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October 22 — We're back! 

☀️ Sunny with a high of 72° today. Same all weekend, which will make for a nice Shaky Knees.  

🗳️ Today is the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the November 2 election. DeKalb info here. Fulton here. Cobb here.

🎥 In a bizarre, tragic story, Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on a movie set in New Mexico, killing one person and injuring another. 

🎤 On Oct. 20, Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X was awarded his own day to honor both his artistic influence and success, and for raising significant awareness for the LGBTQ+ community.

🎞️ This Saturday, catch a free screening of “The Goonies” at Pernoshal Park in Dunwoody. See the 1985 adventure film about a group of kids who find a mysterious map, and set out to find a treasure. Movie starts at 7:15 p.m. Free popcorn for all!

💰 In a deal that values the company at $1.2 billion, global investment firm Blackstone is buying a majority stake in Spanx, the Buckhead-based brand founded by Sarah Blakely.

🕖 Today's Draft is five stories:

• Cranes in the Midtown sky
• Top 5 iconic Atlanta dishes
• Hawks won / Braves lost (Sports)
• The Eastern opens

• Chef and author Renee Erickson comes to Lucian

Have a great weekend!

- Chad, Collin, & Amy
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1. Midtown on the rise

🚧 The proliferation of cranes over Midtown Atlanta is testament to how many high-rise projects are currently in the works.

As of October, 16 high-rises – from student housing and condos, to hotels and offices – were in various stages of construction, according to the Midtown Alliance. Eight more have been proposed and are moving through the city’s approval process before construction begins.

That ongoing momentum will result in a dramatically altered skyline and more density than the city has ever seen.

Midtown growth at a glance:

Arts Center Way is being extended across West Peachtree St. from behind the High Museum to become a focal point of the three-tower Midtown Union development between West Peachtree and Spring streets. Arts Center Way will cut through the development as a pedestrian walkway lined with retail and restaurants connecting the Woodruff Arts Center to Spring St.

➡ Four of the 16 high-rise projects underway in Midtown are dedicated to GSU, Tech, and AUC student housing, including The Hub on Campus (19 stories) at Spring and 10th streets and Moontower (31 stories) at 859 Spring St.

SCAD is building a 20-story dorm complex where Spring St. meets the Buford-Spring Connector.

➡ The two-tower Juniper Street project will span an entire block between 11th and 12th streets with 38- and 32-story towers.

➡ The 33-story Society tower is going up at 811 Peachtree St. 

Read about more Midtown development
Image of Midtown by @jerrito1.
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2. Andrew Thomas Lee's iconic Atlanta dishes

Photographer Andrew Thomas Lee’s work revolves around food culture and the role it plays in people’s lives.

“Beautiful plates are always nice, but learning what it took to get there is what really interests me,” he says. “I love shooting food, working with cooks, and being a part of the Atlanta restaurant scene and food community. 

His photographs have appeared in Esquire, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Atlanta Magazine, Garden & Gun, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has also shot 14 cookbooks with various authors and chefs.

📸 Next Thursday, Oct. 28, Andrew's work will be the topic of discussion for Atlanta Photo Night 2021.

In anticipation of that event, Lee gave us a list of his
Top 5 iconic dishes in Atlanta. Since we know this will stir some discussion, join us on IG to drop your $.02: 

1. Caviar & Middlins at Kimball House. If you would have said caviar and fancy grits, there’s a chance I’d say that wouldn’t work. I’m definitely wrong on that. This dish is one of my favorites in Atlanta, and I order it every time I’m there. Caviar, egg yolk, potato crumble, and preserved lemon on top of creamy Carolina gold rice grits. The pro move is to also order the fried chicken skins for scooping. It’s gluttonous and amazing.

2. Comfy Chicken Biscuit at Homegrown. If you don’t already know – this is a must-have for anyone living in or visiting Atlanta. Fried chicken served on top of biscuits with sausage gravy and orange slices on the side to add some acid to this rich, indulgent breakfast gem. If you have time for a nap, then by all means get the whole order. The pro tip is that you can order a “half comfy” and pair it with eggs or something lighter.

3. Smoked Chicken Wings at Fox Bros Bar-B-Q. Everyone has their opinion on chicken wings, and mine is that these are my local favorite. I order them every time I’m with friends watching sports (Go Braves!), or my wife and I will split an order of 24 for a takeout dinner. My tip here is sauce on the side, and get some Alabama White Sauce for dipping.

4. Black Spaghetti at BoccaLupo. Bruce does an incredible job with pasta at this Inman Park staple, and this dish is a classic example. The spaghetti is black from using squid ink in the dough. The sweet, red shrimp and hot, Calabrese sausage crumbles give this pasta just a little heat. I could eat it by the bucket. I always tell myself I’m not going to order it and try something new, but it always ends up at our table.

5. The 20″ Cheese Pie at Glide Pizza. We have no shortage of good pizza in Atlanta, but the pizza Rob Birdsong is doing over at this Inman Park pizza window is amazing. I love their classic cheese with a side of pizza ranch. Their giant pies use great ingredients, and have that crisp that I find is missing from other places. Pro tip: heat up the leftover slices on a pizza stone in your oven. Almost as good!
Like to look at cool houses on the weekends? Us too! 

With the temps getting cooler, everyone’s flocking to pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Want to know another fun thing you can do this weekend, intown?

If you’re in the market to buy (or just enjoy looking at awesome houses), Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty has
several open houses happening this weekend – and they’re ready to help you turn "someday" into right now.

It's no secret that the real estate market here in Atlanta lately has been nothing short of wild. And when things get crazy, strong representation really matters.

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty is a locally owned, family-run company and the exclusive affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty® in Metro Atlanta. With 550+ sales associates working across four offices, visit an open house this weekend to find out why they are the #1 real estate brokerage in Atlanta’s six-county metro area. 

These folks offer expertise that reaches down the block and around the world. They are wherever you are and wherever you want to be. So, needless to say, you’ll be in great hands. And if you just want to check out some amazing houses, that’s cool too

3. The Sports Section

Friday = Sports Day. Just enough to keep you in the loop. 

⚾ After the Braves lost 11-2 last last night (😟), the NLCS returns to Truist Park (above) with Atlanta holding a 3-2 lead over the Dodgers. Saturday at 5:08 p.m. (TV: TBS).

If the Braves win tomorrow, they go to the World Series. If they lose, Game 7 is Sunday, also at Truist. 

🏀 The Hawks' 2021-22 season began last night with an impressive 26-point win over the Mavericks at State Farm Arena. 

Atlanta United is not making it easy. A 90th minute free kick goal by NYCFC denied the Five Stripes of two crucial points. They remain above the playoff line, but are making their supporters very, very nervous. Next match is Wed., Oct 27 v. Inter Miami in Atlanta. 

🏈 The 2-3 Falcons are back in action this weekend, traveling to Miami to face the even more hapless Dolphins who are currently 1-5. Sunday at 1 p.m. (TV: FOX)

In local college action, the #1 Georgia Bulldogs have a bye week before the annual trek to Jacksonville for Georgia v. Florida.

Tomorrow, Texas State comes to Summerhill to play Georgia State at 2 p.m. (TV: ESPN+), Georgia Tech plays Virginia in Charlottesville at 7:30 p.m. (TV: ACC Network), and Kennesaw State is in Buies Creek, NC to face Campbell at 4 p.m. 
4. The Eastern: A stunning addition to the cityscape

🔊 On Oct. 13, The Eastern hosted a red carpet event, and an open house to show off the recently unveiled concert hall and event space’s state-of-the-art facilities.
Located in the Dairies complex along Memorial Dr. in Reynoldstown, Atlanta’s newest venue is a modern and visually stunning addition to the cityscape. The venue’s spacious and multi-tiered floorplan features balconies and bars at every level, and every seat in the building offers a front-rail experience. Inside, the 2,200-capacity main room boasts a top-of-the-line sound system with lighting to match. 
It’s also a base of operations for local promoters Zero Mile Presents and their partners, the international sports and entertainment group AEG, who’ve already kicked the tires with performances from Big Boi of OutKast, and a sold-out sensory overload of an EDM show from Griz and Mersiv.
The party last Wednesday also gave the venue a chance to show off its rooftop patio and events space. The 250-cap balcony offers a panoramic view of the surrounding neighborhood, an open bar, a small stage, and the perfect ambience for a more casual hang.
5. 'Getaway' with Renee Erickson at Lucian Books and Wine

👩🏻‍🍳 Seattle chef Renee Erickson's world travels bring her to Buckhead's Lucian Books and Wine this Sat., Oct. 23, from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Erickson (above, photo by Jim Henkens) will be signing copies of her latest book, "Getaway: Food & Drink to Transport You."

"Getaway" features a carefully curated selection of food stories, photography, and recipes that Erickson has encountered while traveling the world, all arranged so that they can be enjoyed when the manic pace of traveling has subsided, and there's time to reflect on every moment that's chronicled here.

Lucian's menu will feature a handful of dishes and drinks featured throughout the book, including fried sardines with sunflower tarator and lemon, and beef tartare with oyster aioli, pickled baby onions, and potato chips.

For this event, it's best to reserve a table for lunch, or to drop the shop a line and let them know if you just want to pick up a copy of the book.
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