If, as has been said, that life is an illusion, Adam Trent will bring a lot of life with him when he appears in Rudder Auditorium Tuesday and Wednesday.

The popular Broadway and television star will appear in Adam Trent: The Next Generation of Magic at 7:30 p.m. both nights. The performances are a part of the MSC OPAS season.

Trent, 31, deals in what he calls a "futuristic" brand of illusion, "an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music designed to entertain the entire family." He appeared in the first two years of the record-breaking Broadway run of The Illusionists.

The New York Times said, "Seeing is disbelieving," while the NY Theatre Guide said, "So amazing, it's hard to put into words. Your eyes will deceive you, your heartbeat will race, and your mind will be blown"

Simon Painter, creative producer of Trent's 60-city tour, said, "Adam Trent is unlike any magician working today, a funny, witty and accomplished entertainer -- the next David Copperfield meets Justin Timberlake.

"He has a knack for electrifying giant television and theater audiences with his unique brand of magic."

Trent has been seen on America's Got Talent, The Today Show, Ellen, and on the Travel Channel and Disney Channel. He recently launched his 10-episode series The Road Trick on Red Bull TV.

A few tickets remain for both performances. Prices range from $18 to $70 and are available at the MSC Box Office at 979-845-1234 and online at www.MSCOPAS.org.

For more information, go to AdamTrent.com or follow him on social media @AdamTrentMagic.

Only the best

We have some of the finest musicians in the world right here in the Brazos Valley and several of them have formed the Brazos Chamber Players. Thanks to the generosity of the Congregation of Bryan's First Presbyterian Church, we will have a chance to hear them on Nov. 12 when Concerts on Carter Creek presents the Brazos Chamber Players.

The concert is free and will be at 5 p.m. in the acoustically magnificent First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 1100 Carter Creek Parkway. Free child care will be provided and a reception will follow the concert.

Program for this program will include Quintet by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79 by Camille Saint-Saens, and Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano by Francis Poulenc.

Members of the Brazos Chamber Players are Penny Zent, flute; Rebecca Fairweather Haskins, oboe; Jill Stewart, clarinet; Eric Stone Miller, bassoon; Steven Winter, French horn; and Chris Hoffman, piano.

Forgotten past

Americans have been reared on a diet of westerns at the movies and on TV. Typically, those shows are all-white and when African Americans are seen, they most often are in the background.

In fact, blacks were major players in the American West, many of them "Buffalo soldiers," named by Native Americans who thought they resembled the buffalo then prevalent throughout much of the West. Other African Americans were settlers who built communities and great cities. But, for the most part, their stories remain unknown.

Now, thanks to a new exhibit our Brazos Valley African American Museum we have a chance to fill in our knowledge about America's rick history.

Freedom Ain't Free is an exhibition of award-winning watercolors and limited edition prints by artist Burl Washington. A graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington, Washington said, "I have had a passion for painting and drawing since childhood.

"My paintings reflect the historical significant of many of our heros and heroines of the American West. My art features characters that may have been omitted by history books."

Among his subject are Buffalo soldiers, women of the West, black cowboys and mountain men and Civil War soldiers. Some of his art may be found at burlwashington.com,

Freedom Ain't Free will by on display at the museum through Dec. 30.

The Brazos Valley African American Museum is located at 500 E. Pruitt St. in Bryan. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.

Overtures

• Nov. 10, 11 and 12 -- From Sea to Shining Sea: A Musical Tribute to Our American Heroes!, Troupe Over the Hill, Tonkawa Room at Hilltop Lakes, $10 at 936-855-2715 or 936-855-2906.

• Every Sunday -- Open mics and poetry slams sponsored by Mic Check Poetry, 8:30 p.m. Revolution Café in Downtown Bryan, (miccheckpoetry.com)

Items for Arts Watch should be emailed to robert.borden@theeagle.com. Deadline is noon Tuesday before the weekend you want it to run.

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