Globe West Best Bets

This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more information, go to and search music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.


Lexington: On Saturday the Waldorf School of Lexington opens its doors for its annual Holiday Fair, with events including a marionette show, a mummers play, live music, food, children’s activities, and gift-giving possibilities offered by Homespun (the school store), New England artisans, and the Waldorf Boutique, which offers gently used clothing and toys, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 739 Massachusetts Ave. 781-863-1062,

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Framingham: A craft-beer-tasting benefit for the Framingham Public Library Foundation will feature a guided tasting of Jack’s Abby Brewing varieties, and talks about beer styles and the brewing process by head brewer and co-owner Jack Hendler and beer writer Norman Miller, Saturday, 7-9 p.m., at Jack’s Abby Brewing, 81 Morton St. $30. 508-872-0900,

Newton: Author Susan Choi (below) will read from her works — her first novel, “The Foreign Student,” won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second, “American Woman,” was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize — Thursday at 7 p.m. in Room 300, Higgins Hall, on the Boston College campus, 140 Commonwealth Ave., as part of BC’s Lowell Humanities Series. Free.

Watertown: The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston presents Lorraine and Bennett Hammond (below) in a concert featuring music that ranges in style from classical through Celtic, blues, and contemporary Saturday, 8 p.m., at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St. $12-$18. 617-924-6143,