Here is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more, go to www.boston.com.
Beverly: John Stevens and Jen Hirsh of “American Idol” and singer Laura Brunner join the 22-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra for holiday songs. A one-hour matinee at 4 p.m. precedes the 8 p.m. show. Saturday. Cabot Street Cinema, $5-$25. 978-927-3677, www.beantownswing.com.
Lowell: Stephen King will anwer questions, read from his works, and offer advice for aspiring authors. The debut of the UMass Lowell Chancellor’s Speaker Series will be moderated by author Andre Dubus II. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. $30, $50 reserved floor seating ($2 facility fee for all tickets). 978-848-6938, www.tsongascenter.com
Newburyport: Russian pieces, and seasonal music. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St. $25, $22 advance, $20 students/seniors. 978-462-0650, www.newburyportchoral- society.org.
Rockport: Overboard, a male a cappella group, sings pop/rock songs and classics. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Old Sloop Coffeehouse, First Congregational Church. $12, $10 advance, age 65 and over $7, under 18 $5, family $24. 978-546-3551, oldsloopcoffee-house.org.