At 3 PM on Saturday, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian will be at the Borders in Oak Brook to sign and discuss Society’s Child: My Autobiography and the new compilation CD The Best of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection. The event is free.

Ian became a star on the strength of her 1975 single “At Seventeen” but later withdrew from the music business to study ballet and acting. She returned with a new album in ’93 and continues to record and tour; she plays the Old Town School on Friday night at 8 PM. Tickets are $25, $23 for Old Town School members, $21 for seniors and kids.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.