In a rare poetic diversion, the National Air & Space Museum presents an evening of verse by author Marilyn Nelson, whose collection, The Homeplace, was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award. Nelson’s work recounts the experiences of her father, one of the Tuskegee Airmen whose World War II exploits broke aviation’s color barrier. At 7 p.m. at the National Air & Space Museum’s Hall of Air Transportation, 6th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. CP