One would think that a piece about the topic at hand would all but write itself. After all, how difficult can it be to come off equally coy and informative about a local AMPRO boxing event featuring Tonya Harding? Still, we've got nothing. Perhaps the sheer simplicity of targeting the trashy skating queen-turned-pugilist has left us creatively kneecapped...or maybe (heaven forbid) the public humiliation of bargain-bin celebrities is just starting to wear thin. Call us cynics, but irony just doesn't taste as sweet when everyone is in on the joke. So yeah, Harding's in town Saturday to box a to-be-announced opponent (does it matter whom, unless it's Urkel?) in the parking lot of the Silver City Plaza. Twenty bucks will get you in, and a hundred will park you ringside for this little slice of 21st-century pop-culture masochism, but the kitsch of it all can be forgiven considering that all proceeds benefit Pic-A-Pal, a service that rescues animals and provides temporary foster homes. See, there's an actual heart pumping blood to this seemingly soulless beast...and that's about as pleasantly ironic as it gets. The Silver City Plaza is located at 7501 N. Stemmons Freeway. Call 214-226-2525. --Matt Hursh
Lights, Camera, Action
Students get ready for their close-ups
Been itching for years to make a movie, but have somehow ended up a lot more likely to ride a flying dirt bike toward the moon with a refugee space creature in tow than to emerge the next Steven Spielberg? Check out the sixth annual Summer Film & Video Institute, a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience from local film- and video-makers at pretty decent prices. Various classes offer in-depth instruction on beginning as well as intermediate and advanced film- and video-making. Dallas Community Television and the Video Association of Dallas' Summer Film & Video Institute runs through August 23. Most computer-based classes are at University of Texas at Dallas' Institute for Interactive Arts & Engineering. Most production classes are at Dallas Community Television, 1253 Round Table Drive. Course prices vary. Call 214-631-5571. --Cheryl Smith
Get crafty at the stamp festival
We're not too worried about Martha Stewart's possible prison sentence. If she gets hard time, she'll keep busy with her crafts. Anyone who approached her with a mop handle aimed at an unspeakable orifice would recoil after the inevitable diatribe on proper cleaning techniques. Regular people, like convicted felons, are fascinated by homemaking and crafts, and a better place to learn about them is this weekend's Art and Rubber Stamp Festival on August 2 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and August 3 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. Festival-goers can buy direct from rubber stamp manufacturers and enjoy demonstrations. Admission is $6 daily or $8 for a two-day pass. Call Heirloom Productions at 541-574-8000. --Annabelle Massey Helber
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Everyone knows that rambunctious kids and immature writers need playtime, but who says that the suits don't want to party, too? The Stemmons Corridor Business Association will be getting funky to strengthen the Stemmons Corridor business spirit at the 20th Annual National Night Out. Free food, door prizes and music from MIX 102.9 are included. It's Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St. Call 214-631-5151. --Mary Monigold