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October 27 — Chad here, along with Collin and Amy for your midweek Rough Draft.

☀️ Overnight lows dipped into the 40°s, but expect blue skies and a high of 72° today.  

⚾ The Braves won Game 1 of the World Series in Houston. The 6-2 win came with a cost, though, as ace pitcher Charlie Morton's season ended with a fractured fibula in the third inning. More on the World Series below. 

🤯 Via Atlanta Civic Circle and Atlanta Magazine: at the end of September, the state agency responsible for distributing rental assistance to those in need had actually disbursed just 9% of the more than $550 million it had received from the U.S. Treasury Department.

🙌 The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is turning 70. To celebrate, from Nov. 4Nov. 7 they’re offering to pay your admission to visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Reserve free tickets here

🇺🇳 Atlantan Michèle Taylor has been tapped as envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Council, but the U.S. rejoined last week under a directive from Biden.

😎 The 13th annual 20 Under 20 will appear in the Jan. 2022 issues of Atlanta Intown & Reporter Newspapers and nominations are open for students who have contributed to their community in a significant way. Act fast: the deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.
📸 This week's Instagram shout out goes to the almighty @Atlanta_Meme for reminder of a day in the life of Atlanta circa 1999, the last time the Braves played in the World Series.

🕖 Today's Draft is five stories:

• Greg Bluestein's balancing act
• A house divided over baseball
• Weekend music picks
• Women + Wine's journey into Georgia wine country
• Coffee shop revisit: Buteco

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1. Bluestein's balancing act

✍️ Dunwoody resident Greg Bluestein wears many hats: Atlanta Journal-Constitution political reporter, host of the Politically Georgia podcast, and moderator of political forums, to name just a few. He's also the author of "Flipped: How Georgia Turned Purple and Broke the Monopoly on Republican Power," which comes out in March 2022.

Bluestein is best known for writing about Georgia politics — a job he has had for nearly ten years at the AJC. He’s also written for the Savannah Morning News, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press.

It’s a duty he takes seriously because of his ties to the community.

“No matter where you work, you’ve got to write to your audience,” he said. “You’ve got to understand who your readers, your listeners, your viewers — whoever they are — and write stories that affect them.”

Bluestein is also a family man, visible as a soccer, softball, and basketball coach. He and his wife Sheryl attend all of their daughters’ events. “We try to play an active role because this is our home,” he said while taking time out of his day to talk with writer Beth E. Concepción about striking a balance between professional and home life
2. A house divided 

Inman Park resident Megan Holder has lived in Atlanta for 17 years. By day, she’s a senior consultant for a global engineering firm. In her free time, she’s an active philanthropist across the city.

But when it comes to sports, Holder has kept her allegiances to her hometown Houston teams. So, while it may not be the same dramatic dynamic as the Snitkers, the next week will be a bit uncomfortable for Megan and her husband, die-hard Braves fan, Dan Chandler and their labradoodle, Harvey (above). 

We asked her for her thoughts on the 2021 World Series, which the Braves now lead 1-0. Game 2 is tonight at 8:09 p.m. in Houston (TV: Fox). 

🧢 As an Astros fan for the last 40 years - if you had told me 14 years ago that I would be living in a house divided during the World Series, I would have said impossible. The Astros of my youth were in a word - mediocre.

Plus, my Astros were still in the National League with my husband’s Braves when we first married. During that time my birthday gift from Dan was always tickets to the games when the Astros played in Atlanta. Now we find ourselves playing in different leagues and vying for the championship. 

I love what Dusty Baker has done for the Astros following the cheating scandal that clouded our 2017 championship. Craig Biggio is my favorite player from my youth, but Altuve is my favorite player of this era. 

His home run in the eighth inning of game 4 of the ALCS shifted the momentum back to the Astros – that and Javier’s pitching. We’ll need more from them and more defensive plays like the double play by Maldonado to compete against a dynamic Braves team. The adjustments they have made since Acuna’s injuries are impressive, and Albies speed is terrifying.

Harvey says he hopes both teams just have fun. Oh, and Astros in six!

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3. Chad's weekend music picks

Nothing but quality on the weekend's concert calendar.

Music in the Park is always a good time, and it's for a cause: to create opportunities for young people to express themselves and expand their minds as public schools continue slashing art and music from their budgets.

This year's lineup features performances by Julie Dexter, Russell Gunn's Royal Krunk Orchestra, Deantoni Parks (percussionist with the Mars Volta and John Cale's live band), and more.

Fri., Oct. 29
✨ Lunar Vacation and Future Crib @ Aisle 5
🎷 11th Annual Music in the Park (Oct. 29-31) @ Gordon White Park
🎸 Star Bar 30th anniversary (Oct. 29-31) @ Star Bar
🌀 Gage Gilmore and DJ Taradactyl / Sensuary for Elevate @ Eyedrum

Sat., Oct. 30
🎤 DJ Jazzy Jeff & Rakim @ The Buckhead Theatre
🪐 Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel with Sensitive Chaos @ Waller's Coffee Shop

Sun., Oct. 31
🎵 Thundercat (above) @ The Eastern
4. Women + Wine: Georgia wine country (Part II)

🍷 Last month, our intrepid Women + Wine columnists Katie Rice (above left) and Sarah Pierre (right) hopped aboard The Vino Van along with their guide Billie Harris (center) to explore Dahlonega and Lumpkin County, better known as the heart of North Georgia wine country.

This month, their journey continues, as they make stops at Dahlonega's Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Accent Cellars.

The trio samples as many vintages as they can muster, all the while discussing the region's history, elevation, atmosphere, grapes, and the fine art of crafting wine without pretension.
5. Coffee Spotlight: A Buteco revisit

☕ Brazilian street eats, quality coffee, and some of the city’s most creative cocktails—Buteco has it all.

Located in The Beacon in Grant Park, Buteco fosters a tightly-knit community around weekly live music, dance parties, and an array of Latin libations.

“Buteco” means “bodega” in Portuguese. The name represents owner Rafael Pereira’s mission to provide “a little bit of everything” to customers. Stop by for a cup of house blend coffee from Chicago’s Intelligentsia, or knock back a cachaça (a Brazilian spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice).

When it comes to food, you can’t go wrong with Buteco’s savory bites, which include crispy tapioca tots, pulled chicken croquettes, and corn and cheese rissole. And they just might have the best egg sandwich in town (Sunday brunch only).

During the pandemic, Buteco's menu expanded to include feijoada (tradicional or vegetariana) — Brazilian soul food.

To top it off, every new recipe is taste-tested by Pereira’s mother. Could there be a better stamp of approval?

Buteco also features many regular events throughout the week, including Friday’s “Smiling Hour,” curated by DJ and tastemaker Mike Zarin; Sunday’s Buteco Brunch, featuring a rotating cast of DJs; and live musical performances on Reunion Wednesdays and Thursdays.

In February, the shop hosts the greatest Carnivàle celebration in town.

A second Buteco location is opening soon in the Southern Feed Store in the East Atlanta Village.

Be sure to check out Rough Draft's guide to local coffee as we continue to profile the metro area coffee scene. What’s your favorite coffee shop? Drop us a line on Instagram and let us know!
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