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Entertaining Science: The Taste of Light  12/3/2017
Entertaining Science: Art At The Intersection Of The Ephemeral And The Eternal 11/5/2017
Entertaining Science: ASTROBIOLOGY, ACCORDIONOLOGY 10/1/2017
Entertaining Science: BE DAZZLED 9/3/2017
Entertaining Science: CROSSING GENRES, IN SEARCH OF EXOMOONS 6/4/2017
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: THE NESTEDNESS OF THINGS 5/7/2017
Entertaining Science: MUTANT MIRACLES 4/2/2017
Entertaining Science: EVIDENCE THAT MUSIC HEALS, AND NOT JUST THE SOUL 3/5/2017
Entertaining Science: THE ABSTRACT BOWL! 2/5/2017
Entertaining Science: CARBONíS ITALIAN FAMILY CONNECTIONS 12/4/2016
Entertaining Science: Cold War, Warm Climate 11/6/2016
Entertaining Science: DO BABIES GET THE BLUES? 10/2/2016
Entertaining Science: The Jazz of Physics, Artificial Intelligence and Sculpture 9/4/2016
Entertaining Science: MUSIC FOR THE CORNELIA FIREWORKS 7/3/2016
Entertaining Science: THE MUSE AT THE BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE 6/5/2016
Entertaining Science: FLAMENCO ON THE BRAIN 5/1/2016
Entertaining Science: The Jazz Cure for Molecules in Distress 4/3/2016
Entertaining Science: OLIVER ON OUR MINDS 3/6/2016
Entertaining Science: THE DANCE OF MOLECULES 2/7/2016
Entertaining Science: 65 MILLION YEARS OF BIRD EVOLUTION DONíT LIE 12/6/2015
Entertaining Science: WHAT MISTINGUETT AND MARIE CURIE TALKED ABOUT 11/1/2015
Entertaining Science : Oscillation/Why Wake Up in the Morning 10/4/2015
Entertaining Science : What did Roald do over the summer? 9/6/2015
Entertaining Science: Turning Breath Into Music 6/7/2015
Entertaining Science: THE HARMONIC DESTINY OF HEALING 5/3/2015
Entertaining Science: EGGSTRAVAGANZA (AND CHICKENS TOO) 4/5/2015
Entertaining Science: Pluto and the Ice Princess, Together at Last 3/1/2015
Entertaining Science: LUNINE, LIGETI, and McMURRAY 2/1/2015
Entertaining Science: SOUND SYMMETRY - Patterns of Mind  1/4/2015
Entertaining Science: SO YOU THINK YOUíVE HEARD IT ALL? 12/7/2014
Entertaining Science: Light and Color 11/2/2014
Entertaining Science: The Big Melt: Tales of Antarctica 10/5/2014
Entertaining Science: ONE NOTE AT A TIME? IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT!  9/7/2014
Entertaining Science: Unfolding Evolution 6/1/2014
Entertaining Science: Life's Music 5/4/2014
Entertaining Science: SING TO ME, O NATURAL PHILOSOPHER! 4/6/2014
Entertaining Science: EDGES and GRAVITONS 3/2/2014
Entertaining Science: MUSIC, LANGUAGE LEARNING US 2/2/2014
Entertaining Science: SMALL, DEADLY, AND DELICIOUS 1/5/2014
Entertaining Science: CO-SEISMIC PIANO 12/1/2013
Entertaining Science: Explosive evolution in birds 11/3/2013
Entertaining Science: Interactions : So Complicated It's Simple 10/6/2013
Entertaining Science: CIAO BELLA! WHAT MAKES AN ARIA OR AN ALCOHOL BEAUTIFUL? 9/1/2013
Entertaining Science: Mars ! 6/9/2013
Entertaining Science: MUSIC OF THE SPHERES 5/12/2013
Entertaining Science: On Paper 4/14/2013
Entertaining Science: Now Hear This! 3/10/2013
Entertaining Science: A Jump into the Gene Pool 2/10/2013
Entertaining Science: FLIGHT CLUB 12/9/2012
Entertaining Science: YOU ARE WHAT YOU HEAR 11/11/2012
Entertaining Science: IT YEAST AINíT THE SAME 10/14/2012
Entertaining Science: Hearts and Devils 9/9/2012
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: PAY ATTENTION! 6/10/2012
Entertaining Science: Rhapsody for Piano and Universe 5/13/2012
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE  4/8/2012
Entertaining Science: BEAUTY AND THE BEASTIES 3/11/2012
Entertaining Science: The Two Garys--Guitar Zero & Exponential 2/12/2012
Entertaining Science: SILENT GENES AND GENTLE SONGS 1/8/2012
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, O UNIVERSE  12/11/2011
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: THE DRONE AND THE UNIVERSE 11/13/2011
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE  10/9/2011
Entertaining Science 9/11/2011
Cafe Stories 7/25/2011
Entertaining Science 7/10/2011
Entertaining Science 6/12/2011
Entertaining Science 5/8/2011
Entertaining Science 4/10/2011
Entertaining Science 3/13/2011
Entertaining Science 2/13/2011
Entertaining Science: Abstraction and Passion: The Brainwave Music Project 1/9/2011
The Science of Fear in Words and MUsic 6/6/2010
Entertaining Science 5/2/2010
Prognosticating the World's Wheat and Bluegrass 4/4/2010
Entertaining Science -- Can culture emerge from scratch? 3/7/2010
Entertaining Science -- The Camera Never Lies 2/7/2010
Entertaining Science -- EXTREMES 1/3/2010
Entertaining Science -- YOU SEE WHAT YOUR BRAIN WANTS YOU TO SEE 12/6/2009
Entertaining Science -- SHAPES AND ENERGIES: LOVE AND HATE AMONG THE ATOMS 11/1/2009
Entertaining Science -- NATURAL LAW: DARWIN'S TANGLED BANK 10/4/2009
Entertaining Science -- THE WORLDS WE MAKE UP 9/6/2009
Entertaining Science -- ACQUA! THE SOUNDS AND SCIENCE OF WATER 6/7/2009
Entertaining Science -- EL BAILE BACTERIANO! 5/3/2009
Entertaining Science -- ANNIHILATION! 4/5/2009
Entertaining Science -- NANOARCHITECTURES: WHY MORE OF LESS IS MORE! 3/1/2009
Entertaining Science -- JEDUTHUNíS HEIRS: JEWISH GENES, JEWISH GROOVES 2/1/2009
Entertaining Science -- FLEAS ON STEROIDS 1/4/2009
Entertaining Science -- A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE LAB 12/7/2008
Entertaining Science -- IMAGINE SCIENCE IN FILM 11/2/2008
Entertaining Science -- The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind 10/5/2008
Entertaining Science -- TABOOS 9/7/2008
Entertaining Science -- WAVE/PARTICLE 6/1/2008
Entertaining Science -- WHY DO WHALES SING? 5/4/2008
Entertaining Science -- It's the Way it Shatters that Matters 3/2/2008
Entertaining Science -- Five Feet High and Rising 2/3/2008
Entertaining Science -- SeaChange: Reversing the Tide 1/6/2008
Entertaining Science -- THINKING, FEELING 12/2/2007
Entertaining Science -- ALL IS PATTERN 11/4/2007
Entertaining Science -- Harmonious Triads 10/7/2007
Science 8/30/2007
Entertaining Science -- COLTRANE, EINSTEIN, AND COSMOLOGY 2 7/1/2007
Entertaining Science -- Reflections of the Animal Mind 6/3/2007
Entertaining Science -- HE SAYS, SHE SAYS, EITHER WAY IT'S ALL PHALLACY 5/6/2007
Entertaining Science -- A RIFF ON THE WAY TO STRUCTURE 4/1/2007
Entertaining Science -- ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS 3/4/2007
Entertaining Science -- MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL 2/4/2007
Entertaining Science -- COSI SIMILI, COSI DIVERSE 1/7/2007
Entertaining Science -- I FORGOT TO LEARN TO FORGET 12/3/2006
Entertaining Science -- NAMING NATURE 11/5/2006
Entertaining Science -- Chateau Jiahu, Vintage 7000 BC 10/15/2006
Entertaining Science 2 -- Chateau Jiahu, Vintage 7000 BC 10/15/2006

Entertaining Science -- CHOICES
 9/3/2006
Entertaining Science -- Finally With Women 8/6/2006
Entertaining Science -- SMALL TALK AMONG THE BACTERIA 6/4/2006
Entertaining Science -- BIOMINERALIZATION: THE BEAUTY OF FUNCTION 5/7/2006
Entertaining Science -- AFTERNOON OF THE CHIMERAS 4/2/2006
Entertaining Science -- IN YOUR EAR 3/5/2006
Entertaining Science -- DARWINíS BIRTHDAY BASH 2/5/2006
Entertaining Science -- NEON! 12/4/2005
Entertaining Science -- IMPROVISING ON CHAOS 11/13/2005
Entertaining Science -- GM FOODS; MONSTERS OR MIRACLES? 10/2/2005
Entertaining Science -- FERNS 9/4/2005
Entertaining Science -- FROM SAMARKAND TO CORDOBA 8/7/2005
Entertaining Science -- SCIENCE AND THE MORAL LIFE--A MISMATCH? 6/5/2005
Entertaining Science -- WHY DO BIRDS SING? 5/1/2005
Entertaining Science -- SHUFFLE OFF THIS MORTAL COIL 3/6/2005
Entertaining Science -- ECO-OPERA-EVO 2/6/2005

 
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ART ON THE WALLS

Mixed Media by RACKIE DIANKHA

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Sunday
Dec 07
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE LAB
Roald Hoffmann

Vince LiCata David Ng Benjamin Cohen Stephanie McGuire
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE LAB

In conversation with Lavoisier, the Comte de Buffon once noted that, despite the King's claims for France, he only did science for the jokes. Some time later this got Bohr laughing, since Buffon was actually famous for not getting Linnaeus's double entendres, all of which, when told by Bohr, put Heisenberg in stitches, explaining how Barbara McClintock came to tell that famous joke about the gene, the cell, and the hatless Bolivian. So you tell us, was there ever science without humor? Vince LiCata, David Ng & Benjamin Cohen will take time off from their university day jobs to ponder the query, reading and performing. Mezzo Soprano Stephanie McGuire leavens this mix with science-related arias. New material is possible. Accidents will happen. Asymptotes included. Azeotropes not.
 Cover $10

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8:30PM  FRANSISCO MELA QUARTET
Fransisco Mela, drums;  Javier Vercher, alto saxophone;  Edward Perez, bass;  Aruan Ortiz, piano
Fransisco Mela Quartet image
Although Fransisco Mela been in the U.S. for less than a decade and has become one of the most talked about and in-demand Cuban musicians of his generation. Tonight he brings in a quartet with yet another emerging young Cuban, Aruan Ortiz on piano. Javier Vercher

He has performed with many great jazz musicians including Paquito D'Rivera, George Garzone, John Patittucci, John Scofield, Jane Bunett, Kenny Werner, Larry Grenadier, Jason Moran, Mark Turner, Stefon Harris, Regina Carter, Lionel Loueke, Esperanza Spalding among others...

Recently he recorded his second album Live at The Blue Note "Cirio" with Half Note Records and also, Kenny Barron album "The Traveler".

Today he is part of Kenny Barron Trio and Joe Lovano Quartet and faculty member of Berklee College of Music   www.franciscomela.com

Monday
Dec 08
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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Original monologues, read not memorized. No judging, no slamming--just brave new writing!
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   www.monologuesandmadness.com
8:30PM  COMPOSERS COLLABORATIVE: SERIAL UNDERGROUND - A BIRTHDAY BASH
Jed Distler

Ed Schmidt Miranda Sielaff' Gina Lyons Regie Cabico Allsar Quartet
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Serial Underground, "he subversive nightclub series" (Time Out NY)

Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes CCi's monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe: "... part of the ecology of urban night life." CCi artistic director, Jed Distler, curates the programs abetted by director Arnold Barkus and lighting designer David Lovett.

Tonight:
Jed Distler - (composer/pianist) & the irrepressible Regie Cabico play selections from their songbook
Ed Schmidt - who knows what holiday thoughts
Miranda Sielaff's Allsar Quartet - String Quartet No. 1 by Jed Distler (Mister Softee variations)
+ new work for piano by Gilda Lyons for Jed Distler


 Cover $15   www.composerscollab.org

Tuesday
Dec 09
6:00PM  STORYTELLING
Barbara Aliprantis

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Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

FORMAT: Open Telling (5-6 minutes) followed by Featured Tellers

FEATURED TELLER: Bob Reiser

"What is a Red Diaper Baby? (Hint -- It has nothing to do with hemorrhoids.)" Come and find out what it is like to grow up on the Left side of Coney Island Avenue where Red is a Banner, not a color, and STRIKE is a battle cry, not an umpire's call! Tonight is the NY Premiere of "Red Diaper Blues", a new tale of love, passion and politics back in the day. An evening of All singing, All talking, All dancing (well not much dancing)...music, laughter, tears , bagels? Who could ask for anything more.

About Bob Reiser: He is a joyous storyteller, gifted teacher and award-winning author of books for children and adults, and, in the words of Dr. Morgan Hill (Brother Blue), the official storyteller of Cambridge, MA, "Bob Reiser is a Force of Nature, a master storyteller."
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   www.barbaraaliprantis.org www.bobtalescom

8:30PM  MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, host

John Oliver Marc Maron Liam McEneany Myq Kaplan
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John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .


 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/morrisongod

Wednesday Dec 10 6:00PM  4 POETS
Lawrence Joseph Hugh Seidman Angelo Verga Bill Zavatsky
The four amigos return for their annual December presentation of new work.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  SAM SADIGURSKY GROUP
Sam Sadigursky, tenor saxophone, clarinet;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Dave Ambrosio, bass;  Ted Poor, drums;  w/ Karlie Bruce, voice
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Best known for his group The Words Project, which combines poetry and text into a new brand of art song, saxophonist/composer Sam Sadigursky steps out to lead a group that will play his original material, both vocal and instrumental, as well as a mix of classic reportoire, all of which will be deconstructed by a cast of New York's boldest and most probing musicians. Sadigursky's music has been called "entrancing and hypnotic" (Courant.com), "profound... sublime" (Jazzman, France), and "vibrant and thought provoking" (Cadence Magazine). He can be seen in New York with a variety of groups, including the Mingus Orchestra, Pablo Mayor's Folkore Urbano, Pete Robbin's Centric, and Darcy Argue's Secret Society.

For more information, visit
 Cover $10   www.samsadigursky.com www.newamsterdamrecords.com

Thursday
Dec 11
6:00PM  HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE MILTON : A TRIBUTE TO POET JOHN MILTON @ 400
Robin Hirsch, presiding

Michael Cumpsty Paul Hecht Michael Stuhlbarg Daniel Swenberg, lute
Happy Birthday Uncle Milton : A Tribute to Poet John Milton @ 400  image
We celebrate the 400th birthday of the poet some consider the greatest in the English language, political activist, champion of freedom, and author, amongst many other poems, of the greatest epic poem written in English, Paradise Lost.

We are fortunate (Milton would have said "blessed" but his tongue would have been in at least one cheek) to have three of New York's most distinguished actors reading these magnificent words:

MICHAEL CUMPSTY has starred on Broadway in such plays as Democracy, Copenhagen, Racing Demon and Sunday in the Park with George; he received an Obie for his portrayal of Hamlet for the Classic Stage Company and has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. He last appeared here in a celebration of Shakespeare's 443rd birthday in 2007.

MICHAEL STUHLBARG played Hamlet at the Delacorte in Central Park this summer. He has appeared in numerous productions on and Off Broadway. He received a Drama Desk and Drama league award and a Tony nomination for The Pillowman on Broadway, an Obie for The Voysey Inheritance Off Broadway, and has performed in numerous productions at the Public Theater

PAUL HECHT has performed on and off Broadway,in radio, television and film. He records books and appears in literary events at Symphony Space and the 92nd street Y, where he recently directed Edna St. Vincent Millay's Conversation at Midnight. He was a Tony nominee for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and received an Obie for Pirandello's Henry IV. He has produced earlier birthday celebrations at Cornelia Street for Shakespeare, Neruda, Crane, and Sylvia Plath, and the poetry of John Donne with the early music consort Parthenia.

DANIEL SWENBERG (llute/theorbo) From the age of 3, Daniel Swenberg knew he had to play the Theorbo... well, that's not exactly true. Let's start again: New York-based Lutenist Daniel Swenberg plays a variety of Renaissance and Baroque Lutes, Theorbos, and early Guitars. Among the ensembles with whom he works regularly are: the Mark Morris Dance Group, Tafelmusik, The Metropolitan Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, The Orchestra of St Luke's, Staatstheater Stuttgart, New York City Opera. He has accompanied Renee Fleming and Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall. He has received awards from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (2000) and a Fulbright Scholarship (1997)... And yes, he spends a lot of time tuning and wondering why he did not take up a smaller instrument...

ROBIN HIRSCH, like John Milton, went to St Paul's School, though not at the same time. He is a former Oxford, Fulbright and English-Speaking Union Scholar, and a two-time NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Fellow. He is the author of the prize-winning memoir Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski (every word of which was written to be read here). For the last 31 years the titles of which he has been proudest are self-bestowed: Minister of Culture, Wine Czar and Dean of Faculty at the Cornelia Street Cafe.
 Cover $10

8:30PM  DREW VICTOR/MISSIVES
Drew Victor, vocals, guitar;  Suzan Hurtuk, vocals;  Kevin Plessner, guitar
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Drew has been based out of New York City for four years. Drew's second full length of '08 "Soar To Me Surely Through The Open Window" is out now. March brought the release of "The Telling" and a European tour. In June he toured the West with dear old friends Grand Hallway, and in September toured again in Europe. Spring 2007 brought the release of "The Word Has Been Given" full length. Drew Victor with his trusty tour mates from NYC and Seattle had two successful tours supporting the release. Before New York City Drew Victor self-released albums, toured, and played locally in both Seattle and Minneapolis. He has shared bills with such acts as The Decemberists, Damien Jurado, Marissa Nadler, and Alela Diane.

Singer/Songwriter Suzan Hurtuk and Guitarist/Songwriter Kevin Plessner meld their talents and their penchants for minor chords, haunting melodies and elegantly crafted chord changes into a duo they have dubbed 'Missives'. The two began writing together in late 2007 and have been refining their set and their sound for their upcoming release 'The Dark Ages of Hymn'.


 Cover $5   www.myspace.com/drewvictor www.myspace.com/missivs

Friday
Dec 12
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Jean Lehrman, host (Jackie Sheeler is obliged to be out of town)

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The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

The headliners tonight are Gil Fagiani and Angelo Verga.

President elect Obama is looking forward to Jackie Sheeler's return in January.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  REZ ABBASI GROUP: REALITIES OF CHROMATICISM
Rez Abbasi, guitar;  Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone;  Vijay Iyer, piano;  Dan Weiss, drums;  Johannes Weidenmuller, bass;  Kiran Ahluwalia, indian vocals
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The premiere of Realities Of Chromaticism (R.O.C.), a new group formed by guitarist Rez Abbasi.
New compositions that are informed by jazz, classical and Indian music.

"As jazz increasingly admits sounds from around the globe, Abbasi's efforts rank among the freshest and most compelling. Compositions that stand alone in today's jazz. "
- The Ottawa Citizen
 Cover $12   www.reztone.net www.Myspace.com/rezabbasi

Saturday
Dec 13
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts


Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: George Guida and Giovanna Bellia LaMarca, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  REZ ABBASI GROUP: REALITIES OF CHROMATICISM
Rez Abbasi, guitar;  Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone;  Vijay Iyer, piano;  Dan Weiss, drums;  Johannes Weidenmuller, bass;  Kiran Ahluwalia, indian vocals
Rez Abbasi Group: Realities of Chromaticism image
The premiere of Realities Of Chromaticism (R.O.C.), a new group formed by guitarist Rez Abbasi.
New compositions that are informed by jazz, classical and Indian music.

"As jazz increasingly admits sounds from around the globe, Abbasi's efforts rank among the freshest and most compelling. Compositions that stand alone in today's jazz. "
- The Ottawa Citizen
 Cover $12   www.reztone.net www.Myspace.com/rezabbasi

Sunday
Dec 14
6:00PM  BARRY WALLENSTEIN & FRIENDS
Angelo Verga, host

Adam Birnbaum , piano;  Vincent Chancey , Fr. Horn;  Alison Koffler , special guest poet;  Barry Wallenstein , poetry/vocals;  Lindsey Horner , bass
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Barry may well be joined by Guest Musicians (TBA).

Special $7 admission for students.
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  CIRCLE DOWN
Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Chris Lightcap , bass;  Chad Taylor, drums
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Circle Down is a collaboration between pianist Angelica Sanchez, bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Chad Taylor. The three play each others music and draw on the group's wide ranging experience as composers and bandleaders. Collectively they have performed with people like Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Jameel Moondoc, Bobby Bradford, Jeff Parker, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Marc Ribot, Regina Carter, Craig Taborn, Mark Turner, Joe Morris, Sheila Jordan, James Carter, Butch Morris, Ben Monder, Tom Harrell, Tim Berne, Mario Pavone, Mark Dresser, and Greg Tardy.

In her piano playing as well as her compositions Angelica Sanchez seeks out the lyrical heartbeat within any avant-garde storm.
óThe New York Times/Chinen
 Cover $10   www.angelicasanchez.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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