■ Art: Heike Liss
Today (Oct. 5), a reception is being held for German-born artist Heike Liss and her photo exhibition "Home is When I Belong," with images of what constitutes home. The free reception is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clayman Institute, Serra House, 589 Capistrano Way, Stanford University. Liss lives and travels in California and Europe with her husband and children, working in photography, video and other media. Call 650-725-0373 or go to gender-hutalk.stanford.edu
■ Author: Steven Kotler
Author and blogger Steven Kotler gives a free talk today (Oct. 5) at 7 p.m. on his book "A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life." The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Kotler and his partner started a New Mexico sanctuary for dogs with special needs; he also writes for various publications and pens "The Playing Field," a PsychologyToday.com blog about the science of sport athletics. For more about the Oct. 5 event, call 650-324-4321 or go to keplers.com.