This weekend's Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is named after the legendary creator of the bull doggin' event. The rodeo will pay tribute to African American cowboys and cowgirls who helped shape the West and those who keep the Wild West alive in spirit. Besides bull doggin', in which a cowboy on horseback chases down a 650-pound bull at 30 mph, the rodeo will feature calf roping, bareback riding and barrel racing. The show is at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. General admission tickets are $17; seniors and ages 12 and younger, $12. 301-952-7999.
Central American Dance
With its repertoire of classical, contemporary and indigenous works, Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador uses dance as a way to preserve the history of El Salvador. The troupe was founded in 1994 by Salvadoran artists committed to dance and the development and reconstruction of their country after a 12-year civil war. They will perform almost daily throughout the Washington area in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 15. At 10:30 a.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, the dancers will perform "Solo Por Hoy" at the Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. Tickets are $5 for the Friday show and $15 at the door or $12 in advance for the weekend shows. 301-277-1710.
Wanda Sykes, a comedian, actress and sports commentator who got her start at a talent showcase in the District, has added author to her resume. Sykes will discuss "Yeah, I Said It" from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Karibu Books. Her first published work is a written version of her stand-up act, in which she tackles topics that include marriage, ageism, religion, politics, sex, obesity and Hollywood. The bookstore is in Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East/West Highway, Hyattsville. Admission is free. 301-559-1140.