■ Art: 'Climate Change'
Local artist Michael Killen is currently showing three of his environmental-themed paintings at the University Art store at 267 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto. The art is part of Killen's ongoing painting-documentary film project, in which he is interviewing people working in climate- and energy-related issues and then "translating their insights" into paintings and film. Killen, a former longtime Palo Alto resident now living in Menlo Park, plans to include the three paintings -- which will be up at the store through Sept. 8 -- in a future traveling exhibition. For more information about his project, go to paintingtochangetheworld.com.
■ Author: Mary Roach
Tonight (Aug. 23) at 7 p.m. Mary Roach gives a free author talk about her book "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void." The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Roach's book looks into the peculiar world experienced by those who travel in space, without privacy and hot showers, fresh vegetables and gravity. Her previous books include "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers." Call 650-324-4321 or go to keplers.com.