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

Judge Blasts Analysis of Freeway-Widening Project

Said Caltrans Report Failed to Address Traffic Impacts on City Streets

Said the Caltrans report failed to address traffic impacts on city streets. Read story.

In Search of Rare Seabirds

Onboard One of Island Packers’ Popular Pelagic Birding Trips

Come onboard one of Island Packers’ popular pelagic birding trips. Read story.

Sun Potion Shines on Health Food Scene

Scott Linde and Nitsa Citrine Specially Source Their Tonic Herbs

Santa Barbara’s Scott Linde and Nitsa Citrine specially source their tonic herbs. Read story.

New Books by ‘Indy’ Writers

A Biography, a Novel, and Short Stories

A biography, a novel, and short stories by ‘Independent’ contributors Josef Woodard, Tennant-Moore, and Michael Smith. Read story.

Tales of Redemption from S.B. Animal Shelters

Happy-Ending Stories for Dogs and Cats

Read on for a handful of happy-ending tales from Santa Barbara shelters. Read story.

The Dog Awakens

Manchurian Muslims, San Bernardino, and the Ghosts of Isla Vista

Manchurian Muslims, San Bernardino, and the ghosts of Isla Vista… Read story.

Sheriff Thanks His Lucky STAR

New Jail Reentry Wing Saved from Chopping Block

The new jail reentry wing was saved from the chopping block. Read story.

Chris Robinson's Counterculture

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Keeps Soul of ’60s Alive at Lobero Thursday

Chris Robinson Brotherhood keeps soul of ’60s alive at Lobero Thursday. Read story.

Dannsair Releases ‘Caledonia’

S.B. Celtic Fusion Releases Sixth Album

S.B. Celtic fusion mainstays combine classic and contemporary on its sixth album. Read story.

Expect Unexpected with Patrick Mureithi and Eugene Chadbourne

Sunday Serves Up Singular Singer/Songwriters at SOhO and Funzone

Sunday serves up singular singer/songwriters at SOhO and Funzone. Read story.

Break Out the Bubbly

Sparkling Sips from Santa Barbara and Champagne, France, for the Holiday Season

Sparkling sips from Santa Barbara and Champagne, France, for the holiday season. Read story.

Made in Santa Barbara Gift Guide

Handmade Shopping Ideas for the Holiday Season

Here are some handmade shopping ideas for the holiday season. Read story.

'Tis the Season

The Complete Guide to S.B.'s Holiday Happenings

Check out S.B.’s most complete guide to all the happenings this holiday season. Read story.

Guys and Dogs

Bike Lanes on Micheltorena Street? Poodle’s Not Sure You Can Get There from Here

Bike lanes on Micheltorena Street? Poodle’s not sure you can get there from here. Read story.

¿Qué Pasa, El Niño?

Dissecting the Excitement of the Winter Weather Event

Dissecting the excitement of the winter weather event. Read story.

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