Rise and strut
Early birds will be lacing up their sneakers for SEPT. 20's SIXTH ANNUAL EAST ATLANTA VILLAGE STRUT 5K fun run. Awards go to male and female winners in both the adult and kids categories. Post-race festivities include art and food vendors, as well as live music from Minamina Goodsong, Mojo 99, Cadillac Jones and more. Proceeds benefit the Warren/Holyfield Boys and Girls Club. Free. 8 a.m. (race); noon (music). Hass and Glendale avenues. www.eaca.net.
-- Heather Kuldell
Naughty, naughty ...
Dad's Garage Theatre Company, a group that's built its reputation on eccentricity and improv, kick-starts a new season SEPT. 19 with the world premiere of OUT OF THE TREES. Penned by late Monty Python member Graham Chapman, the collection of interconnected shorts, based (very loosely) on the life and times of Ghengis Kahn, has gone virtually unseen ... until now. Helmed by Dad's Artistic Director Sean Daniels (no slouch when it comes to sketch comedy), the bawdy show should bring the laughs and prove a veritable wet dream for fans of the form. $15-$20. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 25. Dad's Garage, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com.
-- Steve Yockey
The TV series "24" has nothing on "The 24-Hour Plays," in which eight short plays are written, cast, rehearsed and staged by nearly 100 collaborators within a 24-hour period. See the output from this caffeine-fueled guerilla theater stunt, produced by Synchronicity Performance Group and Horizon Theatre, SEPT. 21. Will deadline pressure make the short plays soar like eagles or plummet like turkeys? Based on the event's previous 11 installments, the answer is often both. $12. 8 p.m. Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-584-7450. www.synchrotheatre.com.
-- Curt Holman
Sept 18 Thursday
Much-admired Southern humorist CLYDE EDGERTON, author of Raney and Walking Across Egypt, arrives at the Margaret Mitchell House to read from his latest, Lunch at the Piccadilly. It's the tale of a sassy nursing-home granny who rebels when her driver's license is taken away. $8. 7 p.m. 990 Peachtree St. 770-578-3502. www.gwtw.org. (Tray Butler)
Sept 19 Friday
Tango with your date, then watch Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne do it right at TANGO AT THE BILTMORE. It's hot as hell (and it might well send you there). Float the phrases "Argentine Tango masters" and "Georgian Ballroom" to impress your prudish friends. $25. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Biltmore, 817 W. Peachtree St. 404-524-9899. www.tango-rio.com. (Thomas Bell)
Sept 20 Saturday
The Woodruff Arts Center's Page to Stage literary series kicks off its third season with pop-lit darling NICHOLAS SPARKS, author of The Notebook and Message in a Bottle. Part of the second annual Atlanta Literary Festival.$10. 7 p.m. Alliance Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.woodruffcenter.org. (TB)
Sept 21 Sunday
ART OF LISTENING TOUR brings Ninja Tunes' wicked turntablism to the ultra-chic. Legendary DJ VADIM headlines, with Emcee Blurum 13, DJ First Rate and Herb & Skills opening. $8. 8 p.m. Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-3600. www.echostatic.com/echolounge. (HK)
Sept 22 Monday
Sometimes it's difficult inventing original reasons to drag friends to the Clermont Lounge. But now you have a spankin'-new excuse! Decibel Productions presents KARAOKE AT THE CLERMONT. Blondie and the girls welcome your vocal prowess with open, um, arms. And once there, well, you know ... Free. 9:30 p.m Clermont Lounge, 789 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-874-4783. (SY)
Sept 23 Tuesday
Nobel laureate SEAMUS HEANEY comes to Emory University to honor the retirement of president William Chace. The Irish poet, who received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995, will read from his own works. Free; open to the public. 5 p.m. Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Emory. 404-727-7620. (TB)
Sept 24 Wednesday
Roots-Americana maven LUCINDA WILLIAMS is on the road again to promote her latest effort, World Without Tears. It's the album's up-tempo stuff that really kicks on stage. And after the mellow reflection of her last release, Essence, it's about time she rocked out a little. The Jayhawks open. $27.50. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. atlantaconcerts.com. (SY)