When Jethro Tull won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 1989, beating out contenders like AC/DC and Metallica, a lot of people raised their eyebrows. But nobody was surprised by the controversy; Jethro Tull has been making people scratch their heads for years. Here's a classic rock band, named after an 18th-century agriculturist, led by Ian Anderson -- a flute player with a congenital deformity on his right pinkie finger, who stands on one leg during solos -- and whose biggest hit was a song about pedophilia ("Aqualung"). Though some might liken Anderson to a hippie Mozart or a beatnik Bach, the Scotsman's done some super rawk 'n' roll things like take "a widdly-wee during the guitar solo . . . in full view of the entire audience from spurt to spatter."
And his afterlife vision? "Ascent to heaven, probably on a stairway flanked by Page, Plant and all the members of Spinal Tap."
Before Anderson's spirit rises to rocktopia, Jethro Tull plays the Orpheum Theatre, 200 West Washington, on Monday, November 14. The band will be joined by Juilliard-trained violinist Lucia Micarelli, and all ticket holders will receive a free copy of the Aqualung Live CD. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $59.50 and $79.50. Call 602-534-5600 or visit www.eveningstar.com. -- Niki D'Andrea
At the Hops
Brew romance at Icehouse
Why settle for that Heineken or Corona when you can dip your taste buds into Oak Creek Brewing Company's spicy Nut Brown or Four Peaks Brewery's malty sweet Kiltlifter? Put on your beer helmet and prepare your palate, because the Arizona Real Ale Festival is coming to the Icehouse, 429 West Jackson, on Saturday, November 12. The fete features beers from 19 microbreweries from all over this not-so-dry state, including Flagstaff's Beaver Street Brewery and Tucson's Nimbus Brewing Company. The pours start at 5 p.m.; last call is at 10:30. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, which gets you a beer glass and 10 drink tickets. Call 602-257-8929 or visit www.azbrewguild.com. -- Rebecca Zumoff
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Pizza, french fry, pizza, french fry
Got powder lust but no snowboard? You can nab one -- along with an amazing assortment of other cool-country stuff -- at Ski Pro's Avalanche Sale this weekend at Phoenix Civic Plaza, 111 North Third Street. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 11, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13. Admission is free. Call 602-955-3939 or visit www.avalanchesale.com. -- Clay McNear
Up against the Wall
Washington, D.C., is really far away, and the place is chock-full of lawyers, politicians, and media types, so who wants to go there to pay tribute to our fallen servicemen and -women when we can do it right here in our own backyard? The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall Experience is a mobile, three-quarter-scale replica of D.C.'s Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall that measures 240 feet long by eight feet high. The wall allows folks in hundreds of cities to commune with the more than 58,000 names engraved on it. This year, the touring Experience visits Phoenix's Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School, from Thursday, November 10, through Sunday, November 13, coinciding with other Valley Veterans' Day commemorations, including Phoenix's annual Veterans' Day Parade on November 11. You can preview the wall at www.vietnamwallexperience.com. For more information, call 602-200-6279. -- Julie Peterson