Happening Saturday


KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas One of Los Angeles’ louder holiday traditions, KROQ’s 21st annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert offers two nights of alternative rock courtesy of the Smashing Pumpkins, Social Distortion, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and a slew of other bands. Proceeds benefit Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $96.30. (818) 622-4440.

Aimee Mann For years, local singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has hosted her Christmas Spectacular, a droll send-up of holiday variety shows featuring scads of her A-list songwriter and comedian friends. This year gets Patton Oswalt, Zooey Deschanel, Ben Gibbard and many other surprises. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $40.



Millennium Magic 11 This is the kind of event where you’d do wise to watch your wallet. Not because you’ll spend so much, but because it could disappear via sleight of hand or any other form of prestidigitation that the Magic Castle performers want to employ, thereby tricking your unwitting mind. Hosted by the one-man magic institution Rob Zabrecky, Millennium Magic 11 promises a cavalcade of tricks and wonders suitable for all ages. Each night will feature a different lineup of magicians that shan’t be trusted to follow the average laws of reality. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. $15-$20. (323) 851-7977.

Winter Holiday Festival at Pershing Square Come downtown this weekend for the Winter Holiday Festival, featuring live entertainment, tree decorating, craft-making, a “snow zone” and holiday edibles. Skating rates will still apply, but all other activities are free. Pershing Square Park. 532 S. Olive St., L.A. Noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (213) 847-4970.