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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: CARBON’S 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 DON’T 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 YOU’VE 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 AIN’T 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 -- JEDUTHUN’S 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 -- DARWIN’S 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 LENNY ACHAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Sunday
Feb 01
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- JEDUTHUN’S HEIRS: JEWISH GENES, JEWISH GROOVES
Roald Hoffmann

David Goldstein , geneticist ;  Reuben Radding , bass;  Ben Holmes, trumpet;  Joey Weisenberg , guitar/mandolin
JEDUTHUN’S HEIRS: JEWISH GENES, JEWISH GROOVES

From Old Testament priests to southern Africa, geneticist David Goldstein expands scientific orthodoxy to describe how patterns of genetic variation can be used to study Jewish history. Along the way we learn not only how different Jewish populations may have formed and how they relate to one another, but also about what kinds of genetic variation human populations carry, and what that variation means, in both health and disease.

Variation of another kind will be will be provided by Reuben Radding (bass), Ben Holmes (trumpet) and Joey Weisenberg (guitar/mandolin). This trio of frequent collaborators will present some of their favorite Jewish music, including tunes from the repertoire of Dave Tarras, Naftule Brandwein, and others.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  PETE ROBBINS & SILENT Z
Pete Robbins, alto saxophone, compositions;  Cory Smythe, piano;  Mike Gamble , guitar, electronics;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
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Alto Saxophonist/Composer Pete Robbins + sILENT Z
Recording Live at The Cornelia Street Cafe

This recorded performance will also mark the beginning of Robbins offering mp3s of live shows for sale through his website.

"What do you get when an aspiring horn player grows up listening to guitar rock, sampled hip-hop and probably a fair bit of Miles Davis' electric jazzphase? You get a fresh new sound from rising jazz saxophonist Pete Robbbins."
- Virginia Prescott, Word of Mouth on New Hampshire Public Radio

"The alto saxophonist Pete Robbins favors a species of fusionesque post-bop that's complex but welcoming, and ultimately light on its feet. His third album, "Do the Hate Laugh Shimmy" (Fresh Sound/New Talent), borrows its title from E. E. Cummings, and it earns that whimsical association through tangles of intertwining melody and stutter-step rhythm." (
- Nate Chinen, The New York Times
 Cover $10   www.peterobbins.com www.myspace.com/peterobbins

Monday
Feb 02
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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 Cover $7
Tuesday
Feb 03
6:00PM  STARVED MAGAZINE
William Staley, host

Douglas Light John McCaffrey
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Starved Magazine is a local publication that highlights artistic individuals of all genres throughout New York City.

Douglas Light, author of the novel East Fifth Bliss, has had his short stories in StoryQuarterly, Hobart, Guernica, and other publications. His first published short story won an O. Henry Prize and was selected for 2003 The Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology.

Douglas will read his short story, "Animals"; and an excerpt from his novel East Fifth Bliss.

John McCaffrey's short stories, articles and book reviews have appeared in numerous magazines as well as in Flash Fiction Forward. John received his Masters Degree in Creative Writing at the City College of New York, where he was a New York Times Fellow. He recently completed his first novel, The Book of Ash.

John will read two short stories "Tombstone Love"; and "The Sun Also Sets".


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

James Braly Charles Christian Matthew Mercier Tracy Rowland Martin Dockery Gautam Greg Walloch
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SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!


 Cover $10   www.speakeasystories.com

Wednesday Feb 04 6:00PM  POETRY & PROSE
Angelo Verga, host

Deborah Emin Neil Intraub Ellen Wright
Deborah Emin's novel, Scags at 7, has been re-issued by Sullivan Street Press. Her next novel, due out in 2010, Scags at 18, will be the subject of her reading tonight. Deborah is the head of the REZ Reading Series in Kew Gardens, where believe it or not, they have no bookstores. She is also a frequent contributor and an editor of opednews.com an online progressive news site. She also on occasion writes for the Huffington Post. Deborah's other large project is a series of articles on the under reported story of the rebuilding of Cedar Rapids, Iowa after the disastrous flood there in June 2008.

Neil Intraub is a writer, performer and lifelong Yankee fan. As co-director of TheatreMoves Inc., a not-for-profit theater company, he helps hundreds of public school students annually write, analyze and interpret short stories and personal narrative for the stage. His short story, "Coffee Shop", received first prize and publication in Beginnings Magazine. He is currently a reader for Boulevard Literary Journal.

ELLEN WRIGHT's chapbook, In Transit, was published in December, 2007, by Main Street Rag. Her poetry has recently appeared in Cimarron Review, Margie, Water-Stone Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and online with Cadillac Cicatrix. The recipient of a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature from New York University, she makes her home in Brooklyn and her living as a musician.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   http://www.opednews.com

8:30PM  ENSEMBLE ELEKTRA
Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart , violin;  Lefteris Bournias, clarinet;  Brad Jones, bass;  Kahlil Kwame Bell, drums
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Created and led by Elektra Kurtis, Ensemble Elektra represents a synthesis of her varied musical experiences, fusing contemporary jazz and western classical with funk/rock, and ethnic music from Greece, Egypt and Poland. With both an eye toward tradition and a flair for the new, Ensemble Elektra brings a fresh perspective to jazz music, blending the modern beat of New York life with its leader's multi-ethnic musical roots.

Elektra Kurtis is a violinist and composer of Greek origin, leader of Ensemble Elektra. After arriving in New York City, from Finland, via Poland and Greece, Elektra has performed with such notable artists as Lester Bowie, Gerry Mulligan, Paquito d'Rivera, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, Ray Barreto, Simon Shaheen and Israel “Cachao” Lopez. She has also worked with contemporary composers such as Anthony Davis, John Zorn, Henry Threadgill and Craig Harris. In 1997 she recorded on Steve Coleman's double CD. Her CDs “The Book of Time”(2000) and “AFROdite’s Smile”(2005) were released on Milo Records.   www.elektrakurtis.com

Thursday
Feb 05
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts


This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
8:30PM  GNU VOX: AMANDA BAISINGER & KRISTIN ANDREASSEN
David Devoe, host

Amanda Baisinger, voice;  Mike Moreno, guitar;  Pete Rende, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Jordan Perslon, drums;  Kristin Andreassen, voice, guitar
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Amanda Baisinger has cultivated a distinct style that is based in jazz, folk and pop. She has collaborated with people such as the formidable pianist, producer and arranger Vadim Neselovskyi, who is currently the pianist for Grammy Award winning Vibraphonist Gary Burton. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Amanda has been performing and teaching music in New England and New York. Most recently she has recorded an album of original music with an all-star cast of young emerging jazz musicians in New York. This concert will feature music from her new recording as well as other material.

After touring internationally as a clogger (Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble) and an old-time musician (Uncle Earl), KRISTIN ANDREASSEN is now gaining attention for her songwriting and solo performances. She won two awards in the John Lennon Song Contest for 2007 (Best Children's Song and Finalist in the Gospel category), and appeared as a featured guest on the NPR radio show A Prairie Home Companion in November 2008. Kristin has been honored to work with multi-year Bluegrass Bass Player of the Year Mark Schatz (who produced her solo debut Kiss Me Hello) as well as modern stringband guru Dirk Powell and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones (who each produced an album for Uncle Earl).
 Cover $5   www.amandabaisinger.com www.myspace.com/kristinandreassen

Friday
Feb 06
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kathi Georges, host

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The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured Poet: Tony Gloeggler

Tony Gloeggler is a New York native, currently managing a group home for developmentally disabled men in Brooklyn. His work has been in numerous anthologies and journals including The New York Quarterly, Rattle and The Ledge. His chapbook, ONE ON ONE, received the 1998 Pearl Poetry Prize. His most recent collection, MY OTHER LIFE, was published by Jane Street Press in late 2004.

"When it comes to luck, you make your own." - Bruce Springsteen
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  LUCIAN BAN'S ASYMMETRY QUARTET
Lucian Ban, piano;  Jorge Sylvester, alto saxophone;  Brad Jones, bass;  Gene Jackson, drums
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Romanian expat pianist & composer LUCIAN BAN presents in a rare NY live appearance his acclaimed ASYMMETRY QUARTET featuring a stellar cast – the Panama born alto great JORGE SYLVESTER, bassist extraordinaire BRAD JONES and contemporary master drummer GENE JACKSON. Called by JAZZ TIMES “one of the strongest, freshest new bands in New York” the band released in 2007 to critical acclaim the album “ Playground” on Jazzaway Records.

What they say: “ … This acoustic album is heady, electric stuff, … what makes Playground work is the juxtaposition of Ban’s Old World intellectual romanticism and Sylvester’s earthy Third World fervor….”
Thomas Konrad, JAZZ TIMES.

“ …. Ban’s writing on Playground reveals influences spanning the early carefree Ornette and the early weighty Jimmy Giuffre; however, there’s nothing gratuitously off-center or ponderous about his compositions. Instead, Ban hones melody and harmonic movement into smartly constructed pieces that resonate, emotionally.”
-Bill Shoemaker, POINT of DEPARTURE.

“ …. a recording by the Asymmetry Quartet … we should be thankful for Lucian Ban’s abundant imagination”
- Jeff Stockton , All About Jazz.

Expect new music …. pulsating blues, post bop lines, intricate compositions and grooves together with free jazz outbursts …. the four musicians have to “be seen and heard” to get the full picture. This promises to be a special evening ! For more info, sounds, press, etc please visit
 Cover $12   www.lucianban.com www.jorgesylvester.com

Saturday
Feb 07
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie

JEFFREY RUDELL, NBC’s The Apprentice;  MARTIN DOCKERY, Wanderlust, "Fantastic." - The NY Times;  SHERRI ELDIN, Osbornes: Reloaded (Fox TV);  DAN ALLEN, Comedy Central
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Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.


 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  LUIZ SIMAS TRIO
Luiz Simas, piano, vocals;  Itaiguara, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
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Luiz Simas, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and living in New York since 1989, combines his talents as a composer, singer and pianist. His style of composition and performance is influenced by classical, jazz and bossa nova, along with Brazilian popular, traditional and modern music. Mr. Simas has given sold out performances in several venues such as the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway, and in jazz clubs such as Mistura Fina in Rio de Janeiro and Birdland in New York City.

"Luiz Simas is not only a wonderful musician, singer and composer, he is an engaging performer who draws his audience into his witty, joyful, sensuous musical world. Simas epitomizes the fantasies we non-Brazilians have about that wonderful country, and with him, we all get to be Brazilian, at least for the a couple hours!"
- Judy Carmichael, pianist
 Cover $15   www.luizsimas.com www.myspace.com/luizsimasmusic

Sunday
Feb 08
8:30PM  SARA SERPA QUINTET
Sara Serpa, voice, compositions;  Andre Matos, guitar;  Vardan Ovsepian, piano;  TBA, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
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"Sara Serpa is a vocalist wielding an instrument as favorably unadorned and pure as any in jazz. She's the freshest vocalist on the scene at the moment, not just because she's new to it at age 28. It's certainly not because of the way she delivers a lyric, since there usually aren't any. Being from Portugal is also irrelevant, for like much of the great jazz coming our way in the past few years from Lisbon, there is nothing overtly ethnic about the music; it's sensuous, transporting, sultry and warm. A main reason is that with one recording in ("PRAIA", released by inner Circle Music), she raises profound questions regarding the previous role of the vocalist in jazz. What's radical, is that it's not about the ridiculous chops or inhuman gymnastic training or trickery. She sings as an instrumentalist, as a member of an ensemble with a bold conception, moving seamlessly as would a saxophonist from melodist to soloist, or from a front line horn to an ensemble voice—not the star of some show. Serpa sounds as if she's talking right to you, even though she's singing, not just in terms of the intimacy quotient, but in terms of the actual sound of it—literally, she sounds as if she must sing whenever she speaks."
- by Phil DiPietro

"She's the freshest vocalist on the scene at the moment"
All About Jazz
 Cover $8   www.saraserpa.com www.myspace.com/saraserpaquintet

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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