With the New York Times calling it “the kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word,” author Annie Baker's thoughtful comedy Circle Mirror Transformation will be staged at Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center March 9 through 11 – the annual presentation for which students from the theatre department’s Play production class were responsible for auditioning, casting, directing, scenic design, lighting and sound design, costume design, and stage management.

Described by DrownedInSound.com as “a three-piece from Athens, Georgia who specialize in controlled chaos of the most sumptuous sort,” the indie rockers of Oak House perform a Moeller Nights concert on March 8 in support of their sophomore album Hot or Mood, which the Web site stated “shows a band of unbridled ambition, sonic scope, and potential truly stepping up to become one of their genre's foremost exponents.”

Making a local stop on her latest national tour, Kentucky-based comedienne and Southern Fried Chicks headliner Etta May brings her reputation as “The Queen of Southern Sass” to the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, her March 8 event – and her tour's title – promoting the low-rent pleasures of “Box Wine & Gas-Station Chicken.”

His astounding list of accolades including 14 Grammy Awards and 27 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jerry Douglas performs a March 9 Redstone Room concert in support of his ensemble's most recent album What If, described by PopMatters.com as “a superb instrumental showcase” and “an endlessly enjoyable listen.”

Two evening concerts boasting no fewer than six ensembles will begin a musical March at Davenport's St. Ambrose University, when the school's Galvin Fine Arts Center hosts four groups of campus and community musicians in the March 2 Winter Vocal Concert, and the Rogalski Center houses another two in the March 3 SAU Jazz Concert.

The latest guest musician and educator in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist Series, the noted pianist, composer, recording artist, and former Black Hawk College instructor Corey Kendrick will meet with area students and also perform locally in a pair of concerts on March 6 and 9, treating audiences to the talents that led Downbeat Magazine to call Kendrick a “very accomplished, highly gifted jazz pianist,” and IDigJazz.com to deem him “a dynamic interpreter of standards.”

Paintings, sculpture, and encaustic works will be on display in a trio of exhibitions by a quintet of artists, when Quad City Arts and the Quad City International Airport Gallery present March 2 to April 30 showcases for Tilly Woodward, David Zahn, Cindy Lesperance, Carol Hamilton, and Brad Hook.

Described by NoDepression.com as an artist who “will charm the pants off you, even when he's bummed,” the alt-country rocker Cary Branan performs a March 6 Moeller Nights concert in support of his most recent album Adios, which inspired Pitchfork.com to write, “Branan's latest set of countrified rock tunes may be his best to date,” finding “the right balance between audacity and subtlety, between humor and heartbreak.”

One of the Quad Cities' most eagerly anticipated sales events returns to Rock Island's QCCA Expo Center March 2 through 4, as Melting Pot Productions presents the 24th Annual Spring Antique Spectacular Vintage Market, allowing hunters of vintage goods an all-weekend opportunity to shop for a wide range of quality antiques.

Performing what Acoustic Guitar magazine described as an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” of bluegrass, hip-hop, and gypsy jazz, the North Carolina-based Jon Stickley Trio plays Davenport's Redstone Room on March 2, sharing invigorating tunes that finds their inspiration in musicians as diverse as Green Day, Duran Duran, the Grateful Dead, and Nirvana.