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: Celebrated jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris presents “In Love With Parris,” featuring her longtime trio of Brad Hatfield on piano, Peter Kontrimas on bass, and Jim Lattini on drums, Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. $18-$28. 781-646-4849, www.regenttheatre.com.
Newton: Karen Russell, author of the celebrated debut novel “Swamplandia!” and the prize-winning story collection “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised By Wolves,” featured in the New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and its “20 Under 40’’ honor roll, and who in 2009 received the “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, reads from her works Wednesday, 7 p.m., in Room 100 of Gasson Hall on Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus. Free. www.bc.edu/lowell.
Watertown: Enjoy a swing dance with Sweet Willie D, part of a monthly event that begins with a beginners’ swing dance lesson from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. (included in the price of admission), followed by dancing until 11:30 Saturday at the Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Ave. $15, $10 students. www.bostonswingdance.com.