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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/28/2010

Sanity/Fear schedule unveiled ... sort of

By Alex Baldinger

If you're planning to attend Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, here's what you need to know -- or at least as much as can be known at this point:

The jumbotrons will flicker to life with music and videos at 10 a.m. but the live entertainment won't begin until noon, when the Roots -- by now, no strangers to playing on the Mall -- will perform a 40-minute set.

The rally/march begins in earnest at 1 p.m. with remarks by Stewart and Colbert, the latter of whom will be joined by actors Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci) and Sam Waterson ("Law and Order") before musical performances by Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples and Sheryl Crow. That takes us up to 2:40 p.m. or so, when the show goes pre-taped for what is being called "The Sanity and Fear Awards." Everything ends by 3 p.m.

If that all seems mighty quick to you, rest assured that the itinerary released by the National Park Service has plenty of "to be determined" space built in: There will be "a comedian" to warm up the crowd at 12:40, a "musical guest" to perform the national anthem at 1 p.m., "speakers and guests" at 2:15 and more as-yet-unnamed "musical guests" at 2:30.

That takes you through the day's scheduled programming, but check out Lavanya and Brandon's post from Tuesday for pre- and post-rally fun.

By Alex Baldinger  | October 28, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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