An artist’s unlikely inspiration: Walmart

Brendan O’Connell is painting bananas. Not particularly impressive specimens, either. They sit bunched and bruised beside his twelve-by-sixteen-inch canvas, which is balanced on a shopping cart at the front of a Walmart store in Tucker.

What are you doing this weekend? November 1-3

As you might have observed, we’re a little Walking Dead obsessed of late. Join other TWD obsessives at Walker Stalker, the first convention created in honor of Atlanta’s favorite zombies. Show stars—including Steven Yeun (Glenn), Melissa McBride (Carol), Scott Wilson (Hershel), Andrew Lincoln (Rick), and Norman Reedus (Daryl)—will be on hand. The panel discussions range from cerebral (“Zombie Ethics” with Emory profs) to squishy (“How to Paint and Apply Foam Latex Zombie Prosthetics”). Stop by our booth and say hi. (And while you're there,enter to win an autographed blow-up of one of our covers.) Friday, Saturday, Sunday. walkerstalkercon.com

Now Playing: On the downtown connector?!

Congested downtown commuters now have a new reason to look up from their texting as they idle to work on I-75/I-85 South — the downtown W hotel’s groundbreaking new film series, PIXEL, currently playing on a continuous loop on a 100-foot by 35-foot digital billboard in front of the hotel. The film by director Felipe Barral, now running its second 10-second episode, is already generating plenty of questions from commuters who don’t quite know what to make of the images. The first episode contained visuals of lush greenery and the second episode currently playing is merely a black and white silhouette, followed by an ominous man reaching out for something (or someone!) and a quick cut to a beautiful blond reacting in horror to something she’s just seen on her laptop. Spoiler Alert: it’s her dead father!

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