-2328, www.futureprimitivesound.com.

Gallery at Thoreau. "Roots & Branches": New work by James Gayles and Adunni. Through Dec. 31. 1016 Lincoln (at Torney), 561-7823, www.thoreau.org/gallery.html.

Gallery Paule Anglim. " Lynn Hershman Leeson": Her eponymous exhibition. Through Dec. 22. 14 Geary (at Kearny), 433-2710, www.gallerypauleanglim.com.

Hackett-Freedman Gallery. "Pairings II: Discovered Dialogues in Postwar Abstraction": New and old work by Richard Diebenkorn, Herbert Ferber, Helen Franken-thaler, Sam Francis, Giorgio Cavallon, Adolph Gottlieb, Patrick Heron, Howard Hodgkin, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Frank Lobell, Conrad Marca-Relli, Joan Mitchell, Manuel Neri, Judith Rothschild, Sean Scully, and Emerson Woelffer. Through Dec. 31. 250 Sutter (at Kearny) (Fourth Fl.), 362-7152, www.hackettfreedmangallery.com.

Hang Gallery. "David Ivan Clark": New paintings. Opening reception is Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. Dec. 1-24. 556 Sutter (at Mason), 434-4264, www.hangart.com.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura. "Emilio Vedova": Exhibition of paintings, mixed media, drawings and engravings. Through Jan. 5, 2006. 425 Washington (at Battery), 788-7142, www.sfiic.org.

Lahaina Galleries. "H. & Thomas Leung": Impressionist paintings. Through Nov. 30. "Aldo Luongo": Paintings. Through Nov. 30. 645 Beach (at Columbus), 749-1000, www.lahainagalleries.com.

Meridian Gallery. "El Jardin de Redon / Redon's Garden": New paintings by Leigh Hyams. Through Dec. 10. 545 Sutter (at Powell), 398-7229.

Mollusk Surf Shop. "A Set of Imaginary Solutions to Real Contradictions": New installation work by Alex Kopps. Through Dec. 2. 4500 Irving (at 46th Ave.), 317-2562, www.mollusksurf.com.

Receiver Gallery. "Frank McCauley": New work. Through Dec. 5. 1314 Eighth Ave. (at Irving), 504-7287, www.receivergallery.com.

Ratio 3. "Sam Gordon: The Twinkie Defense": New paintings, photos, and sketchbooks. Through Dec. 11. 903 Guerrero (at 21st St.), 646-732-2767.

Rocket World Gallery. "Monsters That Scare Me": New work by Richard Mirando aka SEEN. Through Nov. 30. 660 22nd St. (at Illinois), 318-8258, www.rocketworld.org.

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

Southern Exposure. "Mayhem": Annual entry-fee-free juried exhibition. Through Dec. 10. 401 Alabama (at 17th St.), 863-2141, www.soex.org.

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. www.newlangtonarts.org.

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.

White Walls Gallery. "All Star Hustlaz": New work by Adam 5100, Shawn Barber, Kim Cogan, Richard Colman, Mike Davis, Diet, Jeremy Fish, Sam Flores, Mike Giant, Shane Jessup, Adrian Lee, Henry Lewis, Albert Reyes, Romanowski, Andrew Schoultz, SP One, and Chris Yormick. Through Dec. 1. 835 Larkin (at Alice B. Toklas), 931-1500, www.whitewallsf.com.

Museums

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. "Hands-on Science": Visitors of all ages can examine microscopic aquatic life or study adaptations of marine animals with Academy docents and interns. Wednesdays-Fridays, 4 p.m. "See the Unseen": Join an Academy naturalist for a hands-on activity featuring little-seen treasures from the Academy's specimen collection or fascinating live animals. Daily, noon. Snake Feeding: Watch whipsnakes feed off fish. Fridays, 2 p.m. free. 875 Howard (at Fifth St.), 750-7145, www.calacademy.org.

Cartoon Art Museum. "Gross, Gruesome, and Gothic": This horrifying display features over 50 original cartoons from a wide array of artists and comics. Through March 12, 2006. 655 Mission (at New Montgomery), 227-8666, www.cartoonart.org.

de Young Museum. "Personal Perspectives: Aspects of American Photography": A survey of major American photographs from the museum's permanent collection. Through Feb. 12, 2006. "Re-Classifying History: Catherine Wagner": The work of Bay Area photographer Catherine Wagner will be the inaugural installation in the Connections Gallery of the new de Young. Through Feb. 12, 2006. "Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh": The exhibit highlights the art created during the glorious reign of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. Through Feb. 5, 2006, 9:30 a.m. "Jasper Johns: 45 Years of Master Prints": "Jasper Johns: 45 Years of Master Prints" inaugurates the Anderson Gallery of Graphic Arts, a gallery dedicated to installations of modern and contemporary works on paper at the de Young. Through Feb. 12, 2006, 9:30 a.m. "Highlights of the Art and Architecture of the New de Young": Enjoy a 50-minute, docent-led tour. Through Dec. 31, 2006, 10:30 a.m. "Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh": Free, 50-minute docent tours of the exhibit. Through Feb. 5, 2006, 11:30 a.m. free with museum admission. "Introduction to the Masterworks of the New de Young Collections": Enjoy a 50-minute, docent-led tour. Through Dec. 31, 2006, 12:30 p.m. "Friday Nights at the New de Young": Designed to focus on the special exhibitions and permanent collections, "Friday Nights" features live music, artist demonstrations, films, dance performances, lectures, and tours. Visit the Web site for the schedule. Through June 20, 2006, 6 p.m. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden (at JFK), 863-3330, www.thinker.org.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "The Zine Unbound: Kults, Werewolves and Sarcastic Hippies": Self-publishing work by Scott Hug, Trinie Dalton, Griffin McPartland, and Chris Duncan. Through Dec. 30. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

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