Rio Theatre Events
Monday, October 20th, 2014
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month In observation, Walnut Avenue Women's Center Is hosting a free special screening of the HBO documentary: PRIVATE VIOLENCE A Documentary Film Produced and Directed by Cynthia Hill Monday October 20, 2014 7:00pm Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA (Please be advised that this documentary has graphic mature content.) Private Violence explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask: "Why doesn't she just leave?" Private Violence shatters the brutality of our logic and intimately reveals the stories of two women: Deanna Walters, who transforms from victim to survivor, and Kit Gruelle, who advocates for justice. Private Violence begins to shape powerful, new questions that hold the potential to change our society: "Why does he abuse?", "Why do we turn away?" and "How do we begin to build a future without domestic violence?"
Show time: 7:00pm
To view the trailer go to: www.privateviolence.com
For more information go to: www.meetup.com
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
(((folkYEAH!))) Presents in Santa Cruz:
Show time: 8 pm.
Advance tickets: HERE
Friday, October 24th, 2014
To the Ends of the Earth: The Adventures of an Expedition Photographer
Many a story has been told imagining places never before seen by human eyes or of cultures barely known to the outside world. Gordon Wiltsie tells such stories, but with one difference: Gordon's stories aren't fiction. He was there. These places, these peoples really exist. Gordon Wiltsie has made a career of finding such places and vanishing cultures and documenting them with stunning, other-worldly photography and insightful prose.
A UCSC graduate with honors in photography and writing, Gordon's passion for pursuing some of the most inaccessible places on earth began while he was still a student. Traveling and adventuring on weekends and between semesters, writing and developing film (remember film?) between classes, his articles and photographs were soon published in national magazines.
Although his career didn't launch itself overnight, he eventually became one of the most respected expedition photographers of his generation. He has worked assignments for National Geographic, Outside and other worldwide publications, including such widely varied projects as climbing Himalayan summits, extreme skiing and big wall climbing in Antarctica, dog sledding across the Arctic Ocean, riding reindeer sleds with the last nomadic clans in Arctic Russia, and galloping across Asian steppes alongside the descendants of Genghis Khan (while trying desperately not to fall off his horse!).
Few photographers have undertaken a more varied, dangerous and captivating collection of adventures as Gordon Wiltsie. Join us for an evening of breathtaking imagery and light-hearted storytelling as Gordon shares a few of his most memorable adventures with us.
Presented by The Quail & Thistle Tea Room in Capitola. www.quailandthistle.com
Show time: 7:00 pm
General Admission tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Student tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (Valid student photo ID required at the door)
Advance Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
Toni Morrison SOLD OUT
"LITERATURE AND THE SILENCE OF GOODNESS"
UC Santa Cruz Foundation Medal awardee Toni Morrison, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Beloved, the Nobel Prize in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, will deliver the Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture at the Rio Theatre.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Max Gomez opening
Evidence of Shawn Mullins' newfound level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records)
The album is overflowing with perfect rhymes, telling detail and underlying intimations. This is uncommonly literate stuff, striking in its insightfulness and compassion. Delivered by Mullins in his companionable baritone, as lived-in and textured as your favorite pair of faded jeans, amid the relentless rhythms, churning Hammond organ runs and swooping guitar lines, every line is absolutely spellbinding, adding incrementally to the album's gripping intensity. "I felt like I needed to get the listener's attention with this record," says Shawn. He can consider that a mission accomplished.
Show Time: 8pm, Doors: 7pm
Advanced Tickets: $26.25
Available at: www.ticketweb.com and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Water For Santa Cruz County
A unique movie about water, our most precious resource.
Water for Santa Cruz County is a short film (twenty-minute) that examines short- and long-range water source alternatives, and calls citizens, businesses, and other organizations to help shape a sustainable water strategy for Santa Cruz. This movie is the product of six months of research including interviews with city water officials, water treatment plant operators, the county water resources director, and others.
Dedicated to the Power of Small Ideas, Education is the first and most important step toward thoughtful, sustainable, community-driven reform. When Water for Santa Cruz, our first movie, premiered in 2013, close to 500 people filled the Rio Theater. People want to know.
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Since 2007 French electro-popper Yelle has risen to be a leading lady in the world of European pop music.
With a keen interest in fashion and feel for popular culture, she's been able to take her quirky sound from her French roots to the world at large, playing some of the biggest festivals and farthest flung cities.
With two albums - Pop Up and Safari Disco Club - and countless live shows around the world under her belt, It's hard to think of any other current artists that have managed to go global in the way Yelle has, whilst singing entirely in their native language, but this is one girl whose beautifully melodic compositions seem translate.
Whether or not fans have any idea what she is actually singing about!
'I don't know what you mean but it means a lot to me' the catch phrase from her 2013 song L'Amour Parfait is quite the perfect summary for Yelle has that certain Je ne sais quoi you won't be able to escape.
2014 will see her return with a third album which she will start giving fans a glimpse at at select festivals starting as soon as this spring.
Lemonade's third and latest album Minus Tide is a collection of tracks that contemplate the sync of natural cycles, the allure of wide open spaces and the belief that freedom can be experienced within the confining grids of urban life. Steeped in the contrast between built landscapes of cities and their distancing effect from natural rhythms and the cycles of the seasons, Minus Tide offers an expansive vision of freedom, conveying a spirit of timelessness - stumbling on a beach party in a secret cove in the middle of summer, looking out the window of your apartment to see a endless, cyan sky. Callan Clendenin's unhurried vocals are bolstered by Ben Pasternak and Alex Steidel's liquid arrangements, for an overall feeling of "off the grid" freedom, however temporary. 'Come Down Softly is light like a feather and deep like an ocean, in 'Water-Colored Visions' you will find the perfect accompaniment to watching vapour trails, losing track of time, while 'Durutti Shores' takes you into deeper waters and also deep into the night. Minus Tide is a world of pleasure to win, without ever having to go very far. It's an album that seems to say - maybe the idea is to stop aiming and let intuition guide you towards a place capable of transforming everyday existence into something strange and wonderful.
Show time: 8:00PM, 7:00PM Doors
Tickets : $ 17 advance $ 20 Door
Advance tickets: www.ticketweb.com and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page
Artists website: www.yelle.fr
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-a-long!
Presented by The Family Theatre Project
Join Master of Fun, Ben Jammin and SING ALOUD to The Nightmare Before Christmas. Games for the kids and prizes for scariest and most original Halloween costume! Funds raised go towards performing-arts education for our communities youth.
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)
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
Advance Tickets: wwwpulseproductions.inticketing.com
Friday, November 7, 2014
THE UNITED KINGDOM UKULELE ORCHESTRA
The BEST of BRITISH COMEDY !
MAXI-FUN WITH MINI-GUITARS !
TUKUO - DIRECTED BY PETER MOSS
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.
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 warrenmiller.com.
Show times: 6:00 pm & 9:00 pm
Advance tickets: warrenmiller.com
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.
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
Friday, Nov 14, Saturday, Nov 15, and Sunday, Nov 16, 2014
Santa Cruz Film Festival
4:45 Forty Years from Yesterday
7:00 Love in the Sixties
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
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
$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 santacruzfilmfestival.org 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 FILM TOUR
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.
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: BrownPapertickets.com 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 www.brownpapertickets.com
Friday, December 5th, 2014
An evening with
Saturday, December 6, 2014
THE RETURN OF THE AIMEE MANN CHRISTMAS SHOW WITH AIMEE MANN, TED LEO AND MANY SPECIAL GUESTS
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
Sunday, December 7, 2014
MIKE BIRBIGLIA- THANK GOD FOR JOKES
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
Thursday, December 11, 2014
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
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
Advance Tickets: www.SBLEntertainment.com
Saturday & Sunday, December 27th & 28th, 2014
White Album Ensemble
More details to come soon!
Thursday, January 15th, 2015
METX CELEBRATES 15 YEARS!
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.For more information please see www.metx.ucsc.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, January 17th, 2015
THE WOOD BROTHERS
TICKETS on sale Friday, Oct 17 @ High Noon.
Sunday, January 25th, 2015
and Lunatic Fringe
A benefit evening for Bryan Stow
Show time: 7 pm
Advance tickets: HERE
Thursday, March 19, 2015
AN EVENING WITH COLIN HAY
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."