■ Art: Gail Ragains
A new exhibition of paintings by Redwood City massage therapist-turned-artist Gail Ragains is up in the lobby of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. through Aug. 22. Ragains' new work includes abstracts with thick, confident oil brushstrokes, and images of faceless, contemplative people. The free exhibition is open to the public one hour before every public performance in the center, and Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Go to ci.mtnview.ca.us.
■ Author: Ann Patchett
Tonight (June 15) at 7 p.m., Ann Patchett gives an author's talk about her new novel "State of Wonder," about a research scientist searching for her former mentor in the Amazon jungle. The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Audience members must buy the book or a $10 Kepler's gift card; bookstore members get in free. Call 650-324-4321 or go to keplers.com.