Rio Theatre Events

08.20.14 Built To Spill

09.06.14 2014 WBFA Santa Cruz Championships
09.10.14 Keith Greeninger
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
10.23.14 Foxycen
10.25.14 Lecture: Toni Morrison
10.26.14 Shawn Mullins
10.29.14 Yelle

11.10.14 Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
11.12.14 Mac Demarco

12.05.14 Judy Collins
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



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          Be Natural Music Boot Camp  
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          Film: Get-N Classic, Vol. 3  
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  Chick Corea & The Vigil       Film Documentary:
Transparentsea Voyage
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      Built To Spill  
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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014


Show time: 8:00 PM



Saturday, September 6th, 2014

2014 WBFA Santa Cruz Championships

Show time:
6:00 pm, Doors 5:30
Tickets: $20



Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Keith Greeninger

Keith Greeninger comes to the Rio joined by members of Little Feat and the Bonnie Raitt Band to Celebrate the release of his brand new CD.

Keith will be performing songs from his new Cd "Soul Connection" and joined by an incredible band that features Bill Payne (Little Feat) on Keyboards, James "Hutch" Hutchinson and Ricky Fataar (Bonnie Raitt Band) on Bass and Drums and Randy Ray Mitchell (Warren Zevon) on electric Guitar.

He will also be joined on stage by some very special guest throughout the night.

Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets go on sale Monday August 18th
Artists Website:

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


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


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.

Show time: 8:00PM, 7:00PM Doors
Tickets : $ 17 advance $ 20 Door
Advance tickets:
Artists website:


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!


Friday, December 5th, 2014

An evening with
Judy Collins



Show time: 8 pm
Advance Tickets
artist website:


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