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Double take

Three new exhibits at MCA Denver lure the audience in for a closer look

By Amanda Moutinho

In Monique Crine’s picture “Jake,” a buff man stands alone in a pool gazing at the viewer. When standing a few feet away from the 6-foot-by-9-foot portrait, it seems as if you’re staring at a photograph. But upon closer inspection of the curve of the jaw or curl of a hair, you see the stroke of a paintbrush.

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Ars ex machina

A computer crash creates a new aesthetic for one photographer

By Kate Lacroix

Colorado-based photographer Angela Faris Belt was uploading pictures to her computer when something dreadful occurred: it crashed. Once the shock settled, with a glass of wine in hand, she ran a recovery program to see what she could salvage. As it turned out, not much. Landscape images were overlaid with static and once crisp images gave way to data mashups. Yet, what she saw began to appear less vexing and, well, quite beautiful. Belt assembled the images into a collection named Entropy and is among two other artists featured in a current exhibit entitled Of Line and Color at The Dairy Center for the Arts, which runs through June 12.

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Nerd Out

ComicCon is a safe haven for pop culture fanatics to be among their people and celebrate the fictional world, whether it’s filled with superheroes, vampires or travelers of time and space. Luckily, Coloradans don’t have to hitch a ride to San Diego — we have our own convention in our backyard.

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Arts | Week of May 21, 2015

Calling all Photgraphers for 2015 Land Through the Lens Exhibit..

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Clyfford Still and the natives

By Elizabeth Miller

Before he became the creator of explosive and epic-scale abstract expressionist paintings and then an artist so reclusive and elusive that he nearly wrote himself out of the art history books, Clyfford Still was a graduate student and instructor at...

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A perfect piece for Robert Olson’s final MahlerFest

By Peter Alexander

Olson will lead his final two concerts with the festival that he nurtured from the merest of ideas 28 years ago to an event recognized around the world today, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16 and 17.

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Arts | Week of May 14, 2015

Calling all Photgraphers for 2015 Land Through the Lens Exhibit..

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GROW

With the amount of rain being dumped on Boulder, hopefully that will lead to a lush, green summer full of delicious produce. To celebrate the start of gardening season, head to The Secret Garden for their Spring Opening and Mother’s Day Extravaganza.

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Arts | Week of May 7, 2015

Calling all Photgraphers for 2015 Land Through the Lens Exhibit..

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Arts | Week of April 30, 2015

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-2122..

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Words | Week of May 21, 2015

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess — Meg Cabot..

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Poetry

(Press 53, 2014). Poem reprinted by permission of Terri Kirby Erickson and Press 53. Introduction copyright © 2015 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.

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Words | Week of May 14, 2015

Atlantis in Peril, The Wisdom of Merlin, and The Hero’s Trail — T.A. Barron..

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Poetry

she mumbles under her breath Ward strapped in leather cracks his whip choke holds her pearls breaking the strand each bead pings onto the linoleum clean it up Bitch before the Beav comes home.

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Words | Week of May 7, 2015

Listen to Your Mother — Anne Stewart Zachwieja, Kaitie Wise, Yook Park and Eddy Jordan..

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Poetry

Take me back and away Away away away Way-way, way back To a boat in a lake With my mother and father Way back to a time when we’d flee this life This life…the life we’d been told Should be lived some other way…and away we would go To the calm...

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Looking past the uniform

Helen Thorpe’s new book details the lives of three women in the military

By Amanda Moutinho

A uniform solidifies a sense of sameness, but as Helen Thorpe set out to write her latest book, Soldier Girls, she realized that behind the uniform, experiences are anything but alike. “I’ll never look at somebody in a uniform and make assumptions about them again,” Thorpe says. “I think that it’s easy to see someone wearing a uniform and imagine and therefore think you know a lot about that person, and you can guess how they vote or what their thoughts are. … But you can’t just assume you know anything about them as an individual.”

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Words | Week of April 30, 2015

7 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1203 13th St., Suite A, Boulder, 303-495-3303..

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Poetry

The elk, the moose, the bear and deer they all have once or twice passed here, But of today it will not be it’s just the eagle, fish and me. — Joe Penta.

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Words | Week of April 23, 2015

Stephen Graham Jones with the Center for Native- American and Indigenous Studies..

Music

Calling all nerds

Bassnectar embraces the versatility of electronic dance music

By Kyle Eustice

Lorin Ashton, better know as Bassnectar, has not cut his hair since he was 19 years old. The Santa Cruz, Calif., native has been growing it out for nearly two decades. It all started with his love of death metal, the only genre of music he could connect with as a teenager.

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On music and madness

Henry Rollins turns his anger into fuel

By Kyle Eustice

Rollins was born Henry Lawrence Garfield in Washington, D.C., the only child to Iris and Paul Garfield. His parents divorced when he was just 3 years old and he was mostly raised by his mother. Rollins suffered from depression and low selfesteem during most of his formative years, which led to an early interest in physical fitness.

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Listen

To celebrate a new moon and a time for recharging, Shine Restaurant is gathering an eclectic group of musicians including Lara Ruggles, Beth Preston and Sam Rae, featuring Jeb Bows. Rae has been playing the cello for over 15 years, and her music is haunting and whimsical, ranging from slow and soft to dancey and energetic.

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Innovate

In an effort to grow and expand the Boulder music scene, four Colorado bands headed off to Austin, Texas for one of the biggest music festivals in the country, SXSW. They’re back and ready to share what they’ve gathered at The Hill Music Summit.

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Drunken Hearts’ designated driver

Andrew McConathy talks loss, the Center of the Universe and new music

By Dave Kirby

YarmonyGrass turns 10 years old this summer, almost old enough to wander off on the grounds of Rancho Del Rio without direct supervision, and founder Andrew McConathy just published the lineup for the annual high country stringpalooza August 13-16 with headliners The Traveling McCoury’s with Bill Nershi, Rebel Alliance Jam and Head for the Hills atop a lengthy marquee. One of Colorado’s most essential and quirkiest ’grass fests, the event will be stationed at The Center of the Universe… but more on that later.

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LISTEN

Katie Mahan knew she wanted to be a concert pianist since the age of 4. She had her first solo recital at the age of 6, and since then she has performed on stages across the globe.

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The pale blue dot

Motion Trap brings things into perspective on debut album

By Caitlin Rockett

“Ten years ago, we tried recording home versions of music inside of a dorm room — and we still have those recordings, but it’s come a long way since then,” says guitarist and singer Nathan Rogers. “The new album is [comprised of ] lots of different music that we’ve created over the last 10 years.

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Inspire

On May 3, folk legend and activist Pete Seeger would have been 95. To celebrate his life, Forked Tree Music, The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder are throwing this fundraiser to benefit Earth Guardians, a group of young activists striving for a better environment through activism and art.

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Her turn

Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops on going solo and working on The New Basement Tapes

By Dave Gil de Rubio

If there’s one word Rhiannon Giddens detests, it’s genres. Classically trained in opera at Oberlin University, she moved on to a whole different style of music in becoming the leader of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Grammy-winning old-time string band from North Carolina — whose members all happen to be African- American.

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Zappa on Zappa

Dweezil Zappa channels his father’s legacy through the guitar strings

By Kyle Eustice

There’s a common misconception that Frank Zappa’s music was closer to Weird Al Yankovic’s than Beethoven’s, but those really in the know understand there’s more sophistication in Zappa’s body of work than one might imagine. Granted, with album titles like Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh, there was a comedic element, but that wasn’t what Frank was entirely about.

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New calendar service: Boulder County Events

Boulder Weekly is launching a new presentation of our calendar, now known as Boulder County Events.

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Events Calendar | Week of January 10, 2013

Surrealist painter Sky Black will exhibit his work at Trident Cafe and Bookstore in January.

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Arts | Week of January 10, 2013

Matt Smith's 'Guardians of Ediza' is among the paintings on the American West on view at Gallery 1261.

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Theater | Week of January 10, 2013

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) continues at Jesters Dinner Theatre.

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Words | Week of January 10, 2013

Jon Sands, author of The New Clean, reads at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore.

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Event Calendar | Week of January 3, 2013

Gipsy Moon plays Jan. 3 at the Pioneer Inn and Jan. 4 at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids.

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Arts | Week of January 03, 2013

Loretta Young-Gautier´s photographs are on display at the Byers-Evans house.

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Theater | Week of January 03, 2013

Newark Violenta, a tribute to Italian crime cinema from the 1970s, premieres at The Edge Theater Company.

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Words | Week of January 03, 2013

Brian Gast, author of The Business of Wanting More, will appear at Tattered Cover Jan. 8.

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Event Calendar | Week of December 27, 2012

The Motet plays the Fox Theatre Dec. 30 and 31.

Reel To Reel

One is the loneliest number

Midway through life’s journey with ‘L’intrepido’

By Michael J. Casey

He is a fast learner, which makes him a perfect fit for this kind of work, but a chance encounter with his ex-wife, Adriana (Sandra Ceccarelli) alludes to more than Antonio would like to admit. Some people find their identity in work, others find a way to escape it.

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Watch

Sports have an uplifting nature that can unify communities after times of great loss; case in point Rising from the Ashes. The documentary tells the inspirational story of the first Rwandan National Cycling Team and their journey to the London Olympic Games.

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Happiness for you and me

Dear Elliott Smith: ‘Heaven Adores You’

By Michael J. Casey

The 1998 Academy Awards Ceremony felt a little bit like a private party James Cameron threw for his monumental Titanic, which sailed away with 11 statues that evening, but that was also the night 57 million Americans met one singer/ songwriter who left almost as quickly as he came. Per usual, segments from each of the five nominated songs were performed, and while Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” took home the prize, it was the man in the white suit with the unwashed hair singing a quiet little love-song (or was it a breakup song?) from Good Will Hunting that got the audience talking.

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The new reality

‘Welcome to Me’ and TV

By Michael J. Casey

When Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) was 11, she was diagnosed manic-depressive, put on medication and grew up like most teenagers do. Yet, the events that shaped Alice’s upbringing, although not abnormal, stuck deeper in her mind than most.

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Meet the new boss

‘Dior and I’ goes behind the scenes of haute couture

By Michael J. Casey

Dior. The name itself invokes the very highest of French fashion. One of the original members of haute couture, Christian Dior opened his Parisian house in December of 1946 when he was just 41. By February 1947, Dior launched “The New Look,” as Harper’s Bazaar.

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A force big enough to swallow us all

‘Leviathan’ and the plight of the little man

By Michael J. Casey

Located on a Russian peninsula, high in the Arctic Circle, the small seaside village of Leviathan used to be a fishing town, but those days are gone and only the skeletal remains of aquatic beasts reference the prosperous time that has passed.

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Not just a voice, a resounding roar

‘I Believe in Unicorns’ and Leah Meyerhoff

By Michael J. Casey

Meyerhoff achieves these moments by visualizing her story in three different forms, the first involving the cinematography and direction of the actors, which was shot over the course of three weeks on Super 16mm.

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Changing the face of cinema

The birth of neo-realism and ‘Rome Open City’

By Michael J. Casey

Did this fakery bother audiences back then? Not in the slightest. Back in the 1920s, ’30s and even into the ’40s, movies were about beautiful people living in fabulous mid-city apartments, dressing glamorously, saying the right thing at the right time and always finding a parking space.

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Think

This week the International Film Series is getting local with a screening of Losing the West. The documentary talks about the protection, or lack of thereof, for open space and agricultural lands. As the population and rate of development grow, ranchers and farmers struggle, which creates bigger problems for society.

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Requiem for a studio musician

Paying tribute to The Wrecking Crew

By Michael J. Casey

To be fair, Nancy Sinatra made “These Boots” famous, The Mamas and The Papas sang “California Dreamin’” and The Beach Boys (well, Brian Wilson) gave us “Good Vibrations,” but The Wrecking Crew played an integral part in every one of those records.

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Men ruin everything

Yes, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is as good as you’ve heard%u2028

By Ryan Syrek

This isn’t to say that the film isn’t speaking volumes. Hell, it’s not even speaking: it’s shouting and screaming over a wailing guitar riff. The brides scrawl graffiti in the dungeon they escaped, reading “We are not things” and “Who killed the world?” The latter has a clear answer: Dudes.

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Sodium eyewater

‘The Salt of the Earth’ swims in human suffering

By Ryan Syrek

The last one, “Genesis,” is beautiful and moving. It ties in to Salgado and Wanick’s Institutio Terra, which is a restoration of part of a rainforest that began in the 1990s. Yeah, they rebuilt a rainforest, in case you feel like recycling is a bit too much effort on your part to save the planet.

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TIME WARP

Hot patootie, bless my soul! With six months until Halloween, the Boulder Theater is gearing up for the holiday with the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. As per tradition, along with the screening enjoy a performance by shadowcast Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient, which has been performing in Denver since 2000.

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Are you not entertained?!

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is a joyous spectacle

By Ryan Syrek

Another epic tale about incredibly powerful beings fighting against one another with melodramatic overtones? Ugh.

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Submit to the scare tactics

Stanley Film Festival immerses festivalgoers in the latest horror films and a game that takes the action off the screen

By Elizabeth Miller

Imagine you’ve checked into your hotel room, passing by signs at the hotel entrance about a boy gone missing and seen a distraught man handing out more copies of that same flyer. “How sad,” you think.

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Let’s not be gods

‘Ex Machina’ is a thoughtful thriller%u2028

By Ryan Syrek

This is in stark contrast to the muted Caleb, a painfully shy nice dude who is overwhelmed by the opportunity in front of him. That opportunity? To be the human component in the “Turing Test,” which determines whether a computer has achieved true artificial intelligence.

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Locally-sourced cinema

Front Range Film Festival brings Colorado filmmakers from camera to screen

By Amanda Moutinho

Culture is homegrown in Boulder County — from breweries to art. In her latest documentary, Colorado Hopped — Bine to Brew, Longmont filmmaker Barbara Hau paired the two. A few years ago, while helping a friend harvest a hops field in Wisconsin, Hau became interested in local hop farming operations. Then, when Hau noticed a few fields popping up around Longmont, she knew she wanted to make a film about the farmers, who were selling their crops to breweries around town.

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Learn

Enjoy the red carpet premiere of the films Dalai Lama Awakening and Compassion in Action on Thursday, April 23 at the Boulder Theater. Dalai Lama Awakening is narrated by Harrison Ford and is the product of a cinematic dream that documents the journey of Western thinkers to India to meet with the Dalai Lama and discuss a variety of topics.

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Sexually transmitted ignorance

‘It Follows’ reminds you sex = death%u2028

By Ryan Syrek

David, I know it’s hard to find good actors and actresses, especially young ones. But there are local car commercials with more convincing performances than this. Like, it’s easier to believe Crazy Larry actually is losing his mind over those low, low prices than that Kelly (Lili Sepe) gives a shit about her sister’s vaginal possession.

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The bacon of blockbusters

‘Furious 7’ is gloriously unnecessary%u2028

By Ryan Syrek

The “plot” this time out, as if we need bother with such crap when there are cars to drive fast and people to punch, sees Deckard Shaw ( Jason Statham) looking to murder Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his crew, including Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Brian (Paul Walker), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson).

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Dance

Nowadays, viral videos are a commonplace occurrence. But to break through all the white noise of laughing babies and kooky cats, you have to do something that really stands out. And Walk off the Earth pulled it off. The five-person band covered Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” all playing the same guitar.

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Learn

If Boulder’s feeling too cramped and you’re craving a sense of adventure, The Dairy has got you covered. Be whisked off to the northwest with A Boulder Night in Alaska. Check out a multimedia presentation by the Extreme Ice Survey director and photographer James Balog Larson, who will recount the Last North expedition.

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Theater | Week of May 21, 2015

The Flies by Jean-Paul Satre.

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Show and tell

‘Listen to Your Mother’ provides insight into the various aspects of motherhood

By Amanda Moutinho

Storytelling is one of the most ancient traditions among us. Stories form connections. Whether passed down from generations or an anecdote from the grocery store, stories help break down the barriers between shared human experiences. It’s through their stories that the cast of Listen to Your Mother hopes to bring people together.

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A portrait of the artist as a young transplant

‘The Norwegians’ presents fresh spin on stereotypical jokes

By Gary Zeidner

More than a lot of other locales, Boulder is peopled by transplants. Almost everyone you meet is from somewhere else. In all my years living in our fair city, I’d estimate only a miniscule percentage of the people I’ve known were actually from here. Maybe it’s a byproduct of our proximity to Denver, the old Crossroads of the West, or maybe it’s just the increased transience offered by a well-developed highway system and inexpensive (well, relatively inexpensive) air travel, but finding a native Boulderite is on par with striking a vein of Unobtanium.

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Theater | Week of May 7, 2015

Theater Company of Lafayette, 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 720- 209-2154. Through May 23..

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Celebrate

One of the biggest days in horse racing and big hats has finally arrived. The Kentucky Derby is a chance to give a nod to the South and get dressed up while putting your money down on a noble steed, hopefully with a funny name.

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Discuss

To cap off Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Movement to End Sexual Assault (MESA) is hosting a panel to discuss immigration. The hot button issue of immigration carries with it a unique set of problems, but one that gets overlooked is sexual assault, which happens at alarming rates throughout most communities.

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Theater | Week of April 30, 2015

Jester’s Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682- 9980. Through May 10..

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