Globe West Best Bets

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


Acton: At Bessie’s New Year’s Eve PJ Dance Party, join the dinosaur mascot (at right), create party hats, and dance the morning away while waiting for the count down to 12 (noon) and a toast with sparkling juice Monday, 10 a.m., at the Discovery Museums, 177 Main St. 978-264-4200,

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Arlington: For those who cannot get enough of the Who, David Bowie, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Queen, you can’t get closer to the anthemic rock experience than seeing and hearing the 12-member Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra (above), in concert at 8 p.m. Monday at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. $25. 781-646-4849,

Concord: Verrill Farm’s Winter Pancake Breakfast features pancakes, Massachusetts maple syrup, bacon or sausage, juice and milk or coffee Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, at 11 Wheeler Road. $7.50, $4.50 for ages 9 and younger. 978-369-4494,

Newton: The Solstice MFA Winter Reading Series opens with Venise Berry (author of four novels, including the forthcoming “Pockets of Sanity”); Iain Haley Pollock (“Spit Back a Boy,” winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize); and Laura Williams McCaffrey (author of the speculative fiction and young-adult novels “Alia Waking” and “Water Shaper”) Friday, 7:30 p.m., in the Founders Room at Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St. Free. 617-731-7684,