August 17, 2013
Requiem for Richard / Rover Rescue
8:00pm $10.00Fans can pay tribute to late Milwaukee punk-rock icon (and animal lover) Richard LaValliere (19522012) at Requiem for Richard / Rover Rescue, a rockin' cinematic/musical program that also will serve as a fund- and awareness-raiser for the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS).
Says program organizer Paul McComas, a Milwaukee-born author/filmmaker, As a teen in the early '80s, I was a huge fan of Richard's brilliant art-punk band the Oil Tasters; during the last 4 years of his life, I was honored to become the frontman's friend and collaborater. Now, 18 months after his far-too-soon passing, his family members and I have joined forces with WHS to honor his memory with a punky multimedia event that will be as unique as Richard himself!
Requiem will include the world premiere of McComas' 48-minute film Time Trek, for which LaValliere composed and performed the original soundtrek music (his final creative work), and in which he appears as Leader of the Cave People. The eighth installment in McComas' national- and international-award-winning No-Budget Theatre cult-movie series, the Star Trek homage/parody began shooting in Milwaukee 37 years ago this summer but couldn't be properly finished, Paul says, without RLaV's masterful music and scary/funny onscreen swan song. Several Time Trek cast and crew members will be in attendance.
Between the film's three screenings (8:30, 9:45, and 11 pm), LaValliere's 1/3-of-a-century catalog of recorded music will play (really loud!), interrupted only by brief tribute speeches and a short but sweet live performance by Oil Tasters tribute band the Taste Oilers.