Athena Tan has lived in Santa Barbara since 2007. Prior to the Independent, she edited scholarly manuscripts as an associate editor at punctum books and managing editor at Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies and taught film and media studies to college students. She spends time outside of work browsing the library's new books section, trawling thrift stores, and supporting S.B. social justice efforts.
Show Was a Treat for Fans Who’ve Followed Her Since the ’90s
The show was a treat for fans who’ve followed her since the ’90s.
A Story of Desire, Class-Driven Resentment, and Repressed Sexual Identity
Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson star in a story of desire, class-driven resentment, and repressed sexual identity.
Artist Receives Enthusiastic Welcome at Her First Santa Barbara Show in Years
The artist performed to an enthusiastic crowd at her first Santa Barbara show in years.
Movie Is the Quintessential Fairy Tale of Global Capitalism
The movie is the quintessential fairy tale of global capitalism.
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal Take Up the Strands of Ongoing Dialogues About Racial Justice
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal take up the strands of ongoing dialogues about racial justice.
‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Incites Viewers to Reflect on the Integrity and Vulnerability of Childhood
‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ incites viewers to reflect on the integrity and vulnerability of childhood.
Film Creates Eerie Mood but Falls Short on Plot
The film creates an eerie mood but falls short on plot.
Las Primarias de California Concluyen Hoy con Elecciones en Todos los Niveles
Las primarias de California concluyen hoy con elecciones en los niveles de ciudad, condado, y estado.
Film Homes In on Primitive, Savage at Core of WASP Affluence
Film homes in on the primitive and the savage at the core of WASP affluence.
S.B. Historical Museum’s Companion Shows Depict Life in Detention Camps
The shows remind us that history is continuous and that the arcs of multi-decade or multi-century narratives must constantly be illuminated.