SMASHING PUMPKINS ON TOUR: The Windy City-born band behind "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" -- one of the albums that defined late '90s alt-rock -- has reunited and released a new single. Billy Corgan is still at the helm, and the music? Still haunting and complex. (Fun fact: That's SpongeBob -- actor Tom Kenny -- in the "Tonight Tonight" video from the Pumpkins.) Wednesday, December 3, 8:15PM. $39.50-$89.50. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.
ZERO FILM FESTIVAL: The "Zero" in the title stands for zero dollars, as in no budget, as in shoestring, or, more accurately, shoestring-less. See films that truly have no money behind them, and the creativity that can spring from having to really work with practically nothing. Through December 6. Echo Park Film Center, 1228 South Flower Street, Los Angeles and Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles.
CLOSES DECEMBER 7: "Spring Awakening," the celebrated/shocking Tony-garnering musical about teens in love and lust, is wrapping up its last week at The Ahmanson. The show has become known for fans returning for multiple viewings, so you have a few more days to build up your number. Through Sunday, December 7. The Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.