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


Acton: At Bessie’s New Year’s Eve PJ Dance Party, join the dinosaur mascot (at right), create party hats, and dance the morning away while waiting for the count down to 12 (noon) and a toast with sparkling juice Monday, 10 a.m., at the Discovery Museums, 177 Main St. 978-264-4200,

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Arlington: For those who cannot get enough of the Who, ­David Bowie, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Queen, you can’t get closer to the anthemic rock experience than seeing and hearing the 12-member Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra (above), in concert at 8 p.m. Monday at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. $25. 781-646-4849, www.regent­

Concord: Verrill Farm’s Winter Pancake Breakfast features pancakes, Massachusetts maple syrup, bacon or sausage, juice and milk or coffee Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, at 11 Wheeler Road. $7.50, $4.50 for ages 9 and younger. 978-369-4494,

Newton: The Solstice MFA Winter Reading Series opens with Venise Berry (author of four novels, including the forthcoming “Pockets of Sanity”); Iain Haley Pollock (“Spit Back a Boy,” winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize); and Laura Williams McCaffrey (author of the speculative fiction and young-adult novels “Alia Waking” and “Water Shaper”) Friday, 7:30 p.m., in the Founders Room at Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St. Free. 617-731-7684,

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