All Growed Up

She learned the truth at 17, and has learned more truths since. Some of those lessons will be shared in song when the Performing Arts Series presents
Janis Ian at 8 p.m. in the Carlsen Center’s Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park). Wait — 17? Make that 15. That’s how old Ian was when she released “Society’s Child.” After that, her life had its ups and downs until 1975, when “At Seventeen” earned her a Grammy. In 1993, Ian came out, on a couple of levels, with her album Breaking Silence. And she recently was nominated for a Rhysling Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association for “Welcome Home (The Nebulas Song),” sung to the tune of “At Seventeen.” Excerpt: I learned the truth at 17/That Asimov and Bradbury/And Clarke were alphabetically/My very perfect A-B-C. Tickets cost $35; call 913-469-4445 or see jccc.edu/theseries. 

Sat., March 12, 8 p.m., 2011