LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of Aug. 20

Revisit the Colonial era during August Court Days, with more than 200 reenactors, mock trials, music and a militia encampment, Aug. 21-22 in downtown Leesburg. Call 800-752-6118. {diam} Old Dominion vintners showcase their products Aug. 21-22 at the 29th annual Virginia Wine Festival, moving this year to Long Branch Farm in Millwood, Va., with all-day entertainment, a crafts fair, gourmet fare from local restaurants and children's activities. Admission is $20 in advance, $22 at the gate, ages 2 to 21 $5, younger free. Call 888-435-9746 or 800-520-9670.

The Week of Aug. 27

Livestock and horse shows, pig races, thoroughbred horse racing, exhibits, food vendors and midway rides and games are all part of the 123rd annual Maryland State Fair Aug. 27-Sept. 6 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Call 410-252-0200. {diam} The 28th annual Maryland Renaissance Festival, with entertainment on multiple stages, living history portrayals, crafts sales and food vendors, opens Aug. 28 continues through Oct. 24 in Crownsville. Call 800-296-7304 or 410-266-7304. {diam} Sandy Duncan stars in a new production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "The King and I" from Aug. 31 through Sept. 5 at Wolf Trap Park. Tickets are $34 to $60 in-house, $18 on the lawn, from Tickets.com. To order, call 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703-255-1860.

The Week of Sept. 3

Summer comes to an unofficial end Sept. 5 when the National Symphony Orchestra stages its annual free Labor Day pops concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Call 202-619-7222 or 202-467-4600.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster for these upcoming shows: starting Saturday at 10, Bette Midler and her "Kiss My Brass" tour, appearing Oct. 11 at 1st Mariner Arena ($55, $85 and $135); also starting Saturday at 10, Heart, Sept. 24 at DAR Constitution Hall ($35 and $45); starting Saturday at noon, Brian Wilson, Oct. 10 at Warner Theatre ($52.50). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets go on sale Sunday from Ticketmaster for "Picturesque," the 27th season of the Big Apple Circus, pitching its little big top from Sept. 23 through Oct. 11 at Dulles Town Center. They cost $15 to $44 plus service charges.

{diam} Tickets are on sale now from Tickets.com for the entire fall and spring season in the intimate, 350-seat Barns of Wolf Trap. Some highlights among scores of shows include Jane Monheit, Noel Paul Stookey, Leon Redbone, Lowen & Navarro, John Eaton, Beausoleil, Richie Havens, Karen Akers, Livingston Taylor and eight classical recitals in the Discovery Series. Call 703-218-6500. {diam} Tickets are also on sale now from Tickets.com for a show by George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, Sept. 21 at the 9:30 club. They cost $35 plus service charges.

OPENING SOON

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: The Olney Theatre Center opens its production of "Venus," Suzan-Lori Parks's satire on 19th-century Europe's confused fascination with African culture, with a "pay-what-you-can" preview Aug. 24. The run continues through Sept. 26; regular prices are $15 to $36. Call 301-924-3400.

Exhibit

"Arts of Mughal India," about 30 manuscript paintings and carved jade and wood objects from 16th-century India, opens Aug. 21 and continues through Feb. 6 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

Film

Opening Aug. 20: "Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi," a comedy, is about 16-year-old Shlomi (Oshri Cohen), who tries to keep peace in his dysfunctional household with his recipes. {diam} "Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut" is Richard Kelly's new, improved version of the cult film about a young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is commanded by a giant evil rabbit. {diam} "Exorcist: The Beginning" stars Stellan Skarsgard in a prequel of the famous movie. {diam} In Margarethe von Trotta's "Rosenstrasse," German gentile wives try to save their Jewish husbands from the Nazi death camps. {diam} Spike Lee takes on racism in the corporate world in "She Hate Me." {diam} In "Stander," Thomas Jane plays Andre Stander, a South African cop who became one of the most notorious bank robbers in the country. {diam} "We Don't Live Here Anymore," a drama about the ups and downs of married life, stars Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause and Naomi Watts. {diam} "Without a Paddle," a high-speed comedy-adventure, is about three young guys whose Oregon wilderness adventure becomes a nightmare, thanks to crazed backwoods farmers. Opening dates may change.

CLOSING

Sunday is your last chance to catch "Copenhagen" at the Olney Theatre Center. Call 301-924-3400.

NEXT FRIDAY IN WEEKEND

Something about summer brings the need for the old-fashioned charms of miniature golf. Join us as we break out our putters and visit some area courses.

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Tom Radtke and daughters Anna and Sarah wore their costumes to the 2002 Maryland Renaissance Festival, which opens on Aug. 28 this year in Crownsville. Kerry Washington is Fatima and Anthony Mackie is Jack Armstrong in Spike Lee's "She Hate Me," opening Aug. 20.