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.
Acton: Visitors to the Discovery Museums (right) at 177 Main St. will have free admission to both buildings from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, thanks to the Highland Street Foundation. 978-264-4200, www.discoverymuseums.org.
Brookline: Boston University journalism professor Dick Lehr discusses his book, “Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss,” which dissects James “Whitey” Bulger’s quest for power and control from his childhood in South Boston to his arrest in 2011, in a 7 p.m. reading Monday at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St. Free. 617-566-6660, www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com.
Marlborough: The Ron Murphy Jazz Trio, which features Murphy on vocals, Tim Ingles on bass, and Carl Wishneusky on keyboards, performs Friday at 8 p.m., at the Fish restaurant and wine bar, 29 South Bolton St. www.ronmurphylive.com