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 will examine its future. Thursday 2-5:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. www.loc.gov. Free, registration required.
Phillips After 5: Winter Fairy Tale Sample the sights, sounds and tastes of Denmark with a Per Kirkeby exhibit, jazz by the New York-based pianist Soren Moller and saxophonist Dick Oatts, samples of Danish Smorrebrod created by executive chef Lars Beese of the Danish Embassy, gallery talks and a screening of “The Fir Tree,” a 26-minute film by Lars Henrik Ostenfeld based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 5-8:30 p.m. Gallery talks at 6 and 7 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. $12, seniors and students $10.
AHL Showcase The Norfolk Admirals play the Hershey Bears. 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. $15-$35.
Paul Mecurio The stand-up comic won an Emmy Award for his writing on “The Daily Show.” With Erin Foley and Brian Parise. Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $15-$17.
“Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture” A collection of stone and gilt bronze Buddhist sculptures highlight two flourishing ages, the late Six Dynasties and the High Tang (6th to 8th centuries). The exhibition’s dramatic focus is the monumental Cosmological Buddha: a life-size stone sculpture covered in intricate representations of the earthly realms. It is the only one of its kind in the world. Continues through 2014. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.
U.S. Air Force Band The band performs holiday classics. Friday at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-767-5658. www.usafband.af.mil. Free, limit four tickets per person.
Washington National Cathedral Choir Handel’s “Messiah” is performed by the Cathedral Choir with soprano Gillian Keith, mezzo-soprano Julia Mintzer, tenor Rufus Muller and bass Nathan Berg. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 4 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org. $25-$80.
Wizards The basketball team plays the Golden State Warriors. 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.nba.com/wizards. From $10.
Repeal Day Ball The D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild hosts this annual party featuring unlimited cocktails. 8 p.m. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. www.hillcenterdc.org. $100, $150 VIP tickets allow for an extra hour of drinking.
“Magic” Baltimore artist Felipe Pereira Goncalves’s storefront window installation closes Saturday. Transformer Gallery, 1404 P St. NW. 202-483-1102. www.transformergallery.org. Free.
Hanukkah Carnival This children’s event features a moon bounce, games, crafts and treats. 10 a.m.-noon. D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3271. 202-518-9400. www.washingtondcjcc.org/kids. $20 per family.
Hanukkah on the Ellipse Watch the lighting of the menorah and listen to the U.S. Navy Band and the Three Cantors. 4 p.m. The Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-332-5600. www.nationalmenorah.org. Free tickets are required for the seating area; standing room is available to all. Tickets will be available for pickup until Friday.
Sing We All Nowell The Thomas Circle Singers and the Bel Canto Chorus of the Children’s Chorus of Washington present a holiday concert featuring a choral procession with bells and an audience sing-along of favorite carols. 4 p.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5489. www.thomascirclesingers.
org. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; seniors and students $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
“The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts the National Theatre of Scotland in a magical, karaoke-infused Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit. Thursday-Sunday at 7 p.m. Closes Sunday. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW . 202-293-1885. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $50-$55.
“African Cosmos: Stellar Arts” Ninety works make up this exhibit about the skies and their influence on African art. Closes Sunday. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4600. africa.si.edu. Free.
“Season’s Greenings” The U.S. Botanic Garden’s annual winter exhibit features eight model trains and buildings created with plants, one of Washington’s largest indoor holiday trees, blooming poinsettias and a collection of D.C. landmarks crafted from plant materials. Continues daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Jan. 1 with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free.
Nada Surf The indie band from Brooklyn performs. With Eternal Summers. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $22.
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” In this musical inspired by the movie, two friends meet their loves as they stage a show. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 6. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. From $25.
Blacksmithtomahawk The D.C. punk band performs. With Walk the Plank and Booze Riot. For age 18 and older. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $8.
The Misfits Although their iconic skull logo has become commonplace on T-shirts of people who never heard of the band, true fans know the Misfits as the original horror punk act. Founding member Jerry Only (bass and vocals) is joined by guitarist Dez Cadena and drummer Eric “Chupacabra” Arce. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $26.50 in advance, $30 day of show.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra The band performs its rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve,” which fuses elements of rock, classical, folk, Broadway and R&B. The third album in the group’s Christmas trilogy tells a story set in New York City locations — an old hotel, a toy store, a blues bar and a Gothic cathedral. 7:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. $30-$68.
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