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You'll never eat lunch in this town again. | Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Before Live Aid, Farm Aid & Chef Aid came The Secret Policemen's Ball - which made the mold for the benefit concert, broke it, taped it back together, and ran with it. With a wealth of British comedy (including The Pythons, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry & Rowan Atkinson) and musical virtuosos (Pete Townshend, Sting, Eric Clapton & Phil Collins in then-unheard-of "unplugged" performances) donating their talents for Amnesty International, the show & tie-in albums, films & tapes, became a phenomenon - both in Britain (where Secret Policemen's Balls are still organized regularly) and America (where it became a smash for newly-minted Miramax Films). Despite this success, and a handsome DVD boxset marking its 30th anniversary this year, The Secret Policemen's Ball is nigh impossible to see in its original, uncut form. Thankfully, the Egyptian Theatre plays host to these "mockers & rockers", their rarest of outtakes and, for the truly dedicated, an 11-hour marathon of 1986's Conspiracy of Hope, Amnesty International's all-music spin-off event with more amazing performers than can be contained in this article.

Tired already? Kick back at LACMA with smooth jazz courtesy of film archivist Mark Cantor & Playboy. If you've read the articles, you know they know talent. If you haven't, it's a free event, so get to it! Then keep those jazz hands on stand-by at the Hammer & the Skirball Center; both feature more modern dance, classical choreography & Broadway performance than you can tap, snap or clap at! Both those events are free as well. And if you want to save even more money, check out Food, Inc. at the Nuart, after which you'll never want to eat anything ever again.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!