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1492: Conquest of Paradise Jul 28, 2014 Gérard Depardieu plays Christopher Columbus in Ridley Scott’s big-budget telling of the “discovery” of the Americas. This film is presented as part of Film in the Garden, the Museum's Monday night sundown film series in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden. 63 other events on Monday, July 28
 
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Wednesday, July 18,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Racism isn’t the eradicated plague of the 20th century

Kids at camp in Tahoe City get a rude lesson

By Aaryn Belfer
On the last day of June, while still percolating over a Boston Globe article in which white author Jeff Jacoby claimed that “America’s racist past is dead and gone,” my family headed north to attend a camp for families that have adopted children of color.
Tuesday, July 3,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

I’m inching closer to my Mrs. Roper Caftan Phase

Memory loss, special diets and getting closer to a return to the cradle

By Aaryn Belfer
Last month, my daughter celebrated her seventh birthday, and let me tell you: Nothing makes a middle-aged woman feel more at home in the sweat-soaked country of peri-menopause like her baby turning 7.
Wednesday, June 20,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Some uncensored thoughts on U-T TV

I get the feeling that we are the butt of a joke

By Aaryn Belfer
We need to talk about another war, one that threatens the soul of San Diego. If we even have a soul, which I very much doubt. The grave danger is U-T TV. Warning: Expletives ahead.
Wednesday, June 6,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Election exhaustion has me considering a move to France

What I wouldn’t give for a six-week election cycle

By Aaryn Belfer
I predicted the winners to be the zombies. The asshole zombies, that is. And I was right. Just look at them. And the losers? Well, that would be you and me.
Wednesday, May 23,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Standardized testing as child abuse

It’s bubble time for the kiddos—and not the soapy kind

By Aaryn Belfer
Last month in Oceanside, N.Y., Christine Dougherty wrote to her son’s principal requesting that he not sit for the standardized state exams. In the letter, posted to United Opt Out National’s website, she asked that Joseph instead be “given an alternative real learning opportunity.” She received a ghastly response.
Tuesday, May 8,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

May and June can be much more than a pre-summer bummer

Gray months provide crucial prep time for July and August

By Aaryn Belfer
Ah, yes, glorious summer: when bedtime is a foreign word I cannot pronounce, when concerts in the park and concealed beverages are regular features of any weekend.
Wednesday, April 11,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

I am Trayvon Martin’s mother—are you?

Most white parents can’t relate to the experience of black parents

By Aaryn Belfer
It makes no sense that my baby could be tucked safely in bed while Sybrina Fulton’s was being profiled, stalked and murdered by a self-appointed neighborhood policer and negro-phobe who, more than a month-and-a-half later, still has not been arrested.
Wednesday, March 28,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

My rose-colored glasses come off

Facing the realities of school administration during economic hardship

By Aaryn Belfer
Last week, a parent at my school planned a parent-child walkout during school hours. She asked that we gather with our children for all of 30 minutes to say that we oppose the draconian cuts that could reduce our teaching staff to nearly half of what it is currently, and that the coming explosion in class sizes is unacceptable and not in our children’s best interest.
Wednesday, March 14,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Saturdays with Zoran and Cobra

I may not be cut out for basic training, but I can handle a little urban jungle gym

By Aaryn Belfer
Yes, my opening bid for Beach Body Boot Camp was also the only bid for Beach Body Boot Camp. And this is how I came to find myself at 8 a.m. two Saturdays ago, not snuggled in bed with a cup of coffee and The New Yorker, but, rather, standing in some sci-fi, medieval place not quite Game of Thrones and not quite Beyond Thunderdome.
Wednesday, February 29,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

I’ve been trend watching

And now I have bald spots where my hair used to be

By Aaryn Belfer
But this column is not about one school’s innovative money-raising methods, because many schools are doing that. No, it’s really about various trends I’ve noted and have come to enjoy in some manner—either in an I-love-it kind of way or, more frequently, in an Ah-jeeze-that-one’s-scary kind of way.
 
 
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