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This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more information, go to and search music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.


Belmont: Just in time for the election, Belmont World film presents “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream: Live On Stage and Screen.” See the nationally known comedian (above), filmmaker, and social critic’s documentary that features commentary and conversation with some of America’s most iconic personalities and social critics, as well as family, friends, and total strangers, as they speak up and out about the American Dream. The screening is followed by a live performance. Monday, 7:30 p.m., at Belmont Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road. $20. 617-484-9751,

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Newton: Homestead Hayfest is a family-friendly outdoor festival at the Jackson Homestead. Try weaving wool into cloth, making your own butter, pressing cider, and dipping candles. Learn through hands-on activities how Newton families lived in the 1800s. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Historic Newton, Jackson Homestead and Museum. Rain date Oct. 21. Free. 617-796-1450,

Watertown: Women’s world music ensemble Libana illuminates the spirit of women worldwide by interweaving music, dance, and story from such divergent cultures as the Balkans, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and Europe. Saturday, 8 p.m., at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 35 Church St. $20, $15, advance. 617-924-6143,

Waltham: Sapphire (above), author of the novels “Push” and “The Kid,” will speak Wednesday, 6:15 p.m., at Bentley University Wilder Pavilion, 175 Forest St. Free. For more information go to

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