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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 1, 2015

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 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Wed.-Sun. (except Sept. 16-18), Sept. 12-Oct. 30. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, paintball, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekends) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekdays), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. $15.50 weekend admission; $9.99 weekday admission (babies 23 months & under, free; group rates available). 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Better Backs Yoga: Sun Moon Yoga.

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Gain relief from aches, pains & stiffness. Better Backs Yoga offers traditional mind-body healing backed by a deep understanding of the body to bring about all-over soothing stress relief.
For everyone who has experienced back pain or who wants to avoid it in the future. We use targeted yoga postures, body awareness & precise muscle work with deep breath to release chronic tightness & support safe, pain-free shoulder, hip & knee function. Give lift, support and lightness to your spine, aligning the body for functional mobility. We evaluate body mechanics to reveal patterns that compress the vertebral discs, wear and fray rotator cuff muscles and tendons, knee menisci, hip and spine cartilage and then re-pattern muscle activity to establish healthy, pain-free function.
Teacher is very knowledgeable in muscle mechanics & anatomy, injuries & tailors the class for individual needs. Sun Moon Yoga classes are Open and Affirming,for all shapes and physical abilities. Small Class Size
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W. Huron Ann Arbor 48103. $18 drop-in. 734-369-2054. sun-moon-yoga-com [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

JSB Symposium on Technology and Society: Leigh Alexander: University of Michigan School of Information.

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John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society presents Leigh Alexander, gaming journalist and editor of
"Game Changers: Video games transition from technology product to cultural form."
Gaming journalist Leigh Alexander will discuss video games' emergence as a pop cultural form and how they have evolved from simple diversions and commercial products. Her topics will include the democratization of tools, the rise of women creators, conservative backlash and future trends.
A lunch will follow the talk.
Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League, 911 North University. Free. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cow's Eye Dissection": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Oct. 9 & 30) beginning Sept. 10 Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 Noon-4:50 p.m. 

"Tannhäuser": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast (Oct. 31) and taped re-broadcast (Nov. 4) of the Metropolitan Opera production, directed by James Levine, of Wagner's early masterpiece, an adaptation of medieval German legends to explore the tension between profane and sacred love. Stars the leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha, with soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, baritone Peter Mattei, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.
Noon-4:50 p.m. (Oct. 31) & 6:30-11:40 p.m. (Nov. 4), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $18 (seniors, $17; kids age 12 & under & students, $14 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469. [map]

 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Oct. 1: Folk music by local quintet Harmony Bones. Oct. 8: Violinist Danielle Belen and friends. Oct. 15: Recital by award-winning youth musicians from the U-M String Preparatory Academy. Oct. 22: Vintage swing by the Royal Garden Trio. Oct. 29: U-M music majors.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Piano Trio: First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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The local trio of violinist Jacqueline Nutting, cellist Andrea Yun, and pianist Sandra Martins perform Beethoven's Ghost Trio, Brahms' Trio in B major, and 20th-century Russian composer Reinhold Gliere's Duets for Violin and Cello. Refreshments.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Phoenix": Michigan Theater.

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(Christian Petzold, 2014). A disfigured concentration camp survivor searches postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis. German, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

 4:15 p.m. 

"Jimmy's Hall": State Theater.

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(Ken Loach, 2014). After 10 years of exile in America, an Irish activist returns home during the Depression to reopen the dance hall that led to his deportation.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; Michigan Theater members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Stonewall": State Theater.

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(Roland Emmerich, 2015). Coming-of-age drama set during the days leading up to the Stonewall Riots.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; Michigan Theater members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Sat. in Sept. (except Sept. 4 & 10). The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1.5-2 hours.
4:45 p.m. (every Mon.-Fri.), 7:30 a.m. (Sept. 12 game day), 7 a.m. (Sept. 19 game day), and 10 a.m. (Sept. 26 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]

 5-11 p.m. 

"Peas Turn Up the Beet Louder!": Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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A fundraiser for the Community Farm of Ann Arbor with 2 husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duos. Seth Bernard & May Erlewine is the mid-Michigan duo of Bernard, a Lake City native who writes clever, funny, and candidly insightful folk-, rock-, and jazz-based songs about his life, and Erlewine, a big-voiced singer-songwriter from Big Rapids who writes thoughtful, richly emotional country-flavored songs, and Shari Kane & Dave Steele is the local duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime. With food from both Cornman Farm gardens and Zingerman's Deli. Also, a chance to meet Community Farm managers Paul Bantle and Annie Elder and their apprentices.
5-11 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $35. Reservations required. 619-8100. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Sustainable Practices in a Michigan City": U-M Program in the Environment.

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Talk by Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell.
5 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free., 763-5065. [map]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Zanele Muholi: Bathini": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Photographer and self-styled visual activist Muholi discusses her work that explores black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex identities and politics in contemporary South Africa.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Cathy Park Hong: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this Sarah Lawrence College writing professor, an award-winning poet. A Bookforum review praises her 2012 collection Engine Empire as "dark, depressing, grimly prophetic, and fun-often all at once." Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free., 764-6330. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Detroit's Architectural Imagination: Mexicantown": Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning presents...Detroit's Architectural Imagination: Mexicantown.
The US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale will host The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world. The exhibition will emphasize the importance and value of the architectural imagination in shaping forms and spaces into exciting future possibilities. Curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon will commission twelve visionary American architectural practices to produce new work that demonstrates the creativity and resourcefulness of architecture to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.
This presentation, taking place on October 1st at 6 pm, is the second of four The Architectural Imagination roundtable discussions at Taubman College.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Dinner Group for Working Age Widows and Widowers: Arbor Hospice.

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This dinner group offers a unique opportunity for widows and widowers to meet new friends and discuss common concerns while enjoying a meal after a busy day at work.
First Thursday of each month (Feb. 5 - ongoing)
6 p.m.
Various Ann Arbor restaurants
To register or for more information, contact Cindy Palmer at (734) 794-5177 or
As part of its ongoing community outreach, Arbor Hospice is offering a new round of free grief support programs throughout its seven county service area.
Winter can be a particularly difficult time for those who have experienced a loss. Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donat
Various Ann Arbor restaurants. Free. (734) 794-5177.

 6:30 p.m. 

Art of Mandala: Veo Art Studio.

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Thursday 6:30pm-9:00pm, October 1, 2015
This workshop is an introduction to a unique form of art - the mandala. The term mandala comes from India. It signifies a sacred circle, which contains many hidden artistic expressions. The process of creating a mandala helps one to appreciate a deeper part of self and meaning in one's life. The art and the artist are one. Creativity is the loom in which the two become one. The session will begin by learning about mandalas as an art form and how mandalas are created; the participants will then be guided in making two mandalas. Colored pencils, oil pastels and paper are provided. Many past participants have been both surprised and pleased with the artistic process of making mandalas. This class may become a fountain of creative energy.
Ages: 16+
Instructor: Joan Skolimowski has taught the art of making Mandalas since 1998 in various countries such as Sweden, Poland, Greece, India, and the United States. Participants have found new artistic
Veo Art Studio, 114 North Main Street, Suite 8, Chelsea. $45. 734-417-6326. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Meru": State Theater.

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(Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 21015). Documentary about 3 elite climbers attempting to climb Meru Peak, one of the most coveted accomplishments in big-wall climbing. Note: A Sept. 13 screening is scheduled at the Michigan Theater for 4:15 p.m.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; Michigan Theater members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]

 7-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Bonnie & Clyde": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 1-25. Professional actors perform Frank Wildhorn and Don Black's musical about the notorious Depression-era outlaws. The pop-country score ranges from foot-stomping honky-tonk songs to haunting ballads.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $26 (seniors, $24; youth & groups of 10 or more, $22) on Thurs.; $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Send Your Book to the Spa": Ann Arbor District Library.

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On Oct. 1, local young adult fiction writer Lara Zielin and short story writer Alex Kourvo show how to tighten sentences, eliminate repetition, tone plot, and do other things to improve your writing. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Zielin and Kourvo host an open house for writers to connect with each other and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Everyone Has a Story": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Detroit-based stand-up comic Ziggy Klett performs some of his raucous, incisively edgy autobiographical humor based on his experiences growing up as a misfit in central Wisconsin. Followed by a Q&A about how and why he became a comedian.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Grandma": Michigan Theater/State Theater.

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(Paul Weitz, 2015). A misanthropic grandmother goes on a daylong journey with her needy 18-year-old granddaughter. Lily Tomlin.
Michigan Theater (through Oct. 22) & State Theater (beginning Oct. 23). Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). [map]

 7:15-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Sept. 30-Oct. 30 and every Sun. beginning Oct. 9, and Oct. 31. Six different scary attractions--a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7:15-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:15-10:30 p.m. (Sun. & Oct. 31), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets: $18 for access to one area (multi-area passes, $34-$59)., 390-9212. [map]

 7:30 pm. 

"Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me": WEMU.

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Live taping of this NPR quiz show.
7:30 p.m. Hill Auditorium. Sold out. 487-2229. [map]

 8 p.m. 

D.C. Malone: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 1-3. Solo performance by this former longtime member of the popular Detroit musical comedy duo Malone & Nootcheez. His show blends inventively playful musical parodies, off-the-wall observations, and witty sparring with his audience. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Appleseed Collective: The Ark.

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Popular young local acoustic quartet whose music is an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. "It's as if The Hot Club of Cowtown bumped into The Vagaband in a woodland clearing and battled off," says Americana UK critic Jeremy Searle in his review of the band's 2013 CD Young Love. "But even that doesn't really do justice to their sound, as there are bits of New Orleans, Roma, backwoods blues and a whole lot more in their melting pot." The band has a brand-new CD, Live at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Assisted Living": Redbud Productions.

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Oct. 1-3. Loretta Grimes directs local actors in the Michigan premiere of Deirdre O'Connor's acclaimed comic drama about a librarian living with her aging, ailing mother. When a sweet young man with a thin resume and a shaky past applies as her mother's in-home caregiver, the librarian finds her controlled, quiet life spinning out of control. Cast: Mary Franceschi, Jon Wax, Liam Weeks, Krystle Dellihue, Becky Freligh, and Neeraja Aravamudan.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20 (students, $15; front-row café seating for groups of 2 or 3, $25 per seat). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Casting Session": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 17-Dec. 19. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Jeff Daniels' comedy about 2 middle-aged NYC actors who have been competing for the same roles for 30 years and will go to great lengths to get a part. Cast: Tom Whalen, Erika Matchie Thiede, and David Daoust.
8 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $28 (Wed.), $25 (Thurs.), $38 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $43 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for Sept. 17-24 preview shows. 433-7673. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"RiffTrax Live! Miami Connection": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast (Oct. 1) and taped rebroadcast (Oct. 6) of a "riffing" performance by former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, who aim their comic heckling at a screening of the 1987 Y.K. Kim martial arts film-described by one critic as "one of the best bad movies ever made"-- about a group of cocaine-addled motorcycle-riding ninjas that takes on a Tae Kwon Do-savvy Orlando bar band.
8 p.m. (Oct. 1) & 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 6) Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $12 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs: A Multimedia Recital": U-M School of Music.

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Pianist Logan Skelton and soprano Jennifer Goltz, both U-M music professors, perform Skelton's song settings of Emily Dickinson poems. With projected images.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 1-Nov. 1.Suzi Regan directs Edward Albee's Tony-winning dark comedy about the cruelty spouses are capable of inflicting on each other. A college history professor and his wife invite a younger faculty couple to their house for cocktails. As the evening unfolds, the middle-aged hosts begin to dig at one another, first subtly, then with increasing malevolence, prodding their guests to join them in a vicious game of emotional and intellectual bullying that reaches a shattering conclusion. Stars John Seibert, Sandra Birch, Victoria Walters Gilbert, & Nicholas Yocum.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: pay-what-you-can (Oct. 1), $25 (Oct. 2-4 & 8). Oct. 9 opening night tickets: $44. After Oct. 9: $27 (Thurs.) & $34 (Fri.-Sun.). Tickets available in advance by phone and at, and at the door. $3 discounts for seniors age 60 & older, half price (except. Sat. eve) for students with ID. 663-0681. [map]

 9:30 p.m. 

"Sleeping with Other People": State Theater.

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(Leslye Headland, 2015). Rom-com about 2 romantic failures who vow to remain strictly platonic. Jason Sudeikis.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; Michigan Theater members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

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