Rio Theatre Events

11.01.14 Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
11.06.14 Michael Franti SOLD OUT
11.07.14 The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra
11.08.14 Warren Miller's No Turning Back
11.10.14 Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
11.12.14 Mac Demarco
11.13.14 Surf movie: A Wedge To Remember
11.14.14 Santa Cruz Film Festival
11.15.14 Santa Cruz Film Festival
11.16.14 Santa Cruz Film Festival
11.20.14 Film: Pretty Faces
11.22.14 Planet Cruz Comedy

12.05.14 Judy Collins
12.06.14 Aimee Mann Christmas Show
12.07.14 Mike Birbiglia- Thank God For Jokes 8 pm show now 7:30.... see below
12.11.14 Kinsey Sicks
12.12.14 Riders in the Sky- Christmas the Cowboy Way
12.27.14 White Album Ensemble
12.28.14 White Album Ensemble

01.15.15 Lecture and book signing by Dr. Martin Blaser
01.17.15 The Wood Brothers
01.23.15 Cirque Ziva: The Golden Dragon Acrobats
01.25.15 Tim Flannery
01.26.15 Patti Smith and Her Band

03.19.15 An Evening with Colin Hay
03.20.15 Paula Poundstone

04.22.15 Janis Ian & Tom Paxton



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Shawn Mullins   Short Film: Water For Santa Cruz County Yelle Nightmare Before Christmas
  Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
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        Michael Franti

The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra Warren Miller's No Turning Back
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  Popovich Comedy Pet Theater   Mac Demarco Surf movie: A Wedge To Remember Santa Cruz Film Festival Santa Cruz Film Festival
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Santa Cruz Film Festival       Film: Pretty Faces
Planet Cruz Comedy
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos

NMW Ensemble, Philip Collins, Director
Guest Artist: The Cabrillo Latin Music Ensemble, Michael Strunk, Director

A musical celebration honoring souls of the departed. Music by living and late composers – Gabriella Ortiz, Peter Garland, Peter Sculthorpe, Henry Cowell, Philip Collins, and others -- is interwoven with traditional songs, dances and rituals from Mexico and Colombia.

Gabriella Ortiz, Altar de Muertos, masked string quartet, water drum and rattles
Peter Sculthorpe, Requiem for solo Cello, Lux Eternae 7:40
Henry Cowell, Banshee, solo piano
Peter Garland, The Three Strange Angels (1972-73)

Show time: 8 pm
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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Michael Franti SOLD OUT


Strips down for his first ever acoustic tourkicking it off in Santa Cruz

Show time: 8 pm, Doors 7 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, 9/26 at 10 am
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Friday, November 7, 2014



THE NEW PROGRAM for 2014: "And the Uke Goes On!"

Opening the show will be The All In Good Time Orchestra.

ATTENTION! The Ukulele's are back!-Brilliant Comedy-Brilliant Music

Is it possible for anyone to create a show that brilliantly combines music from Mozart to Monty Python, Bach to the Beatles, Chick Corea to Rossini?
The answer of course in the case of The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra (TUKUO) is a resounding "YES!" Their motto is; "Musical borders belong to Yesterday".

After three hugely successful European Tours in 2011, 2012 and 2013 they're coming back in 2014; the musicians from the Peter Moss directed United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra with their totally unique vocal harmony blend that brings every Concert Hall to its feet night after night will return. Combine this talent with their own brand of typical British humour, brilliantly daring and inventive arrangements and the unbelievable sound of their miniature instrument of choice, the famous and often overlooked Ukulele, originally from Hawaii.

"DON'T MISS THIS!" announced SWR Television station.

The All In Good Time Orchestra, led by 2012 Gail Rich Award Recipient Rhan Wilson, is a community based musical group comprised primarily of ukulele players as well as guitar and percussion. Meeting once a week for nearly 3 years, this group has been learning the ins and outs of performance, music arrangement, and basic theory – taking the casual singalong to a new level of participation. Many members are new to music and singing, yet work and play effortlessly along with the more seasoned player.

Show Time: 8pm, Doors : 7:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $23/General $33/Gold Circle
Available at: and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Warren Miller's No Turning Back

Come celebrate the legacy that annually marks the beginning of winter!

This fall, Warren Miller releases its 65th ski film, No Turning Back. The newest installment pays homage to the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead us to every end of the winter world—and this year is no different. From beneath the blankets of powder in Niseko, Japan to the top of Greece's Mount Olympus, the French Alps, and the Mom & Pop hills of Montana, each location is sure to provide nothing but stoke. Watch Olympian Ted Ligety shred the World Cup in Colorado, Ingrid Backstrom and Jess McMillan push the boundaries of the Alaskan Chugach, and JT Holmes and Ulie Kestenholz take flight high above the Swiss Alps. Revel in the celebration for this year's winter season and remember, this time there's No Turning Back. Find shows, get tickets and more at

Show times: 6:00 pm & 9:00 pm
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Voted Best Family Show in Vegas!International circus legend award winner Gregory Popovich brings his European-style physical comedy, acrobats, jugglers but most important his furry cast of animals, the real stars of the show! All animals have been rescued from shelters all over the country, and has been transformed into Las Vegas stars. The show features an amazing cast of house-cats, dogs, parrots, geese, mice, even a miniature horse named Diamond and a German goat duo named Kurt & Helga! He released his first book "You CAN Train Your Cat" in late 2009, just released his "Doggy Gone Good" book in 2014, has been featured on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, in USA Today, People Magazine and was recently a finalist on America's Got Talent. He released his first full-length film in 2014, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles, CA.

Show time: 7 pm

Popovich in NY Times


Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents in Santa Cruz:



Show time: 8:00 pm, doors 7:00 pm
Tickets: $22 adv / $25 door
Advance tickets: HERE
All Ages!


Thursday, November 13th, 2014

A Wedge To Remember

Surf movie from award winning director of The Westsiders and Discovering Mavericks. Directed by Joshua Pomer

A Wedge To Remember - a feature documentary on the best day of surf in twenty years. Surf spots include NEWPORT POINT, THE WEDGE, MALIBU AND SANDSPIT.

Witness the large waves from Hurricane Marie that were pounding the Southern California coast. A heart thumping documentary told by the photographers, wave forecasters and legends who experienced the mega swell. Featuring the biggest Wedge on record. Featuring Jaime Obrien, Laird Hamilton

Director Josh Pomer will be present to for a questions and answer after the film.

Show time: 8:00 pm
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Friday, Nov 14, Saturday, Nov 15, and Sunday, Nov 16, 2014

Santa Cruz Film Festival

Friday 11.14
4:45 Forty Years from Yesterday
7:00 Love in the Sixties
9:15 Doomsdays

Saturday 11.15
12:00 Reel Fresh
2:30 States of Grace
4:45 I Can Quit Whenever I want
7:00 Derby Crazy Love
9:15 First Period

Sunday 11.16
12:00 Searching for Nepal
2:30 Inside Out (UCSC Film & Digital Media Student Showcase)
4:45 Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger
7:00 I Believe in Unicorns
9:15 Frank

Regular Tickets
$11/10 seniors/students with ID
Opening Night Film+Party $20/18

All Festival Pass
$60/50 – includes access to over 60 films and events at this year's Festival!

Under 21 Pass
$20 – the All Festival Pass for those under 21. Those over 18 must present ID at each screening or event

Advance tickets are available at and 831-359-4888. Same day tickets are only available at the venue. The venue box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. For all screenings please arrive at least 15 minutes before showtime to assure seating


Thursday, November 20, 2014


Pretty Faces is a film celebrating women who thrive in the snow. The concept for the film was originated by professional big mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder, Lynsey Dyer, with the objective of giving women and girls, young and old, a source of inspiration through a unique look at what is possible when boundaries are broken, dreams captured and friendships cultivated. In Lynsey's words "I wanted to give young girls something positive to look up to...I wanted to give them their Blizzard of Ahhs, Ski Movie or High Life, but done in a way that also shows the elegance, grace, community and style that is unique to women in the mountains."

Despite women's presence in:
~40% of the skiing population and
~30% of the adventure sports film viewership
...only 14% of athletes in major ski films were female this past season. Additionally, last season's 14% was record female representation, up from 9% the previous season.
We see this as an opportunity to provide an inspiring documentary ski film told from a female's perspective to connect with and celebrate skiing's female population.
Although skiing is the focus of the film, we hope to showcase women's on-hill success-from professional skiers to recreational enthusiasts-to inspire girls of all ages to pursue their dreams, walk the path less traveled, and reach their fullest potential, whatever path they choose.

Our Mission
Young girls need more positive role models to offer then an alternative to the world of skinny jeans, reality TV and fashion magazines. We aim to provide a positive source of inspiration for young girls first and foremost. The lessons learned on the mountain parallel those learned by many women who take the path less traveled. Our documentary ski film (Pretty Faces) will showcase women walking that path to deliver the message "If she can do it, then so can I."

Show Time: 7:30pm, Doors : 7pm
Advanced Tickets: $10
Available at: and Tomboy store (by 10.16.14) 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Planet Cruz Comedy

Planet Cruz Comedy will touch down again at the Rio Theatre Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:30 PM. Planet Cruz is a comedy/variety show with the finest progressive standups in the country, along with comedy sketches about the state of Santa Cruz, all to the beat of the Planetoid Band. We welcome comedians and musicians…

Teresa Tudury Funniest woman in the world.
Kellen Erskine Sharpest young comic on the left coast.
Dan St. Paul "What's Funny After 50?"
Sven Davis Santa Cruz's gift to humor
Peter Cor and the Planetoid Band (all carbon based life forms as far as we know) Rhan Wilson, Matt Bohn, Olaf Schiappacasse
Tammi Brown Goddess of soul
Alan Heit Ain't he funky now?
Ryan Coonerty Too funny for a politician, people vote for him anyway.

Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door
Advance Tickets at Streetlight Records, Tomboy or online at


Friday, December 5th, 2014

An evening with
Judy Collins



Show time: 8 pm
Advance Tickets
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Saturday, December 6, 2014


After a hiatus of three years, Aimee Mann announces the return of her annual holiday tour, this time in partnership with her bandmate Ted Leo from her new project The Both. In past years Aimee's holiday variety show has played to sold-out crowds on both the East and West Coast, featuring a mixture of Christmas classics, original music, video, sketches, and a host of musical and comedian guests, and this year promises to have even more surprises.

Scheluled to perform: comedian: Tim Heidecker

"Delightful...a Santa-stupefying balance of naughty and nice...with the giddy warmth of an
eggnog buzz. Hangover included of course." - New York Times

"For those of us who wrestle with warring impulses -- bah, humbug the holidays or succumb to
the twinkly lights -- Aimee Mann has created an old-fashioned Christmas variety show that
reminds us that it's possible to have our cynicism and eat our fruitcake too. Here's to making it
an annual event."- Boston Globe

"Genuine, irony-free good cheer had been spread, making Mann's Christmas extravaganza one
of the season's best gifts." - Boston Herald

Special appearances from previous shows have included: John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen, Ben Gibbard, Emily Procter, Patton Oswalt, Weird Al Yankovic, Bob Odenkirk, Jackson Browne, John Krazinski , Nellie McKay, Amos Lee, The Decemberists, Rachael Yamagata, Ben Lee, Paul F. Tompkins, Joe Henry, Grant Lee Phillips, Josh Ritter, Chuck Prophet , Patrick Park, Adam Levy, Morgan Murphy, Michael Penn, Jeff Goldblum, comedian: Tim Heidecker

Show Time: 8pm, Doors : 7:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $26.25/General $42/Gold Circle (On sale 09.11.14)
Available at: and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


Sunday, December 7, 2014


Award-winning comedian, actor, and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories in his all-new show about jokes, and how they can get you in trouble. Join Mike as he gets arrested in New Jersey, screamed at by a famous director, heckled by Statler and Waldorf, and attacked by zombie rodents.

Ira Glass of public radio's This American Life writes "Birbiglia's stories are even funnier live than they are on the radio." Time Magazine calls Birbiglia "master of the personal, embarrassing tale." The New York Times describes him as a "supremely enjoyable monologist."

First show sold out! Please note that the show time for the 8:00 pm show has been changed to 7:30 pm and a second show has been added at 9:45 pm.

Tickets for the 9:45 pm show are available 8 am 10/03/14

Show Time: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm
Advanced Tickets: $26.25/General $42/ 7:30 pm show has Sold Out.
Available at: and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kinsey Sicks

Oy Vey in a Manger

A Sensation with a phenomenal performance record that includes an Off-Broadway show, an extended run in Vegas, two feature films, eight albums, and appearances throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia, The Kinsey Sicks hardly need an introduction. For over 20 years America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet has served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences at performing arts centers, music venues and comedy festivals in every kind of town you can imagine, in over 40 states! Their award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned the Kinsey Sicks a diverse and devoted following.
The Kinsey Sicks have recorded eight albums: Dragapella, Boyz 2 Girlz, Sicks in the City, I Wanna Be a Republican, Oy Vey in a Manger: Christmas Carols and Other Jewish Music, Sicks! Sicks! Sicks! Each Hit & I, Electile Dysfunction. They have been profiled on national television, including "20/20" and "CBS Early Show with Bryant Gumbel," and were the subjects of a lengthy cover feature in the arts section of the New York Times.

"Those who think drag is gawky transvestites in bad wigs lip-synching have another think coming: The Kinsey Sicks are gawky transvestites in bad wigs singing with voices to die for, whose lush arrangements would make the Sing-Off judges swoon.
~ The Huffington Post

Show Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: General: $25, Gold Circle: $40, VIP Gold Circle: $60
Advance Tickets:
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Friday December 12th, 2014

Riders in the Sky- Christmas the Cowboy Way

For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers
of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene
Autry and Roy Rogers.

Show time:
8:00 pm
Tickets: $39.50
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Saturday & Sunday, December 27th & 28th, 2014

White Album Ensemble

More details to come soon!



Thursday, January 15th, 2015


Come celebrate 15 and 50 with UCSC's Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology (METX) Department. In honor of the METX Department's 15th Anniversary and UCSC's 50th Anniversary we invite you to attend this free public lecture and book signing with renowned Dr. Martin Blaser.

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser reaches back to the discovery of antibiotics, which ushered in a golden age of medicine, and then traces how our subsequent overuse of these seeming wonder drugs has left its mark on our systems, contributing to the rise of what Blaser calls our modern plagues: obesity, asthma, allergies, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Blaser's studies suggest antibiotic use during early childhood poses the greatest risk to long-term health, and, alarmingly, American children receive on average about seventeen courses of antibiotics before they are twenty years old. At the same time, C-sections deprive babies of important contact with their mothers' micro biomes. Taking us into the lab to recount studies, Blaser provides support for his theory and guides us to what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future.Martin J. Blaser, M.D., is the George and Muriel Singer Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, and Director of the Human Microbiome Program at the NYU School of Medicine. He served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at NYU from 2000-2012. A physician and microbiologist, Dr. Blaser is interested in understanding the relationships we have with our persistently colonizing bacteria. His work over the past 30 years focused on human pathogens, including Campylobacter species and Helicobacter pylori, which also are model systems for understanding interactions of residential bacteria with their human hosts. Over the last decade, he has been actively studying the relationship of the human microbiome to health and such important diseases as asthma, obesity, diabetes, and allergies. Over the course of his career, Dr. Blaser has served as the advisor for a large number of students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty, and he has been actively involved in national scientific and professional organizations. He served as President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute, and Chair of the Advisory Board for Clinical Research of the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy for Arts and Sciences. He holds 24 U.S. patents relating to his research, and has authored over 500 original articles. Most recently, he wrote "Missing Microbes", a book targeted to the general audience.

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Lecture and book signing starts: 7pm


Saturday, January 17th, 2015





Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Cirque Ziva

The Golden Dragon Acrobats

From Broadway to Santa Cruz!

"This unique cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form."
~Broadway World

Show time: 8:00
Tickets: $28 General admission, $14 Child (under 12) , $45 Gold Circle (first 12 rows)
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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Tim Flannery

and Lunatic Fringe

A benefit evening for Bryan Stow

Show time: 7 pm
Advance tickets: HERE



Monday, January 26th, 2014

Patti Smith and Her Band

Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967.

In 1975 Patti Smith's first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry in 2010 at The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums are Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve, and most currently, Banga.

Author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award. Her other books include Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering, and Auguries of Innocence.

Patti Smith's art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York since 1978, her exhibitions include Strange Messenger, Land 250, and Camera Solo. Steven Sebring's 2008 documentary, dream of life: the movie, was acknowledged internationally and received an Emmy nomination.

As well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith also holds the honor of "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Rowan State University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the School of Art Institute Chicago. Patti Smith was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award, representing lifetime achievement, and the recipient of Sweden's Polar Award that is an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music.

On February 7, 2013, Smith was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College, which recognizes women whose lives, work and contributions embody the same drive and accomplishments as the four-time winning actress. On May 18, 2014, Barnard College Board of Trustees will present Patti Smith with their Medal of Distinction that honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their communities, and their careers.

Patti Smith continues to write, perform readings, work on artistic projects, and lends support for human right issues. She and her band are continually touring worldwide and preparing for future recording projects. Current tour dates and other information is posted on

Show time: 8:30, doors 7:30
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Thursday, March 19, 2015


Coming back to Rio Theatre for another successful concert!

Colin Hay may be best known as the lead singer for Men At Work, the platinum selling Australian band that topped worldwide charts in the 80s with anthems like "Down Under," "Overkill," and "Who Can It Be Now?" Hay's justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he's made 11 solo albums and is confident that Gathering Mercury is the best of the lot.

Hay and Greg Ham toured with backing musicians as Men At Work from 1996 to 2002, and played to an estimated audience of 2 billion viewers during the closing ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He's also toured with Ringo Starr's All Starr band in 2003 and 2008 and took part in the All Starr TV special. Hay and his music, most notably an acoustic version of the Men at Work hit "Overkill", as well as more recent works such as "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin" and "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get over You", has been featured on TV shows including Dawson's Creek, Judging Amy, and Scrubs.

His song "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" was included on the soundtrack of the Zach Braff film Garden State. Hay also appeared in an episode of the celebrated "Larry Sanders Show," in Hay's mind, a career highlight. Today, he's equally at home in the studio or on stage, playing with either his band or solo acoustic. "I started off playing acoustic; it's my natural game, if you will," he concludes. "It's the point I started from and may well be the point I end with. It's always what I return to."

Show Time: 8pm, Doors : 7:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $31.50/General $39.90/Gold Circle
Available at: and Tomboy store (by 10.16.14), 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


Friday, March 20th, 2015

Paula Poundstone

Show time:
8:00 pm
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Janis Ian & Tom Paxton

Show time: 8:00 pm
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