Neighborhood Christmas lights just can't hold a candle to Angels in the Park -- a 64-scene, 1.25-mile, animated light display from the producers of light projects at Disney World. It's a regular theme park with lighted marvels like elves tossing snowballs, reindeer learning to fly (with parachutes, of course), toy soldiers marching and fawns dancing toward falling snowflakes. 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. weekdays ($15 per carload) and 6 p.m. to midnight weekends ($20 per carload) through January 1. Groeschke Rd., between Barker Cypress and Highway 6. Call 785-5072 for more information.
December 16 Zamora the Torture King, a founding member of the original Jim Rose Circus Sideshow (of Lollapalooza and Nine Inch Nails touring fame), first performed his "Human Pincushion" act when he was in grade school. Since then, he's broadened his repertoire to include feats with fire, swords, broken glass and red-hot metal. He's also picked up another couple of "talented" performers: Flex, The Rubber Boy, stretches the limits of contortion and enterology, and strongman "Mighty Jack" Hartley lifts heavy objects with unusual parts of his body. Beware -- Zamora actually made a seen-it-all cameraman faint on the set of Guinness World Records, and his slogan is "More danger for your dollar!" Emo's Wednesday night drink specials ($1.50 shots, well drinks and domestics) should help take the edge off. 11 p.m. Emo's Alternative Lounge, 2700 Albany, 523-8503. Free; under 21, $7.