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Arts and Entertainment

Celebrate American Music this Weekend at the Egyptian

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Fourth of July weekend is all about beaches and BBQ. If you want a break from the unrelenting sun, why not cool down in a dim, air-conditioned theater enjoying a salute to American music?

Starting Saturday at noon, the Mods and Rockers Film Festival continues with All You Need is Love, a 1977 series tracing the history of American music from vaudeville to rock 'n' roll. Directed by Tony Palmer, the series was conceived by John Lennon, who obviously suggested the title as well. The series includes rare footage of musical greats from Dizzy Gillespie to Jimi Hendrix.

Tony Palmer will be on hand to introduce each program in the seven-part series. Complete listing after the jump. For detailed descriptions of the programs, check out the festival website.

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Saturday July 5, 2008 12noon
Series Intro
Festival organizer Martin Lewis always has a few tricks up his sleeve, so don't miss this free introduction to the series.

Saturday July 5, 2008 1:30
Program Number Two
Three Films: Vaudeville - Tin Pan Alley - The Musical

Saturday July 5, 2008 - 5:00pm
Program Number Three
Three Films: Ragtime - Jazz - Swing

Saturday July 5, 2008 - 8:30pm
Program Number Four
Three Films: The Blues - Rhythm & Blues - Early Rock 'n' Roll

Sunday July 6, 2008 - 2:30pm
Program Number Five
The African roots of American music

Sunday July 6, 2008 - 4:00pm
Program Number Six
Three Films: Country - Folk - Progressive-Rock

Sunday July 6, 2008 - 7:30pm
Program Number Seven
Three Films: The Beatles - 1960s Rock - 1970s Rock

Photo courtesy of the Mods and Rockers website