Thursday: Five gay things to do today

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MARCH MADNESS: The Atlanta Executive Network is taking a cue from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this week and coming up with their own March Madness. The evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m., offers a crash course in professional networking. To make room for what organizers expect to be a large crowd, they shifted the event to Jungle. $10 for non-AEN members.

SPOKEN WORD: Charis Books & More and Cliterati pair up for their monthly evening of open mic and reading to help cultivate the voices of authors, novices, poets and others. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Karen G and Theresa Davis of the Art Amok Slam Team.

DON’T ASK: Author Nathaniel Frank stops at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse to discuss his new book, “Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America.” The book traces the development of the military’s ban on openly gay members and shows through research how it emerged as a short-sighted political compromise. Event starts at 8 p.m.

SECRETS AND DENIAL: “Suddenly Last Summer,” a work from gay playwright Tennessee Williams, opens at Actor’s Express. It’s the story of family secrets and denial. What more could you expect from a play set in New Orleans? 8 p.m. $18-$35.

COCKTAIL SIP: The Thursday Night Cocktail Sip in Gay Atlanta continues its early start to the weekend at Trois in Midtown. The event begins at 9 p.m. The evening is serving a dual purpose. It’s also a fundraiser from Take Back Georgia for John Evans, the gay man attacked in Midtown earlier this month, and Georgia Equality.

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