Closed for expansion - Call or visit www.jamsj.org for information about educational programs, lectures and other special events. Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. Fifth St, San Jose (South Bay/Silicon Valley), 408.294.3138, www.jamsj.org.
Digital Transformations - Explore through interactive exhibits how technologies used to capture images, communicate across distance and record sound have evolved over time. Ongoing. The Intel Museum, Robert Noyce Building, 2200 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara (South Bay/Silicon Valley), 408.765.0503, Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm, Sat, 10am-5pm.
Displays of original Beethoven manuscripts, first editions, a lock of the composer's hair, art and demonstrations of historical keyboards - Ongoing. Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, Fifth floor, SJSU King Library, 150 E. San Fernando St, San Jose (South Bay/Silicon Valley), 408.808.2058, Mon-Tue and Thu, 11am-6pm, Wed, 11am-8pm, Fri, 11am-5pm and Sat, 1-5pm.
Egyptian historical artifacts and displays - Ongoing. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, 1342 Naglee Ave at Park Ave, San Jose (South Bay/Silicon Valley), 408.947.3636, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm and Sat-Sun, 11am-6pm.
Homes and businesses from early Santa Clara Valley - Including a hotel with rotating exhibits, art from the McKay Collection of California, trolley restorations and the Paulson House. Ongoing. History Park, 1600 Senter Rd, San Jose (South Bay/Silicon Valley), 408.287.2290, Tue-Sun, noon-5pm.
The museum hosts a variety of cutting-edge, hands-on exhibits about genetics, the human body, medicine, robots, virtual design, microchips, Earth, the universe and more. - Ongoing. Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St, San Jose (South Bay/Silicon Valley), 408.294.TECH, www.thetech.org, Mon-Wed, 9am-5pm and Thu-Sun, 9am-8pm.
The museum hosts a variety of ongoing, hands-on exhibits for kids - Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose (South Bay/Silicon Valley), 408.298.5437, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm and Sun, noon-5pm.
Ongoing displays featuring California's contribution to flying history - Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos Airport, 601 Skyway Rd, San Carlos (The Peninsula), 650.654.0200.
142 Throckmorton Theatre - 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley (North Bay), 415.383.9600.
Aqus Cafe - 707.778.6060. Aqus Cafe, 189 H St, Petaluma (North Bay), 707.778.6060.
Art Honors Life - Art Honors Life, 2860 Bowen St #1, Graton (North Bay), 707.829.1966.
Art Works Downtown - Dec 10-11, Holiday Open Studios, featuring over 40 galleries in various media. Reception, Dec 9 at 5. 415.451.8119. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael (North Bay), 415.451.8119, Tues-Sat, 10 to 5.
ARThouse Gallery - Ongoing, work by various artists. ARThouse Gallery, 13758 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen (North Bay), 707.935.3513.
Artists of the Valley - Ongoing, mixed-media work of 57 artists in two Napa locations. An artist is always on-site. Daily, 10 to 6. 710 First St and Artists of the Valley, 1398 First St, Napa (North Bay), 707.265.9050.
ARTrageous Gallery - Ongoing, inaugural exhibit featuring Roberta Ahrens, Harriet Burge and others. ARTrageous Gallery, 857 Grant Ave, Novato (North Bay), 415.897.8444, Tues-Sat, 11 to 6, Sun 11 to 4, Thurs 11 to 8.
"Ayrton Senna: A Tribute to the Late F1 Race Driver" - Works by Bruni. Ongoing. BRUNI Gallery, 394 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell (South Bay/Silicon Valley), 408.370.4700, www.brunijazzart.com, Daily 1:30-6pm.
Baobab Gallery - Ongoing, Shona sculptures, watercolors, jewelry, baskets, handmade-paper items and handmade fabrics. Baobab Gallery, 556 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur (North Bay), 415.924.8007, Tues-Sat, 11 to 5.
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery - Ongoing, paintings by California artists featuring work by Joshua Meador; also, landscapes by Linda Sorenson, Kathi Hilton and Alex Dzigurski. Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery, 1785 Coast Hwy 1, Bodega Bay (North Bay), 707.875.2911, Wed-Sun, 10 to 5.
Branscomb Gallery - Ongoing, oils by Ralph Beyer, collages by Edmund Dechant, sculptures by Sharyn Desideri and watercolors and etchings by James D Mayhew. Branscomb Gallery, 1588 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay (North Bay), 707.875.3388, Daily, 11 to 4.
Ca'Toga Galleria D'Arte - Ongoing, murals, ceramics and wood sculptures by Carlo Marchiori. Ca'Toga Galleria D'Arte, 1206 Cedar St, Calistoga (North Bay), 707.942.3900, Thurs-Mon, 11 to 6.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery - Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 1328 Main St, St Helena (North Bay), 415.531.6755, www.caldwellsnyder.com, Open daily, 10 to 6.
California Indian Museum & Cultural Center - Ongoing, "Ishi: A Story of Dignity, Hope and Courage." California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Dr, Santa Rosa (North Bay), 707.579.3004.
Charles M Schulz Museum - Through Jan 29, 2012, "The Flipside of Schulz's Art: More Than Peanuts," original drawings by Charles Schulz. Ending Dec 11, "Pop'd from the Panel," parallel worlds of fine art and commercial art. Through April 2, "Hit the Road, Snoopy!" featuring the beagle's most famous road trips. $5-$8. Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa (North Bay), 707.579.4452, Mon-Fri, noon to 5; Sat-Sun, 10 to 5.
Christopher Hill Gallery - Ongoing, contemporary modern painting of 20th and 21st centuries. Christopher Hill Gallery, 1235 Main St, St Helena (North Bay), 707.963.0272, Sun-Mon and Wed-Thurs, 10 to 5:30; Fri-Sat, 10 to 7:30.
City Hall Council Chambers - Through Dec 23, oil paintings by Mark Jacobson. City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa (North Bay), 707.543.3010.