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.


Concord: The Winter Family Festival of Music and Art features live music, arts and crafts activities, treats and hot chocolate from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St. Opening the show will be the retro-rock band Karen K and the Jitterbugs at 10 a.m., followed by a winner of a Parent’s Choice Silver Award, the popular Rolie Polie Guacamole band, at 11 a.m. $10, with $35 family maximum. 978-318-3020.

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Newton: Join Newton author Sheldon Stern for a discussion of his latest book, “The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths versus Reality,” Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St. Free. 617-796-1360,

Newton: Cabaret Troupe, a group of dedicated performers who tell stories through the medium of contemporary musical theater, perform Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Newton North High School, 457 Walnut St. $7. 617-559-6406,

Wellesley: Philip Barry’s “Holiday,” a Broadway comedy from 1928 that tells the story of one man’s undying ambition to live life on his own terms, opens its run Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Ruth Nagel Jones Theater at Wellesley College, 106 Central St., with shows continuing through Feb. 3. $10-$20. 781-283-2000,