Rio Theatre Events


09.20.14 Bal Anat
09.25.14 Gordon Lightfoot
09.26.14 Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
09.27.14 Radical Reels Tour

10.01.14 Pinback
10.04.14 Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys
10.09.14 Reel Rock 9: Valley Uprising
10.10.14 Lecture: James Bell of the W. Haywood Burns Institute
10.10.14 Del McCoury and David Grisman
10.23.14 Foxygen
10.25.14 Lecture: Toni Morrison
10.26.14 Shawn Mullins
10.29.14 Yelle
10.30.14 Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-a-long!

11.01.14 Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
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
11.22.14 Planet Cruz Comedy

12.05.14 Judy Collins
12.06.14 Aimee Mann Christmas Sshow
12.07.14 Mike Birbiglia- Thank God For Jokes
12.12.14 Riders in the Sky- Christmas the Cowboy Way

01.15.15 Lecture and book signing by Dr. Martin Blaser
01.25.15 Tim Flannery



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September 20th, 2014

Bal Anat

About Bal Anat - Jamila Salimpour's creation of Bal Anat in 1968, the first Tribal Belly Dance company, was later revived by her daughter Suhaila Salimpour in 1999. Now under Suhaila's direction for over a decade with updated choreography and fresh enthusiasm, Bal Anat lives on to educate audiences world-wide about the cultural history of Belly Dance in the United States and the Middle East.

The creation of the original Bal-Anat evolved in 1968, when the opportunity to perform in an outdoor theme festival called The Renaissance Pleasure Faire challenged the imagination of American Belly Dance pioneer, Jamila Salimpour, to create a variety show which one might see at an Arabian Festival or Souk.

From being a member of Ringling Brothers Circus in 1942 Jamila implemented that format in creating Bal Anat. As a Belly Dancer, Jamila Salimpour worked with many dancers including Algerian water glass dancers, Tunisian pot dancers, Male Tray dancers, magicians, and presented many varieties of entertainment. The Sword dance, Mask dance, and Snake dance were seen for the first time in Bal Anat. The resulting show became a show featuring tribal dances from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. The show inspired a whole generation of American Belly Dancers, giving way to the rise in popularity of the Tribal Belly Dance genre.
More information at:

Show time 7:30pm, Doors open 6:30pm
Tickets here:


Thursday, September 25th, 2014


Lightfoot's Live Concerts Stronger Than Ever - Perfroming more concerts in 2010 than any other year of his remarkable career.

Show time: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $65.00
Advance Tickets: www.SBLEntertainment.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival

Cinematic surf storytelling that will have you stoked to get in the water!

Show Times: 2 screenings: 6 pm and 9 pm - All different films in each screening
Tickets: $10 Early Bird price until Sept. 9 - $12 after Sept. 9
Advance Tickets: (tickets go on sale August 15)


Saturday, September 27, 2014


The best high adrenaline films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are coming to Rio Theatre, September 27, 2014.

There is no better way to get stoked about skiing, biking, riding, or paddling than by seeing the 2013 edition of the Radical Reels Tour! We're talking jaw-dropping bike jumps, nail-biting kayak drops, and mind-blowing powder. The Radical Reels Tour, presented by The Banff Centre, now in its 10th year, continues to push boundaries with the best action sports films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Experience more than half a dozen wild action sports as seen through the eyes of some of today's top athletes and most talented adventure sport filmmakers. See you there, adrenaline film lovers!

For more information on the Radical Reels Tour, including tour locations and dates:

Radical Reels 2014 films include: Arrival- Be the Trail- Beyond the Drop- Dream Lines IV- Ghost Town- Nine Queens: Shades of Winter- OFF-WIDTH OUTLAWS- Outlines- The Sensei- Supervention- Walled in


For details about the Banff Mountain Film Festival and The Radical Reels Tour or The Banff Centre:
Jill Sawyer, Media and Communications Officer The Banff Centre 403-762-6475 *

The Radical Reels Tour is presented by National Geographic, The North Face, Deuter, and Bergans of Norway.

A program of The Banff Centre.

Show Time: 7pm, Doors : 6:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $16
Available at: and and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page



Wednesday, oct 1, 2014 presents


10 Year Anniversary of Summer In Abaddon Tour.
plus Tera Melos

Show time: 8 pm all ages
Tickets: at & streetlight records


Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

will perform what is likely Ralphs last show in Santa Cruz (he is retiring this year).

For over 6 decades he has become one of the most influential artists of all time. Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle VA, Ralph Stanley was the second child of Lucy Jane and Lee Stanley. In 1946 along with his older brother Carter Stanley they formed the legendary Stanley Brothers duo. The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys became one of the most popular brother acts in Country Music history. Dr. Ralph Stanley is not only an American treasure but and international Icon.

Show time: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $28
Tickets are available in advance at Streetlight records and Tomboy in Santa Cruz and online at

Artist's Website:


Thursday, October 9, 2014

REEL ROCK 9: Valley Uprising

In its ninth year, the REEL ROCK Film Tour features a special presentation of the highly-anticipated feature-length film "Valley Uprising."

The greatest untold story of American counterculture is that of the Yosemite Valley rock climbers. For the past fifty years, Yosemite's massive cliffs have drawn explorers and madmen to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite.

The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an "extreme bohemian" lifestyle in the Valley, living on red wine and boiled potatoes, clashing with National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on Earth. The torch has been passed down across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone's imagination.

Valley Uprising is the riveting, unforgettable tale of this bold tradition: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity - and the laws of the land.

Show time: 7 pm
Tickets: $15
Advance tickets :
Artists website:


Friday, October 10, 2014


A training conducted by
James Bell of the W. Haywood Burns Institute

About James Bell
James Bell is the Founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI). Since 2001, Mr. Bell has been spearheading a national movement to address racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. The BI, which is named after civil rights pioneer W. Haywood Burns, was recently awarded the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Mr. Bell and his colleagues at BI work with juvenile justice systems across the country to reduce the disproportionality of youth of color. Mr. Bell guides the BI's Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), a national network of programs working successfully with young people of color. Mr. Bell also works closely with the Casey Foundation's JDAI jurisdictions and the MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative. He received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law.

1. A historical overview of racial/ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system
2. Fundamentals for success
3. Using data to reduce racial and ethnic disparities
4. Community engagement
5. Work plan development

Show time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tiickets: FREE


Friday, October 10th, 2014

Del McCoury and David Grisman

Del McCoury has had a long career in bluegrass. Although originally hired as banjo player, he sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar for Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1963, with whom he first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. McCoury briefly appeared with the Golden State Boys in 1964 before taking a series of day jobs in construction and logging, while continuing to work as an amateur musician in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. McCoury has influenced a great number of bands, including Phish, with whom he has shared the stage several times,[4][5] and who have covered his songs.[6] He has also performed with The String Cheese Incident and Donna the Buffalo, and recorded with Steve Earle.[7] McCoury has covered songs by artists as diverse as The Lovin' Spoonful, Tom Petty, and Richard Thompson.[6] McCoury has appeared at festivals including Bonnaroo, High Sierra,[2] the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and the Newport Folk Festival.[8] His television appearances include Late Night with Conan O'Brien and the Late Show with David Letterman.[9] Del has a very enthusiastic fan base, known as the Del-Heads.

For nearly half a century, mandolinist / composer / bandleader / producer David Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range is wide and deep ó embracing many styles, genres and traditions.
An acoustic pioneer and innovator, David forged a unique personal artistic path, skillfully combining elements of the great American music/art forms ó jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom ó ìDawgî music (the nickname given him by Jerry Garcia.) †In doing so, heís inspired new generations of acoustic string musicians, while creating his own niche in contemporary music.

Show time 8:00 pm
Advance tickets $33 available at Streetlight records and Tomboy in Santa Cruz and online at

Artist's website:


Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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



Show time: 8 pm.
Advance tickets: HERE



Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

Toni Morrison


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.

Show time: 4:00 pm
Tickets for the lecture-only have sold out. I still have tickets available via purchase of the dinner-lecture combo here
Additional info:


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: and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


Wednesday, October 29th, 2014


Lemonade opening.
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:
Artists website:


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.

Show timet 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10
Advance tickets available at, and at TOMBOY SOON (next door to the Rio)


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
Advance tickets:
More info:


Friday, November 7, 2014



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

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.

Show Time: 8pm, Doors : 7:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $23/General $33/Gold Circle
Available at: and coming soon to 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
Advance tickets:


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!


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
artist website:



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.

"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, Tim Heidecker, 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

Show Time: 8pm, Doors : 7:15pm
Advanced Tickets: $26.25/General $42/Gold Circle (On sale 09.11.14)
Available at: and coming soon to 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."

Show Time: 8pm, Doors: 7pm
Advanced Tickets: $26.25/General $42/Gold Circle has Sold Out.
Available at: and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


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
Advance Tickets:



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.For more information please see or email

Lecture and book signing starts: 7pm


Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Tim Flannery

and Lunatic Fringe

A benefit evening for Bryan Stow

Show time: 7 pm
Advance tickets: HERE