Randall Museum. Amy Meyer: Join Amy Meyer, author of New Guardians of the Golden Gate #208 How America Got a Great National Park, for a special evening presentation. Thu., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. free."Magnificent Magnifiers": See hand-crafted antique microscopes on loan from Technical Instrument San Francisco, along with two giant microscopes. Through Oct. 16. School Days: After the Quake: This kid-friendly, interactive exhibit features historical photographs, objects, and a full-scale reproduction of a refugee shack, a hovel that became home to many families after the devastating 1906 tremor. A working seismograph will also intrigue any kid or science nerd interested in knowing more about the technical aspects of tectonic-plate shifting, which cause our really cool and quite frightening earthquakes. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21. free. "Saturdays Are Special": Ongoing weekly drop-in, hands-on art and science workshops. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Free-$3. "Drop-In Art and Science Workshops": Each week kids and parents can participate in artistic activities that illuminate some aspect of science. Saturdays, 1 p.m. $3 per person. 199 Museum (at Roosevelt), 554-9600,

San Francisco Fire Museum. "Permanent Exhibits": Included among the items on display at this museum are antique fire extinguishers, old uniforms, cast-iron replicas of historic fire engines, hooks, ladders, and other ephemera. Daily. Free. 655 Presidio Avenue (at Bush), 563-4630.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. "Sparks, Waves & Wizards: Communication at Sea": The permanent exhibit presents artifacts exploring the means of maritime communications. Daily. Free-$6. Fort Mason Building E (Marina & Buchanan), 561-7000.

San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum. "150 Years of Dance in California": The exhibit spotlights over a century of dance in the Golden State with photographs and programs. Daily. "Maestro!: Photographic Portraits by Tom Zimberoff": The artist captures a generation of national and international conductors in his portraits. Daily. 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 255-4800,

San Jose Museum of Art. "Inside Out: Selections From the Permanent Collection": Highlights of the museum's 35th-anniversary exhibition include Mildred Howard's Abode: Sanctuary for the Familia(r), a chamber built of blue glass bottles, and Brian Goggin's Desire for the Other, a couch stuffed with household appliances. Daily. Free. 110 South Market (at San Fernando), San Jose, 408-271-6840.

SF Maritime Museum. Permanent Collection of Ship Models: A big collection of figureheads, maritime paintings, photos, and artifacts. Daily. Fisherman's Wharf (at Polk), 556-3002.

SF Museum of Modern Art. "The Art of Design": A permanent exhibition of works in the museum's architecture and design collection, including works of graphic and industrial design (such as the famous Fillmore rock posters by Bonnie MacLean, Victor Moscoso, and Stanley Mouse). Daily. "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: Phil Collins": Collins' video installation dünya dinlemiyor (the world won't listen) features young people in Istanbul, performing karaoke versions of tracks from the eponymous album by the Smiths, recorded with musicians in Bogot. Through Jan. 1, 2007. "Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection": The ongoing exhibition presents works from SFMOMA's own collections, with special installations on artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Eva Hesse, Anish Kapoor, Sherrie Levine, Brice Marden, Gordon Matta-Clark, Barry McGee, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Kara Walker. Daily. "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. Through Jan. 2, 2007. "Picturing Modernity: Selections From the SFMOMA Collection": An exhibition of photographs from SFMOMA's own collection that illustrate a wide range of photographic styles. Daily. Tina in Mexico: A film by Brenda Longfellow. Through Jan. 2, 2007. Documentaries on Frida Kahlo: Films about the artist. Through Oct. 20. free with museum admission. "Architecture & Design Permanent Collection": An ongoing presentation featuring more than 100 works illustrating concepts in design and architecture. Daily. "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. Through Jan. 2, 2007. "SFMOMA Collection Highlights": In addition to spotlighting photographs, paintings, and sculptures in the SFMOMA collection, this audio guide includes a musical tour. Daily. $3. Daily Tours: Topics change daily for these free tours led by SFMOMA docents. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Spotlight Tours: These innovative tours bring artists' voices directly to visitors, beginning with a short video clip of a featured artist, then moving into the galleries for viewing and discussion. Fridays-Sundays, noon. "Artistic Freedom and Meaning": A talk by Terri Cohn, writer, curator, and visiting faculty from the San Francisco Art Institute, in conjunction with "Matisse and Beyond." Fri., Sept. 29, noon. free with museum admission. Art Scavengers: A Stanford Symposium on Found Objects: A symposium on the exhibit and activity with Pamela Lee, associate professor of art and art history, Stanford University; Chris Chafe, professor of music, Stanford University; Michael Shanks, professor of archeology, Stanford University; and Juliana Spahr, poet. Sun., Oct. 1, 2 p.m. free with museum admission. SFMOMA Scavengers: An Urban Adventure: Join participants from the daylong event as they reunite with artist Joshua Sofaer to share tales of their adventures and reflect upon the exhibition he created using their eclectic quarry. Tue., Oct. 3, noon. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000,

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