'A Very Difficult Woman'

Sandy Duncan stars as a prim English widow who clashes with the strong-willed King of Siam when she becomes governess to his children in a new production of "The King and I," the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical classic, opening Tuesday in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. The 1952 Broadway production won five Tony awards. The schedule: Tuesday through Sept. 3 at 8, and Sept. 4-5 at 2 and 8. Tickets cost $34 to $60 in the pavilion, $18 on the lawn, from Tickets.com. To order, call 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703-255-1860.

Dolls Meet Bears

The 2004 Doll and Teddy Bear Expo showcases collectible creations by more than 250 artists and manufacturers Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 5 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo-

Adams Morgan). Admission is $15 at the door. Accompanying the expo is a free exhibition of black dolls inspired by doll expert Nayda Rondon's book "Black Dolls: Proud, Bold & Beautiful" in the hotel atrium. Call 202-328-2950 or 800-331-0038.

Fairs Large and Small

* The giant Maryland State Fair, now in its 123rd year, opens Friday and continues through Sept. 6 at the fairgrounds on York Road at Interstate 83 in Timonium, north of Baltimore. Livestock and horse shows begin each morning at 9. Exhibit halls open daily at 10. Midway rides and games open weekdays at noon and weekends at 10 a.m. The fair closes nightly at 10. Special events include hot air balloon "glows" Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 6; the 4-H Livestock Show Friday through Sunday; concerts by Sara Evans Friday and Switchfoot Sept. 3; pig racing and swimming; children's tractor pulls and "monster trucks"; and thoroughbred horse racing. Admission is $6 at the gate, ages under 12 free; rides are priced individually. Call 410-252-0200, Ext. 227, or visit www.marylandstatefair.com.

* The compact 32nd annual Lucketts Fair hosts bluegrass bands, children's entertainers, a crafts fair, an "antiques alley," pony rides, hayrides, fire truck rides, carnival games and other family activities Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 at the Old Lucketts School Community Center, at 42361 Lucketts Rd., off U.S. 15 north of Leesburg. Admission is $5, ages 5 and under free. Call 703-771-5281.

Experience and Promise

Wolf Trap is hosting double-bills by two longtime entertainers and two relative newcomers this weekend:

* Veteran folksingers and songwriters John Prine and Kris Kristofferson perform Friday at 8. Tickets are $38 in the pavilion, $22 on the lawn.

* Folk-rock quartet Eddie From Ohio and Celtic fiddle virtuoso Natalie MacMaster share the stage Saturday at 8. Through Friday, those tickets cost $28 in-house, $20 on the lawn; they are $4 more on Saturday.

Wolf Trap Park is at 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. For tickets, call Tickets.com, 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703-255-1860.

'The Scottish Play'

Kelly McGillis stars as the ambitious, grasping Lady Macbeth and Patrick Page as her murderous husband in "Macbeth," opening Tuesday at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial). Michael Kahn directs. Tickets cost $12.75 to $59 during preview week, through Sunday, and $23 to $68 during the rest of the run through Oct. 24. Call 202-547-1122 (TDD: 202-638-3863).

Travel Into the Past

The 28th annual Maryland Renaissance Festival, opening Saturday, re-creates a 16th-century English village on a 25-acre site outside Crownsville. Singers, musicians, jugglers, magicians and other performers entertain continuously on 10 stages; more than 140 craftspeople show their pottery, jewelry, leatherwork, glass and other goods; vendors sell smoked turkey legs, meat pies and other foods and refreshments in the spirit of the times; and mounted knights in armor compete in jousting tournaments. The fair is open from 10 to 7 Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day through Oct. 24. Admission at the gate is $17, seniors $15, ages 7 to 15 $8 (younger free); for this opening weekend, all children under 12 get in free. From the Beltway, follow U.S. 50 east to Route 3 north to Route 450 east, turn left at Crownsville Road and follow signs. Call 800-296-7304 or 410-266-7304, or visit www.rennfest.com.

Prediction: No Snow

The Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants pretend it's winter at their annual "Christmas in August" concert Friday at 8 at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, in Rock Creek Park at 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. WETA-FM personality Nicole Lacroix hosts an evening of holiday favorites that concludes with a traditional sing-along. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Call 202-767-5658 or 202-426-0486.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Knights on horseback joust at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.Princess Yaowlak (Daphne Chen) and Anna (Sandy Duncan) get acquainted in "The King and I."Scheming Lady Macbeth (Kelly McGillis) leads hubby (Patrick Page) astray in "Macbeth." "I've Known Rivers," by Jennifer Canton, is on display at the Doll and Teddy Bear Expo.