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Friday!

November 12 — Weekend time! Chad, Collin, and Amy here, ready for some multi–slacking rather than of all this multi-tasking.

☀️ Sunny and 66° today. Perfect fall weather for the weekend, but keep the fleece handy, it's going to be 37° on Saturday night. 

📈 Atlanta is experiencing the worst inflation among major U.S. cities. October prices are up 7.9% from last year — more than double the rate in San Francisco, according to Bloomberg.  

🚇 MARTA will reduce bus service on 96 of its 113 routes due to a staffing shortage.

🍑 In happier news, Atlanta is the only U.S. city to be featured in Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2022.

👜 Shop Local at The Works: ATL Girl Gang Members Mart brings dozens of local women-owned businesses together this weekend. Non-member tickets are $10 to shop tomorrow and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


🗳️ While redistricting and Buckhead have used up most of the oxygen in the special legislative session, a Georgia Senate committee has quietly nearly doubled the size of the Gwinnett County Commission. The controversial bill is effectively diluting minority voting power in one of the state’s most diverse counties.

🕖 Today's Draft is stories ➼

• What it means to be human
• Top 5 with Maricela Vega 
• Farmers market season winds down
• Midtown tower could become Atlanta’s 5th tallest building
AND
• Friday Sports

Have a nice weekend! 
1. Exploring what it means to be human 

‍🎨 Born in Kansas City, but raised locally by his mother, artist and designer Sanithna Phansavanh can recall his first dabblings in art as early as five-or-so-years-old, when he scribbled ninjas on the walls of his Forest Park apartment.

“It wasn’t until I got into high school where I had this amazing teacher named Mrs. Hudson,” said Phansavanh. “She showed me the possibilities of art, the opportunity to use it as a form of self-exploration.”

Phansavanh has been a practicing Atlanta artist for more than a decade, his dreamy portraits are on display as murals and in gallery shows throughout the city. He also frequently works with Living Walls, Forward Warrior, and the OuterSpace Project by ABV.

Our colleague Isadora Pennington recently spent a cool autumn morning in Cabbagetown with Phansavanh, discussing his background as an artist, his figural work, and how he infuses each piece with energy and movement.
2. Maricela Vega of Chico

🌽 Maricela Vega made her mark on the city with delicious tamales from her acclaimed pop-up, Chicomecóatl. After leading the kitchen at 8Arm, Vega now hosts meals around metro Atlanta and has rebranded her pop-up as Chico.

You can find her at the Morningside Farmers Market tomorrow from 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and at the Grant Park Farmers Market on Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

As some farmers markets wind down for the winter (see next story), we asked Vega for her Top 5 Finds in her local markets:
 
1. Chris Edwards of Sparta Gardens slinging his fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms. Sparta Gardens is known for producing shiitake, oyster, and lion's mane mushrooms. The most gravitating aspect of Chris’ work is his niche supply of Sparta-grown and produced Lion's Mane Mushroom tablets. These health supplements are known to be beneficial to the immune and cognitive systems. (Saturday's at Morningside)

2. Grant Park has a wealth of booths owned by people of color. Statistically speaking this is huge, so consider joining their CSAs: Narrow Way Farm, Sparta Gardens, Menas Farms,  Snap Finger Farms, Mayflor Farms, and Caribe United Farm!
 
3. Osono Bread is a must, but you better bust out of bed early! For good reason, Betsy Gonzalez has built a reputation for herself and her business. The idea of her work is simple: thoughtful sourcing, and exercising her masterful techniques learned abroad and regionally. When you bite into her diverse bread offerings, you immediately develop a palette for her creations. (Sunday's at Grant Park)

4. Caribe United Farm once took on my commission of raising a flock of 150 Peking ducks, which involved several site visits. I learned about the more humane life that farmers could provide for their poultry flocks. As a North Georgia resident (a leading area of manufactured chicken production), creating a cleaner connection to chicken became possible due to their willingness to provide a viable alternative. Tami and Gabriel are Caribbean educators-turned-farmers, and you can find them at the Grant Park market every Sunday.

5. For your flower doses, Chattahoochee Queen grows some of the most gorgeous bundles of seasonal blossoms you will find in Atlanta. Evan Neal’s flower farm is located in Summerhill, and often offers farm pickups.

Meanwhile, Cherokee Moon Mixology uses several types of flowers for their various, vinegar-based batches of fermentation. Each recipe has its own set of health benefits and taste profiles. You may find yourself unknowingly sipping a delicious medicinal spritz. Almeta Tulloss runs one of the most unique and thoughtful businesses in the state. (Sunday's at Grant Park)
3. Farmers market season is wrapping up

🥬 As fall turns to winter, and local farmers markets prepare to close up shop for the season, events are popping up all over the city. Okra is in abundance right about now!

➡ Canopy Atlanta is hosting a Forest Park Community Farmers Market pop-up with local farmers and vendors selling fruits, vegetables, and other goods at Starr Park Amphitheater on Nov. 14. A panel discussion, titled “How to Eat Local: Community Farmers’ Markets and Gardens” begins at 11 a.m.

Guest speakers include Rosario Hernandez, Executive Directors of Historic Westside Gardens, and Wande Okunoren-Meadows from Little Ones Learning Center and Hand Heart Soul Project. Canopy Atlanta writer Muriel Vega is also speaking on ways to create and support community farmers markets and gardens.

➡It’s the last week for CSA pickup at Aluma Farm in Oakland City/Adair Park. They’re still offering regular Thurs. and Sun. markets next week before switching over to their winter pop-up schedule. Sunday’s market will be “a big Thanksgiving blowout,” and starting Wednesday, they’re offering pre-orders, so you can scoop up everything you need for this year’s Thanksgiving side dishes.

Some other calendar notes:
🥬 PCM ends Nov. 17
🥬 East Atlanta ends Nov 18 

🥬 Sandy Springs ends Nov. 20
🥬Peachtree Rd. and Dunwoody end Dec. 18

🗓️ Morningside, Grant Park and Freedom (Carter Center) are year round.
*Partner Message* 🖼️ Save the Date: The 23rd annual Art Papers auction will be Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 at the Atlanta Contemporary. More info.   
4. More towers in Midtown

👷 A new mixed-use project in Midtown may soon become the fifth tallest building on Atlanta’s skyline.

The Midtown Development Review Committee (MDRC) met on Nov. 9 to hear Rockefeller Group and architect TVS Design’s proposal to build a 61-story tower at 1072 West Peachtree St. that would rise 733 feet — taller than Downtown’s Westin Peachtree Plaza, and almost as tall as the nearby Bank of America tower.

The plans include 350 apartments and 212,000 square feet of office space above a parking podium with 6,600 square feet of ground-floor retail.
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5. The Sports Section

On Friday, we keep it light & breezy with some sports news. We don't make predictions, which is probably a good thing, considering how frequently people tell us we are wrong about the weather.

⚽ Atlanta United's first round playoff match is at NYCFC on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. (TV: ABC).

 
🏀 Ugh, the Hawks are allergic to the West Coast. They are in the midst of a five game losing streak and are 4-8 on the season. They play at Denver tonight at 9 p.m. (TV: BSS)

Trae Young and crew then return to Atlanta for five straight home games beginning Sunday when the defending NBA champs are here, fresh off of a recent visit to the White House.


🏈 College Football tomorrow:
- #1 Georgia at Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
- Georgia Tech hosts Boston College at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
- Georgia State at Coastal Carolina at 2 p.m. (ESPN+)

🏈 Friday Night Lights: High School playoffs begin tonight. It's a bit unwieldy for us to keep up with, but our friends at SCORE ATL have all the news & scores. 

🏈 Wait, what? Yes, the Falcons are actually winning games nobody thought they would win (see: last weekend in New Orleans). Sunday is another game that nobody thinks they will win. On the road at Dallas. 1 p.m. (TV: FOX)
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