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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 13, 2017

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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Non-member walk in rate: $15. Member walk-in rate: $10. Packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 (members, $10) drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Book Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 for a bag of books; 2nd bag free. 429-5450. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Bookworm Club: Saline Area Senior Center.

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All seniors invited to discuss novels. Jan. 13: The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty's novel about a woman who reads an earth-shattering letter from her husband that she was not meant to read until after his death. Feb. 10: The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah's epic tale of women in WWII France. Mar. 10: Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee's posthumously published novel, a follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird.
10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Cordillera Capital: Baguio and the Architecture of U.S. Colonialism in the Philippines": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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University of Notre Dame history professor Rebecca McKenna discusses the construction and use of Baguio, an American colonial retreat in the U.S. colonial Philippines located in the mountains of northern Luzon.
Noon, 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0352. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"USGS Great Lakes Science Center": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Guided tour of the local U.S. Geological Survey labs, an analytic lab for processing field samples and a 30,000-gallon aquatic research lab.
Noon-1 p.m., meeting location TBA. Free. Preregistration required via email to 327-4555.

 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Non-member drop in rate is just $15, or become a Better Living Fitness Center member for at little as $39.99/month for four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships also available so you have more opportunities to get fit and have fun with us!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 3-7 p.m. 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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(Damien Chazelle, 2016). Musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Political Economy of Plunder": U-M LS&A Bicentennial Theme Semester Symposium 1817: Nation Building in the Old Northwest and the Making of the University of Michigan.

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Lecture by U-M American culture professor Michael Witgen and U-M African American women's history professor Tiya Miles.
4-6 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-7400. [map]

 4:15 & 7 p.m. 

"Jackie": Michigan Theater.

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(Pablo Larraín, 2016). Biopic that stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in the wake of JFK's assassination
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the animated adventure comedy Ice Age. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $35 ($15 for additional children). Preregistration required., 661-3575. [map]

 5:30-6:45 p.m. 

Hula Hoop Foundations: A2 Aviary.

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Learn the foundational moves so important to hoop dance, hoop fitness and circus hooping. All levels are welcome; this class is fabulous for beginner students and a wonderful way for more experienced hoopers to reclaim on the body hooping, tighten up the basics and sweat!
No hoop? No problem! Pre-made dance hoops and lightweight polypros will be available for purchase. All participants must register at to be guaranteed a place in class.
The Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Searching for a Responsive Environment": Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Lecture by Dennis Crompton. Born in Blackpool in 1935, Dennis Crompton became a member of the architect-collaborative group Archigram, which was established in London in 1961. Archigram operated as an experimental think-tank. The practice produced a multitude of products that represented a shift in how architectural practice is considered including a magazine, projects, models, exhibitions and proposals. This shift in architectural practice focused on prioritizing processes and responsive structures for living. Influenced by popular culture and responding to the proliferation of technological advances at the time, as well as recognizing the increasing social and political discontent, Archigram's production emphasized mobility and flexibility in ways that continue to have currency today.
At Archigram, Crompton was an enthusiast of gadgets, machines, techniques and systems, and invented the provocative "things that go bang in the night" projects. He orchestrated the Archigram Archives in 1975 when the practice end
A&A Auditorium, Room 2104, 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri., except Jan. 1. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using modern constructed (Mon.), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), standard constructed (Thurs.), and booster draft (Fri. & Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri. & Sun.).
6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) & noon (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun. & Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Transformative Wellness Open House: Transformative Wellness.

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20% off your first appointment when you sign up at the event!
In honor of our grand opening, Transformative Wellness Nutritional Therapy is hosting an open house. Come see our space, meet our nutritionists, and enjoy delicious, nutrient dense food! Transformative Wellness is affirming and welcoming to the LGBTQI+, POC, immigrant, and Muslim communities, and is fat positive, mental health/difference affirming, and a shame-free environment. We hope to see you there!
Transformative Wellness, 32 N Washington Suite 6, Ypsilanti. Free. (734)548-9978. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for a dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and a short thematic program. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at 975-9872. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

Hoops Galore!: A2 Aviary.

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Audacious Hoops invites you to explore the stunning world of spinning multiple hula hoops, all at once!!
This all level workshop leads you through on and off the body techniques to add pizzazz to your flow and spice up any routine. Create shapes and dynamic movement, build balance and strength, reunite with on-body hooping and impress your friends! Learn to wrangle 2 to 5 hoops, and take your existing skills to the next level.
No hoop? No problem! Pre-made dance hoops and lightweight polypros will be available for purchase.
Please register via to guarantee your spot in class!
The Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including Michigan fiction writer Yasin Abdul-Muqit and Colorado poet Ambalila Hemsell.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

St. Vladimir's Annual Nativity Ball: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Dinner and dancing to music from around the world. This year's theme is "Celebration Around the World." Also, performances by the First Presbyterian Church hand bell choir, the St. Vladimir missionary choir, and the St. Vladimir dance group. Games, raffle, and a cash bar. Attendees encouraged to dress in any national costumes, or represent any folk culture. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a cocktail hour.
7 p.m., Weber's Inn Grand Ballroom, 3050 Jackson Rd. Tickets $60 (dance only, $20) in advance by Jan. 5. 272-3826. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Night of Poetry at Nicola's": Nicola's Books.

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Readings by 5 poets who either grew up in Michigan or now call the Midwest home, including August Smith, Dylan Lancaster, KFG, Elysia Smith, and CM Keehl. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 7-9 p.m. (rescheduled to Jan. 12.)  Free! 

"An Evening with Colson Whitehead": U-M LS&A Bicentennial Theme Semester.

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Rescheduled from Jan. 13. Reading by this respected, bestselling NYC-based novelist and essayist whose candid and witty works deal with issues of race, class, and consumerism. His most recent novel, The Underground Railroad, won the National Book Award. It imagines the Underground Railroad as a physical network of tracks and tunnels beneath Southern soil. A New York Times review calls it a "potent, almost hallucinatory novel … It possesses the chilling matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers' Project in the 1930s, with echoes of Toni Morrison's Beloved, Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift." Signing. Part of the "Symposium 1817" (see listing above).
7-9 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Free. 615-7400. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Love Story, the Musical": Ann Arbor Musical Theater Works.

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Jan. 5-8 & 12-15. Musical LOVE STORY, smash London West End hit musical, Michigan premier. 9-member cast and 4 piece orchestra, based on the Erich Segal novel and movie of the same name from the 60's about a young couple that meet in college and meet obstacles in their love relationship, including ultimately a fatal illness. 8 Performances. The Jan 12th performance is a benefit for the UM Mott Children's Hospital Leukemia Research programs.
Tickets at
CCC Stage, 1600 Pauline, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $25 & $50. 734-546-5087. [map]

 8 p.m. 

2017 Canton One Acts Festival: TLC Productions.

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Enjoy four original one act plays from throughout the U.S. and one original musical, all for $15! TLC Productions is proud to offer three performances of innovative theatre works, featuring mystery, comedy, drama and music. Jan. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. Performances in intimate setting of the Biltmore Studio of the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton and featuring actors from throughout metro Detroit. Tickets available online at, or at the door.
Village Theater at Cherry Hill Canton, 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. $15. 7349268527. [map]

 8 p.m. 

65th Annual Faculty and Guest Artist Choreography Concert: EMU Dance Program.

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Jan. 13-15. EMU dance students perform an eclectic mix of genres from ballet and modern to musical theatre and jazz dance by faculty and guest choreographers, including Ballet Chelsea artistic director Wendi DuBois, Brighton Dance Festival founder-director Kathy King, EMU dance major Patrick McCrae, EMU grad April Pipe, Boy Friday (NYC) artistic director (and EMU alumnus) Erik Abbott-Main, Hardcore Detroit dance company director Haleem "Stringz" Rasul, EMU dance professors Joanna McNamara, Sherry Jerome Wilkinson, and Phil Simmons. Program: DuBois' Wind is a contemporary ballet, inspired by Emily Dickinson's "To All the Sounds Dispatched Abroad," with a Phillip Glass score, and King's Light, an ode to Prince, is a work for 7 dancers featuring with vibrant movement, passion, and athleticism. McCrae's Family, Unconditional? Is an exploration of intra-familial anger and frustration set to music by Icelandic electronica composer Ólafur Arnalds. Pipe's Head in Cloud & Digital Trails is an exploration of our digital doppelgängers that was inspired by her surprise in learning that GoogleMaps has detailed records of her daily travels going back to 2011, and Abbott-Main's FLOAT is a group work, set to music by the hip-hop duo Luniz, for 8 post-apocalyptic dancers marching to 'Make the Future Great Again.' Rasul presents Work, a dance showcasing Detroit Jit, a street dance form, usually performed to techno music, known for its attention for its lightening-quick footwork and deep connection to Detroit history and culture. It is set to a score by Deteoit jazz fusion composer Javonntte Garrett. McNamara's Detroit Meta is a screen dance with a Howard Cass score celebrating the urban landscape of Detroit, and Wilkinson presents the Fairy dance and pas de deux from her classical ballet choreography for Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream. Simmons presents "Mein Herr" (aka "the chair dance), a signature Bob Fosse work from Cabaret.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students with ID, $8) in advance at and at the door. 487-2282. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Jan. 13 & 27. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Kiana June Weber: The Ark.

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Original acoustic music that fuses Celtic, rock, bluegrass, and jazz influences by this young Celtic fiddler, a Chelsea native who got her start in high school with the Chelsea House Orchestra. She was recruited by the renowned Calgary worldbeat fiddle ensemble Barrage at age 19, and in 2014 she joined the Celtic fusion jam band Gaelic Storm. She's joined tonight by Martin (her husband) and David Howley of the Irish band We Banjo 3.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Legendary Wings.

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Awesome Jazz - bebop, ballads, Monk, Henderson, compelling improvisations
Dan Bennett (sax)
Tim Haldeman (sax)
Justin Walter (trumpet)
Nick Collins (drums)
Eric Nachtrab (bass)
Rush Street, 314 South Main. Donation. Tip Jar to Show Appreciation and Support for Awesome Music and Wonderful Musicians. (734) 531-6187. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Juggernaut Jug Band: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Traditional jug band music by this acclaimed quartet from Louisville, the birthplace of jug bands. A mixture of classic jazz, ragtime, and blues, jug band music is a swaggering party music, full of high spirits and sexual humor, performed by a modified string band that includes kazoos and other wind instruments, washboard, and, of course, a stoneware jug, an instrument from which a good musician can coax a surprisingly lyrical, hauntingly reverberant sound. Juggernaut has been featured on both the Today Show and the Dr. Demento radio show, and the material on its latest CD You Mean We Get aid for This? ranges from the Mississippi Sheiks' blues standard "Sittin' on Top of the World" to Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance." Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Idiot-Syncrasy": Igor and Moreno (University Musical Society).

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Jan. 12-14. London-based dancers Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas perform their work that explores togetherness and solitude and incorporates jumping, singing (including a Sardinian folk song), and actions that require perseverance and create a sense of empowerment. Today's performance is preceded at 7 p.m. by a talk about the program and followed by a Q&A with the artists. "Idiot-Syncrasy is a warm, fabulous and funny show, but it also makes us vividly and unsettlingly aware of the altered states that we and the dancers can undergo during the course of a performance," says a Guardian review.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 12) & 8 p.m. (Jan. 13 & 14), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $35 & $40 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats" is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Rising Stars Series with the Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local drummer Dobbins leads his quartet in works from their latest CD, The Journey, as well as other jazz standards with a twist. With guest alto saxophonist Benny Rubin Jr. Also, talks by rising jazz stars from the Detroit area.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]

 9:15 p.m. 

"Manchester by the Sea": Michigan Theater.

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(Kenneth Lonergan, 2016). An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

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