One of the most significant forces in gospel, pop, and Christian rock takes the Adler Theatre stage on March 16 when Michael W. Smith appears locally in his “Surrounded by a Million Lights World Tour,” sharing the talents that have made the artist an international sensation and recipient of an incredible 45 Dove Awards.

Described by RogerEbert.com as “a unique documentary spectacle” and the New York Times as “cooling to the mind and soothing to the spirit,” directors Marc J. Francis' and Max Pugh's Walk with Me will enjoy special Figge Art Museum screenings on March 15 and 24, giving viewers unique insight into the legacy of Buddhish monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanha man nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

An area jazz great and instructor at the University of Iowa will be the gifted headliner in the latest Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series concert at Davenport's Redstone Room – a March 18 evening with the Steve Grismore Trio featuring vocalist Grismore on guitar, Danny Oline on bass, Fabio Augustinis on drums, and standards and originals played in the styles of Keith Jarrett, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, and George Benson.

In the first exhibition by Augustana College faculty since 2014, Material Conversations – on display at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art from March 10 through April 7 – will showcase works produced in a multitude of media and spanning various topics including life, identity, and the universe, perfectly underscoring the falsehood behind the phrase “those who can't do, teach.”

Although best known for his fast-paced verbal slapsticks, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Neil Simon has also exposed a more serious side in such works as Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, and Lost in Yonkers, and Simon's knack for both comedy and drama will be on display in Playcrafters' March 9 through 18 staging of Proposals, a work the Houston Press called “gentle and warm, like a late August breeze ruffling the leaves.”

Beginning March 10 and lasting through April 28, Bettendorf's Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy will be aglow with the outdoor photography of Czech Republic native Radim Schreiber, whose works will light up the venue in the haunting and beautiful exhibit The Magical Glow of Fireflies.

Hosted by Davenport's River Action and named in honor of Henry W. Farnam, the chief builder of the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad, the Quad Cities' Farnam Dinners are annual tributes to historically signifcant citizens and events, and this year's celebration – taking place at Jumer's Casino & Hotel on March 9 – will salute Illinois' 200th year of statehood, as well as the 200th anniversary of Kaskaskia being named Illinois' very first capital.

On March 13, one of the most iconic and tireless talents in the history of rock makes his eagerly awaited appearance at Moline's TaxSlayer Center, with the venue hosting the artist whom The Rolling Stone Album Guide calls “the world's most beloved heavy-metal entertainer” – Alice Cooper, appearing locally in his 2018 amphitheater spectacular “A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper Live.”

A dark comedy of desire, gamesmanship, and shifting power dynamics hits the QC Theatre Workshop when the Davenport venue presents the area debut of the Brodway hit Venus in Fur, a 2011 Tony Award winner that the New York Times called “a seriously smart and very funny stage seminar on the destabilizing nature of sexual desire,” and that Time Out New York lauded as “deliciously twisty and witty fun.”

Praised by the International Review of Music for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand,” the gifted chamber musicians of the Tesla Quartet perform as the latest guests in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist Series, demonstrating why The Strad lauded their “technically superb” artistry and the London Evening Standard raved over “a subtly coloured performannce that balanced confidently between intimacy and extroversion.”

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