Courtesy photoThe Rentals

Courtesy photoThe Rentals

May 6: Cosmetology show, Rentals and more

Who’s in town

Megan Kruse’s debut novel, “Call Me Home,” follows a precocious 12-year-old, her gay brother and their unhappy mother in the rural West. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Drone warfare: Investigative reporter Chris Woods discusses drone warfare, including allegations that the U.S. is carrying out secret strikes in Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Vegetable life: Olivia Rathbone’s “The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Cookbook” includes vegetarian recipes from the farm and educational retreat in Sonoma County. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Japanese market: Blue Bottle founder James Freeman shares stories from his company’s entry into the Japanese market. [6 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Children’s book: San Carlos author Ann Packer’s latest novel, “The Children’s Crusade,” follows the lives of four children raised in an unhappy home. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

‘Warning’ fiction: Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley’s latest novel, “Early Warning,” follows the scattering branches of a troubled family. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

At the public library

Senior finances: A workshop covers topics relevant to seniors, including Medicare, Social Security, estate planning and more. [6 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Student films: A screening of student films follows a reception. [6 p.m., Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Beauty studies: Students of the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology display their talents in a show. [7 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.; www.sfiec.edu]

Local activities

Free museum day: Admission to the GLBT History Museum is free on the first Wednesday of every month. “Queer Past Becomes Present” is among the current exhibits. [11 a.m.-7 p.m., 4127 18th St., S.F.]

Modern parenting: Dr. Lucy Jo Palladino offers parents advice on digital distractions in “Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Balancing Your Child’s Use of Technology.” [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Aaron Karo has appeared on his own Comedy Central special and also just released his latest novel, “Galgorithm.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Progging around: Homegrown prog-rock band The Institution is headlining a bill that also includes prog-grunge group anotherbodyfound. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Cool pop: The Rentals, an indie supergroup featuring former Weezer songwriter Matt Sharp, are playing melancholy pop-rock from their latest album, “Lost in Alphaville.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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