Elena White

Elena White is a senior Theatre Arts major at Westmont College, and honorary peon (a k a intern) of the Arts&Entertainment; section and copy editing department at the Santa Barbara Independent. While she spends her time at the Indy writing short articles and chasing the thrill of correcting punctuation errors, Elena’s true passions are cooking lentil soup, listening to Sufjan Stevens, and wearing turtle-necks.

Recent Stories

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Saoirse Ronan Charms Audience at the Arlington

Santa Barbara Award Recipient Delights Audience

The Arlington buzzed with a lively crowd, laughing freely and giving countless rounds of applause as Ronan recalled her childhood roles, her love and gratitude for her parents, and her natural attraction to film.

UCSB Math Grad Student Wins Dance Your PhD Competition

Nancy Scherich Brought Together Her Two Favorite Disciplines

Nancy Scherich brings together her two favorite disciplines: art and math.

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is Year’s Best Film

Astute Insights, Incredible Cinematography, and Powerhouse Performance

With astute insights, incredible cinematography, and a powerhouse performance, the film is sure to be in line for an Oscar.

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Nate Streeper’s ‘Murder on the Orion Express’

Librarian Self-Publishes Futuristic Murder Mystery

Braille librarian publishes a futuristic murder mystery solved by a deadbeat detective from a backwater planet.

Reviewed | ‘Wonderstruck’

Slow Plot Leaves Viewers Unengaged

The plot moves along so slowly that it is difficult to feel any connection to the subjects.

‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Captures A.A. Milne’s Emotional Damage

Film Explores Absentee-Parenting, Manipulation, and Exploitation of Boy’s Childhood

There are tender moments of father-son bonding, but this film is really about absentee-parenting, emotional manipulation, and the exploitation of a boy’s childhood.

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‘Dog Logic’ Tells of Underground Civilization

Charmingly Podunk and Surprisingly Worthwhile

Author Tom Strelich’s book is both charmingly podunk and surprisingly worthwhile.

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Lindsey Ross’s Guadalupe Mural

Santa Barbara Artist Creates 20-Foot Photographic Piece

Santa Barbara artist creates a 14-by-20-foot photographic mural of eight women.

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Chaz Hutton’s ‘Ideas of Note’

Hilarious Life Musings in Post-it-Note Drawings

Hilarious life musings in the form of cartoon Post-it-note drawings

Reviewed | 'The Florida Project'

Director Sean Baker’s Film About U.S. Poverty

Director Sean Baker’s slice-of-life film focuses on poverty in the U.S.

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