Globe West Best Bets

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: Best-selling author Tom Perrotta comes to Arlington Community Education’s Conversations series to discuss his latest book, a short story collection titled “Nine Inches,” Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at Arlington High School, 869 Massachusetts Ave. $10. www.arlingtoncommunityed.org.


Newton: Oodles of Noodles is a tasting festival that will feature Korean, Italian, Thai, Vegan, Malaysian, Chinese, and Japanese recipes prepared by local restaurants, with participants voting for their favorite, taking place Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave. $10, $5 children, $25 family. www.newtoncommunitypride.org.


Watertown: Poet Pablo Medina and his artist son, Pablo A. Medina, will take part in a “Text and conText” discussion and presentation Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St. Free. 617-923-0100, www.arsenalarts.org.


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Framingham: Blues and rock performer Les Sampou, whose fifth album, “Lonesomeville,’’ soars over a bracing set of sly, lived-in songs about mismatched lives, hard goodbyes, and honky tonk heartbreak, is featured Saturday at the Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., with Joe Merrick opening the 8 p.m. show. $17-$20. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org.

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