Tom Paxton, Janis Ian

Each with ties to the classic Greenwich Village folk scene, Tom Paxton and Janis Ian are nearly a generation apart yet share a slew of folk influences as well as an affinity for fearlessly tackling controversial issues. Always armed only with his acoustic guitar, Paxton (pictured) emerged in the days of hootenannies and wrote his share of what were then called protest songs. But he also wrote songs about love, full of humor, for kids. Many became oft-covered standards, including "Bottle of Wine," "Ramblin' Boy," and "The Last Thing on My Mind." At 15, Ian had a major pop hit with the then-provocative "Society's Child," about an interracial romance. She re-emerged a decade later in the mid-'70s with the reflective "At Seventeen," which won a Grammy. She remains an unflinching topical commentator. In fact, this show is dubbed a call to action for peace and justice issues. Natalia Zukerman, daughter of classical violinist Pinchas, will open. (Photo by Irene Young)
Fri., April 29, 8 p.m., 2011

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