A slide from puppeteer Katherine Fahey's "crankie" puppet show. (Courtesy of Washington Performing Arts)

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.


Welcome to Mars: A D.C. Puppet Slam

Washington-area artists present a night of slam puppetry performances curated by the Mars Urban Arts Initiative. Featuring music by DJ Native Sun and hosted by puppeteer Schroeder Cherry and slam poet Regie Cabico, the evening includes performances by Black Cherry Puppet Theater, DinoRock Productions, Katherine Fahey and others.

9 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 1025 Fifth St. NW. 202-789-2227. www.busboysandpoets.comFree tickets required.


"YOUNG @ HEART: A Selection of the Finest BYT Photography in 2014"

Members of the Brightest Young Things photo staff display some of their best shots of 2014 at BYT’s annual FotoWeek DC show. Meet the artists, check out their work and enjoy the music and slide show. Admission is free, but there is a cash bar.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fotoweek Central, 2801 16th St. NW. 202-337-3686. www.fotodc.org.


3-D Printing: Jewelry Design

Interested in 3-D printing or looking for new jewelry with a cool backstory? The MLK Library is hosting a workshop in which participants will get to design their own bracelets using a Tinkercad printer. After the tutorial, guests can submit their work to be printed on the library’s 3-D printer. The future is now.

7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. www.dclibrary.org.  


10th Annual McGowan Forum on Communications: White House Press Secretaries

In this panel moderated by NPR’s Michel Martin, former White House press secretaries Robert Gibbs, Marlin Fitzwater, Mike McCurry and Ron Nessen discuss the challenges and benefits of working as the White House’s spokesperson and tell behind-the-scenes stories from their time in the role.

7 p.m. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 866-272-6272. www.archives.gov. Reservations recommended. 


International Festival of Films on Art

The National Gallery of Art screens award-winning works from the 2014 FIFA festival in Montreal. Friday’s line-up includes Paul Bonesteel’s “The Day Carl Sandburg Died,” Branko Ištvančić’s “From Grain to Painting” and Boudewijn Koole’s “Off Ground.” Four more films, including Xavier Villetard’s “Beat Generation — Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs,” will be shown the following afternoon.

12:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov.


Re-Imagining the Holidays Tree Lighting Celebration

Artist Karl Unnasch’s 35-foot-tall public art installation made of chimes, ribbons, bells and pinwheels is unveiled at Downtown Silver Spring’s annual twist on the tree lighting celebration. Hosted by 94.7 Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly, the festivities include face painting, giveaways, an interactive workshop from Kid Museum and live performances by members of the Maryland Youth Ballet, the University of Maryland’s Generics and Montgomery College’s B Natural Group.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Downtown Silver Spring, Fountain Plaza, 916 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. 301-203-4159. www.downtownsilverspring.com.


UMD Women's Chorus UMD Men's Chorus 

The two choral groups perform "Words and Music: Choral Music Inspired by Great Poets," a program featuring music set to poetry by Austen Tennyson, Verlaine and others in this concert presented by the University of Maryland School of Music. 

3 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland. College Park. 301-405-2787. www.theclarice.umd.edu

Correction: A previous version of this post misspelled the name of the University of Maryland's Generics.