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Artist-Xchange. "First Friday Art Exhibit": New work by local artists. First Friday of every month. 3169 16th St. (at Guerrero), 864-1490, www.artist-xchange.com.
San Francisco Art Institute. "San Francisco Art Institute Exhibitions": Ongoing student exhibitions change weekly, with opening receptions on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Daily. 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 771-7020, www.sfai.edu.
Toomey Tourell. "Off Bite": New mixed-media work and handmade books by Heather Wilcoxon. Opening reception is Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2-30. 49 Geary (at Kearny) (Fourth Fl.), 989-6444.
Asian Art Museum. "From the Fire" and "The Elegant Gathering": Through Sept. 17. "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. "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. Free with museum admission. 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.
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. "Illustrating the Sierra's Wildlife: The Artist's Studio Live": See first-hand the process of creating a field guide to more than 1,200 species of plants, fungi, and animals of the Sierra Nevada. Naturalist Jack Laws creates scientific illustrations inside a specially designed studio within the HOTSPOT exhibit. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10:30 a.m. African Penguin Feedings: Watch an Academy biologist enter the penguin tank to toss vitamin-stuffed fish to the African penguins. Visitors can ask questions and talk to the birds' caretakers during the feeding shows. Daily, 11 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Snake Feeding: Watch whip snakes feed on fish. Fridays, 2 p.m. free with museum admission. "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. 875 Howard (at Fifth St.), 750-7145, www.calacademy.org. Cartoon Art Museum. "Cartoon Tunes: Capturing Music in Comics": Examines the love affair between comics and music through more than 40 pieces of original artwork on themes from biographies of legendary jazz and blues musicians to childhood musical memories to illustrated song lyrics. Artists include R. Crumb, Lloyd Dangle, Gene Deitch, Eric Drooker, Gary Dumm, and many others. Through Oct. 15. 655 Mission (at New Montgomery), 227-8666, www.cartoonart.org.
Chinese Historical Society of America. "Earthquake: the Chinatown Story": This exhibit focuses on San Francisco's Chinese-American population in Chinatown, both before and after the quake, which, sadly, involved widespread racism from neighboring communities during relief and rescue efforts. Tuesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 17. $1-$3. 965 Clay (at Stockton), 391-1188.
de Young Museum. "Armando Rascon: Naco Nocturnes": Rascon uses museum and other personal artifacts as a platform to engage individual memories that redefine cultural perspectives. Through Nov. 5. "Personal Perspectives: Aspects of European Photography": European photography from its beginnings in the 1840s up to the present. Through Sept. 17. "The Quilts of Gee's Bend": The quilts of Gee's Bend make San Francisco the final stop in their widely acclaimed nationwide tour. Through Dec. 31. "Chicano": Through Oct. 22. "From the Ground Up: American Artists of the Etching Revival": Covers the "etching revival" in the United States. Through Sept. 3. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden (at JFK), 863-3330, www.thinker.org.
Legion of Honor. "Picasso as Book Illustrator": The greatest book illustrator of the twentieth century. Through Sept. 3. "Monet in Normandy": 60 paintings from the master. Through Sept. 17. "Big Kids/Little Kids": Children aged 3 1/2 to 6 years and their parents take a gallery tour and then participate in a related hands-on art activity. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Free with museum admission, free-$8. "Doing and Viewing Art": Kids aged 7-12 and their families tour the Legion of Honor's galleries before taking part in a hands-on creative workshop led by a professional artist. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Free with museum entrance fee, free-$8. Organ Concert: Weekly organ concerts. Saturdays, Sundays, 4 p.m. free. Ford Free Tuesdays: Get in free to the Legion of Honor every Tuesday, thanks to a grant from the Ford Motor Co. Tuesdays. Free. 100 34th Ave. (near Clement), 863-3330, www.thinker.org.
Museum of Craft & Folk Art. "Menagerie: Artists Look at Animals": An exhibition that focuses on contemporary representations of animals created by artists from throughout North America. Through Oct. 22. 51 Yerba Buena Lane (at Mission), 227-4888, www.mocfa.org.
SF Museum of Modern Art. Matisse Picasso: A film by Philippe Kohly. Through Aug. 31. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. SF Museum of Modern Art. "Matisse and Beyond: The Painting and Sculpture Collection": Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. "New Work: Tim Gardner, Marcelino Gonalves, Zak Smith": The latest exhibition in the ongoing "New Work" series presents the California museum premieres of three artists from across North America. Through Sept. 5. Xefirotarch/design series 4: Art from Hernn Daz Alonso's Los Angeles-based architectural firm. Through Sept. 17. "Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint": A full-scale survey of the artist's work occuping the museum's entire fourth floor. Through Sept. 17. "Imposing Order: Contemporary Photography and the Archive": This exhibition highlights contemporary critiques of the notion of the archive, presenting artworks that explore the documentary nature of photography as well as the human compulsion to create order. Sept. 2-Jan. 2. "Mexico as Muse: Tina Modotti and Edward Weston": An exhibit of the most significant photographs that Tina Modotti and Edward Weston, two of the major figures in 20th-century photography, made during their time in Mexico. Sept. 2-Jan. 2. Tina in Mexico: A film by Brenda Longfellow. Sept. 2-Jan. 2. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org