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🧙🏽 It's Thursday, are you a wizard?

ğŸŒž Today's weather: Sunny. High near 87.

Situational awareness: Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she'll try to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson next week. (Axios)

Today's newsletter is 880 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Rolling back bail reform

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Gov. Brian Kemp signed controversial legislation yesterday adding to the list of crimes requiring cash bail to get out of jail.

Why it matters: The new law aligns with Kemp's hardline approach toward criminal justice. Senate Bill 63 also unravels some reforms made under former Gov. Nathan Deal, including a provision that allows judges to weigh whether a defendant could pay up before establishing bail.

What's new: Judges will be required to impose cash bail over other alternatives for 30 additional offenses, including criminal trespassing, failure to appear, racketeering, domestic terrorism and rioting.

  • The law also restricts organizations operating charitable bail funds from posting more than three cash bonds per year and requires them to meet the same legal requirements as bond companies.

What they're saying: Kemp said on Wednesday he's glad to sign legislation that "makes our communities safer and provides our judicial system with even tougher tools to bring violent offenders to justice."

The other side: Marlon Kautz, spokesperson for the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, which pays bail and provides legal defense for protesters, said in a statement the law will "seriously disrupt our work." He said the fund will continue to operate.

  • "We believe everyone has the right to defend themselves against unjust charges, and that being poor doesn't mean you should have to do that from a cell," Kautz said.

The big picture: Kemp's seal of approval comes days after dozens of students and other protesters have been arrested and charged with criminal trespass during pro-Palestinian demonstrations at Emory University and the University of Georgia.

  • The signing also comes months after a grand jury indicted 61 "Stop Cop City" activists, including Kautz and two other organizers with the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, on racketeering and domestic terrorism charges for their alleged roles in the movement to block Atlanta's public safety training center.

What's next: SB 63 goes into effect on July 1.

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2. This weekend: Shaky Knees, Cinco de Mayo and more

Josh Freese (left) and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters in Wisconsin. Photo: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Harley-Davidson

This weekend is Cinco De Mayo, so we implore you to turn up at these events to celebrate.

🍻 Underground Atlanta is promoting its Beer & Tacos Festival as "Atlanta's official Cinco De Mayo celebration." (Saturday)

ğŸŽ¸ Jam out with Noah Kahan, Weezer, and the Foo Fighters at Central Park Atlanta during the Shaky Knees Music Festival. (Friday through Sunday)

🍷 Sip and sing during the Atlanta Wine & Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park. (Saturday)

ğŸŽ¤ Grab tickets to the Mariah the Scientist concert at The Tabernacle. (Saturday)

🍗 Eat free BBQ and jerk chicken during Tequila Fest at The Pinnacle Lot in Atlantic Station. (Saturday)

ğŸŽŠ Enjoy a drone and light show, storytellers, and live international talent at the Latino Family Festival at Stone Mountain Park. (Saturday through Sunday)

ğŸŽ¨ Take the family to Roswell City Hall to participate in the free Roswell Spring Arts Festival. (Saturday through Sunday)

🌲 Join a Fernbank Forest Ranger for a family nature walk in Fernbank Forest. (Sunday)

⚔️ Time travel at the Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn. (Saturday through Sunday)

ğŸŽˆ Go visit the Balloon Museum at Pullman Yards now through June 9 before it floats away.

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Editor's note: This has been updated to reflect that the Balloon Museum's stop in Atlanta was extended until June.

3. Unique art deco home for sale in Atlanta

Photo: courtesy of Drew Jackson/Park Realty

It may not be a guitar-shaped house, but the design of this home will certainly create some noise among your friends.

What's happening: A three-bedroom, three-bath house in Atlanta's Lake Claire neighborhood is on the market for $695,000.

  • This modern art deco home was built in 1985 and renovated in 1996.

Fun facts: Frazer Forest walking trails are located just behind the property.

  • The listing says the 2,662 square-foot property is located on a 8,712 square-foot lot.
  • There are three large covered back porches each level and two working fireplaces on the main and lower levels.

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4. Atlanta tale "A Man in Full" premieres on Netflix

Jeff Daniels in "A Man in Full." Credit: Netflix

Tom Wolfe's iconic tale about an Atlanta real-estate mogul watching his financial empire crumble in real time comes to Netflix this morning.

Why it matters: The six-episode series from David E. Kelley ("Big Little Lies") started streaming this morning. Based on Wolfe's 1998 novel about wealth, race and identity, this show is set in the present day.

  • The nearly 750-page book captivated Atlanta and sparked pre-publication blowback from City Hall and Buckhead society circles concerned about how they'd be portrayed.

Zoom in: Jeff Daniels stars as Charlie Croker, a larger-than-life real estate developer and Georgia Tech football legend juggling bankruptcy, scheming loan officers, and relationships.

  • Lucy Liu, Diane Lane, Jon Michael Hill, Aml Ameen and others round out the cast.

Intrigue: Wolfe modeled Croker after real-life Atlanta bigwigs like Tom Cousins, Kim King or Taz Anderson, according to Atlanta Magazine.

💭 Thomas' thought bubble: Hot take, but I liked the idea of Wolfe's book more than the execution.

  • The series veers away from the book, according to write-ups, so I'm interested in watching Kelley's adaptation.

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5. Five-ish Points: Is ATL a climate change haven?

Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

🇨🇳 Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed legislation limiting the ability of some Chinese citizens to buy land in the state. (AP)

Kemp also signed new laws to combat human trafficking and child exploitation. (Atlanta News First)

🚚 A new report says Atlanta's population could surge in the coming decades as people flee extreme climate scenarios. (Urbanize Atlanta)

🥘 Dat Fire Jerk Chicken's owner is working from a food truck after a fire destroyed his Jamaican restaurant. (AJC)

🐕 Kristal is taking today and Friday off to fully tend to two high-energy dogs. Say a prayer for her plants!

💭 Thomas wonders when a mixed-use building in Atlanta is actually a parking deck first and a place where people can live second.

😭 Wil is laughing at the video of T.I. reacting to a girl who randomly started rapping to him in public.

This newsletter was edited by Jen Ashley and copy edited by Natasha Danielle Smith and Anjelica Tan.