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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.


Ipswich: The Crane Estate hosts a free Spring Open House featuring lawn games, a May pole dance, outdoor sculpture by Montserrat College of Art students, Crane Beach season parking sticker sales, and a family treasure hunt. Castle Hill’s 59-room mansion will be open for self-guided tours and refreshments. Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd. Free. 978-356-4351,

Somerville: About 400 Somerville artists get their art on during Somerville Open Studios, one of the largest weekend open studios events in the nation. From fashion to film to interactive art, there’s something for everyone. Friday through Sunday at various locations in Somerville. Free.


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Melrose: Join the Melrose Symphony for an evening of pops favorites, featuring music from favorite childhood cartoons, selections from “Oklahoma,” and a special tribute to the 30th anniversary of the movie “ET.” Russian-born guitar virtuoso Grisha Goryachev will perform Rodrigo’s popular Concierto de Arajuez. Saturday, 8 p.m. Melrose Memorial Hall, 590 Main St. $29; Table Seating $37. 781-979-4185,

Somerville: The Somerville Community Chorus Spring Concert is titled “Songs from the Cinema.” The concert will feature songs from a wide variety of cinematic gems, ranging from 1935’s classic Marx Brother vehicle “A Night at the Opera” to 2008’s “Mamma Mia.” One of the selections, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, is always a crowd-pleaser. Saturday, 3 p.m. Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powder House Blvd. $15, $10 seniors, $6 per person for families with children under 18. 617-593-3744,


Wakefield: Theatre To Go, Inc., presents its spring production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Oscar Wilde pits reality against pretense in order to expose the superficiality of Victorian Britain. The truths of this classic comedy still resonate in 2012. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Greenwood Union Church, 4 Oak St. $15, $13 student/senior.

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