As part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read project, celebrating Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War novel, “The Things They Carried,” the South Pasadena Library hosts a mini-concert of Vietnam War-era rock by the Hollywood Rhythm Kings at 6 p.m., followed by a screening of the 1987 Oliver Stone-directed film “Platoon” at 7 p.m. in the library Community Room, 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 403-7350 or visit southpasadenaca.gov/library.
The Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, presents “A Christmas Story,” based on the story by Jean Shepherd, the comedic tale of one American family’s chaotic Christmas, opening at 8 p.m. Friday and continuing through Dec. 31. Tickets are $25 to $36. Call (626) 355-4318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.
The Pasadena Symphony’s Singpoli Symphony Classics Season continues with a performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter,” plus works by Rossini and Saint-Saens, at 2 and 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. David Lockington conducts. Featured piano soloist is Zee Zee. Tickets are $35 and up. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org.
The 40th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, the city’s annual display of loony fun complete with wacky marchers, steps off at 11 a.m. at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Vinedo Avenue in East Pasadena, led by Queen Imani Phoenix. Call (626) 590-7596 or visit pasadenadoodahparade.info.
Author and jazz historian Steven D. Harris presents “Centennial in Swing: The 100th Anniversary of Jazz on Record” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Pasadena Public Library’s Central Branch, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. The program covers the first jazz recordings in 1917, progressing to the 1930s swing era. Guests can view photos of jazz and swing greats and learn about early musicians who performed it. Free. Call (626) 676-7626 or email email@example.com
Test your wits and earn bragging rights with Action Trivia starting at 8 p.m. at T. Boyle’s Tavern, 37 N. Catalina Ave., Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 578-0957 or visit tboylestavern.com.
Brad Colerick’s weekly Wine & Song singer-songwriter series features Colerick and friends, with special guest 2 Ton Bridge at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $15 for table seating, available at wineandsong.com.
Union Station Homeless Services hosts its annual free Dinner in the Park for those who are homeless or simply have nowhere to go for Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3 p.m. in Central Park, 275 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 240-4550 or visit unionstationhs.org.