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.
Arlington: “The 39 Steps,” a fast whodunit mixing a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel that is packed with laughs, some 150 zany characters (played by a talented cast of four), and a good old-fashioned romance, is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday at Arlington Friends of the Drama Theatre, 22 Academy St. $20. 781-646-5922, www.afdtheatre.org.
Newton: Deborah Costine, who has performed throughout New England at schools, libraries, museums, and events such as First Night Boston as half of the well-known Gerwick Puppets troupe, will present “The Twig Family in the Oak Tree’’ in a Family Art Together program Sunday, 2-4 p.m., at the New Art Center, 61 Washington Park. $10. 617-964-3424, www.newartcenter.org.
Newton: In “From Dizzy to Dizengoff: Jazz at Hebrew College,” world-music flutist Amir Milstein directs a septet of local Israeli student musicians Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., in Berenson Hall at the college, 160 Herrick Road. $20. 617-559-8600, www.hebrewcollege.edu.