BEYOND THE ALLEY OF THE DOLLS In the Just Really Cool Department, a group of Mid-Atlantic artists have taken over three blocks of alleyway behind North Calvert Street between 20th and 23rd streets for the inaugural Axis Alley walk. The event itself takes place Oct. 18 between 2-6 p.m., and features a mix of artists and dancers including City Paper contributor Emily C-D, Graham Coreil-Allen, Alex Dejulio, Imen Djouini, Sarah Doherty, Chas Foster, Karen Graff, Marian April Glebes, Gary Kachadourian, Eric Leshinsky, Sarah Magida, Samantha McCurdy, Cyle Metzger, Megan Mueller, Samuel Scharf, Fred Scharmen, Ben Stone, Judy Stone, Jonathan Taube, Jacob Ulrich, Jessie Unterhalter, and Stephanie Yezek. Consult axisalley.wordpress.com for more information, and then show up for an afternoon of walking and looking around.
ART BOOKS The Enoch Pratt Free Library announced the winners of its first ever Altered Books Competition--for which people repurposed an old book into a different sort of creative artifact--last week, and the winners and a large number of 43 entries the contest received are currently on view in the Central Library's main hall and periodicals department through Oct. 31.
CLOSING George Murrill's exhibition of paintings closes Oct. 17 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Fletcher/Schwing: New Work closes Oct. 18 at Gallery 1448.
OPENINGS AND RECEPTIONS Quick Sketches misspoke last week: Jamillah James's Funny Games had a preview Oct. 10 as part of Station North's second Saturday event; it's actual opening reception is Oct. 16 from 7-10 p.m. Selected Series: A Retrospective of Photographs by Jack Wilgus opens Oct. 15 at the MICA Pinkard Gallery with a 5-7 p.m. reception. Joe Squared holds a reception for Darla Luke's works Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., featuring live music from JW Group and Tillers Prospect. Positron Gallery's latest group show, La Noche, opens Oct. 17 with a reception from 7-10 p.m.