Rio Theatre Events

12.05.14 Judy Collins
12.06.14 Aimee Mann Christmas Show
12.07.14 Mike Birbiglia- Thank God For Jokes 8 pm show now 7:30.... see below
12.09.14 Surf Film: El Mar, Mi Alma
12.10.14 Film: Class Dismissed
12.11.14 Kinsey Sicks
12.12.14 Riders in the Sky- Christmas the Cowboy Way
12.27.14 White Album Ensemble
12.28.14 White Album Ensemble

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

02.15.15 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



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          Judy Collins Aimee Mann Christmas Show
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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  
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White Album Ensemble
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Friday, December 5th, 2014

An evening with
Judy Collins



Show time: 8 pm
Advance Tickets and Tomboy store 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page
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.

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

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

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

Show Time: 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm
Advanced Tickets: $26.25/General $42/ 7:30 pm show has Sold Out.
Available at: and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

El Mar, Mi Alma

A visual love song to the surf blessed land of Chile and the ocean that defines it

With a long and diverse coastline Chile is a country not only shaped by its geography; the sea occupies a mystical and poetic, conscious and unconscious place within the cultural fabric of the nation. 'El Mar, Mi Alma' is a visual tone poem, a blend of images and music embracing cinematic surfing sequences, coastal landscapes, insightful commentary, poetry, and the movements of the cast on a unique surfing journey. With environmental themes and political undercurrent, the film paints a picture of Chile's beauty and association with the sea, centered around the wondrous act of surfing.

Featuring; Dave Rastovich, Ramon Navarro, Gabriel Villarán, Dane Ward, Chris Del Moro, Crystal Thornburg, Joel Parkinson, Christian Merello and Diego Medina.

Also featuring classic underground animation 'The Great Wave' by Tony Gooley and Q&A with filmmaker Stephen Jones

Show time: 7:00 pm
Tickets available at


Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Class Dismissed

"Class Dismissed" follows one family's quest to better their children's lives by pulling them out of one of the highest-rated schools in L.A. to explore other, more meaningful and effective ways to prepare them for adulthood. Parents Rachel and Todd are frustrated by the rigid state-imposed standards of the modern educational system, and hope 21st century technology and new research will provide a means for their two daughters to earn a quality education outside the modern school system. They quickly discover, however, that they must overcome long-standing assumptions about education and face the social ramifications of their bold experiment.

Show time: 7:00PM


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kinsey Sicks

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

Show Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: General: $25, Gold Circle: $40, VIP Gold Circle: $60
Advance Tickets:
Artist's Website:


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: www.SBLEntertainment.comand Tomboy store 1207 Soquel Ave: Facebook Page


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
Tickets :

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
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


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)
Advance tickets:
artist website:


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:


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:
Band web site:
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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