May 20: Peaches, science of sleep and more 

click to enlarge Peaches speaks: Singer and performance artist Peaches talks about her new book “What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches” in conversation with sex educator Annie Sprinkles. - COURTESY ANGEL CEBALLOS
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  • Peaches speaks: Singer and performance artist Peaches talks about her new book “What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches” in conversation with sex educator Annie Sprinkles.
Who’s in town

Best-selling author Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, “Seveneves,” explores what happens when humans try to recolonize Earth thousands of years in the future. [6:30 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]

Lectures

Giant advice: Bruce Bochy, manager of a fairly successful local baseball team, shares his tips for unwinding in “A Book of Walks.” [Noon, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Elder abuse: District Attorney George Gascon and elder-abuse experts share tips on how to prevent financial exploitation of seniors. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Socialist history: Historian Jack Ross digs into America’s political fabric in “The Socialist Party in America, a Complete History.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Science of sleep: UC Berkeley neuroscience and psychology professor Matthew Walker explores sleep’s impact on health. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

Storytime: Author and illustrator Megan Padalecki reads from her book “Big Mo” in a story session for children. [10 a.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

Book party: A launch party marks the paperback release of Laird Hunt’s acclaimed novel “Neverhome.” [Noon, Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont]

Grisly mystery: A severed finger sparks Dr. Siri Paiboun’s latest mystery in Colin Cotterill’s “Six and a Half Deadly Sins.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Poetry night: Nico Peck and Tiff Dressen read from their latest collections, “The Pyrrhiad” and “Songs from the Astral Bestiary,” respectively. [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

At the public library

Gaming for everybody: Seniors can play video games on the Wii, which uses a motion-sensor controller. [1 p.m., Learning Studio, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Lusitania exhibit: “Remember the Lusitania! Discoveries from the Shipwreck” includes artifacts from the 1915 catastrophe. [10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hoover Tower, Stanford University, 550 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Free concert: Richmond-based accordion master André Thierry and New Orleans-flavored group Chelle! and Friends are playing a free show as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. [1-3 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens esplanade, 773 Mission St., S.F.]

Femme fatales: Pouty singer Lana Del Rey and outspoken rocker Courtney Love are joining forces on the “Endless Summer Tour.” [7:30 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Way, Mountain View]

Acoustic and more: Singer-songwriter Michael Dean Damron is headlining a bill that includes Mishka Shubaly and Andalusia Rose. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Mothership is landing: Hard-rocking Texas group Mothership is touring to promote its latest album, “Mothership II.” [8:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Peaches speaks: Singer and performance artist Peaches talks about her new book “What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches” in conversation with sex educator Annie Sprinkles. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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