April and the Extraordinary World

Friday, May 13 at 5:45pm PDT

Join us for family-friendly screenings of APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD ("Avril et le monde truqué") on Sunday, May 8 (Mother's Day!) and on Friday, May 13. From the producers of the Academy Award-nominated PERSEPOLIS and the mind of renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes a riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate, steampunk world. In Paris, 1941, a family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April (voiced by Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard) lives alone with her cat, Darwin, and carries on her family's research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far- reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies.

"APRIL AND THE EXTRARODINARY WORLD is a visual delight, an animated French steampunk adventure that is smart, exciting and wonderfully weird." (Arizona Republic)

"While the film tells a rollicking, sometimes barbed story about oppressive governments, secret labs, selfishness, and the point where science meets ethics, it's the world-building that really delights." (Buzzfeed)

Doors open a half hour before show start

Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door

*Kids welcome! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD "Avril et le monde truqué" ( Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci / 2016 / 105 mins / PG / In French with English subtitles) | 1941. France asleep in the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, goes in search of her missing scientist parents.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday, May 13 at 11:55pm PDT

The original Friday the 13th.
On the big screen.
On... Friday, May 13. That’s so meta! (Or something.) Also: Kevin Bacon.

FRIDAY THE 13th remains one of the longet-running film franchises ever, in no small part to the original 1980 sleepaway camp slasherfest that started it all.

Friday, May 13
Doors 11:30 | Movie 11:55pm

Tickets $6 advance or in costume / $8 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

FRIDAY THE 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980 / 95 minutes) | A group of camp counselors is stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

Purple Rain 7pm

Saturday, May 14 at 7pm PDT

For so many of us, Prince defined our 1980s experience through his music, his style, his image, and maybe most of all with his uttterly indelible, electric turn in PURPLE RAIN. Based loosely on his own life story, Prince's film debut cast him as "The Kid," the talented but troubled musician in Minneapolis struggling to make it big with his band, The Revolution. The film was a box office hit when it was released in 1984 and possessed a phenomonal soundtrack (including Oscar-winner 'When Doves Cry') that many consider his signature work, spawning numerous hit singles that would dominate airwaves for years to come. There is no better way for to toast, honour, and celebrate this creative, charismatic, and totally uncompromising musical genius than with PURPLE RAIN on the big screen and with big sound - the way it's meant to be seen.

Saturday, May 14
Doors 6:30 | Movie 7:00 pm

Tickets $10 advance/ $12 at the door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service

**Groupons and pases OK! Please redeem at the door.

PURPLE RAIN (Albert Magnoli, 1984 / 151 mins) | A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise.

Purple Rain 10pm (Online Sales sold out)

Purple Rain 10pm (Online Sales sold out)

Saturday, May 14 at 10pm PDT

For so many of us, Prince defined our 1980s experience through his music, his style, his image, and maybe most of all with his uttterly indelible, electric turn in PURPLE RAIN. Based loosely on his own life story, Prince's film debut cast him as "The Kid," the talented but troubled musician in Minneapolis struggling to make it big with his band, The Revolution. The film was a box office hit when it was released in 1984 and possessed a phenomonal soundtrack (including Oscar-winner 'When Doves Cry') that many consider his signature work, spawning numerous hit singles that would dominate airwaves for years to come. There is no better way for to toast, honour, and celebrate this creative, charismatic, and totally uncompromising musical genius than with PURPLE RAIN on the big screen and with big sound - the way it's meant to be seen.

Saturday, May 14
Doors 9:30 | Movie 10:00pm

ONLINE SALES FOR THIS SCREENING HAVE SOLD OUT, LIMITED MAY BE AVAILABLE ON THE NIGHT RUSH ONLY

SEOND SCREENING ADDED AT 7PM

Buy tickets to the 7pm show by clicking here

Tickets $10 advance/ $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and pases OK! Please redeem at the door.

PURPLE RAIN (Albert Magnoli, 1984 / 151 mins) | A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise.

Sold Out

Sold: Filmmaker in Attendance

Sunday, May 15 at 3:30pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre for the Vancouver Premiere of Oscar and Emmy-winning director Jeffrey D. Brown's powerful film SOLD, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick (which was itself inspired by true stories). Starring Gillian Anderson and David Arquette, SOLD is the story of Lakshmi, who journeys from a pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel in Kolkata, India. Through one extraordinary girl’s story, SOLD illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year. Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is thirteen, the same age as the girl in the film. SOLD is a call to action, and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.

SOLD was executive-produced by actress Emma Thompson and produced by Jane Charles (formerly of Vancouver), who will be joining us in-person to discuss the film as part of a post-screening Q&A.

Saturday, May 15
Doors 3:00 | Movie 3:30pm

Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

SOLD (Jeffrey D. Brown, 2014 / 97 mins) | Based on true stories, SOLD, is the story of Lakshmi who journeys from a pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel/prison called Happiness House in Kolkata, India.

Purple Rain 7pm

Sunday, May 15 at 7pm PDT

For so many of us, Prince defined our 1980s experience through his music, his style, his image, and maybe most of all with his uttterly indelible, electric turn in PURPLE RAIN. Based loosely on his own life story, Prince's film debut cast him as "The Kid," the talented but troubled musician in Minneapolis struggling to make it big with his band, The Revolution. The film was a box office hit when it was released in 1984 and possessed a phenomonal soundtrack (including Oscar-winner 'When Doves Cry') that many consider his signature work, spawning numerous hit singles that would dominate airwaves for years to come. There is no better way for to toast, honour, and celebrate this creative, charismatic, and totally uncompromising musical genius than with PURPLE RAIN on the big screen and with big sound - the way it's meant to be seen.

Sunday, May 15
Doors 6:30 | Movie 7:00 pm

Tickets $10 advance/ $12 at the door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service

**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

PURPLE RAIN (Albert Magnoli, 1984 / 151 mins) | A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise.

For the Love : Premiere

Monday, May 16 at 7pm PDT

"For The Love" is coming to The Rio Theatre on Monday, May 16th 2016.

Mountain Mind Collective is delighted to share their first feature-length whitewater kayaking documentary with the Southern B.C. community!

Join us for an amazing show, drink delishious Ninkasi Brewing beer, and meet the filmmakers behind the movie.

Doors- 6:00, show- 7:00, Q&A- 8:00, close- 9:00

Ticket Fees: 19+ are $12 in advance and $15 at the door

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/438179636377344/

For the Love is a one hour film, telling the story of two brothers who grew up in a small town with a huge love for rivers and whitewater kayaking. Their quest begins at home in the Pacific Northwest, where they learned how to paddle, met their tight-knit community of kayakers, and began to push themselves and the sport of kayaking. The film also documents their travels around the world to magical destinations like Iceland, where they highlight some of the most creative and innovative athletes in the sport.

At the core of the Wells brother’s passion as paddlers is their love for exploring never-before-paddled rivers. The film follows the brothers and friends on their journeys to explore these uncharted rivers from Alaska to Ecuador. The brothers and their team met both failures and success on these missions to explore the unknown, getting rained out and stuck in the middle of the jungle to discovering a new classic Alaskan big-water river.

The film concludes with a creative story of the brother’s goal to show the world of kayaking in a whole new light. The film is told through the voices of Brendan and Todd, and the many friends who joined them along the way.

Athletes in Film Include:

Todd Wells, Brendan Wells, Eric Parker, Kyle Hull, Galen Volckhausen, Ben Marr, Chris Korbulic, Aniol Serrasolses, Gerd Serrasolses, Evan Garcia, Fred Norquist, Matt Peters, Abe Herrera, William Griffith, and Nouria Newman.

Blade Runner: The Final Screening

Tuesday, May 17 at 9:30pm PDT

**Final screeing!** After numerous SOLD OUT screenings at the Rio Theatre over the past year, BLADE RUNNER will be pulled from theatrical exhibition in consideration of the sequel (expected in 2017). So, in other words: This is your absolute last chance to see Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic on a big, beautiful screen for, well... Years.

Tuesday, May 17
Doors 9:00 | Movie 9:30

All tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door

*Minors OK (no alcohol allowed) in the balcony
**Groupons and passes accepted for this screening. Please redeem at the door.

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, futuretastic, sci-fi glory.

BLADE RUNNER (Ridley Scott, 1982 / 117 mins) | 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.

Improv Against Humanity

Wednesday, May 18 at 8pm PDT

The Fictionals are back at the Rio Theatre on May 18 for more horrible hilarity in Improv Against Humanity! We're adding even more fresh cards to the official #IAHatRIO deck, handing out more sweet prizes, and crowning the next Most Horrible Person in Vancouver! Will it be YOU?

The Rio Theatre
1660 East Broadway at Commercial Drive
Doors 7pm | Show @ 8pm
19 + Event

Tickets: $10 + SC in Advance, $12 at the Door
No Groupons or passes accepted for this show

Live & Unsanctioned! Official Hashtag: #IAHatRIO

*****

WINNER: BEST IMPROV SHOW FOR HORRIBLE PEOPLE

"This high jinks-filled interactive improv series put on by The Fictionals troupe is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone... You can't have more politically incorrect fun." - Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver

"Seriously laugh out loud.... (Improv Against Humanity) guarantees some great vetted fodder for laughs of the truly horrible kind." - Vancity Buzz

"So wrong in all the right ways... One of the best events in Vancouver." - Vancouver Sun

"A wickedly fun concept... Don't bring the kids, folks." - Guy MacPherson, What's So Funny 100.5 FM

Prince: Sign 'o' the Times

Thursday, May 19 at 9:30pm PDT

Directed by Prince himself, concert film SIGN O' THE TIMES, shot with an audience at the Rotterdam Music Hall in 1987, was released alongside his double album of the same name. Notable for its epectedly wildly innovative theatricality and extra high-energy performances, the 13-song set list sidesteps many of his "hit singles," focusing instead on deep cuts from the album itself and featuring songs including "Sign o' the Times," "Little Red Corvette", "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man", "Hot Thing,"U Got the Look", "If I Was Your Girlfriend", "The Cross", and more. Prince's own audicious and uniquely funky personality shines through here; he plays with his own sexified persona and has a good time interacting with both his capable bandmates (including Ms. Sheila E.) on stage, and his totally rapt audience.

Thursday, May 19

Doors 9:00 | Movie 9:30

Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door

*All tickets 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

SIGN O' THE TIMES (Prince, 1987 / 85 mins) | Directed by Prince himself, this high-octane 1987 concert film features theatrical staging and memorable live performances by the legendary artist and his band.

League of Exotique Dancers

Friday, May 20 at 6:30pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre for one of 2016's most highly anticipated documentaries, director Ramu Rau's exploration of burlesque, THE LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS. Currently slated as the Opening Night Film at this year's Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, THE LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS will also be screening at Vancouver's own DOXA Film Festival before beginning its exclusive theatrical run at the Rio Theatre.

Friday, May 20
Doors 6:00 | Movie 6:30pm

Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

With a blast of brassy jazz and a spin through the glitz of modern Las Vegas, Emmy® Award-winning Storyline Entertainment and award-winning director Rama Rau’s documentary LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS sets the stage for a provocative and eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of burlesque through the colourful lives of unforgettable women who made it glitter.

Our guides are none other than inductees of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, all titans of tease and each possessing a way with words as uninhibited and captivating as her routines.

Tantalizing tales and expert tips from the frontlines propel an action-packed journey through burlesque’s heyday that also covers its gradual demise, concluding with an upbeat celebration of its rediscovery and revitalization by a new generation. What emerges is a full-figured portrait of burlesque-era striptease artists, one that goes deeper into the culture and is more nuanced than many familiar screen depictions.

Burlesque not only transformed the lives of our characters, some of whom regularly worked with each other, it also reflected the rapid changes in mid-20th-century North American society—a side of Burlesque culture rarely explored on screen.

LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS peels off the layers of glitter to expose the sexism, racism and widespread stigma faced by burlesque striptease performers and, indeed, the wider array of working women in that tumultuous era.

Illuminated by well-known and rare, never-before-seen, archival material and accentuated by a soundtrack and original music that captures the mood of the era, LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS is all about its characters. Intimate interviews—held in homes and former haunts, filled with humour and heartbreak—reveal what keeps these formers stars busy today: driving a hearse, running marathons, designing flannel nightgowns, a hypnotherapy practice . . . they’re still full of surprises!

Jurassic Park (1993)

Friday, May 20 at 11:59pm PDT

"Life... Finds a way."

Based on the Michael Crichton's blockbuster sci-fi novel JURASSIC PARK, director Steven Spielberg's mammoth hit exceeded audience expectations when it seemingly brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen with its revolutionary use of special effects effects and animatronics. The film follows a group of scientists and civilians, including paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), chosen to tour an island theme park inhabited by man-made dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. The [ark's mastermind and svengali billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), is completely confident in his island's safety... Until some of the beasts escape, and chaos ensues.

Friday, April 20
JURASSIC PARK
Doors 11:30 pm | Movie 11:59 pm
Tickets $6 advance or in costume / $8 at the door
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*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

JURASSIC PARK (Steven Spielberg, 1993 / 127 mins) | JURASSIC PARK is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics for the ages, with some of Steven Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since JAWS.

Open Mic Movie Night & Chill

Thursday, May 26 at 9:30pm PDT

You submit your shorts. Then we’re gonna play ’em.

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present the fifth instalment of Open Mic Movie Nights on Thursday, May 5th!

OMMN is a great opportunity for anyone looking to screen a short film, music video, or even an animated short and have it seen the way it deserves to be – on our beautiful silver screen, with a crowd of your besties and Vancouver’s movie-lovers, buttery popcorn, and adult beverages! We encourage and accept all types of work from artists in our safe, positive environment.

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

Thursday, May 26th

Doors 9:00 pm/Show 9:30pm

Advance Tickets $7/$10 at the door

Must be 19+ w/ proper ID.

Live Script Reading & Screening of THE ROOM with Greg Sestero!

Friday, May 27 at 7pm PDT

On May 27th, Rio Theatre is tackling something weirdly special for the 13 year anniversary of THE ROOM! A full-length live script reading of actor/director/producer/screenwriter Tommy Wiseau’s very first draft of THE ROOM, with dialogue and plot events that’re very different from the polished version that wound up on-screen. Greg Sestero will be here in person to play Mark live! But all the other roles will be played by local performers from Vancouver picked right out of the crowd! Greg’ll also talk about the making of THE ROOM, his book The Disaster Artist… soon to be a feature film starring Hollywood superstars James Franco, Seth Rogen, Sharon Stone, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston and more! This will be followed by a screening of The Room!

Friday May 27th
Doors at 6pm Live Script Reading 7pm

THE ROOM screening 9:30pm

LIVE Script Reading with Greg Sestero $15 advance/ $18 @ door

Script reading + THE ROOM screening $20 advance/ $23 @ door

The Room Screening (no script reading) $12 advance/ $15 @ door

19+ with bar service

Groupons and passes not accepted for this event, sorry

"This play can be played without any age restriction. It will work if the chemistry between all the characters makes sense. Human behavior and betrayal applies to all of us. It exists within ourselves. You love somebody. Do you? What is love?"

So begins Tommy Wiseau's first draft of what eventually became his landmark 2001 film THE ROOM. Co-star, line producer and former Wiseau roommate Greg Sestero is coming to the Vancouver to present a live reading of this first edition of Tommy's screenplay, which features settings, dialogue and plot devices that never made it on screen! If you're a long-time Wiseau fan, this will be a rare glimpse into the original vision of one of the most iconic cinematic figures of the twenty-first century.

The live reading will feature a mix of local talent filling the roles as well as audience members selected that night! Greg will also read from his memoir The Disaster Artist, currently being adapted into a feature-length film by James Franco, and the pre-show for the event will be Greg's thirty minute making of documentary, utilizing behind the scenes footage never released publicly!

Pan's Labyrinth

Friday, May 27 at 11:55pm PDT

Join us for a Friday Late Night Movie screening of Gullermo del Toro's phantasmagorical PAN'S LABYRINTH on Friday, May 27. Set just after the Spanish Civil War in 1944, del Toro's protagonist is bookish young Ofelia, whose forthcoming adventure recalls a more hauntind, daunting Alice in her Wonderland. As Ofelia's mother lays pregnant and bedridden with the child of her new husband, a brutally sadistic military man, the isolated young girl finds ways to entertain herself at the new family's home in the Spanish countryside. Her imagination (or is it?) takes hold and leads her to an elaborate new world, a stone labyrinth presided over by the mythical faun Pan.

Doors 11:30 pm | Movie 11:55 pm

Tickets $6 advance or in costume / $8 at the door

**Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

PAN'S LABYRINTH "El laberinto del fauno" (Guillermo del Toro, 2006 / 118 mins / SPanish w/ English subs.) | In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

The Force Is Shakin’: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure!

Friday, June 3 at 8pm PDT

Geekenders presents:

The Force is Shakin’
A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure

A brand-new Geekenders Theatricals production!

DOORS AT 7PM. SHOW PROMPTLY AT 8PM.

19+ only with ID

We invite you to join us a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away with acclaimed fandom theatre troupe Geekenders, who are concentrating their usual pop culture theatre, comedy and burlesque into a glittering, playfully sensual two-act reboot of a NEW sci-fi classic!

Featuring a cast of TWENTY FIVE of Geekenders all-star nerdlesque performers, the event and theatre troupe is pulling out all the stops to ensure a memorable, sexy, nerd-herding night for geeks of all types. Geekenders brings you the fourth instalment of their epic burlesque adventure saga, as seen on Chris Hardwick’s @midnight, with a Vegas-style spectacular that combines striptease, comedy, dance, showgirls, vaudeville, nostalgia, and space.

Han Solo – Stephen Blakley
Chewbacca – Trixie Hobbitses
General Leia Organa – Effie Alexandra
Luke Skywalker – Draco Muff-Boi
Rey – Fiona Ample
Finn – Florence Sassingale
Poe Dameron – Jesse Alvarez on April 15/16
Vincenzo Vamp, May 4th
Kylo Ren – Rael Linford
BB-8 – E.T. The Extra-Majestical
General Hux – Graeme Thompson
C-3PO – Andrew Lynch
R2-D2 – Roe Butts
Maz Kanata – Lyssa Strata
Captain Phasma – Fanny Oakley

The Storm Troopers

Rainbowglitz
Jayne Fondue
Miss Bacon N. Legs
Rainbow Rhodes

AND THE GEEKENDERS SOLID GOLD DANCERS!!!!|

Here’s what the media has had to say about other Geekenders spectaculars:

“With the use of huge puppets, beautiful human x-wings and tie fighters, and explosions of confetti, this was both mind-blowing and epic. I am waiting impatiently for the return of fabulous dancing and singing, more (and better than our) puns, and tons of nostalgia and fandom with a cast that includes sexy appearances from Chewbacca, Darth, Han, R2D2, Luke, and many more, all crafting an impressive two-act adaptation of this classic cinematic masterpiece.”
-Living Myth Magazine on A Nude Hope

Good Burger

Friday, June 3 at 11:55pm PDT

"Welome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. Can I take your order?"

Listen up, 90s kids! One of your all-time faaaaaaaavourites (Top 5, right?) is finally getting the Friday Late Night Movie treatment at the Rio Theatre. Babyfaced Nickelodeon stars (ALL THAT) Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell star in GOOD BURGER, a cult-comedy about two not-so-sharp teens who must save the fast food restaurant they work at from going out of business when competition moves into the hood. Co-written by HEAD OF THE CLASS alumni Brian Robbins (who also directed) and Dan Schneider (who also stars), the surprisigngly stellar cast features performances and cameos from Sinbad, Shar Jackson, Shaquille O'Neal, George Clinton, Linda Cardellini and the late, great Abe Vigoda.

Friday, June 3rd

Doors 11:30 pm | Movie 11:55 pm

Tickets $8 advance / $10 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

GOOD BURGER (Brian Robbins, 1997 / 103 mins) | Two dim-witted teenagers are forced to save the fast food restaurant they work at from going out of business, despite a new-and-improved burger joint opening across the street that want to be the "Top Dog" in the fast food industry.

The Force Is Shakin’: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure!

Saturday, June 4 at 8pm PDT

Geekenders presents:

The Force is Shakin’
A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure

A brand-new Geekenders Theatricals production!

DOORS AT 7PM. SHOW PROMPTLY AT 8PM.

19+ only with ID

We invite you to join us a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away with acclaimed fandom theatre troupe Geekenders, who are concentrating their usual pop culture theatre, comedy and burlesque into a glittering, playfully sensual two-act reboot of a NEW sci-fi classic!

Featuring a cast of TWENTY FIVE of Geekenders all-star nerdlesque performers, the event and theatre troupe is pulling out all the stops to ensure a memorable, sexy, nerd-herding night for geeks of all types. Geekenders brings you the fourth instalment of their epic burlesque adventure saga, as seen on Chris Hardwick’s @midnight, with a Vegas-style spectacular that combines striptease, comedy, dance, showgirls, vaudeville, nostalgia, and space.

Han Solo – Stephen Blakley
Chewbacca – Trixie Hobbitses
General Leia Organa – Effie Alexandra
Luke Skywalker – Draco Muff-Boi
Rey – Fiona Ample
Finn – Florence Sassingale
Poe Dameron – Jesse Alvarez on April 15/16
Vincenzo Vamp, May 4th
Kylo Ren – Rael Linford
BB-8 – E.T. The Extra-Majestical
General Hux – Graeme Thompson
C-3PO – Andrew Lynch
R2-D2 – Roe Butts
Maz Kanata – Lyssa Strata
Captain Phasma – Fanny Oakley

The Storm Troopers

Rainbowglitz
Jayne Fondue
Miss Bacon N. Legs
Rainbow Rhodes

AND THE GEEKENDERS SOLID GOLD DANCERS!!!!|

Here’s what the media has had to say about other Geekenders spectaculars:

“With the use of huge puppets, beautiful human x-wings and tie fighters, and explosions of confetti, this was both mind-blowing and epic. I am waiting impatiently for the return of fabulous dancing and singing, more (and better than our) puns, and tons of nostalgia and fandom with a cast that includes sexy appearances from Chewbacca, Darth, Han, R2D2, Luke, and many more, all crafting an impressive two-act adaptation of this classic cinematic masterpiece.”
-Living Myth Magazine on A Nude Hope

Strumming for Stroke: A Fundraising Ukulele Concert Benefitting the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Friday, June 17 at 7pm PDT

Fri. June 17th Doors Open at 6:00 pm.
Concert starts at 7:00 pm

Join us for a wonderful evening of live music, with door prizes, a silent auction, 50/50 Draw, health information, and more! The evening will feature performances by Vancouver’s First Lady and Duke of Uke, Ruby & Smith, along with Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra, and international performer and founder of the Vancouver Ukulele Circle, Ralph Shaw. Ralph will also lead a ukulele play and sing-a-long at the end of the evening so please bring a ukulele if you have one.

Friday June 17th

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Concert starts at 7:00 pm.

Tickets: $30 (available online or, if still available, at the door)

Please note this is an Adults Only (19+) event

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June is Stroke Month, one of the main awareness and fundraising campaign periods for the Heart and Stroke

Foundation. Every year an estimated 62,000 Canadians suffer a stroke; that’s one stroke every 9 minutes. Stroke is the third leading cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in Canada. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is working hard to change these statistics and provide better treatment options and resources for stroke survivors. Recent examples include:

- The new F-A-S-T: Signs of Stroke campaign (click Here for more information)

- Our new Living with Stroke survivor support program (click Here for more information)

- and an exciting breakthrough in treatment from a recent research project (click Here for information

about the Escape Trial) that is having a huge impact on survival and disability statistics.

Join us for Strumming for Stroke and help raise much needed funds to support the lifesaving work of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Foundation’s mission work is focused on preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery which is accomplished through funding best-in-class research, health promotion, and advocacy. Since the Foundation began its work in 1952, the death rate from cardiovascular disease has been reduced by more than 75 per cent. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen.

For more information about the work of the Heart and Stroke Foundation please visit www.heartandstroke.bc.ca

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/heartandstroke

Twitter https://twitter.com/TheHSF

Geekenders Present 'The Rocky Horror Show' by Richard O'Brien

Thursday, October 27 at 8pm PDT

On June 16, 1973, director Jim Sharman debuted a musical that would warp time, space, and sweet transvestites for ever... THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Written for the stage by Richard O'Brien (who would later play Riff Raff in the sensational cult-movie adapatation, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW), the original live stage version of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is getting the Geekenders' treatment at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, October 27 - Saturday, October 29.

As always, audience participation is encouraged - feel free to dress in costume and yes, prop bags will be available for purchase in the lobby. This deliberately kitschy, rock 'n' roll, gothic sci-fi parody will be more fun than you've ever seen it when it's performed live, on stage, by Vancouver's favourite nerdlesque troupe.

Doors open an hour before show

Tickets $20 in advance / $25 at the door

*All-ages permitted in the balcony on Thursday, October 27 ONLY. Suitable for ages 14+.
*Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

CAST

Frank - Seth Little
Janet - Patrice Bowler
Brad - Tyler Richardson
Riff Raff - Graeme Thompson
Magenta - Kyrst Hogan
Columbia - Erin Walker
Rocky - Zac Beardsley
Eddie/Dr. Scott - Ross Foster
Narrator - Doug Thoms
Usherette - Cass King
Phantoms - Lauren Trotzuk, Jesse Alvarez, Lucia Forward, Stephen Blakley, Lisa Ricketts, Levi Schneider

Director/Choreography - Fairlith Harvey
Assistant Choreographer - Taegan Mohle
Music/Vocal Director - Patrick Courtin
Costume Design - Shayan Naziripour
Lighting Design - Ciara O'Donnell
Stage Manager - Arity Dickerson-Monk
ASM - Taegan Mohle

'The Rocky Horror Show' is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

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