The Critical Hit Show: A Live D&D Comedy Experience

Wednesday, April 22 at 8pm

The live, smash hit epic comedy returns for more medieval merriment on Wednesday, April 22 ...

Join Vancouver's best comedic performers at The Rio Theatre as they quest for glory and snacks in this live, improvised spectacular inspired by the world's most popular role playing game! For two years, The Critical Hit Show has been playing to massive audiences month after month, and the epic adventure continues! And remember, you don't need to know anything about gaming to have a great time. All you need is to know how to have fun!

THE ADVENTURERS
Eric Fell as The Dungeon Master
Ian Boothby as Benoit the Anointed, the Half-Elf Cleric
Joanna Gaskell as Edda, the Elf Barbarian
Barbara Beall as Ingrid, the Halfling Fighter
Allen Morrison as Spitz Luben, the Human Wizard
Shaun Stewart as Brask Hellbeard, the Dwarf Bard

More monsters! More Magic! More Mayhem! More Off-Brand soda!

Wednesday, April 22
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Tickets $8 in advance at riotheatretickets.ca/ $10 at the door

19+ only with bar service; 2 pieces of ID required.

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http://www.criticalhitshow.com/
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COWBOY BEBOP Best Episodes! Anime Marathon

Thursday, April 23 at 7pm

Six of the best episodes of Shinichirō Watanabe's epic neo-noir space Western anime series COWBOY BEBOP are getting the big screen, marathon treatment at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, April 23.

Thursday, April 23
Doors 6:30 / Marathon starts at 7:00
*Scheduled break after every two episodes
Tickets $10 advance /$12 door
Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
www.riotheatre.ca

"'Cowboy Bebop' is the story of Spike Spiegel and Jet Black, two hard-luck bounty hunters who can't seem to catch their prey alive, which is the only way to collect the bounty. They travel through the near solar system in their converted fishing ship, the Bebop, with Faye Valentine, the brilliant hacker Ed, and their dog Ein."

Asteroid Blues (Episode 1)
Ballad of Fallen Angels (Episode 5)
-Break-
Waltz of Venus (Episode 8)
Mushroom Samba (Episode 17)
-Break-
Wild Horses (Episode 19)
Hard Luck Woman (Episode 24)

**These six episodes were chosen as "the best" by series director Shinichirō Watanabe and in a public vote by the serries' loyal fans, and comprised the DVD release known as 'The Best Sessions' (2002).
**We will be screening episodes from the newly-released Blu (FUNIMATION).

ROAR: The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made

Friday, April 24 at 6:30pm

"There's never been a film like ROAR - and there never will be again!"

In the 1970s, Noel Marshall (producer on THE EXORCIST) and his wife (THE BIRDS' Tippi Hedren) had a passion for very large cats; in fact, they famously shared their home with over 150 of them. It wasn't a huge leap to make a movie about it. Marshall made it a family affair, enlisted Hedren, her daughter (Melanie Griifth) and others to star in ROAR, which has achieved a cult-status in the years since its initial release in 1981. Hedren once said of ROAR, "This was probably one of the most dangerous films that Hollywood has ever seen. It's amazing no one was killed."

Friday, April 24
Doors 6:00 / Movie 6:30
Tickets $10 advance/$12 at the door
Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service

ROAR (1981, Noel Marshall / 102 mins ) | Jungle beasts assemble in flocks to invade an otherwise quiet home where they chase humans up and down stairways and from one room to another.

"Tippi Hedren, and her Academy Award Nominated daughter and co-star, Melanie Griffith star in the most amazing film with big cats ever made! Born Free had very few lions interacting with people. The real life Marshall family (Tippi, Melanie, Noel and sons John and Jerry) had to live with the 150 lions, tigers, leopards, etc. in order to make this film. That was not the plan in the beginning. Originally, Tippi and Noel came up with the idea of making a movie with lions after a trip to Africa. They wanted to simply “rent” Hollywood trained lions. They interviewed many and their trainers. They were told the only way to make a film like they wanted to was to get a few of their own.

That’s where it got out of control. And when it became a true labor of love. The whole family fell in love with all the cats they started raising. They did this in their house in Sherman Oaks, Calif. In the beginning until they got caught. Then they bought a ranch in Acton, Calif. Where it is legal, if you get all the permits, to raise these animals. Then they got tigers. Not needed for the film, but very amazing. Then elephants. Cougars. Cheetahs. You get the idea!

The making of ROAR spanned a period of more than 10 years, including 5 years of photography. It involved the remarkable talents of a crew of more than 100 dedicated men and women as well as the participation of more than 150 untrained lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs. Add to that two elephants, twelve flamingos and eight ostriches... and the end product is nothing less than amazing.

Needless to say, a production of this sort places special demands on both cast and crew. Use the links on this page to learn about this incredible film and about the amazing people who made ROAR possible. Learn about the extraordinary talents of actress Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and about award-winning cinematographer Jan De Bont, whose career in the United States began right here, on the set of ROAR.

No animals were hurt during the filming, but over 70 people were injured, including all cast members except Mativo. Not the animals fault, but the fault of the project. We’ve now learned that these are wild animals. If you do what the family did in the film, it’s not “if” you’ll get bitten, it’s “when”!"

BLADE RUNNER: Ridley Scott's 'The Final Cut'

Friday, April 24 at 9:15pm

In 2007 director Ridley Scott released BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut, the “definitive” edition – the workprint feature version – which has now been remastered for theatrical release. It will be screened in all its director approved, futurtastic, sci-fi glory on Friday, April 10.

Friday, April 24
Doors 9pm/ Movie 9:15
$10 advance / $12 at the door
Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service
(14A) *All ages welcome in the balcony

BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut
(117 mins / DCP)”Deckard (Harrison Ford) is forced by the police Boss (M. Emmet Walsh) to continue his old job as Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. Before starting the job, Deckard goes to the Tyrell Corporation and he meets Rachel (Sean Young), a Replicant girl he falls in love with.”

Clue

Friday, April 24 at 11:59pm

It was Colonel Mustard in the billiard room with a candlestick.

Based on the popular board game CLUE, this comedy received mixed reviews upon release but has taken on a life of its own and has grown into a total cult movie – perfect for midnight screenings! Starring Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Madeline Khan, Christopher Lloyd, Leslie Ann Warren, and Michael McKean.

Friday, April 24
Doors 11:30 / Movie 11:59
Tickets $6 advance or in costume at www,riotheatretickets.ca / $8 door
Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service

CLUE (Jonathan Lynn, 1985) | Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.

Clue finds six colorful dinner guests gathered at the mansion of their host, Mr. Boddy — who turns up dead after his secret is exposed: He was blackmailing all of them. With the killer among them, the guests and Boddy’s chatty butler must suss out the culprit before the body count rises.

Song of The Sea

Saturday, April 25 at 4:30pm

Join us at the Rio Theatre for director Tomm Moore’s (THE SECRET OF KELLS) Oscar-nominated animated feature SONG OF THE SEA on April 25th

Doors 4pm/ Movie 4:30pm

$8 advance / $10 door
All ages welcome in the balcony!
Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
www.riotheatre.ca

SONG OF THE SEA (Tomm Moore, 2014 / 93 mins) From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated ‘The Secret of Kells’ comes a breathtakingly gorgeous, hand-drawn masterpiece. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, ‘Song of the Sea’ tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. Pursued by the owl witch Macha and a host of ancient and mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse’s powers and keep the spirit world from disappearing forever. As enthralling for adults as it is for children young and old, Song of the Sea is a wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendor that is destined to become a classic.

BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy marathon

Saturday, April 25 at 7pm

Great Scott!

Robert Zemeckis' BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy is - hands down - one of the all-time most popular requests we get at the Rio, and we are ready to make movie-lovers' dreams come true by screening them together on Saturday, April 25. Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson.

Tickets $8 advance at www.riotheatretickets.ca / $10 door
See all three! $12 advance / $15 door
Minors permitted in the balcony.
Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service

BACK TO THE FUTURE
7:00
BACK TO THE FUTURE Part II
9:15
BACK TO THE FUTURE Part III
11:00

BACK TO THE FUTURE (Robert Zemeckis, 1985 / DCP / 116 mins / PG) | "A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence."

BACK TO THE FUTURE Part II (Robert Zemeckis, 1989 / DCP / 108 mins / PG) | "After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985... without interfering with his first trip."

BACK TO THE FUTURE Part III (Robert Zemeckis, 1990 / DCP / 118 mins / PG) | "Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend."

Ai WeiWei Cinefest Retrospective: Disturbring the Peace, So Sorry, The Crab House

Sunday, April 26 at 1:15pm

The Vancouver Biennale is pleased to present the Ai Weiwei Cinefest Retrospective, a film series celebrating the world renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Join us at the Rio Theatre for an afternoon retrospective featuring the artist’s own films DISTURBING THE PIECE, SO SORRY, and THE CRAB HOUSE Sunday, April 26.

Sunday April 26, 2015
Doors: 1.15pm

1.30 PM: Opening Remarks

1.45PM: Disturbing the Peace

3.10PM: So Sorry

4.10PM: Crab House

Afternoon pass: $10 advance riotheatreticket.ca / $15 at the door

*Please note this ticket will get you into all 3 films for the afternoon.

***Online ticket sales end 2 hours before the event starts at 12pm on the day but our Box office will be open throughout.

All tickets 19+ w/ bar service. Please bring proper ID.

DISTURBING THE PEACE (AI Weiwei, 2009 / Mandarin with English subtitiles) | “LAO MA TI HUA” or Disturbing the Peace is a documentary of an incident during Tan Zuoren’s trial on August 12th, 2009. Tan Zuoren was charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” Chengdu police committed an obstruction of justice when they detained witnesses during the trial of the civil rights advocate. Tan Zuoren was charged as a result of his research and questioning regarding the May 12th Wenchuan student casualties due to poor, government built school construction. Tan Zuoren was sentenced to five years in prison.

SO SORRY (AI Weiwei, 2011 / Mandarin with English subtitles) | As a sequel to Ai Weiwei’s film Lao Ma Ti Hua, the film So Sorry (named after the artist’s 2009 exhibition in Munich, Germany) shows the beginnings of the tension between Ai Weiwei and the Chinese Government. In Lao Ma Ti Hua, Ai Weiwei travels to Chengdu, China to attend the trial of the civil rights advocate Tan Zuoren, as a witness. In So Sorry, you see the investigation led by Ai Weiwei studio to identify the students who died during the Sichuan earthquake as a result of corruption and poor building constructions leading to the confrontation between Ai Weiwei and the Chengdu police. After being beaten by the police, Ai Weiwei traveled to Munich, Germany to prepare his exhibition at the museum, Haus der Kunst. The result of his beating led to intense headaches caused by a brain hemorrhage and was treated by emergency surgery. These events mark the beginning of Ai Weiwei’s struggle and surveillance at the hands of the state police.

THE CRAB HOUSE (AI WEIWEI, 2012/ Mandarin with English subtitles) | Early in 2008, the district government of Jiading, Shanghai invited Ai Weiwei to build a studio in Malu Township, as a part of the local government’s efforts in developing its cultural assets. By August 2010, the Ai Weiwei Shanghai Studio completed all of its construction work. In October 2010, the Shanghai government declared the Ai Weiwei Shanghai Studio an illegal construction, and was subjected to demolition. In response, Ai decided to host a river crab feast at the Shanghai studio site to commemorate the demolition, and announced an online invitation for all to attend. On November 7, 2010, despite that Ai Weiwei was placed under house arrest by public security in Beijing, over 1,000 netizens attended the “River Crab Feast” at the Shanghai Studio. On January 11, 2011, the Shanghai city government forcibly demolished the Ai Weiwei Studio within a day, without any prior notice.

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

Sunday, April 26 at 6pm

THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA returns to the Rio for additional screenings starting on Sunday, April 26.

Sunday, April 26
Doors 5:30/Movie 6:00
Tickets $8 advance www.riotheatretickets.ca $10/door
All ages welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ for bar service.

THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (Isao Takahata, 2013 | 137 minutes | DCP, Subtitled) | Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. (14A)

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER

Sunday, April 26 at 8:45pm

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (BABEL, PACIFIC RIM) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies.

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER (G)

Sunday, April 26 at 8:45pm
Monday, April 27 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm

Tickets $8 www.riotheatretickets.ca / $10 door
All ages welcome in the balcony!
*Groupons and passes OK.

With KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible.

“Fiercely original…. A wonderfully strange and beguiling adult fairytale.” – Scott Foundas, VARIETY

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER (David Zellner, 2014) | A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money. Starring Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard.

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER

Monday, April 27 at 7pm

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (BABEL, PACIFIC RIM) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies.

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER (G)

Sunday, April 26 at 8:45pm
Monday, April 27 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm

Tickets $8 www.riotheatretickets.ca / $10 door
All ages welcome in the balcony!
*Groupons and passes OK.

With KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible.

“Fiercely original…. A wonderfully strange and beguiling adult fairytale.” – Scott Foundas, VARIETY

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER (David Zellner, 2014) | A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money. Starring Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard.

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER

Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (BABEL, PACIFIC RIM) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies.

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER (G)

Sunday, April 26 at 8:45pm
Monday, April 27 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm

Tickets $8 www.riotheatretickets.ca / $10 door
All ages welcome in the balcony!
*Groupons and passes OK.

With KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible.

“Fiercely original…. A wonderfully strange and beguiling adult fairytale.” – Scott Foundas, VARIETY

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER (David Zellner, 2014) | A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money. Starring Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard.

ROAR: The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made

Tuesday, April 28 at 9:15pm

“There’s never been a film like ROAR – and there never will be again!”

In the 1970s, Noel Marshall (producer on THE EXORCIST) and his wife (THE BIRDS’ Tippi Hedren) had a passion for very large cats; in fact, they famously shared their home with over 150 of them. It wasn’t a huge leap to make a movie about it. Marshall made it a family affair, enlisted Hedren, her daughter (Melanie Griifth) and others to star in ROAR, which has achieved a cult-status in the years since its initial release in 1981. Hedren once said of ROAR, “This was probably one of the most dangerous films that Hollywood has ever seen. It’s amazing no one was killed.”

Tuesday April 28
Doors 9:00 / Movie 9:15

Tickets $10 advance/ $12 at the door
Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service

ROAR (1981, Noel Marshall / 102 mins ) | Jungle beasts assemble in flocks to invade an otherwise quiet home where they chase humans up and down stairways and from one room to another.

“Tippi Hedren, and her Academy Award Nominated daughter and co-star, Melanie Griffith star in the most amazing film with big cats ever made! Born Free had very few lions interacting with people. The real life Marshall family (Tippi, Melanie, Noel and sons John and Jerry) had to live with the 150 lions, tigers, leopards, etc. in order to make this film. That was not the plan in the beginning. Originally, Tippi and Noel came up with the idea of making a movie with lions after a trip to Africa. They wanted to simply “rent” Hollywood trained lions. They interviewed many and their trainers. They were told the only way to make a film like they wanted to was to get a few of their own.

That’s where it got out of control. And when it became a true labor of love. The whole family fell in love with all the cats they started raising. They did this in their house in Sherman Oaks, Calif. In the beginning until they got caught. Then they bought a ranch in Acton, Calif. Where it is legal, if you get all the permits, to raise these animals. Then they got tigers. Not needed for the film, but very amazing. Then elephants. Cougars. Cheetahs. You get the idea!

The making of ROAR spanned a period of more than 10 years, including 5 years of photography. It involved the remarkable talents of a crew of more than 100 dedicated men and women as well as the participation of more than 150 untrained lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs. Add to that two elephants, twelve flamingos and eight ostriches… and the end product is nothing less than amazing.

Needless to say, a production of this sort places special demands on both cast and crew. Use the links on this page to learn about this incredible film and about the amazing people who made ROAR possible. Learn about the extraordinary talents of actress Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and about award-winning cinematographer Jan De Bont, whose career in the United States began right here, on the set of ROAR.

No animals were hurt during the filming, but over 70 people were injured, including all cast members except Mativo. Not the animals fault, but the fault of the project. We’ve now learned that these are wild animals. If you do what the family did in the film, it’s not “if” you’ll get bitten, it’s “when”!”

Twisted Twins Kill-Crazy Kickstarter Burlesque Party And Fundraiser

Thursday, April 30 at 8pm

Join Vancouver’s own directing duo, the Twisted Twins (Jen and Sylvia Soska – ‘American Mary,’ ‘Dead Hooker in a Trunk’) at the Rio Theatre for a Kickstarter party and fundraiser for their upcoming graphic novel, KILL-CRAZY NYMPHOS ATTACK!

Check out their Kickstarter link for more information on thei project here –>www.kickstarter.com/projects/1556892230/kill-crazy-nymphos-attack

Hosted by the twins themselves, the evening will feature surprise copslay burlesque performers (including a risque performance from headliner Tristan Risk of ‘American Mary’ and ‘The Editor’ fame), special guests (including ‘Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attack!’ authors and artists Daniel Way and Rob Dumo), giveaways, drink specials, massive SWAG packages for raffles, and more.

Thursday, April 30
Doors 7:00 / Show 8:00
Advance tickets $20
Advance (only!) VIP tickets $100
Door tickets $25
**This event is strictly 19+ w/ ID

**VIP TICKETS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

* VIP entrance (6pm rather than general admission at 7pm), doors on the left
* Red carpet on that entrance outside
* Roped off VIP section
* Servers that will serve the VIP/Balcony section
* Meet and greet with us and guests
* Professional Photo Op
* Drink ticket
* Swag Bag: filled with exclusive Twisted Twins merchandise and other assorted goodies.

Co-created and co-written by both Jen and Sylvia and the incredible Daniel Way (Marvel’s ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Wolverine’ as well as ‘Ghost Rider’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and ‘Astonishing X-Men’) and drawn by outstanding artist Rob Dumo (art director for Broken Icon Comics, he’s also a regular contributor to the web comic ‘The Gutters’. Past work includes ‘Robyn Hood’ for Zenescope Entertainment and ‘Nightmare Unknown’ and ‘Chosen & Forsaken’ for Broken Icon Comics. He’s also artist and creator of the upcoming ‘Eccentrix’.)

In addition to Jen and Sylvia being available for special photos with performing cosplayers and fans, KCNA! artists Rob Dumo will be on hand drawing LIMITED EDITION KCNA! posters where guests can appear either as a Kill-Crazy Nympho or themselves (for the ladies) or being killed by Jen and/or Sylvia (for the fellas) as the characters from their book, The Sister Sisters.

Guests are *highly encouraged* to dress up in their favorite comic themed cosplay. Of course, sweet prizes will be awarded for the best.

MonkeyJunk with David Gogo

Friday, May 1 at 8pm

Join "the Sultans of Swamp R&B" (William Shatner) MonkeyJunk and special guest blues guitarist David Gogo for a sweet n' dirty night of live music at the Rio Theatre on Saturday, May 1.

Friday, May 1
Doors 7:00 / Show 8:00
$20 / Advance www.riotheatretickets.ca
$25 / Door
Strictly 19+ w/ID

In their relatively short seven year existence, Ottawa's MonkeyJunk has cultivated a unique blend of 'swamp roots rock,' featuring Tony D. on guitar, singer Steve Marriner on baritone guitar and harmonica with Matt Sobb on the drums.

- 20 Maple Blues Awards 2009-present
- 2 Canadian Independant Music Awards
- 2012 Juno Award Winners - Blues Album Of The Year
- 2010 Blues Music Award Winners - Best Artist Debut

“The Sultans of Swamp R&B” – William Shatner

“MonkeyJunk are keeping the spirits of Muddy Waters and the other roots giants alive with their own unique brand of music. Check it out – you won’t be disappointed.” – David Wilcox

As one of Canada's hardest working and most prolific blues guitar virtuosos, David Gogo has amassed a worldwide fanbase and an impressive list of accomplishments. He has earned four JUNO nominations, the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year, the CBC Saturday Night Blues' Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year. He has played on stage with Johnny Winter, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley and has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragicially Hip, Buddy Guy, Little Feat and Jimmy Vaughan. In March 2013, he performed as the supporting act for blues legend B.B. King for the third time in his career, this time at the Port Theatre in Gogo's hometown of Nanaimo, BC.

Fritz The Cat (R)

Friday, May 1 at 11:59pm

“He’s X-rated and animated!”

Based on Robert Crumb’s comic strip of the same name, director Ralph Bakshi’s FRITZ THE CAT (1972) follows the adventures of a hypocritical swinging college student cat who raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements in a swingin’ (and highly sexual) animated version of the universe in the1960’s.

Friday, May 1
Doors 11:30 / Movie 11:59
$6 advance www.riotheatretickets.ca or in costume/$8 door
Must be 19+ w/ ID for entry.

BRASSLANDS & The Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival

Sunday, May 3 at 6:30pm

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a unique evening of film and live music featuring a screening of the documentary BRASSLANDS and a taste of the upcoming Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival 2015!, featuring music from by Vancouver's own premiere Balkan Brass band, Orkestar Slivovica.

Sunday, May 3
Doors 5:30 / Show at 6:30 pm
Tickets $10 www.riotheatretickets.ca / $12 door
+19 for bar service
All Ages welcome on the balcony

BRASSLANDS tells the story of a tiny Serbian village that is visited by half a million people during the 50th anniversary of the world's largest trumpet celebration, the Gucha Trumpet Festival. Demiran Ćerimović , one of the Serbian bandleaders followed in the documentary, will be joining in the music as well as answering questions after the film.

This event is part of Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival. The main concerts are taking place on May 8 and 9 at the Grandview Legion. For tickets and information, visit orkestarslivovica.org.

Three Amigos: Cinqo De Mayo

Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm

Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

As if you need another reason to drink tequila on a Tuesday…

Celebrate Cinqo de Mayo (that’s Tuesday, May 5, hombre) with John Landis’ hilarious 80s classic THREE AMIGOS (Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short).

iTHREE AMIGOS!
Doors 6:30 / Movie 7:00
$8 at www.riotheatretickets.ca / $10 door
All ages welcome in the balcony!
Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
www.riotheatre.ca

THREE AMIGOS (John Landis, 1986 / PG) | Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Studio Ghibli Night: MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO + GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30pm

Join us at the Rio Theatre for an evening celebrating two classic animated films from Japan's Studio Ghibli, including Hayao Miyazaki's beloved MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (1988) and Isao Takahata's hauntingly beautiful GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1988). We will be screening both films in Japanese with subtitles.

Wednesday, May 6
MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (G)
Doors 5:30 / Movie 6:30
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (G)
Movie 8:30
Single tickets $10 / $12 door
See both $12 / $14 door
All ages welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
*Please note*: Advance ticket sales for MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES cut off at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, May 6. Limited tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event. We have limited all ages/balcony seating, so we strongly advise arriving early to ensure seating.
Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes accepted for single movie only, not for double bill option.
www.riotheatre.ca

MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988 / DCP / 89 minutes) | When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (Isao Takahata, 1988 / DCP / Subtitled / 89 minutes) | A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Paul Anthony’s Talent Time: Season 7 Finale

Thursday, May 7 at 8pm

It’s true, we will be doing a show the first Thursday in June but that will be a bonus experimental thing as this is officially the last show of the season!

And what a show…

THUR May 7th

$10 in advance -> riotheatretickets.ca
$12 at the door ✉
7pm Doors / 8pm Show
♥ 19+ w/ID for bar service. All ages Balcony!
The 1st Thursday of every month
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✔- RETURN OF THE VANCOUVER RABBIT AGILITY CLUB!!
Yes they were on the live show last year when we were testing out the Rio but never made it on TV. Plus they have new rabbits so it’s time for a rematch! Not unlike the Super Dog show at the PNE, only a lot slower and cuter. 8 trained rabbits will hop through an obstacle course. In true tournament fashion, only one will be victorious! Come early to meet all the rabbits, there will be betting and PRIZES!

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✔- COMEDIAN KYLE BOTTOM!!
Described by the CBC as “not for everyone”, Kyle captivates audiences with his unique voice, engaging personal stories and hilarious commentary. Kyle continues to make a name for himself throughout Canada with his blend of raw confession and comic observation.

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✔- THE JOYOUSLY INVENTIVE SARDIS DRUMLINE!!
This 50 kid Drumline have drawn praise and accolades wherever they have performed! Their youthful energy and musicianship has represented Sardis Secondary and the community of Chilliwack with professionalism and pride.

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★ SKETCH COMEDY FROM CAM & NIMA!
Cameron Macleod & Nima Gholamipour from Sidekicks & the Hero Show share some hilarity with you. Love these guys.

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★ 2 MORE ACTS TBA!

With..
✔- Co-host: RYAN BEIL!
✔- House band!
✔- Your chance to win $100!
✔- Betting, prises & more!

↓ ☻ AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE↓ ☻
Comfy seats with drink holders without a bad view in the house. The Rio have wait staff walking through the aisle so you won’t have to miss a moment of the show to order another drink or buy some twizzlers. We are also going to try a few shows where we keep the balcony open for minors (no alcohol allowed obviously) while making the main floor 19 +. If we only have a handful of under 19’s attending then this won’t last so we urge anyone under the legal age wanting to experience the show live to do so now before it’s too late.

“There’s no funner night out than the monthly Talent Time.” – Georgia Straight

“Something of a phenomenon” – Vancouver Sun

“The single best live event in Vancouver…an unforgettable – epic even – night of entertainment” – Bob Kronbauer, VancouverIsAwesome.com

“A cult phenomenon that’s been flying under the radar…since 2008. A true comedy original. Talent Time defies genre. You have to experience it to truly appreciate it.” – The Georgia Straight

Extra special thanks to our supporters……
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