Hip-hop artist and activist KRS-One (an acronym for Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) wants to spread the word: The former teen runaway, who self-educated in public libraries before morphing into a star and lecturer, has a lot to say about hip-hop culture, politics, global issues and spirituality. It's a far cry from the gangsta life, and that's a positive thing. KRS-One holds forth at 1 p.m. today at the Tivoli Turnhalle, 900 Auraria Parkway, Auraria campus, as part of CU-Denver's Distinguished Lecture Series. Admission is free; for details, log on to http:// thunder1.cudenver.edu/studentlife/media.html.
The downtown improvisations of drummer Tom Rainey and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby offer hungry local jazz fans a little taste of New York City tonight at 7 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, 4101 East Hampden Avenue. The two will collaborate with fine homegrown musicians Kent McLagen on bass and Eric Gunnison on piano, using a simultaneous, solo-free, experimental jazz-ensemble style. The quartet regroups again at the intimate Westside Book Annex, 3434 West 32nd Avenue, on Saturday at 9 p.m.; admission to each show is $6 to $8 at the door. For information, call 303-759-1797 or go to www.creativemusicworks.org.
Friday, September 3
If you're not familiar with the "Niagara Woman," here's a clue: She's the kind of gal a guy might dive into, only to crash on the rocks below. These tough, sexy comic-book women are the gender-role-reversing creations of Detroit pop diva/graphic artist Niagara, who fronted the experimental '70s band Destroy All Monsters and now hangs with Motor City's Dark Carnival. They'll rule the roost with You Haven't Even Seen My Bad Side Yet at the D.C. Gallery, 125 Broadway, beginning with a reception tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. The show continues through September 30; for the lowdown on Niagara, check out her profile in the August issue of Modern Drunkard magazine. For show information, call 303-733-4401 or go to www.dc-gallery.com.
It could be the smartest concert of the season: David Byrne will spread his offbeat magic at the Ogden Theatre, 935 East Colfax Avenue, at 8 tonight, with help from Austin's six-member Tosca Strings, and opening act Sam Phillips, a performer at least as quirky and wise as Byrne himself. Byrne's also got sold-out gigs this week at the Denver Botanic Gardens and Chautauqua Auditorium. Lately, the former Talking Head's been caught singing everything from opera arias to sad-eyed Cesaria Evora tunes while herky-jerky dancing on stage; he can often be counted on to wreak havoc on "Psycho Killer" for the fans, too. Tickets are $42; call 303-831-9448 or log on to www.nipp.com.
Saturday, September 4
Blue collar collides with white, and somehow common ground is reached on a Little League baseball field in Richard Dresser's Rounding Third. The real guy's comedy about mismatched coaches is performed by local actor Paul Borillo and Broadway veteran Kelly Walters in a season-opening production at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada. It begins with two nights of economy previews, today and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., before settling into a month-long run, Tuesdays through Sundays, through October 10. Preview tickets are $17, and regular admission fees range from $32 to $42. Call 720-898-7200 or go to www.arvadacenter.org.
Sunday, September 5
There's always a crop of young Disney novices out there, ready for a big-screen introduction to Simba, Timon, Pumbaa and all the rest of the Lion King gang. Those tots can feast their wide eyes on The Lion King at one of the biggest screens of all: The iWERKS Extreme Screen at the Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 South Peoria Street, Parker. The beautiful, beloved animated Disney musical -- featuring such hits as "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "The Circle of Life" -- is shown daily except Mondays at 1 p.m. through October 30; call 720-488-3300 or log on to www.thewildlifeexperience.com.
Monday, September 6
Stuck at home for the three-day weekend and you've already hit the Taste? Why not work off some of those eats you ate (and brews you quaffed) and attack the swan song of summer with vim and vigor by running in today's KUVO Labor Day Race in the City, a 5,280-meter run/walk benefit for the community jazz station's Legacy of Diversity Capital Campaign. The action starts at 9 a.m. in Washington Park, near Mississippi Avenue and Franklin Street; entry fees range from $14 to $29. And you might really travel: All registered participants will be enrolled in a drawing for two Frontier Airlines tickets to any Frontier destination in the continental United States. Call 303-480-9272 or log on to www.active.com.
Tuesday, September 7
Grids, symmetry and repeating patterns each play a part in fine art, and guess what? Such elements contribute an unexpected mathematical component to artists' works, where science and creativity peacefully -- and brilliantly -- intersect. The two worlds are intertwined in a variety of media -- from digital and computer-generated images to abstract paintings -- and displayed in Beautiful World: Art and Mathematics. The group exhibition, with works by Catherine Carilli, Sue Simon, Clark Richert and other local artists, opens today at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts, 2500 West College Drive, Arapahoe Community College campus, Littleton. A reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on September 10; the show continues through October 1. Call 303-797-5649.