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Slightly warmer Wednesday

November 23 — Move your turkey from the freezer to the fridge, or make a reservation at a local restaurant, because Thanksgiving is upon us. By the way, the Rough Draft team is taking a holiday break, but we'll be back to business on Monday.


☀️ Sunny and a slight return to spring with a high of 68° today before clouds and rain set in for the holiday weekend. 

🚨 The GBI is investigating Camden County corrections officials who were caught on a jail video beating a detainee. 

🚂 Consumers and nearly every industry in the country are at risk of being affected by a looming rail strike, which could start on Dec. 5.

🕵️ Atlanta Police have released surveillance footage of a "person of interest" in the deadly shooting outside Manuel's Tavern last month. 
 
🏠 The Atlanta City Council approved a resolution urging residential developers who receive financial incentives from the city to accept federal housing vouchers for rent payments.

💧 Sandy Springs will seek public input before it makes changes to stormwater runoff rules in the Nancy Creek basin.

🍽 Nobu restaurant has opened in the lobby of its namesake hotel adjacent to Phipps Plaza in Buckhead.

🗝 A unique adult day care center resembling a 1950s town has opened in Sandy Springs. 

🌡 Glenn Burns retired yesterday after 40 years as chief meteorologist at WSB-TV. 
PICTURE THIS: Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead showed its appreciation to the men and women of Firehouse 21, which helped put out the fire that damaged the restaurant earlier this year, with a special dinner. Executive Chef Ryan Delesandro said the fire personnel “helped them in an unfortunate situation, so here we are nine months later, trying to reach back out and do our part.” 

⏱ Today's newsletter is  stories.

• Early voting begins
• The Sports Section
• Film Review: 'The People We Hate at the Wedding'

AND 
• Concert Picks


We'll see you back here Monday morning!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
 Collin, Sammie & Sophia
1. Early voting begins


🗳️ Early voting for the U.S. Senate runoff starts today in DeKalb County and Saturday in Fulton, Cobb, and other metro counties.

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock faces Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the Dec. 6 runoff. All registered voters are eligible to vote in the runoff, even if they skipped the general election. 

The last day to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 28. 

➡ Double-check your particular county for exact dates, times, and locations for early voting.

The Georgia Secretary of State's office is posting updates here.  


➡️ Click here for more information on early voting locations and times. 

2. The Sports Section

There will be plenty of sports for you to watch as you’re finishing up leftovers this weekend. We’re bringing you a special Wednesday update to help even the most cursory sports fans sound interesting at the Thanksgiving table

WORLD CUP UPDATES

⚽ The World Cup saw its first major upset yesterday when Saudi Arabia beat Argentina. Saudi King Salman declared today a national holiday in honor of the win.

🇭🇷 🇲🇦 In today's first match, Morocco and Croatia, the 2018 World Cup runner-up, battled to a 0-0 draw. 

➡ Other Group Stage matches today include three traditional European soccer powerhouses: Germany v. Japan at 8 a.m. (FS1), Spain v. Costa Rica at 11 a.m. (FOX), and Belgium v. Canada at 2 p.m. (FOX).

🇺🇸 Other big matches over the holiday weekend include the U.S. v. England on Friday at 2 p.m. (FOX), and Argentina looking to get back on track against Mexico on Sat., Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. (FS1)

➡ Keep up with all the action here.
 

⚽️ In local soccer news, Atlanta United FC hired Garth Lagerwey as president and CEO. Lagerwey was most recently general manager and president for the Seattle Sounders. 
 
🏀 The Atlanta Hawks are still in the top spot of the Southeast Division. They host the Sacramento Kings tonight at 7:30 p.m. They’ll travel to Houston to take on the Rockets on Friday at 8 p.m., and will be back home to host the Miami Heat on Sun., Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. Watch all of these games on BSS.
 
🏈 In college football, undefeated and top-ranked Georgia plays host to Georgia Tech on Saturday at noon. The Bulldogs are favored to win, but the Yellow Jackets are still reveling after their upset win over North Carolina last weekend (ESPN). 
 
➡️ The Georgia State Panthers travel to West Virginia to face the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday at noon (ESPN+). 
 
🍑 In high school football, the playoffs continue Friday night with the Drive for the GHSA State Title as the undefeated Calvary Day Cavaliers travel to take on the 9-2 Cedar Grove Saints in the quarterfinals, live on Peachtree TV at 8 p.m. Stream it here.
 
🏈 The Falcons still have their sights on a playoff spot as they head to Washington to take on the Commanders on Sunday (1 p.m., FOX).
3. Film Review: 'The People We Hate at the Wedding'


👰 There’s a particular type of dramedy that pops up around the holidays about the ways our families drive us crazy. “The Family Stone,” “This Christmas,” or more recently “Happiest Season” – they all explore complex family and relationship dynamics that all of us can somehow relate to.

These movies might have their issues, but they all get at what makes family dynamics so volatile and irresistible to watch unfold – a big family reunites for a holiday or event, old wounds open, misunderstandings occur, and some sort of catharsis is found.


“The People We Hate at the Wedding,” director Claire Scanlon’s new film, tries to tap into those familiar complexities, but never scratches past the surface or leans into the hints of sardonic humor that peek their way through cloudy sentimentality.

There’s a strange tonal mix to the film, and it never finds the right level for its snark or earnestness, or rides the right joke or emotional arc to its logical conclusion.


📽️ Read the full review here. 

4. Concert Picks 
 

Tonight

🥘 The Stews @ Center Stage Theatre

🎤 Goodie Mob @ The Eastern

 

Thurs., Nov. 24

🦃 Meadowlark Motel Annual Thanksgiving Dinner (with music!) @ Meadowlark Motel

🎨 Making Spirits Bright Concert @ Holland Performing Arts Center

 

Fri., Nov. 25

🚞 Departure (The Journey Tribute) @ 37 Main Avondale Estates

📉 SoDown @ Terminal West

 

Sat., Nov. 26

💊 Drugdealer @ Aisle 5

🎧 Shawn Mullins @ Variety Playhouse (Pictured)

🎺 Bonaventure Gypsy Jazz Quartet @ Elsewhere Brewing Co.

🎶 Minnesota The Widdler, Mythm, and Rohan Solo @ The Eastern
🎸 The REMakes @ Venkman's 

 

Sun., Nov. 27

🎷 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas @ The Fox Theatre 

 

Mon., Nov. 28

💙 Blu DeTiger @ Terminal West

 

Tues., Nov. 29

🎹 The Piano Guys @ The Fox Theatre

👨‍👦 Krüger Brothers @ Brevard Music Center

😋 Hungry for more food news? Side Dish is our weekly dining newsletter that comes out every Thursday at 4 p.m. Subscribe here. 
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