THE SCIENCE GUY Scientist, comedian author and inventor, Bill Nye, will be a part of the University of Rhode Island’s Alumni & Family Weekend 2017 at the Ryan Center on Friday Oct. 20. Nye is a man with a mission to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been doing most of his life. Bill’s fascination with how bicycles, airplanes and other things work led him to Cornell University and a degree in mechanical engineering. While working in Seattle for Boeing, Bill began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, developing dual careers as an engineer by day and a standup comic by night. Eventually, Bill quit his engineering day job and made the transition to a night job as a comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s homegrown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live” in 1986 where “Bill Nye the Science Guy” was born. With Fellow KING-TV alumni Jim McKenna and Erren Gottlieb, Bill made a number of award-winning shows, including the show he came so well known for, Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing and producing and the show won 18 Emmy’s in five years. In between creating shows Bill Nye wrote 5 children’s books about science. Tickets start at $30 for the general public and will be available beginning Friday, at 10 a.m. attheryancenter.com, by calling 1-855-387-4849, or at the Ryan Center Box Office. CHRISTMAS POPS IN PROVIDENCE Keith Lockhart returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center along with The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. for a Holidays Pops concert which will include their signature “Sleigh Ride,” holiday classics, and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. Joining them this year will be the Metropolitan Chorale. Santa Claus will make a guest appearance during the concert’s finale followed by the traditional Boston Pops Holiday Sing-a-long to bring this special performance to a close. Tickets are on sale now at the arts center box office, online at ppacri.org and by phone at 401-421- 2787. LYLE LOVETT AND JOHN HIATT Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will perform at the VETS in Providence on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Singer, composer and actor Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-‐based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-‐defying manner that breaks down barriers. Hiatt, a master lyricist and satirical storyteller, weaves hidden plot twists into fictional tales ranging in topics including redemption, relationships, growing older and surrendering, on his terms. His music is rooted in acoustic blues, accentuated by a soulful, gritty voice, which mirrors the gravity of his reflective lyrics. Together, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are two of the world’s most captivating and compelling musicians. An evening of blended rock and country from these two artists is not to be missed. Tickets are available for purchase online at thevetsri.com, by phone at 401-421-2787, or at the Providence Performing Arts Center’s box office at 220 Weybosset St., in downtown Providence.