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Black Friday: A Reflection of American Consumerism Nov 28, 2014 An art show focusing on the most consumerist day of the year featuring works from Julia Gomez, Scott Genglebach, Melissa Graham and more. There will also be performance artists, acoustic music and poetry readings. Proceeds benefit The Buy Art Campaign. 55 other events on Friday, November 28
 
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New Christopher Nolan epic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
There She Goz
Turning the tables on the catcallers
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At SDSU Downtown Gallery, the artist will demonstrate his love of ideas rather than any one medium or message
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Stephen Hawking biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

 

 
 
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Monday, November 24,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Self-medicating through trashy art

Taylor Swift and ‘The Good Wife’: just two of my guilty pleasures

By Aaryn Belfer
Here’s the stone-cold truth: I’m into some superficial entertainment right now. Various news items engulf me like an avalanche: President Obama finding his immigration balls a month too late; frat boys across the country getting away with rape, ho hum.
Monday, November 10,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Going nuclear

An experiment in not exercising a hard-won fundamental right

By Aaryn Belfer
On this most recent Election Day, the one that saw the U.S. Senate floor—and those of some governor's mansions and local Podunk cubicles across the country—get scrubbed clean with the asses of Democrats, I did something that pissed off pretty much everyone I know, and a whole bunch of someones I don't: I stayed home.
Monday, October 27,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Encinitas’ Prop. F and the dispensaries

Let’s move this time machine to 2014, shall we?

By Aaryn Belfer
I don’t live anywhere near Encinitas. But a lovely, graceful, terrific writer friend of mine does, and, last week, she—a cancer survivor and user of medicinal marijuana herself—drafted a lovely, graceful, terrific letter to some local publications about Prop. F. More specifically, it was about her opposition to it.
Monday, October 13,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

How not to run a marathon

Zero-2-couch in 10 easy weeks

By Aaryn Belfer
Too many people have been turned off to not running a marathon simply by trying to start off too fast. Their bodies rebel and they wind up in a mental funk, wondering why anyone would possibly want to not run in the first place.
Monday, September 29,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Winter is coming

The Southern California preppers edition

By Aaryn Belfer
Wow, was that a summer or what? I don't know about you, but in my 22 years of living in this casual little city that's trying on fancy britches, I cannot recall a hotter five months. 
Monday, September 15,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

The iWatch is more iExtraordinary than you’ve imagined

From real-time-death notification to hot-flash tabulation, it does it all

By Aaryn Belfer
As the winner of an online sweepstakes (I stumbled onto it when I mistyped a url while shopping), I got to test drive the new iWatch for a week and am therefore in a unique position to weigh in on the attributes of this game-changing device.
Tuesday, September 2,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Ice buckets and social justice

Can we do more than one thing at a time?

By Aaryn Belfer
When I was finally able to turn my focus to the fundraiser, I didn't have high hopes for it. Either dump water or write a check as a strategy seemed misguided. Why isn't it both? I thought. 
Monday, August 18,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

To my white tribe

You are mine, and I am yours, so let’s deal with it

By Aaryn Belfer
White people like you and me, dear CityBeat reader, have the privilege not to deal with any of the race realities if we don't want to.
Monday, August 4,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Deporting refugees and welcoming Ebola

America and her priorities

By Aaryn Belfer
Now for a whole bunch of words: Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from every orifice, death, no cure. Also: The World Health Organization has warned that the virus is spreading faster than efforts to control it.
Monday, July 21,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Fighting the fight of body-conscious girls

It might be unwinnable

By Aaryn Belfer
Research out of the NYU Child Study Center has shown that girls' self esteem peaks at age 9. It peaks, people! 
 
 
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