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.
Bedford: Author Anne Lamott will read from her newest book, “Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers,” and sign copies Monday, 7:30 p.m., at First Parish in Bedford, 75 Great Road. Free. 781-275-7994, www.uubedford.org.
Brookline: In the annual Brookline High School Poetry Fest, budding local writers will share their words in readings Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St. Free. 617-566-6660, www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com.
Watertown: Jazz @ The Arsenal presents Thaddeus Hogarth on harmonica, accompanied by the John Baboian Guitar Trio, performing music by Michel Legrand, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and others Monday, 7:30 p.m., at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St. $20. $15 students. 617-923-0100, www.arsenalarts.org/music.
West Newton: The Con Brio lunchtime series concludes for the season with a performance by the Washio/Kimura Flute Duo, followed by lunch with the artists, Friday, 11 a.m., at the All Newton Music School, 321 Chestnut St. $25 with lunch, $15 concert only. 617-527-4553, www.allnewtonmusicschool.com.