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.
Newton: Author Arthur Singer and photographer Ron Goodman present “Boston’s Downtown Movie Palaces,” an illustrated journey into the city’s movie house treasures, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St. Free. 617-796-1360, www.newtonfreelibrary.net.
Newton: Experience a different New Philharmonia Orchestra at its second annual “Up Close and Personal’’ concert, featuring soloists performing chamber music works by Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Corigliano in an intimate setting, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at Gregorian Oriental Rugs, 2284 Washington St. in Newton Lower Falls, with a dessert reception to follow. Admission is pay as you like. 617-244-2553, www.newphil.org.
Waltham: Tour the newly restored landscape at the Lyman Estate, a peaceful, bucolic setting offering an excellent example of a gentleman’s farm laid out in the English style, with Historic New England gardener Ellen Mackey as she narrates more than two centuries of farming and gardening history at the country estate Saturday, 1 p.m., at 185 Lyman St. $5. 617-994-5912, www.historicnewengland.org.