Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets
PEEL BACK THE ONION
Beatles scholar and musicologist Scott Freiman has presented numerous popular multimedia programs on how the Fab Four recorded their celebrated music. Last fall he sold out two shows at the Amherst Cinema on the making of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Thursday he returns for “Looking Through a Glass Onion: Deconstructing the White Album.” 4 and 7 p.m.; advance tickets recommended at amherstcinema.org.
ANOTHER GOOD BET
Put together live music, a book fair, puppet shows and author readings, and what do you have? “Meltdown,” The River’s (93.9 FM) family music and book fest. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northampton. Free.