“African Cosmos: Stellar Arts,” Ninety works illustrating the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy. Exhibit closes Sunday, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4600.
Momentum Dance Theatre, A jazz, hip-hop production featuring Duke Ellington’s musical version of the holiday classic. 10:15 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Stuart Hobson Middle School, 410 E St. NE. $18-$22, students and seniors $15, children younger than 10 $10-$12. 202-785-0035 or www.momentumdancetheatre.com.
International Summit of the Book, publishers, rare book specialists, authors, copyright experts and librarians will discuss the transformation and future of the book. Thursday’s event will focus on the history of the book. Friday’s event will examine its future. 2-5:30 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2012/12-193.html.
Multicultural world holiday celebration, Honor the diverse cultures represented at the college with international food, games and songs. 3-6 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Student center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0853.
Bull Run Festival of Lights and Winter Wonderland Holiday Village, A 2 1/2-mile drive-through display and a holiday village with carnival midway games and rides. Holiday village is open Fridays-Sundays in Dec. from 5:30 to 10. Carnival fees: $1.50 single ticket, $20 ride-all-you-want wristband. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. $15-$55. 703-359-4633 or www.nvrpa.org/parks/brfestoflights/.
“A Bad Year for Tomatoes,” In this comedy, an actress must prove that she didn’t commit a murder. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, George Mason University, Performing Arts Building, TheaterSpace, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $15, students, faculty, staff and seniors, $10. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” John Malkovich directs Paris’s Theatre de l’Atelier in a play about scandals in the French aristocracy, based on the 1782 Choderlos de Laclos novel. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $60-$80. 202-547-1122 or 877-487-8849.
Gloria Reuben, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.
Kenny ’Babyface’ Edmonds, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $70. 202-803-2899.
Melvin Jones, 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $12. 202-234-0072.Friday, Dec. 7
TobyMac, Christian and Gospel music by tobyMac, Brandon Health, Mandisa, Chris August, Britt Nicole, Jamie Grace and Group 1 Crew. 7 p.m., George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $15-$40. 202-397-7328, 703-993-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
1964: The Tribute, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35. 703-549-7500.
UMD Gamelan Saraswati and UMD Koto Ensemble, 8 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Free. 301-405-2787.
Late Night Rhythm Method w/ Lance Reynolds FOUR Play10:00 p.m. Come listen to the sounds of DJ Lance Reynolds, spinning funk, classic R & B, house and reggae. Exclusive late night bar menu untiul 11:30 p.m. Chez Billy 3815 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, DC. http://lancereynoldsatchezbilly4.eventbrite.com.Saturday, Dec. 8
“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” After the animated film is screened, the Eric Byrd Trio will perform its soundtrack. 1 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $14. 240-912-1058.Sunday, Dec. 9
Holiday Singalong, The Congressional Chorus and the American Youth Chorus performs with the Capital City Symphony. 4 and 7 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Free, tickets required. 202-399-7993, www.atlasarts.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ellis Marsalis Quartet, 7:30 and 10 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $26 in advnace, $30 at the door. 202-803-2899.Monday, Dec. 10
“The Night Before Christmas,” Comedy ensues when a burglar is caught on Christmas Eve and claims to be an elf. Presented by Theater Alliance. 10 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 29, H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $15-$25. 202-544-0703 or www.theateralliance.com.Tuesday, Dec. 11
Motion Express Concert, “The heART of Hip Hop,” a free concert, features local performers including hip-hop company DCypher Dance. 10 a.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.
“One Appalachian Christmas,” When Santa might not make it to a poor mountain town, two kids work to make the holiday special. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $5. 301-277-1710.Wednesday, Dec. 12
ICE! featuring DreamWorks “Shrek the Halls,” Gaylord’s annual “Christmas on the Potomac” celebration includes this ice-enclosed exhibition featuring renderings of scenes from the animated film, carved from two million pounds of ice. Thursdays-Wednesdays, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. $23-$30, $19-$26 seniors, $16-$23 ages 4 to 12, younger free. 301-965-4000 or www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-national.
Aspen Arts Foundation’s Art & Spirit Holiday Soiree, The Aspen Arts Foundation will host their first Art and Spirit Holiday Fundrasing event at Eastern Market’s North Hall. Actor Lamman Rucker will be on hand and Raheem DeVaughn will perform live. Tickets are still available for the public at prices ranging from $50 to $1000. Visit www.aspenartsfoundation.org. for more information. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 225 7th Street, SE.