San Francisco: Places to go, people to see

“The Past Is Never Where You Think You Left It,” an exhibit of works by Libby Black, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Black weaves a tale of loss, redemption and hope, and critiques the “good life” and society’s obsession with luxury, in her graphite drawings, oil paintings and paper sculptures.

One of the show’s most striking images is the oil-on-canvas “There’s No Place Like Home,” in which a pair of men’s gold Louis Vuitton shoes rest against a metallic background, calling to mind Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” Like Dorothy, Black sensitively contemplates her past, present and future.

The show, which runs Thursday through Oct. 27, is at Heather Marx Gallery, 77 Geary St., second floor, San Francisco. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Call (415) 627-9111 or visit www.heathermarxgallery.com.

FULL STEAM AHEAD

Large-scale linoleum-cut prints created by artists and a 2-ton steamroller are the centerpiece attraction at the San Francisco Center for the Book’s fourth annual Roadworks: Steamroller Prints Street Fair. The celebration also features children’s activities, book-arts and print sales, and music. The fun is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on De Haro Street between 16th and 17th streets, San Francisco. Admission is free.

Call (415) 565-0545 or visit www.sfcb.org

PATRICIA TOBACCO FORRESTER

An exhibit of watercolor paintings by Patricia Tobacco Forrester opens. The artist’s works reflect the organic action found in nature. A reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday; the show opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 6 at Braunstein-Quay Gallery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 430 Clementina St., San Francisco. Admission is free.

Call (415) 278-9850 or visit www.bquayartgallery.com.

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