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SBIFF Week 2: Rooney Mara, Plus The Big Short, Room, and Spotlight Directors Interviewed; Festival Peeps; and Movies for Breakfast (Indy Staff)

ON THE COVER: Illustration of Rooney Mara by Ben Ciccati.

Bright Light, Big Stars

Emily Cosentino, whose high school football team narrowly avoided being called the Needham Pansies, has hit The Independent like the proverbial whirlwind. Our mild-mannered promotions manager sailed through the prep for Ethan Stewart’s Paris talk at Antioch shortly after she arrived and organized our Meet the Makers party to a T. “I love parties,” she said. “I met the New York restaurant guy [who directed The Missing Ingredient] … he was so excited to be here.” The Massachusetts native — her team chose the town's other industry, rockets — is now stirring up our annual St. Patrick's Day Stroll and a new collaboration with Brewhouse. “There'll be a release party for that,” she beamed.

In Print

Community Arts Workshop Gets Gates

Artist David Shelton Creates Elaborate Iron Entrances

Artist David Shelton creates elaborate iron entrances for the new CAW. Read story.

Let Go, Let Dog

Paranoid Poodle Sniffs at Cottage-Sansum Merger

Paranoid Poodle sniffs at Cottage-Sansum merger. Read story.

All-Women Gym Offers Fitness and Camaraderie

Alice Huang’s WAC (Women’s Athletic Club) Expands Space and Supportive Environment

Alice Huang’s WAC (Women’s Athletic Club) expands its space and supportive environment. Read story.

The Bobcat Drinks Tonight

Bob Stout and Patrick Reynolds Team Up for New Speakeasy

Bob Stout and Patrick Reynolds team up for new speakeasy. Read story.

Year in Pictures 2015

The Santa Barbara Independent’s Annual Photographic Extravaganza

The Santa Barbara Independent presents its annual photographic extravaganza. Read story.

Winemaker Aaron Watty Plays Chef

Big Tar Winemaker Pairs His Bottles with a Farmer’s Market Feast

The Big Tar winemaker pairs his bottles with a farmer’s market feast. Read story.

A Letter of Hope from Paris

Awash in the Crosscurrents of Climate Change and Terrorism in the City of Light

Awash in the crosscurrents of climate change and terrorism in the City of Light. Read story.

Dogs in the Manger and Missile Toes

Share the Road with Santa

Caltrans is waging a not-so-subliminal war against Christmas. Read story.

Refugio Reviewed

Did We Learn Our Lesson on Pipeline Safety?

Did we learn our lesson on pipeline safety? Read story.

The Mesa Bookstore Is Successfully Small

How David Karys-Schiff Survives on Paperbacks and Loyalty

David Karys-Schiff’s tiny Cliff Drive shop survives on paperbacks and loyalty. Read story.

Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker Play Lobero

CVB’S Jonathan Segel Talks Similarities and Differences Between the Bands

CVB’s Jonathan Segel talks similarities and differences between the bands. Read story.

First Bites @ The Mill

Check out Third Window’s St. Barbara dinner, Wildwood’s opening, and Potek’s bubbly showcase. Read story.

Beta Play, One Two Tree, Omar Velasco Among Many Holiday Shows

Mariachi Divas, The Coals, Alec Lytle & Them Rounders, and More

Mariachi Divas, The Coals, Alec Lytle & Them Rounders, and more Read story.

The Great Vacation-Rental Debate

Tensions Increase over Santa Barbara’s Accommodations for Short-Term Stays

Tensions increase over Santa Barbara’s Accommodations for short-term stays. Read story.

A Most Turgid Dog

Cruz, Trump, Sand that Glows in the Dark, and S.B.’s Architectural Crown Jewels

Cruz, Trump, sand that glows in the dark, and S.B.’s architectural crown jewels. Read story.

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