Arcadia High School’s Stage and Stagecraft class presents its production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” starting at 7 p.m. and continuing at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $30 for VIP tickets. Call (626) 821-1781 or visit arcadiapaf.org.
The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, and the USC School of Dramatic Arts present “The Receptionist” by Adam Bock, recounting a typical day in a corporate branch office, as the receptionist deals with ringing telephones and colleagues’ romantic troubles. When a charming rep from the company’s central office appears, the friendly routine is disrupted, as the true nature of the business becomes apparent. Times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for USC students. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.
The Pasadena Symphony performs a concert, “Bernstein and Copland,” with works by both composers, plus compositions by Hallstork and Barber, with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. David Lockington conducts, and Melissa White is featured violinist. Tickets are $35 and up. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org.
The 41st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, Pasadena’s annual exercise in (slightly) controlled chaos steps off at 11 a.m. on Colorado Boulevard in East Pasadena. This year’s queen is Jennipha-Lauren Nielsen. Free. Call (626) 590-1134 or visit pasadenadoodahparade.info.
Daniel Blackburn discusses and signs “Of Presidents & Predators” at 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, his story of being a young journalist covering the White House and Capitol Hill during the tragically brief presidential campaign of his friend, Robert Kennedy, and other presidential runs in the days before chaos became the rule of the day in politics. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com.
J.C. Hyke’s Songwriter Serenade presents Ken Holme, Brooks Taylor, Tom Renaud, Lorin Hart and Art Podell at 7 p.m. at Matt Denny’s Ale House, 145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. No cover. Visit jchyke.com.
Brad Colerick’s weekly Wine & Song Americana music series presents Colerick and friends, featuring Ben Garnett at 7 p.m. at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena. Tickets are $10 general admission, $15 for table seating, available at blueguitar.club.
Union Station Homeless Services Dinner in the Park offers free Thanksgiving dinner to homeless individuals, low-income people, the elderly and others who simply have nowhere to go for Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 240-4550 or visit unionstationhs.org.