Rio Theatre Events

04.25.14 International Fly Fishing Film Festival 4

05.01.14 Sarah Jarosz
05.02.14 Colin Quinn's Unconstitutional
05.08.14 Lecture: Ursula K. Le Guin
05.09.14 An Evening With Joan Baez
05.10.14 Loop
05.17.14 Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
05.22.14 An Evening With Chris Robinson Brotherhood
05.23.14 The Fab Four
05.27.14 Cosmic Dawn: The first Billion Years of our Universe

06.06.14 Joan Osborne
06.08.14 Rio Theatre's 65th Anniversary Celebration
06.10.14 Guided By Voices
06.13.14 The 3nd Annual Sammy Awards
06.18.14 Yann Tiersen ∞(Infinity) Tour
06.19.14 Angélique Kidjo

07.04.14 Krishna Das - Kirtan Wallah Tour
07.26.14 Ian Harris
07.29.14 Andrew Jackson Jihad

12.05.14 Judy Collins

APRIL 2014


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Friday, April 25th, 2014


The International Fly Fishing Film Festival consists of two hours of short and feature length films produced by filmmakers from around the world showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of the sport. Films range in subject matter from trout in the Rocky Mountains to chasing steelhead from Northern California to Canada.

Films include:

"Landed" – April Vokey shares her passion for life, steelheading and the fight to conserve the beautiful resource that are the rivers of Northern British Columbia.

"Swing North" – Mikey Wier, Yvon Chouinard and friends chase winter steelhead on California's North Coast;

"Destination Spain" – The quiet sport of fly fishing goes head to head with Spain's legendary Running of the Bulls;

"Stream Fishing Addiction" – The sensation that you get when first exploring a river;

"Unbroken" – Wildlife, fishing and a way of life that has been carried on in Alaska for over 30 years;

"Arctic Silver" – chasing elusive monster fish in north Europe

"Change of Pace" – follows three anglers as they experience an epic fly fishing trip loaded with big trout and memories in the epic mountain ranges of Wyoming.; and

"Mending the LIne" - As Oregon fly-fisher Frank Moore worked his way inland from a Normandy Beach, he saw salmon holding against the current in streams running to the sea. Moore wanted to cast a fly over the fish. But it was June, 1944 and he was busy invading France. Some 69 years later, Moore returned to Normandy, flyrod in hand and camera crew following, in an attempt to catch salmon where once men marched and tanks rumbled.

Show time: 7:00 PM, Doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
Advance tickets: available at,, the Patagonia Outlet and Central Coast Fly Fishing

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sarah Jarosz

(Marty O'Reilly opens)
Since signing to Sugar Hill Records at age 16, Sarah Jarosz has barely stopped to catch her breath, even as she leaves audiences and critics alike breathless. Rolling Stone has compared her to Gillian Welch; Mojo labeled her a "newgrass prodigy" for her skills on banjo, guitar and mandolin; and the normally reserved New York Times hailed her as "one of acoustic music's finest talents," with songwriting chops to match her instrumental prowess.

Show time: 7:30
Advanced Tickets: $30.00 Gold Circle $22.00 General Admission
Available at:
Artist Website:


Friday, May 2, 2014


Writer and Performer. A native of Brooklyn, Colin Quinn began his stand-up career in New York as a regular on the comedy club circuit. He made his television debut as co-host of MTV's popular game show Remote Control.

In 1995, Quinn landed a spot on the legendary late-night show Saturday Night Live, where he entertained audiences for five seasons. After SNL, Quinn tackled societal issues on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, in which he served as the show's host, creator and executive producer, from 2002 - 2004.

In addition to his television work, Colin has appeared in many films, including A Night at the Roxbury, Comedian, and Adam Sandler's Grown Ups. Colin's first one-man show, Sanctifying Grace, began off-Broadway in 1994 and was later produced as Colin Quinn-An Irish Wake and played at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

In 2010, he returned to the Helen Hayes Theatre and starred in the hit Broadway show Colin Quinn Long Story Short. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, the show was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for an Emmy as a HBO special in 2011. Colin is currently the king of Twitter and will be back on the upcoming season of HBO's "Girls."

Show Time: 8pm, Doors : 7:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $27/ General $42/ Gold
Available at: Ticketweb and Tomboy (next to Rio)

Thursday, May 8, 2014



Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the most-loved writers of our time. Her work includes science fiction, novels, essays, and children's books.

Donna Haraway the author of When Species Meet.

James Clifford is the author of Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century.

Show time: 7:00 p m
Tickets Required • Sign up free at



Friday, May 9, 2014


Joan Baez will perform a rare Benefit Concert to support RCNV's Building for the Future campaign. This benefit is the public launch of our community campaign to fund the renovation of its 50-year old building. We invite you to join us for the concert and to consider sponsorship of the event. Because tickets may sell quickly, we encourage you to purchase your tickets SOON. We ask for your support of this campaign in addition to your regular financial support of Resource Center for Nonviolence programs.

Show Time: 8 pm, Doors : 7 pm
Tickets: $79 Gold/ $42 GA SOLD OUT
Gold Circle and Regular General tickets sold out.
Wait List for a limited number of Sponsorship seats ($100 per ticket or more) available only by contacting the Resource Center for Nonviolence directly , or 831-423-1626.



Saturday, May 10, 2014


(((folkYEAH!))) Presents at the Rio

Show time: 8:00 pm, doors 7
Tickets: $15 advance plus fees / $20 door plus fees
Advance tickets:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Presented by Kuumbwa Jazz
Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable - coming from just two banjos and one voice – a mix of traditional and original songs and tunes. Washburn's beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck's riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture.

Fleck, a 15-time GRAMMY winner, has collaborated with Chick Corea, Oumou Sangare, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Dave Mathews, Earl Scruggs, and the entire Cleveland Orchestra for his Banjo Concert 'The Impostor'.

Washburn's banjo has taken her far beyond the usual old-timey comfort zone, musically and geographically. An alumnus of Uncle Earl, the powerhouse all-female string band, Abby's adopted second homeland is China, and her music resounds with echoes of Appalachia and the tidal wave of emerging Chinese cultural influence.

Together, Fleck and Washburn employ the relatively rare 3-finger and claw hammer banjo duet to create an explosion of musical white heat.

Show Time: 8:00 pm; Doors: 7:00 pm
Tickets: $50/Gold Circle Section, $35/General Admission *
Advance Tickets: And Logos Books & Records, downtown Santa Cruz
* Ticket price does not include city tax or service charge
Artist info:


Thursday, May 22, 2014

((folkYEAH!))) Presents

An Evening With Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Phosphorescent Harvest features ten new songs that build on the California group's impressively growing repertoire by combining the direct and immediate songwriting Robinson has long been known for with an expansive sense of space and texture that has never been so fully realized until now. In an age when so many put their beliefs in trends, the volumes have all collapsed and rooms are filled with tiny rock and dampened lamps, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood rolls on to sharpen the blur at your brow and wind like smoke through your mind.

Show time: 8:00 PM (two sets) Doors 7:00 PM
Tickets:$25 advance (plus fees and SC city tax) $28 door (plus fees and SC city tax)
Advance tickets:
Band website:

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Ultimate Beatles Tribute
The Fab Four

The Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' songs, the Fab Four will make you think your are watching the real thing.

This incredible stage show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career. This loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

Hear record-perfect live performances of such classics as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life," "Twist And Shout," "Here Comes The Sun,"and "Hey Jude."

Show time: 8:00 PM (Doors open at: 7:00 PM)
Tickets: $39.50 Advance. $42.00 Day Of Show.
Advance Tickets available from TicketMaster
All Ages.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cosmic Dawn: The first Billion Years of our Universe

Join Dr. Abel in a fascinating journey through the early universe

Tom Abel is a computational cosmologist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology and a Professor both at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Physics Department at Stanford University. He also is the current Director of KIPAC.

His research broadly concerns itself with discovering how galaxies and stars came to be and how they evolved over time. He is particularly focused on what the very first objects in the Universe might be.

Show time: 7:30 pm with doors opening at 7:00 pm
Tickets: Free and open to the general public. No tickets will be required for entry.
Seating availability will be based upon capacity of theater. Open seating until theater is full.
More info:


Friday, June 6th, 2014

Joan Osborne


Show time: 8:00 PM, doors 7:00 PM
Tickets: $28 GA/$42 Gold all ages
Advance Tickets:


Sunday, June 8, 2014


Come celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Santa Cruz's iconic Rio Theatre which opened to the public June 12, 1949.The show is a family fun event, a historical rendering of the "Branciforte" "mid-town" area with a time travel to 1949 Santa Cruz . The show is mixed with comedy, music, and skits. Hosted by Historian Ross Gibson and Comedian Richard Stockton . This show is family friendly and free. We're also putting a call out to residents who have memories or photographs from 1949 till the present of Rio Theatre and/or the surrounding area. If you have any stories or photographs, we would love to hear from you and include some of them in the day's program! Write to

More information will be posted as we move along....Please put the date in your calendar, 'cause it's going to be a BLAST!! Freewheelers car show featuring 1940's-1950's cars will be held in the Big O' Tires parking lot next to Rio Theatre during the day.

History of Rio Theatre

In 1946, the statewide chain of 110 Golden State/T&D Theaters wanted a state-of-the-art Cycloramic screen in Santa Cruz. It created a three dimensional illusion of depth (independent of any 3-D film processes which had yet to be developed), and gave added clarity to the picture, with no distortion from close-up seats. But its curving shape couldn't be raised and lowered like the flat screens at their two local theaters--the Del Mar and New Santa Cruz--which would render their stages unusable. This was unacceptable for the pair of combined cinema/stage/convention theaters called "the king and queen of Santa Cruz movie palaces."
So Golden State built the Rio Cycloramic Theatre, and located it in the booming East Santa Cruz business district, also called "downtown Branciforte." Some think the theater was dubbed "Rio"("river") for the Spanish town named after Branciforte Creek, or as "the theater beyond the [San Lorenzo] river." But it's just as likely its ocean liner-inspired architecture suggests a steamship cruise to Rio de Janeiro, a tropical destination reminiscent of Santa Cruz.

Construction ran from 1947 to 1949. The Rio was built of Davenport-area cement and Hebbron-Nigh Lumber; with the ticket booth, aluminum doors and poster cases crafted by Modern Industries of Oakland; the chairs, carpets, drapes and projector from National Theater Supply; and lighting fixtures from Peerless Electric of San Francisco. The 938 seat Rio opened June 12, 1949, with a live radio broadcast on KSCO of the 15-minute dedication ceremony. Then theater patrons enjoyed a double feature of "Song of India" and "Law of the Barbary Coast."

Car show: 12pm
Day time Variety Show: 2pm-3pm
Evening Variety Show: 6pm-8:30pm
Tickets: FREE



Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Since reforming in 2010, Guided By Voices have recorded six high-quality
full-length albums in less than four years, never mind countless singles,
several EPs and solo records. If the sorry state of the present day indie-
alt- or just plain rock landscape is the disease, GBV is the cure. Do not
take in moderation.

Show Time: 8pm, Doors : 7:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $32
Available at: Ticketweb and Tomboy (next to Rio)


Friday June 13, 2014

The 3nd Annual Sammy Awards

Special Opening Guest: the Terminal Degree Jazz Band
(5:30-6:45 pm)

At UC Santa Cruz, our game design students put a tremendous amount of work into developing novel, innovative games. The ingenuity and creativity of every game gives us hope for the next generation of game design. At the Sammy Awards, we celebrate their accomplishments and applaud their work. This event showcases the best student games made this year, including games by senior Game Design Studio students, as well as the best games by aspiring freshmen, sophomore and junior game designers. If you love seeing new, creative games, please join us at the Sammy Awards on June 14th.

Show time: 7:00 pm
Advanced tickets: FREE
Advance ticket reservations required (free):
For more information:


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

YANN TIERSEN ∞(Infinity) Tour

You don't need to be a numerologist to know about the age old mystical associations the figure '8' holds. A symmetrical shape that crosses over itself and forks out into an eternal geometric continuum, it is believed by some to be the number that balances the material and the immaterial worlds. It is this perpetuity that interests celebrated Breton musician Yann Tiersen.

"'∞ (Infinity)' is my eighth studio album," says Yann from his Ushant Island home situated thirty kilometres off the west coast of Brittany, "and an '8' is also the sign of infinity. I didn't choose the title, the title chose itself."

Chez Yann, situated on a weather-beaten island in the Celtic Sea which is rich in stone and mineral and barren of tree and vegetation, played a major part in the process of creating '∞ (Infinity)', as did the arcadian wilds of the Faroe Islands and Iceland (where the humble beginnings of this collection of new musical works was first conceived). With the initial recordings taking place in Reykjavik, Tiersen then took this work back to Ushant to finish it off, but not before visiting the bucolic, windy lanes of Devon and Cornwall in a campervan, armed with a laptop for work and a bicycle for pleasure (cycling is an inveterate passion of Yann's, and some of his road trips are astonishing in their scope and ambition.)

His full immersion into the rustic way of life and his admiration for desolate, sparsely-inhabited landscapes all seem a far cry from the cutesy postcard image of Montmartre and the soundtrack of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 movie Amélie that some might best recognise Tiersen from. Indeed, '∞ (Infinity)' as with all of Tiersen's albums, including the Amélie soundtrack, is the very antithesis of the metropolis. If 2.2 million people inhabit Paris, then back on Ushant it's a somewhat surprising 888 residents ["not a joke: 2012 numbers!" says Yann], although that figure doesn't include sheep. "I have four sheep myself who live right outside the house," he says.

Live, Yann Tiersen is unmissable. A show at London's ICA sold out immediately and will be the first opportunity to see Tiersen in London since the sold out Roundhouse show in 2011. Following a much-lauded live event last Halloween based on the legendary early 20th century cinematic crimefighter Fantômas, Yann will be back in Paris to play l'Olympia this October, with shows also scheduled for London's Royal Festival Hall in September and New York's The Highline in May.

New album teaser video: CLICK HERE

Show Time: 8:15pm, Doors : 7pm
Advanced Tickets: $21
Available at: Ticketweb and Tomboy (next to Rio)


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents:

Angélique Kidjo

Africa's premiere diva. – Time Magazine
A true transnational artist, Angélique Kidjo's African roots reflect brightly throughout her music. Heavily influenced by South African legend Miriam Makeba, Kidjo also absorbed the influences of the American popular artists from her youth, such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Jimi Hendrix. In the '80s, she was among a new wave of African performers blending Western pop music with traditional African forms. The creative result was a revitalized world music, both entertaining and socially conscious. Her latest recording, named for her mother, Eve, honors all the women of Africa and puts Angelique's strong voice back in the spotlight where she belongs.
Dance space available!

Show time: 7:30 PM, Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $55/Gold Circle $40/General
Advance Tickets: And Logos Books and Records, downtown Santa Cruz
* All tickets subject to S.C. City Admission Tax and Service Charge
Artist Web Site:
You Tube:
Presented by:


Friday, July 4th, 2014

Krishna Das - Kirtan Wallah Tour



Show time: 8 pm
Tickets: $30 GA
Advance Tickets:




July 26, 2014


The "hilarious and irreverent" comedy of Ian Harris comes to his home town Santa Cruz for one night only!

Born and raised in the Santa Cruz area, Ian toured nationally as a top headliner, as well as being a staple on the L.A. alternative comedy scene for years. Winner of many major comedy competitions, he has been seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central and was ranked #25 on Entertainment Journal's Top 100 Comedians list.

Fresh off the taping of his ground breaking new comedy TV special (to be released on Video on Demand and Cable in August 2014) Ian returns home for one amazing night!

Ian Harris: Critical & Thinking is the incredibly smart and irreverent new comedy special from the brilliantly skeptical mind of Ian Harris. Armed with a wide array of characters, razor like wit and critical thinking skills, Ian skewers commonly held beliefs, taking aim at such topics as Religion, Ghosts, The Paranormal, Comforting Notions, Astrology, Pop-Mysticism, Alternative Medicine, Racism and Apocalyptic Claims. It is easy to see why Ian immediately elicits comparisons to George Carlin and Bill Maher.

Show time: 8:30 pm
:$20 advance
Advance Tickets:


July 29, 2014

Andrew Jackson Jihad

Hard Girls + Dogbreth

Christmas Island, the 5th album proper from Andrew Jackson Jihad, is a little bit silly, a little bit serious. It's a record that's irreverent yet somber, full of humor and full of pathos, its twelve songs combining the two to create a record that – truly – cuts right to the bone of the human condition. Whether it's life, love, death, loss or Linda Ronstadt, this record has it all, delving into the most profound of emotions, reaching deep into the heart of humanity, unveiling universal truths through the most unlikely of scenarios.

These are certainly songs from the heart, but ones as unusual as they are traditional. It's a record that's raw and gentle, hummable yet abrasive and downright weird and wonderful. It's a little bit silly and a little bit serious, full of sad humor and hilarious pathos. Because Christmas Island – it's far from a random title, but it's also kind of a secret – is simultaneously ridiculous and sublime in the way that Andrew Jackson Jihad always have been. It's a record absolutely in keeping with their bold and brilliant past – the one their cult following has been following for years – but it's also a bold and brilliant step forward.

Show time: 8 pm, doors 7:30 pm
Advance tickets: $12. door $15
Advance tickets online:


Friday, December 5th, 2014

An evening with
Judy Collins




Show time: 8 pm
Advance Tickets
artist website: