OPENING MONDAY APRIL 14, 2014

THE NATIONAL’S “MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS”

Thurs April 17th 7:00pm

Sun April 20th 7:00pm

Tues April 29th 9:30pm

Tickets $8 advance /$10 door, ($8 with Student ID)

19+ only with bar service. Please bring two pieces of ID.

Hailed by Michael Moore as “one of the best documentaries about a band that I’ve ever seen” and by Pitchfork as “the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP,” MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt (lead singer of The National) and Tom Berninger.

Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker – a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National’s biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom’s plan to film the entire adventure.

What starts as a rock documentary soon becomes a surprisingly honest portrait of a charged relationship between two brothers, and the frustration of unfulfilled creative ambitions.

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TUESDAY APRIL 15, 2014

mRush Productions and The Rio Theatre present Vancouver’s first

STRIP SPELLING BEE

>Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Tickets $7 advance / $10 at the door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Just like strip poker, but it’s a spelling bee, and it’s played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin!

OFFICIAL RULES:

One by one, participants are asked to spell a word. If they get it right, they sit down. If they get it wrong, they must striptease A THIRD of their clothing off, and that is considered their first “strike”. When they misspell a second word, that is their second strike and they must striptease ANOTHER third off. A third and final strike requires that they strip down to their underwear.

After three strikes, a participant is out of the competition. But they should take heart – because while they may have lost, the audience has most certainly won.

Both the winner of the Bee and the Best Striptease of the night win insane prizes!

While the Best Speller of the night will be chosen through purely quantitative means, Best Stripper is chosen in a more qualitative manner by our Secret Judge whom we have embedded in the audience. As with all things, if you compete in COSTUME, the Secret Judge will look more favourably in your direction.

All striptease spellers do not pay cover.

Anyone can drop out of the competition at any time AFTER the completion of the FIRST round.

This is a queer, senior and trans-friendly event. We have a NO BOOING policy strictly in effect. No photos are allowed except by our host, who will talk to each of the contestants and ask if this is okay when they sign-up. Our goal is to have everyone feel safe, secure and comfortable enough to strip and spell.

Regarding the No Photos Rule – we also have a SNITCH POLICY. If you are a member of the audience and you witness someone taking a surreptitious photo, BY ALL MEANS, interrupt the proceedings, come up to one of the hosts – SNITCH on the guilty party, and once they have been dealt with, you will be rewarded with a free drink.

We thank you for your patronage and understanding.

Strip Spelling Bee in its current incarnation was invented by Sherwin Sullivan Tjia who organizes and hosts them every coupla months in Montreal and Toronto. Vancouver’s Rio Theater mounts it with his advice and blessing. Get on Sherwin’s invite list by friending him on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/inconsolablecat

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 16, 2014

The Fictionals present

IMPROV AGAINST HUMANITY

Doors 7:00pm / Game 8:00pm

Tickets $6 + s/cadvance / $9 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Come see us bring Cards Against Humanity to life in front of your very eyes at the Rio Theatre, some win amazing prizes through out Innuendo & #IAHatRIO contests and take part in the live comedy phenomenon that has taken Vancouver by storm!

Plus who will be crowned Vancouver’s most horrible person? Will it be YOU?

Warning: May contain some strong language, sexual content and mature themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

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THURSDAY APRIL 17, 2014

★ ☼ ★ SPACE JAM ☆ ☪ ☆

#ThrowbackThursday Screening Party

Doors 9:00pm / Pre-Show Entertainment 9:30pm / Space Jam 10:00pm

Tickets $10 advance / $12 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

This is not your average film screening…Motive Force and mRush Productions bring you an Easter long weekend party complete with

☆ Basketball Freestyle Crew I.N.K. ☆
★ Live DJ & Dance ★
☆ Photobooth ☆
★ Giveaways ★

**After party to follow…Stay tuned for details!**

“Michael Jordan agrees to help the Looney Toons play a basketball game vs. alien slavers to determine their freedom.” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117705/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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FRIDAY APRIL 18, 2014

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW + THE ROOM Double Bill

So many spoons… So much rice. This could be the messiest double bill in the history of repertory cinema.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Doors 6:00pm / Movie 7:00pm

Tickets $8 advance / $10 door | $13 Double Bill

*Rocky welcomes sweet transvestites of all ages. Bar service strictly limited to 19+ only with 2 pieces of ID.

THE ROOM Doors 9:00pm / Movie 9:30pm

Tickets $8 advance / $10 door | $13 Double Bill

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

**Sweet Double Bill Pricing!** See both for $13 advance / $15 door

Oh, hai. Joins us at the Rio Theatre for a sweet double bill featuring two of the biggest cult-classic films of all time in prime time, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (all ages!) and THE ROOM on Friday, April 18. See both for $13 advanced/$15 door!

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Jim Sharman, 1975) | Let’s do the Time Warp… Again. | Join us for a prime time screening of one of the most beloved of all cult-classic movies, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ Sweet Transvestites of all ages welcome! Get ready to have some fun with Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank-n-Furter and the rest of the weird and wonderful Transylvanians. Starring Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf.

THE ROOM (Tommy Wiseau, 2003) | You will laugh. You will cry. You will wonder, “What in the hell is going on?” | If you haven’t attended ‘The Room’ at a theatre with an audience by now, you are missing out on a (truly!) one-of-a-kind cinema experience. Once upon a time, an inexperienced actor/director/writer/producer named Tommy Wiseau set out to film a serious drama about relationships… but when the film premiered at a theatre in Los Angeles in 2003, the audience was instead rolling over with laughter ten minutes in. That historic first screening was the catalyst that transformed ‘The Room’ into the enormous cult smash hit that it is today.

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FRIDAY APRIL 18, 2014

HALF BAKED

Doors 11:00pm / Movie 11:30pm

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

19+ only with bar service. Please bring two pieces of ID.

The Rio Theatre and Black Dog Video are pleased to present stoner comedy Half Baked. The story of three not so bright men who come up with a series of crazy schemes to get a friend out of jail. Starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz.

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SATURDAY APRIL 19, 2014

HELL OF A GIRL: The Release

eff Gladstone’s Debut CD Release Theatrical Concert featuring The Bad Ideas and special guests!

Doors 8:00pm / Show 8:30pm

Tickets in advance: $17 (includes CD), $12 (ticket only)

Tickets at the door: $20 (includes CD), $15 (ticket only)

What happens when an actor writes a musical album? An album release performance of theatrical proportions! The story goes – there is a legendary woman, beloved of an assortment of songwriters through the ages, who broke so many hearts, destroyed so many men, and the only record of her is a series of lost songs dedicated to her. But who was she?

Hell Of A Girl: The Release will take the audience through the strange lives and mysterious deaths of a string of fictitious songwriters from country blues of 1915, to a german cabaret in 1941, to a rockabilly band in 1954, ending with a 70’s funk dance party.

Featuring the talents of Jeff Gladstone & The Bad Ideas, Todd Biffard, Steve Charles, Bonnie Northgraves, Catriona Murphy, Bruce Horak, Dayna Szyndrowski, Onalea Gilbertson, The Kingsgate Chorus, Kelly Haigh & The Murderbirds (with Jimmy Roy and Terri Upton), Flo Barrett and more to be announced soon….

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SUNDAY APRIL 20, 2014

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

Doors 9:00pm / Movie (and more!) 9:30pm

Tickets $8 advance / $10 door **Show us your FanExpo bracelet/ticket stub and get $2 off door price!

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

On 420, all the herbal could make you tired…
But whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.

It’s the 30th Anniversary of Wes Craven’s original A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET this year. The Rio is pleased to present a special screening of this iconic slasher classic on Sunday, April 20 (420) with our friends from Rue Morgue Magazine. Prizes and swag galore! And don’t forget to dress up…

1) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. You need to see it on the big screen.
2) 420. Freddy Krueger. That is all. It’s everything.
3) Because this is Johnny Depp’s first movie.
4) Robert Englund (aka Freddy Krueger) will be at FanExpo Vancouver over the weekend! Show us your ticket stub/bracelet from FanExpo and get $2 off the door.
5) Wes Craven, yo.
6) Since Monday is a holiday, so you can stay up late for a scary movie.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (Wes Craven, 1984) In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him. Starring Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund.

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MONDAY APRIL 21, 2014

NYMPHOMANIAC

Vol. 1 7:00 pm/Vol. 2 9:30 pm

Cheap Monday Tickets $6 (per film) only available at the door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present director Lars von Trier’s latest work of star-studded erotica, NYMPHOMANIAC Volumes 1 & 2 for back-to-back screenings. “A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.” Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg,
Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Connie Nielsen, Jamie Bell.

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TUESDAY APRIL 22, 2014

NYMPHOMANIAC

Vol. 1 7:00 pm/Vol. 2 9:30 pm

Cheap Tuesday Tickets $6 (per film) only available at the door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present director Lars von Trier’s latest work of star-studded erotica, NYMPHOMANIAC Volumes 1 & 2 for back-to-back screenings. “A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.” Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg,
Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Connie Nielsen, Jamie Bell.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 23, 2014

THRONE AND GAMES:

CutThroat Improv inspired by Game of Thrones

Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

Tickets $7 advance / $10 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Laughter is coming… this spring to the Rio Theatre. On April 23, journey with The Fictionals Comedy Co. on a comedy adventure of CutThroat proportions. Inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Fire And Ice, we present THRONE AND GAMES!

The Iron Throne of Westeros sits empty, as several noble houses wage civil war for the right to be king. Though swords are the weapons of choice in the book and tv show, Throne And Game players will battle with cutting wit in a competitive improv show.

Will Rob Stark and Lady Stark claim the throne, The Lannisters reign supreme, or Khaleesi and Jorah rule over all? YOU, the old gods and the new, will decide once and for all (at least for this first show), so come on down to the Rio Theatre and make your voice heard!

This show is perfect for both huge fans of Game Of Thrones, and those who have never seen the show but are curious about the pop-culture phenomenon. Plus come dressed up in your finest Game of Thrones costumes and be prepared with your trivia knowledge for a chance to win some sweet prizes!

*****Warning: may contain mature themes, sexual content and spoilers. Viewer discretion is advised.*****

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THURSDAY APRIL 24, 2014

A Fundraising Event for The David Suzuki Foundation

CLIMATE CHANGE IN ATLANTIC CANADA Premiere

Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm

Tickets $20 online

Q&A discussion with Dr. David Suzuki, researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro, and local experts. Dialogue will focus on issues facing communities and the leadership required to navigate our collective future.

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THURSDAY APRIL 24, 2014

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

April 24 9:30pm

April 28 7:00pm

Tickets $8 advance / $10 door ($8 with Student ID)

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

A mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. An exhibition of Maier’s work is on display in November at New York’s Howard Greenberg Gallery.

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FRIDAY APRIL 25, 2014

DUNE Squared:

Jodorowsky’s DUNE + David Lynch’s DUNE

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (2013) Doors 6:15pm / Movie 6:45

DUNE (1984) Doors 8:00pm / Movie 8:30pm

Double Bill Tickets | $12 advance / $15 door

Jodorowsky’s Dune Tickets | $8 advance /$10 door

Dune (1984) Tickets | $6 advance /$8 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present a double bill of Frank Pavich’s acclaimed new documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE followed by David Lynch’s epic fantasy DUNE on Friday, April 25.

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (Frank Pavich, 2013) | The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

DUNE (David Lynch, 1984) | A Duke’s son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father’s evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor’s rule. Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen.

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FRIDAY APRIL 25, 2014

HOUSE (1977) Japanese Cult Horror

Doors 11:00pm / Movie 11:30pm

Tickets $6 in advance or in costume | $8 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

The Rio Theatre and Black Dog Video are pleased to present Japanese cult horror “House” (Hausu). How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.

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MONDAY APRIL 28, 2014

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

9:30pm

Tickets | $8 advance /$10 door ($8 with Student ID)

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (Frank Pavich, 2013) | The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

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TUESDAY APRIL 29, 2014

WHY WE RIDE

Doors 6:30pm / Movie 7:00pm

Tickets $8 advance / $10 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present an encore presentation of WHY WE RIDE, an inspiring new documentary about the passion of riders and the soul of their machines.

We welcome anyone who considers themselves a member of Vancouver’s community of motorcycle enthusiasts (and anyone who’d like to know more) and their friends to ride their bikes to the event (lots of free parking outside the venue!).

Special thanks to Moto Leadership, Trev Deeley Motorcycles, Ducati Richmond, Pacific Motosports, and Horizons Unlimited for partnering with us on this event.

“It’s an 89-minute love song to the sport of motorcycling in all its forms. Go see this movie with a crowd – with our community of motorcyclists. Oh, and take a non-riding friend or two.” – Evans Brasfield, <a href="http://www.Motorcy

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OPENING THURSDAY MAY 1, 2014

Geekenders with the Rio Theatre present

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK ~ A BURLESQUE RE-IMAGINING

A sequel to this winter’s smash hit!

Thursday May 1, Saturday May 3, and Sunday May 4.

Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Tickets $20 advance / $25 door

Get your tickets in advance to guarantee entry!

Celebrate Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!) with Geekenders!

We invite you to continue the Star Wars saga with us, as we journey from Hoth to Dagobah and Cloud City. With giant Tauntaun puppets, Wampas that attack to the dulcet tones of nineties rappers, and a droid love story that has to be experienced to be believed, The Empire Strips Back is bigger, better and more fantastical and sexy than anything Geekenders has done before!

Explore the world of Star Wars through theatre, comedy, dance, and (of course) burlesque! View the trailer for Star Wars: A Nude Hope on Vimeo here.

Featuring a cast of twenty-four 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.

STARRING:
Draco Muff-Boi as Luke Skywalker
Sherry Hymen (Saturday/Sunday) as Darth Vader
Trixie Hobbitses as Princess Leia Organa
Stephen Blakley as Han Solo
Anita Johnson as Chewbacca
Nathan Fillyouin as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Graeme Thompson as C3PO
Roe Butts as R2D2
Jesse Inocalla as Yoda
Androsia Wilde as Lando Calrissian
Rael Linford as Boba Fett

With the Storm Troopers: Vanilla Vice, Patrice Bowler, Rainbowglitz Baker, Ginger Femmecat.

Featuring: Purple Rain, Lace Cadet, Donna Jazz, Dezi Desire, Pocket Venus, Lottie Libido, Lyssa Strata.

Disclaimer: This is a parody production. We are in no way associated with Lucasfilm or Disney.

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FRIDAY MAY 2, 2014

THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA

With Special Guests

Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:30pm / End 11:00pm

Tickets $18.00 advance. Also available at Red Cat, Zulu and Highlife Records.

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

From Montreal, experimental rock band, on tour to support their latest release “Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything.”

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TUESDAY MAY 6, 2014

DOXA Festival

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

6:30pm

Tickets $10-$15 online

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

“Hitchcock meets Darwin” in this dark murder mystery set on the Galapagos Islands. When a German doctor and devoted follower of Nietzsche, named Friedrich Ritter, runs off with a former patient named Dore, the lovers want to get as far away from people as possible. In 1929, the Galapagos Islands were pretty much the end of the earth, so naturally Friedrich and Dore set up a homestead there. As they recount their adventures to their relatives back home in letters, the press gets wind of their story, and the runaway lovers become a media sensation. Before long, other folk arrive, eager to partake of this utopian existence, much to the dismay of the Island’s sole inhabitants. When the Wittmers (a couple and their teenage son) settle on the other side of the island, the group manages to peacefully coexist for a time. But the Island idyll comes to an abrupt end, with the arrival of a wild and bizarrely sexy baroness and her two male lovers. The Baroness’s monstrous personality and imperious manner spell trouble, and before long all holy hell breaks loose. By the end of the story three people are dead and two others mysteriously missing. -NH

There’s big trouble in paradise in The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, a true-life story so rife with melodrama, exotic lifestyles, sexual intrigue and suspicious deaths that it’s surprising that no film has been made about it until now. – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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TUESDAY MAY 6, 2014

DOXA Festival

Come Worry With Us!

9:15pm

Tickets $10-$15 online

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Artistic communities are often the place where political praxis is put to the test, and Come Worry With Us! is a poignant example of this fact. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra have been making protest folk, free jazz, and neo-classical music for over 15 years. Having intentionally opted out of the corporate music industry for the DIY alternative, their sound and political convictions are imbued with a punk rock ethos and aesthetic.

The film profiles violinist Jessica Moss and singer/songwriter Efrim Menuck, a couple who decide to bring their toddler Ezra on tour. Although Ezra — who learns to walk on a moving bus — brings a joyful life force on the road, parenting in the throes of an extended tour proves to be both exhausting and expensive. Despite efforts to equitably distribute the caregiving duties, the band ends up hiring a tour nanny. For Jessica, the challenge of being a mother in a rock band is a heavy burden of responsibility. This is painfully obvious when Efrim decides to accompany his other, more popular, band Godspeed You! Black Emperor on a world tour. While Efrim is performing in concert halls full of adoring fans, Jessica, an artist in her own right, takes on the role of a stay-at-home mom. Set against the swelling strings, distorted guitar and impassioned performances of the band, are quiet moments of frank and open discussion with Jessica, Efrim, as well as their friends and family (including musician Julie Dorion) as they talk about being musicians and parents. These reflections are intercut with footage of Silver Mt. Zion performing live on their North American tour, including one stop at Vancouver’s own Rickshaw Theatre. -SC

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WEDNESDAY MAY 7, 2014

THRONE AND GAMES:

CutThroat Improv inspired by Game of Thrones

Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

Tickets $7 advance / $10 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Journey with The Fictionals Comedy Co. on a comedy adventure of CutThroat proportions. Inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Fire And Ice, we present THRONE AND GAMES!

This show is perfect for both huge fans of Game Of Thrones, and those who have never seen the show but are curious about the pop-culture phenomenon. Plus come dressed up in your finest Game of Thrones costumes and be prepared with your trivia knowledge for a chance to win some sweet prizes!

*****Warning: may contain mature themes, sexual content and spoilers. Viewer discretion is advised.*****

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THURSDAY MAY 8, 2014

SLAMDANCE ON THE ROAD

Showtimes coming soon…

Slamdance On The Road is a year-round traveling celebration of Slamdance Filmmakers and their bold vision for independent film. On The Road programs have traveled recently to Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York in support of award-winning films such as Nicole Teeny’s Bible Quiz, Matt Johnson’s The Dirties, and James E. Duff’s Hank and Asha. Slamdance On The Road encourages grassroots support for Slamdance filmmakers in unique venues across America and around the World.

For more info on these dates and our On The Road series, contact Deron Williams 323-466-1786

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FRIDAY MAY 9, 2014

DOXA Festival

How Strange to be Named Federico: Scola Narrages Fellini

6:45pm

Tickets $10-$15 online

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

The name Federico Fellini summons up images of a cinematic universe peopled with insanely glamorous men and women, sad clowns, circus performers, and world-weary prostitutes. Ettore Scola’s bittersweet tribute to the master is not unlike a Fellini film itself, composed of exquisite recreations, hilarious interviews, archival footage, and reminiscences with the people who knew and loved the legendary filmmaker best. Principal among these is Ettore Scola, whose first introduction to Fellini came when nineyear- old Scola read articles from the Marc’Aurelio newspaper to his blind grandfather. (Fellini got his start as a journalist, before beginning to write film scripts.) When Scola joined the staff at Marc’Aurelio, the pair began a friendship that would last until Fellini’s passing, and span the creation of films like La Strada, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, and Amarcord. -DW

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FRIDAY MAY 9, 2014

DOXA Festival

Derby Crazy Love

9:00pm

Tickets $10-$15 online

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

To slightly tweak Kathleen Hanna’s punk anthem, Rebel Girl; “Roller Girl, Roller Girl, You are the Queen of my World!”

A rollicking, rolling, punch-in-the-tits type of a film, Derby Crazy Love has just about everything you would expect from a film about roller derby. There are tough babes, hard-fought battles, horrifying wipeouts, more than a little epic drama, and even a little bit of sweet sentiment in amongst the bone-crushing checks. Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott’s film picks up with a pitched battle between Montreal’s New Skids on the Block and London’s Rollergirls. The Montreal team members — Smack Daddy, Apocalypstick, Bone Machine – are determined to take the big prize from their UK adversaries. But there is a dark horse in the running, the very bad women of the team from New York, the Gotham Girls and their killer captain Susy Hotrod. The New Yorkers have consistently whupped butt for the past number of years, and they’re hungry for more. As the action ramps up, the stage is set for one final massive blowout.

The DIY ethos of modern derby has come a long way since the 1950s when male promoters ruled. It is now largely womenled and organized. Inclusive, queer-positive, and communityoriented, the derby world embraces everyone, and provides a place where anyone can slap on a pair of skates and take to the flat track. Montreal’s team leader, Smack Daddy, sums up the essential spirit thusly: “The fact that you’re combining roller skating, which is like, ‘let’s hold hands and go to the roller-rink,’ with chicks beating on each other physically is like, fireworks.” Strap on your helmet and stick in a mouth guard because things are about to get derby dirty! -DW

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SATURDAY MAY 10, 2014

unionevents.com presents Devils Dance Tour

CHIODOS

with guests Emarosa, Hands Like Houses, Our Last Night and ‘68

Doors 6:00pm

Tickets $22 +s/c advance. Also available at Scrape Records.

All ages welcomed.

Recently reunited with original vocalist Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost, Chiodos are reinvigorated and hitting the road this Fall. Chiodos’ Bradley Bell states, “It’s exciting to be able to do a full U.S. headliner again. We haven’t done one in years and we’re looking forward to have the opportunity to play for our old school fans and new ones at the same time. What better way to celebrate our new album and tour than with friends and bands that we’ve met along the way. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

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WEDNESDAY MAY 14, 2014

The Gentlemen Hecklers provide live, hilarious commentary for the best bad movies!

TBA

Doors 9:00pm / Show 9:30pm

Tickets $6 advance / $9 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, and Shaun Stewart are Vancouver’s masters of movie riffing, making so-bad-they’re-good movies even better by talking you through them.

More information coming soon…

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WEDNESDAY MAY 21, 2014

The Fictionals present

IMPROV AGAINST HUMANITY

Doors 7:00pm / Game 8:00pm

Tickets $6 + s/cadvance / $9 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Come see us bring Cards Against Humanity to life in front of your very eyes at the Rio Theatre, some win amazing prizes through out Innuendo & #IAHatRIO contests and take part in the live comedy phenomenon that has taken Vancouver by storm!

Plus who will be crowned Vancouver’s most horrible person? Will it be YOU?

Warning: May contain some strong language, sexual content and mature themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

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THURSDAY MAY 22, 2014

REINVENTION OF DISCO

Show 8:00pm

Tickets $20 advance / $25 door

Created by the Fabulous & Fierce mind of Show Creator Leandro Mendez, “REINVENTION OF DISCO” is an energetic, multimedia song & dance Vegas-style cabaret show featuring the biggest Disco hits of Ms. Donna Summer, Remixed & Reinvented to electrifying techno-house-dance beats! (Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, I Feel Love, Last Dance, just to name a few).

This exciting live show features 4 female powerhouse vocalists and backed up by 6 energetic and highly-choreographed male & female dancers – set against the backdrop of mind-blowing dynamic video imagery.

This spectacular show is an exhilarating combination of music, high-powered vocals, theatre, video, dance and the coolest song mash-ups ever! It is aimed to dominate and alter the entertainment scene, not just in Vancouver but also Canada-wide and internationally. This is a world-class event you won’t want to miss!

Official Promo Video

Official Website

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FRIDAY MAY 23, 2014

FIRST AID KIT

With Special Guest WILLY MASON

Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:30pm / Ends 11:00pm

Tickets $25.00 +s/c advance. Also available at Red Cat, Zulu and Highlife.

All Ages Show!

From Sweden, folk duo, on tour to support their upcoming new release.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 28, 2014

The Critical Hit Show:

A LIVE DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS COMEDY EXPERIENCE

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Tickets $6 advance / $9 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

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 Kozicki 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!

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FRIDAY JUNE 13, 2014

YANN TIERSEN

Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:30pm

Tickets $25.00 + s/c advance. Also available at Red Cat, Zulu and Highlife.

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Yann Tiersen brings his new album ∞(Infinity), set for release in May 2014, to the US/Canada for the first time.​