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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.


Natick: Former Bangles member Susanna Hoff, whose distinctive pop voice lent its magic to “Manic Monday,” “Walk Like an Egyptian,” and “In Your Room,” and who dueted with Matthew Sweet as Sid ’n Susie on their “Under the Covers” albums, will perform Friday, 8 p.m., at the Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St. $48. 508-647-0097,

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Needham: Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper, both ordinary, over-50 nonhikers who decided to climb the 67 mountains in New England over 4,000 feet, will present “It’s Not About the Hike,” a multimedia inspirational and motivational program about overcoming fears, finding passions and living lives to the fullest, Sunday, 2 p.m., at Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Ave. Free. 781-455-7559,

Newton: At “The World’s Best Teas,” sample at least 10 of the best-quality teas from around the world, including a couple of special noncaffeinated ones, Monday, 7-9 p.m., at Newton North High School, 457 Walnut St. $35. www.newtoncom­

Waltham: More than 80 members of the Waltham Mills Artists Association and Lincoln Studios will open their studios to the public Saturday and Sunday, beginning at noon, at 144 Moody St. and 289 Moody St. Free.

Watertown: Sue Kranz and Ben Tousley, celebrating the CD release of their debut duo album “Take Heart,” which features original tunes as well as covers of classic songs by James Taylor, Stan Rogers, Ian and Sylvia, and Paul Simon, perform with Martha Leader on piano, Victor Belanger on bass, Jackie Damsky on fiddle, and Kenny Selcer on lead guitar Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St. $10, $5 seniors and students. 617-924-6143,

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