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A Guide to First Thursday

Consider First Thursday fully ramped up for the new year, spanning everything from West Coast comers to unsettling urban decay.

“Assemble -- Taha Belal, Jonathan Burstein, Weston Teruya, Julie Weitz, and Bernhard Haertter”
Multi-hued fantasy faces, raw constructions, and vibrant, collaged portraits make a stand at this group exhibition. Thursday Feb. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through March 6. Patricia Sweetow Gallery, 77 Geary St., mezzanine, SF. (415) 788=5126.

“Bradley Castellanos: North Woods”
The NYC artist layers photo collages with oils and resin, writ large and revolving around both industrial wastelands and bucolic backdrops. His first West Coast solo show plays off the tradition of landscape painting as well as large-format photography. Thursday, Feb. 4, 5 p.m. Through March 13. Marx & Zavattero, 77 Geary St., second floor, SF. (415) 627-9111.

“Foreclosure, USA: The Great Recession”

The last Great Depression spurred Kirk Crippen’s photo series, which documents the foreclosures of 2008 and ‘09 in Stockton. Thursday, Feb. 4, 5 p.m. Through March 12. SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Bldg. A, Fort Mason Gallery, SF. (415) 441-4777.

“Hand Over Fist”
Gabe Scott curates new and recent work by eight emerging, mostly West Coast artists: Jason Jagel, Ryan Bubnis, Katy Horan, Derek Albeck, Paul Ulrich, Jessie Rose Vala, Tahiti Pehrson, and Marco Zamora. Thursday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. Through March 26. RVCA/VASF, 1485 Haight St., SF. (415) 701-7822.

“Jumbo Prawns Art Club”

This collective of “arbitrary artists, hungry people, and designers who make everything independently in the outbacks of the Bay Area” -- including Scatha Allison, Jason Dunham, and Julian Prince Dash -- plans to transport the contents of their studios to the gallery for the next three weeks. Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St., SF. (415) 255-5971.

“Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali, West Africa”
Live music rings in this show celebrating the fiber artists and designers, puppetmakers, and basketweavers of Mali. Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. Through May 2. Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, SF. (415) 227-4888.

“Tim Yankovsky: Measure Twice, Cut Once”

Vintage measuring tapes provide the basis for the SF artist’s personal narratives dappled with acrylics and oils. Thursday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. Through Feb. 15. Hang Art, 567 Sutter St., SF. (415) 434-4264.