Cheap Art, Monster Trucks, and Tough Guys On Tap This Weekend

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If you've resolved to be more artistic this year, this weekend has plenty in store to inspire your muse. Start tonight at Artists on Central's "Everything's Under a Grand" show.

Work by local artists will be priced under $1,000, and though that's not exactly a minor investment, it's a bargain for a quality artwork. Besides, helping feed an artist will provide you with good art karma in making your own creations. The opening reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

If art isn't your thing, perhaps you might light to learn how to be a blacksmith at the National Ornamental Metal Museum's Basic Blacksmithing Workshop. The class teaches fundamentals, as well as how to use tools and striking techniques. The class costs $210, and that price covers tools and materials. Basic Blacksmithing runs Saturday and Sunday. Space is limited, so call the museum (774-6380) for more information.

For those who've resolved to get in touch with their masculine sides in 2009, don't miss the testosterone-fest otherwise known as Monster Jam. The big-wheeled, truck-smashin', ear-splittin' action at the FedExForum begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight and repeats tomorrow at the same time.

Manly men and brawlin' broads will throw down at the Toughman Contest on Saturday night at Sam's Town. Don't miss the known-down, drag-out action beginning at 7 p.m.

If art and macho arena exhibitions aren't your thing, you'll surely find something to love at the Elvis Birthday Breakfast Sunday morning. After all, who doesn't love breakfast? And Elvis for that matter? Fans will nosh while Elvis films play on the drive-in screen at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $27.

--Bianca Phillips

For more weekend fun, check out the Flyer's searchable online listings.

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