The South Pasadena Library presents a Living History performance, “9/11/Flight 93,” as actor, writer and director Duffy Hudson performs a one-man show about action aboard the hijacked airliner as passengers fought back against the terrorists, causing the flight to crash in Pennsylvania rather than its intended target, the US Capitol Building. It starts at 7 p.m. in the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 403-7350 or visit southpasadenaca.gov/library.
Performances begin of the Dickens holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” the inspirational tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim in a story of greed, epiphany and redemption, starting at 8 p.m. at A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, continuing through Dec. 23. Tickets are $25 and up. Call (626) 356-3100 or visit anoisewithin.org.
A Christmas-themed concert “Jingle Bell Rock” features the Alley Cats a cappella doo-wop group at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, Michigan Avenue south of Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena. Tickets are $10 to $42. Call (626) 395-4652 or visit events.caltech.edu.
The Red Chair Children’s Production Company presents “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are $25 to $45. Call (818) 243-2539 or visit alextheatre.org.
Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena presents Daryl Wood Gerber, author of “A Deadly Éclair,” and Ellen Byron, author of “A Cajun Christmas Killing,” discussing and signing their quirky murder mysteries at 7 p.m. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com.
J.C. Hyke’s Songwriter Serenade features Cynthia Brando, Charlie B. Roberts, Lauren Tannenbaum, Mike Fleming and Andrew Kelsey at 7 p.m. at Matt Denny’s Ale House, 145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Free. Visit jchyke.com.
Brother Yusef (brotheryusef.com) plays deep-fried acoustic blues at 7 p.m. at Edwin Mills by Equator, 22 Mills Place, Pasadena. Call (626) 564-8656 or visit edwinmills.com. No cover.
The Roadhouse Series presents “A Tribute to the Doors” at 7:30 p.m. at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, featuring several artists performing their unique takes on the legendary band’s music. Tickets are $20. Call (626) 798-6236 or visit coffeegallery.com.