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I don’t care how cute and fuzzy you are: When you’re named after an American president who advocated cracking people across the head with a metaphorical “big stick,” your rep is one of bloodthirsty violence. Oh, the teddy bear might bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike, but—as anyone who’s seen Stuart Gordon’s 1987 Dolls (or any film starring that lovable, foul-mouthed spawn of Satan, Chucky) knows—beneath a cuddly exterior may lie a demonic malevolence. So don’t say I didn’t warn you if, after winning your heart, your latest acquisition from the 11th Annual Doll and Teddy Bear Expo cuts it out and eats it. Featuring the work of more than 250 national and international artists, this year’s expo also includes a presentation honoring the world-renowned Madame Alexander Dolls company and a special exhibition inspired by Dolls magazine editor Nayda Rondon’s new book, Black Dolls: Proud, Bold, & Beautiful. Don’t skip the lecture on “Self-Defense Against Possessed Plush” when the expo opens with a trade preview at 9 a.m. (additional programs run through Aug. 29; see City List for details) at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. $15. (202) 328-2000. (Matthew Borlik)