May 26: Bette Midler, H.R. Giger documentary and more 

Who’s in town

Will Butler, from Grammy-winning band Arcade Fire, is touring to promote his first solo album, “Policy.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Lectures

Decoding Turing: Oxford professor Andrew Hodges shares the legacy of gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing and his book “Alan Turing: The Enigma.” [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Innovation setback: Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, gives his thoughts on why California might be falling behind in the innovation race. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Spiritual surrender: Tosha Silver shares her philosophy of the divine in her latest book, “Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Cable car history: Fourth-generation San Franciscan Michael Phipps, author of “Watermusic in the Track: A History of San Francisco Cable Cars,” shares photographs and stories about the fight to save The City’s cable cars. [7 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

Bad justice: A crooked judge is issuing unduly harsh sentences on delinquent teenagers in Ace Atkins’ latest mystery, “Robert B. Parker’s Kickback.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

At the public library

Poetry reading: Poet Francisco X. Alarcon is reading from his latest book, “Borders and Butterflies / Mariposas Sin Fronteras.” [6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Autism-focused screening: The animated Disney film “Frozen” is showing in a sensory-friendly environment ideal for people on the autism spectrum: The room will be kept bright, the sound will be kept low, and the audience will be free to get up and walk around. [6:30 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Student dance: Student choreographers and dancers present a site-specific dance outside the Huang Engineering Building. [7 p.m., Huang Engineering Building, Stanford University, 475 Via Ortega, Stanford]

Local activities

Art documentary: “Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World” explores the life and legacy of the late surrealist artist. Folks with Giger tattoos can get a 25 percent discount at the door. [6:45 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Comedy podcast: Greg Proops is taping his podcast, “The Smartest Man in the World.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

‘Grey Gardens’: The Custom Made Theatre Co. brings the lives of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, chronicled in the documentary “Grey Gardens,” to the stage in musical form. [8 p.m., Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough St., S.F.]

Divine Bette: Singer-actress Bette Midler is singing music spanning several decades on her “Divine Intervention” tour. All ticket holders receive a copy of her new album, “It’s the Girls!” [8 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

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