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Monthly Update

May 28, 2013

Janis wins a Grammy

Janis wins a Grammy

Pat: Are you busy?

Janis: ...

Pat: Are you busy?

Janis: ...

Pat: ARE YOU BUSY?!?!?!

Janis: <tearing eyes away from computer> No. Of course not. What's up?

Pat: Could you teach Gracie Mae to swim?

Janis: ???

Pat: Janis. Could you please teach Gracie Mae to swim? I've got three trials coming up, I don't have time.

Janis: She already knows how to swim. She's a dog.

Pat: She's a dog who keeps snapping at flies when they go by, trying to catch one and eat it. She needs to learn some other form of exercise.

Janis: She's a Portuguese Water Dog. She already knows how to swim. Trust me.

Pat: <mutters> Last time you said that, we wound up in Hackensack. By the garbage dump.

Janis: Besides, I'm really tired. I don't know why I'm so tired. Maybe I need some vitamins.

The tour, all 14,000 miles of it

The tour, all 14,000 miles of it

Pat: Yeah, I don't know why you're tired. It's not like you've been doing anything. Winning a Grammy, 10 weeks of one-nighters, four and five in a row with travel every single day - do you realize you've played in 46 states over the past eight months?! Did a living room concert for Judy Jance, recorded "The Tiny Mouse", worked with Lemniscaat Publishing and The Schuberts on that illustrated children's book coming out this fall -

Janis: <not listening.> Maybe it's lack of B complex...

Pat: - recorded a piece for the Jean Ritchie tribute CD, organized a benefit for Scarritt Bennett, put new things on your website, rehearsed with Cynthia Clawson, Alison Brown, Andrea Zonn, and Diana Jones -

Janis: Or it could be some strange disease... a parasite from sushi?

Janis & Judy Jance

Janis & Judy Jance

Pat: - narrated a bunch of stories for the Stars anthology, hired a literary agent, hired new business managers, signed with a new music publisher - found new things to put on your site...

Janis: ...or maybe you can get brain bedbugs? I've been staying at an awful lot of hotels...

Pat: Wasn't this the summer you were going to stay home and write your next album? Just because you're up for two Audie Awards, doesn't mean you have to spend an entire week in New York traipsing around to parties and panels and hosting teas at Book Expo and APAC -

Janis: <Still not listening.> I really need to get some work done. I've been sitting around on my butt for days now...

Pat: - and then you're off to LA to record Miriam Therese Winter's autobiography for Audible.com when you can barely pronounce half the words, since when do nice Jewish girls talk about “schola” and sing songs written by a Catholic nun?! Not to mention -

Janis, Andrea, Cynthia, Alison and Diana

Janis, Andrea, Cynthia, Alison and Diana

Janis: Maybe it's menopause? I should have my blood checked.

Pat: It's not menopause. You've been in menopause for years now. Possibly decades. I live with it. On top of all that -

Janis: No, probably not menopause. I'm too young for that.

Pat: - I just know you're going to visit the Big Bang Theory set again while you're narrating that Maggie Schein book about some cantos lost in some cave with a weird name, which I can understand because of the forward by Pat Conroy and you still have that letter he wrote you decades ago -

Janis: Narcolepsy? No, I stay awake most of the day. Most days...

Pat: - and then off to Chicago for the American Library Association convention so you can introduce The Tiny Mouse personally to all those librarians, and I know you love libraries but you didn't have to agree to close out the entire convention with a show!

Janis: Maybe I should go to the doctor.

Pat: You don't need a doctor! You need to slow down!! Why on earth are you teaching at Swannanoa again? Yes, you love Warren Wilson College, yes, the Pearl Foundation endows a scholarship there, yes, the Foundation's given away $700,000 in scholarships to a bunch of schools so far, but what can an artist possibly learn from you that they can't learn from your website?

Janis: I'll have more energy if I lose weight. Maybe I'll stop drinking. Or eating. Or looking in mirrors.

Janis & Melissa at Big Bang Theory

Janis & Melissa at Big Bang Theory

Pat: And now you're talking about a children's album, plus your own, and when are you going to write them is what I'd like to know? How you managed to finish "I'm Still Standing" and get it up on Youtube is beyond me - and you've already signed on to narrate more books!

Janis: Or wearing clothes. If I stop wearing clothes, I don't have to worry about whether they fit.

Pat: Janis. Are you listening to me at all?!

Janis: ...

Pat: Did you hear a single word I said?

Janis: I have a few days between events, Pat. I'll teach Gracie Mae the backstroke while I'm home. That way she can get some exercise and still leave her mouth free to catch flies. Don't worry about it, I've got it covered.

Pat: <sighs in defeat> Thanks....

Janis Ian

Janis

Hot News
  • Pearl Foundation eBay site opens at 8pm EST!

    Bid on a doctor's coat from "Getting On" and a great thermal jacket...

  • Resist now available as a free download!

    Visit here to watch a video of “Resist” and download a free mp3 and lyric! Janis is encouraging fans and friends to sing along with this song when she presents it at live shows, so get ready!! There are many, many other free items available for download here as well.

  • New Message From Janis in the Website Newsroom

    It was another good year for the Pearl Foundation, so thanks to everyone who bought merchandise, attended shows, held a Living Room Concert, visited our re-opened eBay Store, or just plain donated a buck or two in thanks for the free downloads! I’ll be publishing a final report on my Facebook page and the forum, but as of this moment we are adding $75,000 to our scholarship endowments, bringing the grand total up to $1,191,250.00

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on February 7, 2020

  • Wednesday February 26th

    Memorial Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

    Memorial Hall

    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

    Phone: (513) 977-8838

    Visit the venue's website

    An evening with Janis, some new songs, some old songs, some funny stories and some heart-wrenching moments! Expect a shout out to the science fiction community of Cincinnati, and of course, Janis plans to stay after the show to greet people and sign whatever they may buy or bring!!

  • Friday February 28

    E. J. Thomas Hall, Akron, Ohio

    E. J. Thomas Hall

    Akron, Ohio

    Phone: 330-972-7570

    Visit the venue's website

  • Sunday, March 1

    Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, IN

    Buskirk-Chumley Theater

    Bloomington, IN

    Phone: 812.323.3020

    Visit the venue's website

    With Livingston Taylor.
    Tickets available via OvationTix

  • Monday, March 2nd

    Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington, IN

    Monroe County Public Library

    Bloomington, IN

    Phone: 812-323-3020

    Visit the venue's website

    Note!!! This class is free but because of limited space you must get tickets. 7:00PM start.
    Janis Ian has given master classes in conventional and unconventional settings; she's studied with such luminaries as Stella Adler, Chao Shao Lin of the Peking Opera Company, Dora Krannig of the Royal Ballet, and Bart the Garage Mechanic from down the street. Illustrated with live song performances, you'll hear her take on the history of music ("from the cavemen to syphilis and its effect on the arts"), personal anecdotes based on her five decades of experience as a writer, performer, and business person. There'll also be a free-wheeling Q&A, no holds barred. This class is for anyone interested in the arts, musical or otherwise. In fact, it's for anyone interested in humans. As Janis says, "What have I got to lose at this point in life?"
    Our gratitude to the sponsors of this event, The Stone Age Institute, through a grant from the Kaman Foundation!!!

  • Monday June 29 to Friday July 3

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone: N/A

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 6 to Friday July 10

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 13 to Friday July 17

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 20 to Friday July 24

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Monday July 27 to Friday July 31

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. The final week will also feature a second, more interactive class tentatively titled "War Stories". Time of classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and why she believes "art saves". Drawing on her 55 years of experience in the entertainment industry and her ten years with Stella Adler, presented with humor and grace, brutally honest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her students. 

  • Wednesday August 5

    The Kate, Old Saybrook, CT

    The Kate

    Old Saybrook, CT

    Phone: (860) 510-0473

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis returns to The Kate a scant year later, at their insistence. She's sure it's too soon, they're sure it's not. She's writing furiously so she can present some new material, and looking forward to visiting one of her all-time favorite venues again! Expect some good, relaxed fun, some tears, an after-show appearance for signing things you've brought and things you may purchase at the "merch table"!!

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