This is our pick of the best of the burbs.
Newton: In “Financial Reform and the Economy,” US Representative Barney Frank (above right) will offer insights on how to reduce the budget deficit without reducing the quality of life in America, 7 p.m. Monday at Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St. Seating is limited; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free. 617-796-1360, www.newtonfreelibrary.net.
Watertown: The Boston Swing Dance Network will host its monthly dance, starting with lessons for beginners from 8 to 9 p.m. (included in the price of admission), followed by dancing till midnight to the big-band sound of the Swing Legacy, Saturday at St. James Hall, 465 Mt Auburn St. $15, $10 students. 617-484-0500, www.bostonswingdance.com.