Rio Theatre Events

12.27.14 White Album Ensemble
12.28.14 White Album Ensemble

01.14.15 Film: Little Saints
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

02.07.15 The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along
02.08.15 Tommy Emmanuel
02.12.15 Fred Eaglesmith Band
02.14.15 The Paul Thorn Band
02.15.15 Over The Rhine
02.20.15 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
02.21.15 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
02.22.15 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

03.19.15 An Evening with Colin Hay
03.20.15 Paula Poundstone

04.22.15 Janis Ian & Tom Paxton



Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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          Judy Collins Aimee Mann Christmas Show
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Mike Birbiglia- Thank God For Jokes   Surf Film: El Mar, Mi Alma Film: Class Dismissed Kinsey Sicks Riders in the Sky- Christmas the Cowboy Way  
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Film: Dying To Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary            
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White Album Ensemble
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White Album Ensemble            

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Saturday & Sunday, December 27th & 28th, 2014

White Album Ensemble

Saturday, December 27th
"Unplugged, and Eclectric" with special guests Grammy Award winning longtime collaborator Barry Phillips' strings, guest vocalists Tammi Brown, and Alysha Antonino, the Pleasure Point Horns, and other wonderful surprises! The movie screen allows us to add our show videos projected by videographer Mark Thornton.
A rockin electric set of a variety of tunes ranging from Beatles, of course, including an unreleased gem that never made the cut inexplicably, tunes from Beatles members' solo albums, and possibly a WAE original or two in a fab-like fashion! an "Anything can happen " night!

Show time: 8:00 pm, doors 7:00pm
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Sunday December 28th
"The Rooftop concert" and "Abbey Road". These represent the "last live performance", and the "last album" by the group. The actual "Rooftop Concert" from "Let It Be" was only a few songs, but was a jolly good (if freezing cold) time, and had special guest Billy Preston. We will do most of the "Let It Be" LP, in the same spirit, a rockin band puttin on a show- with some friends and cool tunes all worked out- as well as some era singles and rarities, adding a rockin' horn section- The Pleasure Point horns plus Roger Eddy. Then the "crown jewel", many peoples favorite Beatles album "Abbey Road", the masterpiece that said goodbye to the Beatles and the 60s, featuring the horns and the Barry Phillips strings! From "Something" to "Come Together" to "The End", a big, goosebump- inducing gorgeous set of music.

Show time: 8:00 pm, doors 7:00pm
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Little Saints

Six people travel to Mexico to meet a Shaman and take part in an ancient ritual. They eat hallucinogenic mushrooms with the intention of alleviating their physical and psychological suffering.

Little Saints is a documentary following six men and women from the United States who, along with Director Oliver Quintanilla, travel to Mexico to meet an extraordinary woman and take part of an ancient ritual of psychological and physical healing. The ingestion of psilocybe mushrooms in the southern Mexico is an ancient, candlelit ritual. The lack of external stimuli creates a space that is conducive to looking inside oneself. While guided by Mazatec Shaman Natalia, the patients examine their issues and find answers within themselves; thru prayer and energy cleansings, the Shaman purifies their spirits.

Along with their story, the film includes interviews with scientists and researchers who share their knowledge of psychedelic medicines, Mazatec traditions, and current efforts to bring this medicine to the world community.

Show time: 7:00 pm
Tickets: Tickets available at the door and, (Little Saints) $15 suggested donation.


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
Artists Website:


Saturday, February 7th, 2015

The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along

Join Master of Fun, Ben Jammin Holck and SING ALOUD to the MGM classic film with subtitles.

The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along is presented by the FAMILY THEATRE PROJECT, supporting our mission to bring affordable performing arts training to Santa Cruz County kids!

Come in costume and enter our contest. Prizes will be given out for best and most original costumes!

Show time: 6 pm
Tickets: $10 - and TOMBOY (next door to the Rio Theatre on Soquel).


Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Tommy Emmanuel

Clive Carroll opens the show

Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected guitarists. The legendary fingerpicker has a professional career that spans nearly five decades around the globe. Beginning his six-string tutelage at the age of four, he was touring professionally by the time he was ten, and was dubbed with the honorary title "Certified Guitar Player" by Chet Atkins. He has gone on to win two Grammys and release over twenty albums and instructional DVDs, all the while perfecting his patent style of acoustic guitar finger-picking and playing over 300 concerts each year. Emmanuel's latest recording is The Colonel and the Governor, a jazz-inspired collection of duets with like-minded guitar talent Martin Taylor.

Show time: 7:30 PM - Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $40/Gold Circle Section $30/General Admission (Gold Circle Section is first 10 rows), No Comp Tix
Advance Tickets: and Logos Books and Records, Downtown Santa Cruz
* All tickets subject to S.C. City Admission Tax and Service Charge
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You Tube:
Presented by:
Sponsored by: Barry Swenson Builder
Co-sponsored by: Good Times , and KUSP 88.9 FM


Thursday, February 12, 2015



Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: General Admission ($25 advance) Gold Circle ($40 advance)
Advance Tickets :
Tickets Not Sold Online Day of Show Call for Seating

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: General Admission ($25 advance) Gold Circle ($40 advance)
Advance Tickets
Tickets Not Sold Online Day of Show Call for Seating


Sunday, February 15, 2015


William Fitzsimmons opening
About eight years ago, long-time musicians and partners Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler moved from their native Cincinnati to an 1830s brick farm house in rural Ohio. The latest album their band Over the Rhine put out is inspired by the place they live, and is a love letter and an ode to the joy of home. They speak with host Dick Gordon about the place they call "Nowhere Farm" and their album "Meet Me At The Edge Of The World."

Show time: 7:30
Tickets: Gold Circle $32.00 (Advance) General Admission $21.00 (Advance)
Advance tickets:
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Band Video: YouTube


February, 20 - 22, 2015

National Geographic and the North Face present the

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz at 7 pm on Feb 20 – 22. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The 2014/2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings films from the 39th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year's world tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don't miss out. Reserve your tickets today. For more information visit This stop on the world tour is hosted by UCSC Recreation and locally sponsored by UCSC Colleges, Housing & Educational Services (CHES), New Leaf Community Markets, Ryan Brandt M.D. & Family, the Bicycle Trip, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Good Times & SantaCruz.Com, Allterra Solar, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Greenspace, Five Branches University, Redwood Canopy Tours & Velocity, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym

Show time: 7:00 pm
For more information visit


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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