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Southern Exposure. "COMMONspace": Through June 29, 2007. 2901 Mission (at 25th St.), 863-2141, www.soex.org.

Stephen Wirtz Gallery. "In All Probability": New sculpture by Shawn Smith. Opening reception is Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Through Sept. 30. "Interior Spaces": New mixed media work by Hadi Tabatabai. Opening reception is Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Through Sept. 30. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 433-6879, www.wirtzgallery.com.

Steven Wolf Fine Arts. "The Odyssey": Through Sept. 30. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 263-3677.

Toomey Tourell. "Off-Bite": New mixed-media work and handmade books by Heather Wilcoxon. Opening reception is Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Through Sept. 30. 49 Geary (at Kearny) (Fourth Fl.), 989-6444.

Urbis Artium Gallery. "Peach Vejvi": New work by Zane Peach and Torbjörn Vejvi. Opening reception is Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Through Sept. 29. 49 Geary (at Kearny), Suite 202, 369-9404, www.urbis-artium.com.

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. 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. 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. "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. "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. 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. 200 Larkin (at McAllister), 581-3500, www.asianart.org.

The Beat Museum. The Beat Museum Grand Opening: Enjoy readings and stories from Michael McClure, Al Hinkle, Magda Cregg, Wavy Gravy, John Allen Cassady, and Jack Hirschman, along with an artist exhibition and appearance by Stanley Mouse. Wed., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. 540 Broadway (at Columbus), 399-9626, www.kerouac.com.

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, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.

Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture. "Between Science & Art: Work in Botanical Illustration": A collection of art created in the San Francisco Botanical Garden's botanical illustration courses taught by Mary Harden. Oct. 1-Dec. 30. free. Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (Golden Gate Park, Lincoln & Ninth Ave.), 661-1316, ext. 303.

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. "Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries": An exhibition that shatters many preconceived notions by presenting some of the most recent dino discoveries in the fields of paleontology, biomechanical engineering, and paleobotany. Daily. Docent Highlight Tours: Tours given by Academy docents highlight the HOTSPOT exhibit and Steinhart Aquarium. Ask the Information Desk for meeting place and times. Wednesdays-Fridays. "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. Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day: Participating museums nationwide will open their doors free of charge to the magazine's 7.1 million readers and their friends. Sat., Sept. 30, 10 a.m. free. "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. Monthly Cartooning Classes for Adults: An intensive monthly workshop for aspiring comic artists, writers, and fans of the medium, taught by a professional cartoonist focusing on an area of his or her expertise. Fourth Saturday of every month, 1 p.m. $40-$50. 655 Mission (at New Montgomery), 227-8666, www.cartoonart.org.

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