Join fellow writers, musicians, artists and other creative underground folk for ANOTHER EVENING WITH THE GARBAGE MAN, a no-holds-barred open-mic night of sorts where attendees read their own short stories, all restricted to a one-page limit. Bill Taft from Hubcap City is the brains behind the operation, bringing together an eclectic group for short "shotgun blasts" of prose – from fiction, memoirs and journals to everything in between and outside the lines. Free. 8 p.m. Opal Gallery, 484 B-2 Moreland Ave. 404-354-2804. www.theopalgallery.com. (Alicia Wages)
Do you hear the people sing? If not, you won't have to wait long; Alain Boublil's and Claude-Michel Schönberg's LES MISÉRABLES is coming to the Fox Theatre. The epic Broadway play, based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, sweeps through three turbulent decades of 19th-century France. Love, loss, triumph and redemption are exemplified all too well in the stage production that will leave you yearning for "One Day More." Through Sept. 28. $25-$68. Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 and 7 p.m. 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.ticketmaster.com. (Caroline Burke)
For those who dig on art, education and the possibility of having kids one day (or if you already do), consider UPHOLDING TRUTH IN EDUCATION, a collaborative performance that addresses the various difficulties that have plagued the "No Child Left Behind" program. Join 50 artists and the fine folks at WonderRoot for poetry, music and refreshments that are sure to get you thinking straight. Free. 8-11:30 p.m. 982 Memorial Drive. 404-254-5955. www.wonderroot.org. (Sean Dettman)
SEPT. 24 TOO BUSY TO HATE ... TOO HARD TO COMMUTE The Second City comedy's opening night is at Alliance Theatre's Hertz Stage. www.alliancetheatre.org.
SEPT. 26 ATLAS SOUND AND STEREOLAB Deerhunter's Bradford Cox teams up with Londoners Stereolab. www.variety-playhouse.com.
SEPT. 26 CHEECH AND CHONG The comedy duo comes to the Tabernacle to Light Up America. www.livenation.com.
SEPT. 30 JENNY LEWIS Rilo Kiley indie princess brings an Acid Tongue to Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.