That's the fear of finding yourself surrounded by people who know too much about fermented grape juice (or who pretend to). Sufferers from this widespread disorder can find support this weekend at the Davenport Hotel, when the appropriately named "Wine Rebel," Craig Renaud, releases his new book: The Wine Rebel's Manual. Sample wines will be available Friday and Saturday evenings in the hotel's fancy-schmantzy Signature Shop, where the tattooed, burly Renaud will be trampling over wine snobbery like a bull in a... Signature Shop. & r &
& r & Grand Open ... Closing & r &
The Safeway at Third and Maple was built 50 years ago this October. So they're going to have a celebration next month at the store -- and then, on Nov. 4, they're going to close it. Permanently. Which will leave the Browne's Addition Rosauers as the only full-scale grocery store downtown. & r &
& r & The Piano Survived & r &
All the pounding from Terrence Wilson, that is. During the featured piano concerto at the INB Center on Friday night, Wilson's use of percussive chords, jolting jazz rhythms and dissonance created an impressive show. But the evening's highlight was non-musical, and it involved giggling Japanese schoolgirls: When Eckart Preu handed the microphone to concertmaster candidate Daisuke Yamamoto, 200 students from Mukogawa Fort Wright started chattering in delight. & r &
& r & Literal Sculptures & r &
Two additions this week to Spokane's store of public art. Out at the Water Reclamation Plant on Aubrey White Parkway, Sister Paula Turnbull has created one of her trademark copper-tubing sculptures -- this one's in honor of Mike Cmos, who was killed in an industrial accident at the plant in 2004. It depicts Cmos and his daughter catching fish with his daughter. The dedication will be on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 2:30 pm. Call 625-6079.
& r & At WSU Spokane, artist Peter Requiam has fashioned an outdoor, open-air "reading room" near the library: over-size granite armchairs, a bronze coffee table, and two bookcases filled with lighted, cast-glass books. Requiam and his creation -- he calls it "Light Reading" -- will be celebrated on Monday, Sept. 25, at 5 pm at WSU Spokane's Academic Center, 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Call 358-7528. & r &
& r & Former Bodybuilder & r &
Arun Gandhi grew up under South African apartheid. On the playground, he got beaten up by both blacks and whites -- so he started poring over Charles Atlas books. That motivated Arun's parents to send him for an 18-month stay with his grandfather, an advocate of nonviolence you may have heard of: Mahatma Gandhi.
& r & Arun Gandhi will deliver the keynote address of WSU's International Education Week on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 pm at Beasley Coliseum. Call (509) 335-4223.