This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more information, go to www.boston.com and search music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.
Gloucester: From the earliest days of fish and stone, Cape Ann has continually redefined itself. Those who live there shape and are shaped by how they use the place, what they give to it, what its future will be. “The Next Wave” assembles artists who embody this process of reinvention. Through Dec. 30. Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St. 978-879-4683, www.flatrocksgallery.com
Medford: What could a young woman from Tucson, Ariz., have in common with Charlemagne, the great medieval emperor from the ninth century? More than you would imagine. Guy Cote’s “Long Live the King” is a suspense-filled novel steeped in real history that will keep you guessing until the very last page. The author appears Saturday, 2 p.m. Bestsellers Cafe, 24 High St. Free. 781-391-7171, www.bestsellers-cafe.com
Somerville: Come see the Peacheaters with the Delta Generators on Thursday, 8:30 p.m. Johnny D’s Restaurant & Music Club, 17 Holland St. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com