Comedy greats (l-r) Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl , Dick Gregory and Jonathan Winters overlook Peachtree Street from a wall outside the Laughing Skull Lounge. None of them will be there, but other good standups will be strutting their stuff during Monday's Open Mic Night. John Spink/jspink@ajc.com 
Photo: John Spink
Photo: John Spink

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, Sept. 24

See you in S-e-p-t-e-m-b-e-r … but only for another week.

Yep, hard as it is to believe, it isn’t just summer that’s over (It is. Trust us. Fall officially began at 9:54 p.m. on Saturday). September nearly is too. This is your last Monday of the month, so you’ll want to make it count before the madness of the holiday season all but kicks off in October.

And on top of that, as they say on a certain TV show, Winter is coming.

Brr.

Here are three ideas for making the most of this Monday.

“CHRIS HEDGES — ‘AMERICA: THE FAREWELL TOUR’”

Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent and previous National Book Critics Circle finalist, discusses his provocative new examination what ails America. A lot, it seems, as Hedges unflichingly explores a country “in crisis, where unemployment, deindustrialization, and a bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in an epidemic of diseases of despair—drug abuse, gambling, suicide, magical thinking, xenophobia, and a culture of sadism and hate.” 8 p.m. $10, $5 members. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. atlantahistorycenter.com

“OPEN MIC NIGHT AT LAUGHING SKULL LOUNGE”

Or maybe what you really need is a laugh. If so, then head to this comedy institution in the heart of Midtown to see 15 standups strut their stuff and not pull their puncheslines. Voted Best Comedy Open Mic in Atlanta, the lineup tends to be a blend of local comics and visting national names trying out material and further honing their acts. You must be 21 and over to attend, and there’s a two drink minimum. 8 p.m. $10. Laughing Skull Lounge (located in the back of The Vortex Bar & Grill), 878 Peachtree St., Atlanta. laughingskulllounge.com

“CAR SEAT HEADREST”

Propelled by singer-songwriter Will Toledo (“Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales”, this guitar-based indie rock group built on its growing legend recently by releasing a reworked version of the 2011 album “Twin Fantasy.” Car Seat Headrest also recently collaborated with Smash Mouth (remember them?) on a “split single” and Toledo’s known for his intriguing covers, so, this show (which also includes Naked Giants) promises not to be dull! 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). $22-$25. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com

>>See what’s in store on the weather and traffic front before you head out

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