Theatrical Outfit hosts its second annual fundraising gala, ATLEXIS2009, a black-tie event that promises spoken word, wit and wisdom in a tribute to Southern literature. An evening of dramatic readings, performances, music and auctions lends itself to inspire and stir the soul in the tradition of the South. Special guests include state Rep. John Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Emory professor Natasha Trethewey, and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's" Ed Helms. $250. 7:30 p.m. Balzer Theater at Herren's, 84 Luckie St. 678-528-1500. www.theatricaloutfit.org.