Our picks for the best free events this week, including the air show at the Joint Service Open House and a book discussion with noted author Buzz Bissinger.
Fifty-three students from across the country will descend on the Harman Center for the Arts to recite poetry for “Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.” Only nine finalists will advance to the final round Tuesday.
Architects David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, along with Tom Finkelpearl, the executive director of the Queens Museum of Art, and art historian Sarah E. Lewis, will participate in a panel discussion on art and architecture in public spaces.
Tabou Combo, playing Haitian merengue music, and Enriquillo Tejada y Los Clarinetes Magico, performing Latin jazz, will take part in a concert celebrating the music of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
For the love of shoes
Take in a screening of “God Save My Shoes,” a documentary about the relationship between women and their shoes that features shoe designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Walter Steiger. It’s part of the Bethesda fashion event “The Front Row.”
The author of the best-selling book “Friday Night Lights” discusses and signs his new book, “Father’s Day: A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son.”
Head to Joint Base Andrews for an aerial show featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, and get an up-close look at World War II-era fighter planes and bombers as well as the latest technology. Also on Sunday.
Reston Town Center is host to the work of more than 200 contemporary artists, as well as music, performance art and hands-on children’s projects. Also on Saturday.