Bad City

Friday, May 15 at 6:30pm

Join us at the Rio Theatre for the Vancouver Premiere of acclaimed director Carl Bessai's latest feature, a tip of the hat to the glorious days of 70's-era Canuxploitation, BAD CITY. Co-authored by co-stars Dustin Milligan (the CBC's Schitt's Creek, REPEATERS) and Aaron Brooks, this locally-lensed and totally groovy comedy also features Amanda Crew (THE AGE OF ADALINE), David Cubitt (MEDIUM), Reece Thompson (DAYDREAM NATION), David Lewis, Jay Brazeau, and Ali Liebert. Produced by James Brown, and Carl Bessai. Cast and crew will be on hand following the screening for a brief Q&A.

Friday, May 15
Doors 5:45 / Movie 6:30 (sharp!)
Tickets $10 / $12 door
Must be 19+ w/ ID for bar service and entry.
**Groupons and passes OK for this screening.

Follow the high-larious bad-ventures of ex-veteran-dude and sex-better-than-you Detective Franky New Guinea and his new holier-than-thou partner, the fine-talkin', line walkin', crime stalkin' Detective Reverend Grizzly Night-Bear, as they take down the corrupt new Mayor, Dominic Kincaid - bringin' peace, love, and god-damned justice to this Baaaad City!

www.badcitymovie.com

"Bad City is on the edge of falling into the hands of a madman, you dig? A strange and funky new party drug is killing kids left and right and that jive-ass, crooked city councilor Dominic Kincaid is behind it all. After murdering the mayor, Kincaid has his sights set on taking over and running the city his way, the bad way. Thankfully, the one and only superfly Detective Franky New Guinea and his new partner, the truly unruly Detective Reverend Grizzly Night-Bear, are here to make sure that Bad City stays groovy and is run the good way: the Bad way (it's different from the first bad way, and better). So get ready to boogie, cats, 'cause these cops are outta sight like dy-no-mite and the only thing they love more than sex, drugs, and growing body hair is taking down turkeys like Kincaid who threaten their BAD CITY. "

THE YOUNG MARRIEDS: Ed Wood's Final (Adult) Film

Friday, May 15 at 9:15pm

Join us at the Rio Theatre for THE YOUNG MARRIEDS, cult director Ed Wood's (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE) final (hardcore porno) film. For years, the movie was thought to be lost, until local movie collector and “Porn Archeologist” Dimitrios Otis found a copy of the 16mm film (released in 1972) in a pile at the old Venus Theatre on Main Street in Vancouver. The newly restored (glorious colour!) version will be screened with Otis on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

But please... Don't get it twisted, people: The sex is hardcore (and ugly), but the dialogue is solid gold. (Emphasis on solid.)

Friday, May 15
Doors 8:45 / Film 9:15 (Sharp!)
$10 advance / $12 door
Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes accepted for this show.
***This film is rated X and contains scenes of graphic sex... From the 70s.

Released in 1972, THE YOUNG MARRIEDS is the final film of the legendary director Ed Wood, who wrote and directed it using the pseudonyms Richard Trent and Hank Barnum. Wood died in 1978, a destitute alcoholic.

This fully restored (colour!) re-release and screening of the film is a final tribute to the world-renowned director. The screening celebrates the appearance of THE YOUNG MARRIEDS on DVD (aptly titled ED WOOD’S DIRTY MOVIES), which includes an essay written by Otis on the merits (or not) of the film.

And how “bad” is the movie....Low-low-budget? Check. Hair galore? Check. Props falling off walls and girl tripping over a bearskin rug? Check. That kind of thing.

Yet, Wood’s swan-song is actually a cunning “Eyes Wide Shut” subversion of the typical porn plot of the macho husband wanting to loosen up his “frigid” wife. In Wood’s take on the genre, the husband (Ben) becomes increasingly caught up in his own uptightness, while his wife (Ginnie) proves herself to be more sexually open, in ways he either doesn’t know about or can’t deal with. Along the way, Wood sneaks in his own preoccupations with “freaks and weirdos.” The ending is an outright shocker that’ll have audiences wondering where he was really at.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Friday, May 15 at 11:30pm

The phenomenally talented (and very sparkly!) John Cameron Mitchell wrote, directed, and stars in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, the cult rock musical about a transsexual punk-rock girl from East Berlin who tours the U.S. with her band while recounting her life story.

Friday, May 15
Doors 11:00 / Movie 11:30
Tickets $6 advance / $8 door
Must be 19+ w/ID for entry

*Groupons and passes accepted for this screning. Please redeem at the door.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001) | A transsexual punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shore, Andrea Martin.

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK + Live Tribute Concert

Saturday, May 16 at 7pm

"The most intimate rock doc ever." - Rolling Stone

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Saturday, May 16 for a memorable evening featuring the acclaimed new documentary KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, followed by a live concert featuring an array of performers (including CR Avery, Debra Jean Creelman, The Kingsgate Chorus, Molly Guildemond and more!) paying homage to Nirvana. *Additional screenings of the documentary May 17-20. Times TBD.

Saturday May 16th
Documentary KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK
Doors 6:00 pm / Movie 7:00 pm
Concert 9:45pm
Tickets (includes movie and concert)
$22 advance HERE / $25 at the door
19+ Only with 2 pieces of ID

Confirmed performers for the Saturday, May 16 concert include:

Marta Jaciubek-McKeever (e.s.l.)
Petunia
CR Avery
Carolyn Mark
The Kingsgate Chorus
Spring
Geoff Berner
Debra Jean Creelman (Debra Jean and the Means)
Molly Guildemond (Mother Mother)
Kathleen Nisbet
Noah Walker (The Broken Mirrors)
Adam Farnsworth (High Society)
Sick Boss
Tony Wilson .... and more!

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK is an authorized documentary (Executive Produced by Frances Bean Cobain) on Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana. Director Brett Morgan (THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, CROSSFIRE HURRICANE) was granted total and unrestricted access to Cobain's own archives, and over the course of several years has crafted an astonishingly intimate, revealing, and deeply personal film that many believe will serve as the "definitive" documentary on the late musician. Many of Cobain's own relatives including his mother and sister appear in the film to offer their perspective, as do others including Dave Grohl, Kris Novaselic, and Courtney Love.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Sunday, May 17 at 6pm

"The most intimate rock doc ever." - Rolling Stone

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Saturday, May 16 for a memorable evening featuring the acclaimed new documentary KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, followed by a live concert featuring an array of performers (including CR Avery, Debra Jean Creelman, The Kingsgate Chorus, Molly Guildemond and more!) paying homage to Nirvana. *Additional screenings of the documentary May 17-20.

Saturday May 16th (19+ w/ID ONLY)
Documentary KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK
Doors 6:00 pm / Movie 7:00 pm
Concert 9:45pm
Tickets (includes movie and concert)
$22 advance www.riotheatretickets.ca / $25 door
*The May 16 event is strictly 19+ w/ID ONLY. For additional dates where minors are permitted, see below and check

Sunday, May 17
Doors 5:30 / Movie 6:00

Monday, May 18
Doors 6:00 / Movie 6:30
Tickets $10 advance / $12 door
*This film is rated 14A. Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ ID for bar service
**Groupons and passes OK; please redeem at the door.

Confirmed performers for the Saturday, May 16 concert include:

Marta Jaciubek-McKeever (e.s.l.)
Petunia
CR Avery
Carolyn Mark
The Kingsgate Chorus
Spring
Geoff Berner
Debra Jean Creelman & Molly Guldemond
Kathleen Nisbet
Noah Walker (The Broken Mirrors)
Adam Farnsworth (High Society)
Sick Boss
Tony Wilson .... and more!

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (Brett Morgen, 2015 / DCP / 145 mins, 14A) | This authorized documentary (Executive Produced by Frances Bean Cobain) on Kurt Cobain chronicles the musician's life from the early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana. Director Brett Morgan (THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, CROSSFIRE HURRICANE) was granted total and unrestricted access to Cobain's own archives, and over the course of several years has crafted an astonishingly intimate, revealing, and deeply personal film that many believe will serve as the "definitive" documentary on the late musician. Many of Cobain's own relatives including his mother and sister appear in the film to offer their perspective, as do others including Dave Grohl, Kris Novaselic, and Courtney Love.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Monday, May 18 at 6:30pm

"The most intimate rock doc ever." - Rolling Stone

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Saturday, May 16 for a memorable evening featuring the acclaimed new documentary KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, followed by a live concert featuring an array of performers (including CR Avery, Debra Jean Creelman, The Kingsgate Chorus, Molly Guildemond and more!) paying homage to Nirvana. *Additional screenings of the documentary May 17-20.

Saturday May 16th (19+ w/ID ONLY)
Documentary KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK
Doors 6:00 pm / Movie 7:00 pm
Concert 9:45pm
Tickets (includes movie and concert)
$22 advance www.riotheatretickets.ca / $25 door
*The May 16 event is strictly 19+ w/ID ONLY. For additional dates where minors are permitted, see below and check

Sunday, May 17
Doors 5:30 / Movie 6:00

Monday, May 18
Doors 6:00 / Movie 6:30
Tickets $10 advance / $12 door
*This film is rated 14A. Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ ID for bar service
**Groupons and passes OK; please redeem at the door.

Confirmed performers for the Saturday, May 16 concert include:

Marta Jaciubek-McKeever (e.s.l.)
Petunia
CR Avery
Carolyn Mark
The Kingsgate Chorus
Spring
Geoff Berner
Debra Jean Creelman & Molly Guldemond
Kathleen Nisbet
Noah Walker (The Broken Mirrors)
Adam Farnsworth (High Society)
Sick Boss
Tony Wilson .... and more!

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (Brett Morgen, 2015 / DCP / 145 mins, 14A) | This authorized documentary (Executive Produced by Frances Bean Cobain) on Kurt Cobain chronicles the musician's life from the early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana. Director Brett Morgan (THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, CROSSFIRE HURRICANE) was granted total and unrestricted access to Cobain's own archives, and over the course of several years has crafted an astonishingly intimate, revealing, and deeply personal film that many believe will serve as the "definitive" documentary on the late musician. Many of Cobain's own relatives including his mother and sister appear in the film to offer their perspective, as do others including Dave Grohl, Kris Novaselic, and Courtney Love.

Harvey Milk Day: MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE & THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK

Friday, May 22 at 6:30pm

The Rio Theatre is proud to present documentaries MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE and Oscar winner THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK on Friday, May 22 - Harvey Milk Day.

These two films about two very different individuals in two different decades are each astounding portraits of men who, unwittingly, became icons within not just the LGBT community, but important figures of social change and tolerance whose lives and legacies have impacted us all. MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE director, producer and editor Michele Josue and cinematographer Craig Trudeau are set to join us for an in-person discussion for a discussion of the film. Other guests TBD; more info coming soon.

MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE
Doors 6:00 / Movie 6:30
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK
9:15
Single ticket price $10 advance / $12 door
See both for $12 advance / $14 door
All tickets 19+ w/ID for bar service.
Online Sales End at 4:30pm. Box Office Opens at 5:30pm

MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE (Michele Josue, 2014 / 89 mins) | An intimate portrait of Matthew Shepard, the gay young man murdered in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Framed through a personal lens, it's the story of loss, love, and courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (Rob Epstein, 1984 / 90 mins) | This Oscar-winning documentary tells the remarkable story of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor, Harvey Milk.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30pm

Based on journalist Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer prize-winning book "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief," Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney's (THE ARMSTRONG LIE) explosive new documentary on the inner-workings of Scientology is an unflinching look at the organization, deconstructing everything from the "cult" of charismatic leader L. Ron Hubbard to his organization's dubious and far-reaching impact on American government, Hollywood, and the often tragic impact on the personal lives of its own followers. Co-written by author Lawrence Wright, the film features many candid interviews with former Scientologists, including Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis, who very publicly disavowed the organization he was a devoted member of for decades. Join us for a panel and Q&A following the screening, featuring author and activist Jamie DeWolf (L. Ron Hubbard's great-grandson and an outspoken critic of the group), as well as other special guests.

Tuesday, May 26
Doors 6:00 / Film 6:30 (sharp)
Tickets $10 / $12 door
Minors welcome in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

GOING CLEAR (Alex Gibney, 2015 / 119 mins / 14A) | An in-depth look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Full Frontal Nerdity II: A Comic Strip

Wednesday, June 3 at 8pm

Join Geekenders as they revisit their popular nerdy cabaret 'Full Frontal Nerdity', combining the irreverence of the Muppets and the polish and showmanship of a Vegas showgirl revue with all of your favourite fandoms.

June 3rd

Doors at 7pm/ show at 8pm

Tickets are $9 in advance/$12 at the door
Strictly 19+!
riotheatretickets.ca

Called a "cult sensation" by Vancity Buzz, Geekenders Theatrical Nerdlesque has taken the Canadian burlesque scene by storm. Since their debut in 2012, Geekenders Nerdlesque has been in high demand, performing to packed audiences in Vancouver's most fabulous venues, wowing over 14,000 people in British Columbia with their tightly-choreographed Vegas-style nerdlesque spectaculars. Today, Geekenders Nerdlesque is well-known for seamlessly integrating the worlds of burlesque, geekery, drag, queerlesque, dance, and theatre into their productions, incorporating well-known burlesque stars with passionate newcomers to create shows full of good humour, love for their source material, and a unique, whimsical style all their own.

This production of Full Frontal Nerdity is unique in that it's bringing back the most oft-requested numbers from some of Geekenders hit shows, including Reveal of the Jedi, Weird Al Burlesque, Holy Geekenders Batman, Labyrinth: A Spectacular Burlesque Adventure, A Nude Hope, the Empire Strips Back, Doctor Who Burlesque, and lots of others.

Featuring some of Vancouver's biggest nerdlesque names, this show showcases glamourous geekery from:

MISS DEE TWENTY!
COMMANDER HOTPANTS!
TRIXIE HOBBITSES!
ROE BUTTS!
GRAEME THOMPSON!
RAEL LINFORD!
STEPHEN BLAKLEY!
LOTTIE LIBIDO!
JULIA SLEAZER!
LACE CADET!
ANDREW WADE!
ANDROSIA WILDE!

With your hosts, CAPTAIN HAMMER and DOCTOR HORRIBLE!

Here's what the media has to say about Geekenders productions:

"...Absolutely hilarious. The Geekenders did a fabulous job with lovingly skewering the source material."
-Livevancouver.ca

"...local impresarios Geekenders, who spare no imagination with their programming. A geek and queer-friendly collective that turns the nerdiest of fantasies into realities..."
-Vancity Buzz on Geekenders

"...Geekenders are taking the ropes and giving opportunities for females to be cast in non-traditional, male-dominated spaces. In doing so, they’re changing the fandom for the better while remaining true to its roots."
-Cecilia Lu in Living Myth Magazine

Like Geekenders on Facebook for more information on their variety shows, dances, theatrical endeavours and burlesque tributes!

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