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The Imitation Game Apr 21, 2015 Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) works with a team of scientists to solve the Nazi enigma code during WW II. 58 other events on Tuesday, April 21
 
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Jackson Milgaten incorporates classics and finds from his travels
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The second in our series on the artists awarded grants through the Creative Catalyst Fund
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Monday, April 13,2015
Backwards & in High Heels

The fairy tale of officer friendly

Just walking while black is still perceived as a crime in San Diego

By Aaryn Belfer
Two days after the captured-on-video murder of unarmed black man Walter Scott by white South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, my friend's black teenaged son dared to walk through his Scripps Ranch neighborhood. The nerve.
Monday, March 30,2015
Backwards & in High Heels

A smorgasbord of news topics

Punk pilots, Chargers chumps and slut-shaming Monica Lewinsky

By Aaryn Belfer
Being trapped in the land of So Many Topics to Choose From, I'm compelled to weigh in on as many as will fit on this page. Prepare for the smorgasbord I'm going to lay before you. 
Monday, March 16,2015
Backwards & in High Heels

Smarter Balanced Assessments are around the corner

In favor of opting out of the test

By Aaryn Belfer
The only thing obstructing my view of the end of my daughter's fourth-grade year is the ugly last third of it. I say "ugly" because what comes with the final excruciating months is the amplified prep for, and implementation of—wait for it—standardized testing.
Monday, March 2,2015
Backwards & in High Heels

Times are a-changin’

A big thank-you tucked between stories

By Aaryn Belfer
From the beginning, both D&K have been staunch and unapologetic supporters of my ideas and my writing, giving me full reign of the page. 
Monday, February 16,2015
Backwards & in High Heels

Principals of civility

Taking a page from the U.S. Tennis Association handbook

By Aaryn Belfer
In a burst of local activism at my daughter's school last week, I asked a district hoity-toity some questions about an ongoing leadership vortex on campus. 
Monday, February 2,2015
Backwards & in High Heels

The pitfalls of Tupperware

And the dangers of knock-off versions

By Aaryn Belfer
My husband’s long-articulated worst nightmare became real last week when he bit down on a piece of smothered chicken he’d made the night before and thought he’d been stuck through the tongue with a bone. But it was no bone. It was a 2-inch-long vertical shard of glass that pierced the roof of his mouth and his tongue.
Wednesday, January 21,2015
Backwards & in High Heels

Parenting the tween-ish kid

Where old and new territory collide

By Aaryn Belfer
This summer, my daughter will turn 10 and will officially be a double-digit midget, as my mother used to call me once I'd aged into the tween years. Offensive, I know, but it was 1980. And it was my
Monday, January 5,2015
Backwards & in High Heels

Sandwiched: the glory of being a grown-up

Life in the middle between a dependent child and an aging parent

By Aaryn Belfer
The Sunday before Christmas, while on my way to a holiday gathering with my husband and another couple, I received an email from my mother with an explosive subject line. "Emergency Room," it read.
Monday, December 22,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Shirley Owen and the urge to murder San Diegans

Visions of gun violence danced in her head

By Aaryn Belfer
San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf has a problem called “Shirley Owen,” which means—paging San Diego—we have a problem called “Lorie Zapf.”
Monday, December 8,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Ebony and ivory and harmony, oh my!

Stop pretending an interracial hug fixes injustice

By Aaryn Belfer
In the days between two grotesque and revealing grand-jury decisions not to indict the killers of two unarmed black men, a photo of a white policeman embracing a weeping black boy kept popping up in my Facebook feed.
 
 
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