ARTISTIC ENDEAVOR: Susan Booth, artistic director for the Alliance Theatre, headlines the monthly meeting of the gay Atlanta Executive Network at Trois in Midtown. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for an hour or so of networking before Booth addresses the crowd. $20
COMING HOME: MEGA Family Project hosts its monthly coming out support group for adults. The group is free and will questions and concerns related to coming out. Florence McDonnell Center on Cheshire Bridge Road. 7 p.m.
LYRICAL EXPERIMENTATION: Thomas Glave, author of “The Torturer’s Wife” appears at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse. Glave, known for his stylistic brio, expands and deepens his lyrical experimentation in stories that focus — explicitly and allegorically — on the horrors of despotic dictatorships, terror, anti-gay violence, the weight of memory, secret fetishes, erotic longing, desire and intimacy. 7:30 p.m.
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.
RECRUITMENT: The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club is ramping up its recruitment effort for the Purple Dress Run. (photo) The event, set for May 2, is the annual event where Bucks players and supporters don their best purple dress for a bar crawl to raise funds. for YouthPride. Tonight, the Bucks will hit Blake’s on the Park to spread the word about the run. 8 p.m.
GAY LAUGHS: The Atlanta Pride Committee has partnered with Laughing Skull Comedy Lounge for a Thursday evening that should make you laugh and benefit Pride. Here’s how it works: By a $15 or $18 ticket to the 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. show at the comedy lounge, use “pride” as the promotion code and Pride receives $5. Pretty simple.
HYDRATE: With music by Gunter, Hydrate Thursdays continues its successful run at the W Midtown’s Living Room. The evening is brought to you by the same guys behind Social Tuesdays. 9 p.m.
COCKTAILS II: Thursday Night Cocktail continues its fun evening of cocktails and conversation inside the downstairs bar at Trois. The drinks start pouring at 9:30 p.m.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Celebrate with the Atlanta Eagle as the bar marks its 22nd anniversary throughout the weekend. DJ Brett Long gets the celebration started at 10 p.m. and there promises to very little light. Yup, it’s their infamous Blackout Thursday.
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