Review: ‘4000 Miles’

The essential failure of Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles—the story of an angry cyclist and his passive-aggressive relationship with his testy, suspicious grandmother—is its lack of direction and absence of coherent plotting, along with characters who, with one exception, start off being largely unlikable and reveal themselves so slowly that by the time we see something admirable,…

Sheri Lee Miller on directing at Cinnabar, why actors get better with age, and her emotional new show ‘Time Stands Still’

“It’s impossible to direct, or act, without using some of what you’ve experienced in your own life,” suggests actor-director Sheri Lee Miller, scooting her chair closer to the heater in the rehearsal room at Cinnabar Theater. As the sound of falling rain grows louder overhead, she takes a moment to mull that last thought over.…

Meg Ryan: From Volcanoes to Wine Country

“Joe, nobody knows anything,” observed actress Meg Ryan, as she teetered at the edge of a fiery abyss in the misunderstood fantasy film “Joe Versus the Volcano,” in which she played the soul-sick Patricia Graynamore opposite Tom Hanks’ “Brain Cloud” afflicted Joe Banks. In one of the movie’s most memorable scenes, she said, “Nobody knows…

Author forum puts writers on stage

For the second year in a row, the North Bay’s Rohnert Park Library will be literary ground zero as more than 30 local authors, writers, journalists, playwrights and bloggers come together to meet the public, read their works, answer questions, plug books and other merchandise, and general hang out. Amongst the participants this year will be…

A guide to the Sonoma International Film Festival

“Larger, better, even more fun.” Asked to describe the 19th annual Sonoma International Film Festival in a few words, this is how festival director Kevin McNeely defines the latest iteration of the event that has been bringing star-power and tourist-dollars to Sonoma every spring for nearly two decades. This year, from March 30 to April…

Mystery man Travis Walton to appear at 2016 Sonoma Film Festival’s one-of-a-kind “UFO Symposium”

“Unidentified Flying Objects are the biggest, most important topic on the planet Earth,” declares Jim Ledwith, Sonoma-based “UFOlogist” and curator-founder of the annual UFO Symposium. A popular film-and-conversation event, the Symposium will celebrate its sixth anniversary on April 1 and 2 as part of the upcoming Sonoma International Film Festival, running March 30 to April…