Bullfighting purists can complain all they want, but repeatedly stabbing a bull in the neck in front of a coliseum crowd is still illegal in the United States. Disappointing, perhaps, but at least there's a rodeo clown at Friday and Saturday's south-of-the-border extravaganza, La Feria Charra. The Mexican rodeo philosophy says it's only entertaining if somebody might get gored. And with bareback bull riding and a trick called paso de la muerte (death leap), risky behavior is a given. Bullfighters Paco Munoz and Alberto Espinoza, fresh from shows in Spain, yell Toro! in front of 700-pound bulls and hold nothing but red capes, because we took their swords away. So we're not so sure the thing'll be bloodless.
Show producer Kevin Knight worked with the American Royal for two and a half years to put on the event, and each night mixes a bullfight, an equestrian show and a concert. Friday, the group Bronco: El Gigante de América serenades with Norteño music. Saturday, Conjunto Atardecer plays. Inexplicably, the Mexican rodeo also features Canadian Mounties. Two of them.
The multicultural fun starts at 7:30 p.m. at Kemper Arena (1800 Genessee). Tickets cost $12-$50. For more information, see www.mexfair.com. Libby Page
Get around the block a time or two.
Some guys enjoy a considerable boost in testosterone when they hop into a souped-up Honda Civic and challenge their buddies to race down the block. But we think it would be a much more compelling testament to their manhood if they did it in skirts. The Sweetest Plum Cycle Team agrees, as evidenced by its KC Bike Drag Races. At 7:30 p.m. Friday at the MoMO Studio (1830 Locust), the group shuts down the block for guys (in dresses) and gals (in mustaches) to race their two-wheelers for an as-yet-undisclosed grand prize. The contest uses a bracket system, and participants get a first-round bye simply by being in drag. But the crowd is the ultimate authority in the outcome. To participate, e-mail to kcbike firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday; the entry fee is $3. For the wusses who only want to watch, the event is BYOB. Colin Torre
The Chiefs' Will Shields plays nice.
Chiefs offensive lineman Will Shields is a nice guy so nice that he's won the NFL Man of the Year and Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year awards. He's the sort of do-gooder who lets Safehome, the advocacy group and shelter for victims of domestic violence, use his name for its Will Shields "Red Flags of Domestic Violence" Flag Football Tournament. He shows up, too, to ref the final two games. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Mid-America Sports Complex (20000 Johnson Drive in Shawnee). Teams pay $260-$320 for 12 players, and each is guaranteed at least three games. To register your team, call Safehome at 913-432-9300, ext. 18, or see www.safe home-ks.org. Rebecca Braverman Rim Shot
You can't have streetball without hip-hop. That's why DJ Sku spins at Rock the Rim, a three-on-three tournament at the Hall-McCarter Educational Center (5000 Northwest Valley View Road in Blue Springs), from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Teams can enter for $60, and players must be at least 18; admission to watch is $5. Call Rochelle Petway at 816-213-7334 for information. Annie Fischer