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Janis Is Coming!

This announcement really pleases me. One of my favorite singer/ songwriters, the one and only JANIS IAN, will be visiting Santa Fe later this month, and performing two shows at the Jean Cocteau.

Janis is a science fiction and fantasy fan, writer, and editor. I met her at the Philadelphia worldcon a decade and a half ago, and I've had the pleasure of hanging with her at a dozen subsequent worldcons. She's always great company.

I knew her songs decades before I met the singer, though. I had... have... her albums. (Albums... there were large discs made of vinyl, with music on them. You played them on this thing called a turntable. We still have one of those as well). If you're my age, you know her hits: Jesse, Society's Child, Between the Lines, Boots Like Emmy Lou's, When the Party's Over, Watercolors (a personal favorite)... there are so many... and of course, At Seventeen.

I've wanted to have Janis perform at the Cocteau ever since I reopened the place, and I am thrilled that it is finally going to happen.

She will be doing two shows, on the evenings of Sunday, February 22, and Monday, February 23. I expect both shows to sell out, so get your tickets now:


You can also call the theatre (during business hours) at 505-466-5528 and purchase tickets over the phone. Please be sure to have your credit card details on hand.

We will also have Janis's CDs on sale, as well as copies of her autobiography (she has led a pretty interesting life), and I know she'll be glad to sign them all.


Feb. 4th, 2015 10:49 am (UTC)
Reading GOT for the first time...
and wanted to say thanks. So thanks!

Feb. 4th, 2015 11:19 am (UTC)
That is so cool! 'Society's Child' is one of my favourite folky songs.
Feb. 4th, 2015 01:51 pm (UTC)
That's awesome George! I'm sure this must be a personal 'win' for you.

And there's a vinyl revival happening now - alot of the younger folk are into the vinyl / album / LP format. It may a bit trickier harder to find but I think you would love Springsteen's "The Promise" on vinyl.
Feb. 4th, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
Bringing back vinyl can net an entrepreneur some ducats. Most of the vinyl pressings are done overseas and, from what I understand, keeping up with demand has become an issue. Someone could get into the pressing game for under seven figures. The equipment costs a quarter million and would fit neatly in a moderate structure. A bowling alley, for example.

Put those hippies to work.
Feb. 5th, 2015 03:59 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your booking coup--I had no idea she was a fan! AFAIK, she's never been to the con I attend every year (Arisia, in Boston), or at least I hope I've never missed the opportunity to thank her for helping make my teenage years bearable. (I was a freshman in high school when Between the Lines came out, and "At Seventeen" definitely felt as if it were written for "ugly duckling girls like me." Hmmm...I don't have a turntable any more, so perhaps I should go looking for a copy on CD...) If I were in Santa Fe, I'd bring a basket of home-baked goodies to the show, but as I'm not, I'll just have to mentally send her good wishes and thanks.
Feb. 5th, 2015 01:58 pm (UTC)
Janis played here about 4 years ago.

On a hunch, I took my camera along and sure enough, the audience was welcome to take photos.
Feb. 5th, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
So very glad to see another Janis fan!
My parents used to play this song when I was a small child, and as a result, I ended up a life-long Janis Ian fan. I truly wish I didn't live so far away from NM, or I'd make the trip down to see her play.

I hope the shows are wonderful, they sure sound like they will be!

On a side note, I live in the Northern VA area. Saw this little gem from a post a few weeks back... " Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Peoples"... Cannot say I've seen that one before, but by gods, did it make me laugh!!! Today I learned a new nickname for the Washington Redskin Potatoes. :)
Feb. 6th, 2015 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: So very glad to see another Janis fan!
It's not original. Gregg Easterbrook of ESPN's Tuesday Morning Quarterback has been using the term for years.
Feb. 6th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Re: So very glad to see another Janis fan!
I had a feeling it may not have been, but it still gave me a good laugh :)

As much as the "fans" around here seem to rip on the team when they're stinking it up (every year), I'm surprised it hasn't caught on actually - i.e. they're always coming up with creative names for the team when they're not doing well. My father raised me as a Steelers fan, so I don't pay as much attention as I could to the local football talk... maybe I just haven't heard it before?

Edited at 2015-02-06 01:49 am (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2015 11:30 am (UTC)
All right all right, so I have to leave Australia and go live in Santa Fe....
Feb. 7th, 2015 01:48 am (UTC)
Perchance one day I will travel to see Sante Fe and its many sights, including the Jean Cockteau. Fourtune may smile upon me soon, as I'm soon to publish my novel. It's about time traveling Centaurs who take over a Taco cart and turn it into an exhibit for the disenfranchised. But just as they find success, many vagabonds move into the cart, take it over, and won't ever leave. The protagonists realise they will be defeated unless... well, I could go on, but you'll have to wait until it gets published. Thanks for listening to my long tales.

Long been a Janis Ian fan, so happy you are getting to host her. As always Great Ser, thank you for all that you do.
Carey Wilson
Feb. 14th, 2015 08:23 pm (UTC)
the Lion in Winter?
Great news about Janis. But I have a Movie question. What are your thoughts on the 1968 movie, "The Lion in Winter" staring K. Hepburn and Peter O'toole? Did it have an influence on your art? Will you show it at your theater?

Edited at 2015-02-14 08:30 pm (UTC)


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