This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more, go to www.boston.com and search music, restaurants, and goings-on in Greater Boston.
North Andover: Crossroads Coffeehouse presents a singer/songwriter double bill. Stephanie Corby is a soulful songstress who has successfully fused her classical, jazz, and blues backgrounds into a distinct R&B-flavored acoustic sound. Brendan Hogan’s music features original roots, modern folk, and blues-based songs, as well as familiar standards in the folk and country genres. Saturday, 8 p.m. Crossroads Coffeehouse, 3 Great Pond Road. $15. 978-687-3960, www.crossroadscoffeehouse.org
Rockport: James D Julia & The Rockport Art Association are pleased to present an afternoon of fine art, conversation, and refreshments. The event features the John F. Gale collection. Gale assembled one of the finest collections of 20th century Cape Ann School paintings, including pieces by Frederick Mulhaupt, Aldro Hibbard, and Emile Gruppé. Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St. Free. 978-546-6604, www.jamesdjulia.com
Wakefield: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen offer a smorgasbord of musical sounds, combining multiple layers of razor sharp instrumental expertise, stellar songwriting, and solid lead and harmony vocals. Saturday, 8 p.m. Linden Tree Coffeehouse, 326 Main St. $20, under 13 $10. 781-246-2836, www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org