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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.


Arlington: Arlington High School’s Battle of the Bands, a night of rocking music that will benefit STAND, an organization formed by Arlington students to raise awareness and funds for humanitarian causes in Sudan and other international trouble spots, takes place Friday at 7 p.m. at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. $12, $10 advance. 781-646-4849,

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Needham: Join Voices Rising for “Let it Shine: A Choral Celebration of Light,” featuring selections ranging from an evocation of sun dancing on a Romanian mountain peak to a musical setting of Sara Teasdale’s poetry, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Ave. 781-444-2510,


Natick: At “Owl Festival: Up Close and Personal with the Owls of Broadmoor,” explore the wonders of owls with friends and family in two programs Saturday, from 3 to 4 p.m. and 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., at the Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. Preregistration required. Online registration available. 508-655-2296,


Watertown: “Into the Woods,” a fractured fairy tale featuring a motley crew of characters — including a blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood, a rapping witch, and an uncertain Cinderella — in a Broadway favorite by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, will be performed by high school students Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St. $12. 617-923-0100,

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