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Ai Weiwei: Bare Life

Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 5


The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive; kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu) officially reopens with a bang. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei presents a major exhibition of work that spans the past twenty years of his career, some of which has never before been shown in the United States. Divided into two parts, Bare Life and Rupture, the show features monumental exhibitions such as Forever Bicycles (2019) and Through (2007-2008). The former is a commemorative arch built with Chinese-made bicycles, their carefully positioned tires lining up to create the image of telescoping lenses; the latter is an intersecting series of wooden pillars that pierce the surface of Qing Dynasty wooden tables. The work evokes China's own interrupted and intentionally erased history. Ai Weiwei: Bare Life also includes sculptures, photographs, films and a triptych constructed of LEGO bricks. The show runs from September 28 to January 5. 314-935-4523

Sam Falls: Conception

Through Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Sam Falls' artworks are inspired by, and at least in part created by, nature. For his exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Falls laid a canvas covered with dry pigments on ground in the park's woodland. Left there for several days, the dew, whatever rain fell and the sunlight that passed through the leaves overhead and onto the canvas made a record of the local flora. In addition to his large-scale nature paintings, Falls has also mosaicked a pair of steel I-beams with tiles featuring native plants grown especially by Laumeier's master gardener at Falls' request. The finished beams are placed standing upright in the forest, reflecting and refracting the natural landscape that surrounds them. Sam Falls: Conception opens with a free public reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at the Aronson Fine Arts Center in Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; www.laumeier.org). Falls' work remains on display through December 22. 314-615-5278

Carlos Zamora: cART

Through Dec. 22


Art is something to be appreciated, and St. Louis-based illustrator/graphic designer Carlos Zamora's cART exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of those examples. Zamora transformed three golf carts into kinetic sculptures by installing his oversized paper boat sculptures on top and wrapping the bodies with printed vinyl slogans. A fourth large paper boat sculpture will be placed in a creek on the Laumeier grounds. The Cuban native drew inspiration for the project from his heritage, specifically the song "Baraquio de papel" — "Little Paper Boat" — as well as Cuban car culture, nursery rhymes and politics.

Carlos Zamora: cART opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road; www.laumeier.org). The following night a Havana Night celebration takes place in the park's Aronson Fine Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with mojitos, snacks, "Casino" dance lessons and a screenprinted poster station. Tickets are $25, but admission to the park and Zamora's boat sculptures is free. The exhibition continues through December 22, and the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.

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Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs

Through Jan. 20, 2020
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

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Photographs are a key element of narrative storytelling, which is why it's so baffling that newspapers have deemed staff photographers an expendable luxury. You probably recognize many of the photographs that won Pulitzer Prizes, from Joe Rosenthal's shot Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, to Alan Diaz's memorable photo of U.S. federal agents seizing Elian Gonzalez, to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen's 2014 image of a protestor throwing a tear-gas canister back at police while protesting the killing of Michael Brown. These photographs shock us, inspire feelings of pride and anger, and inform us, just as great written journalism does. The Newseum in Washington created a traveling exhibit of some of the most beautiful images to win the Pulitzer, and it's a show that will make its St. Louis debut on Saturday, August 3, at the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Boulevard; www.mohistory.org). A second exhibition organized by the Missouri History Museum collected 75 photos of everyday life in St. Louis from the Post-Dispatch archives. Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs remain on display through January 20, and admission is free. Parents are cautioned that some of the photographs are intense and may be too much for younger children. 314-746-4599

The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Through March 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection presents 40 abstract paintings, drawings, and prints by acclaimed black artists drawn from and celebrating the transformative gift of the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Art Collection. In 2017, Ollie and his wife Monique gifted the Museum with 81 abstract works in honor of his parents, a collection that has added depth and breadth to the Museum’s holdings of works by black artists. 314.721.0072

Beyond the Surface: Surface Design Association Annual Juried Members' Exhibition

Through Oct. 23, 12-6 p.m.
St. Louis Artists' Guild 12 N Jackson Ave, Clayton Clayton


A textile nonprofit dedicated to promoting contemporary textile and fiber art, Surface Design Association (SDA) presents its annual juried members’ exhibition, Beyond the Surface, September 20- October 23, at the St Louis Artists’ Guild, St Louis, Missouri. Jurors Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt selected work by 48 artists. Award winners will be announced at the opening reception, October 3, 5-8pm. (314) 727-6266

Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 1


The consumers of middle- and upper-class society in the eighteenth century developed a passion for rural scenes of traditional country life, just as the introduction of copperplate printing to the textile industry made it possible to produce fabrics with intricately detailed scenes printed upon them. Textile factories began churning out yards of fabric with shepherds, village fêtes and strolling couples for a market that could afford to buy them as furniture coverings, bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe, an exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, includes numerous examples of the craft, several of which have never before been shown at the museum. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a reconstructed bed with printed bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral continues through December 1 in gallery 100 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. 314-721-0072

The Lifespan of a Fact

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 10
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves Webster Groves


John D'Agata is a literary essayist whose latest piece is a magazine article — more of a classicist's rumination, perhaps — on the Las Vegas suicide of a teenager. The problem is his fact-checker, Jim Fingal, who insists on precision of language and detail. D'Agata's not interested in details; he's trying to convey the sweep of symbolism inherent in the death of a young man in Sin City. Through emails and eventually in person, both men wage what is increasingly a very personal war over language, intention and fact. Can facts be molded to better get at D'Agata's meaning? Is the truth of anything in fact quantifiable — and can it be done on a very tight deadline? Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell's comic play The Lifespan of a Fact is about the struggle to get the truth in print, a feat made more difficult by that peculiar habit of men, taking all criticism as an attack. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis presents The Lifespan of a Fact Tuesday through Sunday (October 18 to November 10) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $20 to $94.50.

The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22


The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection of abstract art officially went on display Tuesday, September 17, at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). The collection was gifted to the museum in 2017 by New Jersey-based art collector Ronald Maurice Ollie and his wife, Monique McRipley Ollie, in honor of Ronald's parents. The elder Ollies often visited the Saint Louis Art Museum with their children, instilling a lifelong passion for art. Ronald and Monique Ollie together collected art for many years, particularly work by contemporary black artists. Among the treasures in the exhibit, The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection, are important works such as Robert Blackburn's lithograph Faux Pas, Mary Lovelace O'Neal's City Lights and Frank Bowling's Fishes, Wishes and Star Apple Blue, which demonstrates Bowling's innovative painting technique. In all, 40 works are displayed in the show, which draws its title from a poem by Quincy Troupe. The St. Louis native was inspired by the artworks in the Ollie Collection and wrote "The Shape of Abstraction; for Ron Ollie" in response. Troupe's poem is included in the exhibit catalog. 314-721-0072

Howard Barry: Inertia

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 9
University of Missouri-St. Louis-Gallery 210 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County


Local artist Howard Barry has gained significant attention for his illustrations inspired by the Ferguson protests, but he's not just an activist artist. Barry's drawings are a form of physical therapy and mental therapy. He creates to relieve his frustration with the world and his own pain. Using ink, coffee and various computer programs for effects, Barry creates images of artists, musicians, civil rights pioneers and modern-day protesters, all with an eye for gesture and a gift for imbuing something of his subject's character. James Baldwin's luminous eyes reveal his hurt and anger with the country that rejected him for his blackness and homosexuality, while a barefoot child pushing his way through cotton emerges from a page of sheet music for Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." Inertia, an exhibition of Barry's artwork, opens with a free reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 14, at Gallery 210 on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; www. gallery210.umsl.edu). The show remains on display through December 9. 314-516-5976

Cayce Zavaglia: Unseen

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 27
William Shearburn Gallery 665 S Skinker Blvd, Clayton Clayton


Cayce Zavaglia's artworks appear to be hyper-realistic painted portraits when viewed from a distance; it's only when you move closer that you realize that they're embroidered. Zavaglia eventually noticed that the backside of each work contained a second portrait, one whose knotted and blurred features were just as beautiful and perhaps more psychologically interesting than the front. Recently she's returned to her roots as a painter by recreating these "hidden faces" in painted portraits. Unseen, a solo exhibition of Zavaglia's work in both paint and embroidery, goes on display at the William Shearburn Gallery (665 South Skinker Boulevard; www.shearburngallery.com) on Friday, October 18. The show opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Unseen remains on display through November 27. 314-367-8020

Invent A Musical Instrument - Selections from The Sheldon's SOLID Program

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 21
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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A selection of inventive musical instruments by students from over 30 area schools are featured in this exhibition. Created during the 2018 and 2019 school years, the instruments represent the results of The Sheldon’s SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) program, through which students use the Engineering Cycle to build instruments out of recycled materials. SOLID is a STEAM-based program, supported by the St. Louis Science Center. 314-533-9900

Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory

Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory is co-organized by the George Eastman Museum and the Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis. Internationally recognized for her experimental approaches to art-making that combine craft with alternative photographic processes, Bea Nettles explores the narrative potential of photography. Often incorporating autobiographical and metaphorical elements, Nettles’s imagery references key stages of a woman’s life. Her work examines place, nature, dreams, mythology, and the passage of time. The first exhibition to survey Nettles’s fifty-year career, Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory provides a comprehensive look at the work of an artist who profoundly illuminates our inner worlds. 314-533-9900

Paper and Thread: Dreams are Made of These

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30
Norton's Fine Art & Framing 2025 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights Richmond Heights

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Paper and Thread: Dreams are Made of These Deann Rubin and Betty Shew - Handwoven Tapestry and Cast Paper Opening Reception- September 28th: 1 - 4pm Show runs through Weds, Oct. 30th In connection with Innovations in Textiles STL 2019 More details at their website - www.innovationsintextilesstl.org Regular Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 - 6 / Free and open to the public with free parking. 314-645-4040

It’s Not You, It’s Me: A Declaration of Independence

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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For the exhibition It's Not You, It's Me: A Declaration of Independence, curator and fashion designer Michael Drummond selected fiber artists who use their art to address issues of gender and identity through the media of fashion. Body-disguising fabrics, masks, gender-bending and other similar ideas are explored in the show, which opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 4, at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org). The show is presented in conjunction with the citywide show Innovations in Textiles and features work by Nina Ganci, Larry Krone and Yvonne Osei, among others. It's Not You, It's Me remains on display through November 30, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. 314-533-9900

Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29

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Artist Stephanie Syjuco was born in Manila and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was three years old, which gave her an American education and an immigrant's eye for our national blindspots. It's these blindspots that inform the art in her exhibition Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States, which opens with a free reception at 7 p.m. Friday, September 6, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The title of the show comes from her installation of 22 flags that were used to represent the flags of made-up nations in various American films. Also in the exhibit is her large-scale installation Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime), which comprises artifacts representing both colonizer and colonized societies. Cultural objects such as wicker chairs and traditional rugs Syjuco purchased online, cardboard cutouts of people and actual artifacts are mixed together in a larger-than-life diorama. Nestled in the background is a color photograph of the "stone-age" tribe of the Tasaday, found on a remote island in the Philippines in the early 1970s, who were actually modern people posed by a photographer. Rogue States continues through December 29, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. 314-535-4660

Soft Scrub

Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
The Luminary 2701 Cherokee St, St. Louis St. Louis - South City


The everyday black household is foreign territory to most of America. There have been a few TV shows (The Jeffersons at the richer end of the spectrum, Good Times at the more financially tenuous) that depicted fictionalized domestic situations, but even those can be considered non-standard families. They certainly weren't entirely relatable to Katherine Simóne Reynolds' own upbringing. Inspired by this dearth of representation, Reynolds asked black male artists to address the idea of black home life from a male perspective. The exhibition Soft Scrub challenges stereotypes and reveals lessons learned about cleanliness, division of labor and social expectations. Soft Scrub opens with a free reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 13, at the Luminary (2701 Cherokee Street; www.theluminaryarts.com). Participating artists include Vaughn Davis Jr., Mitchell Squire, Cameron Granger and Keyon Gaskin. The exhibit remains up through October 26. 314-773-1533

Engeldark Art Exhibit

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 8
Green Door Art Gallery 21 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves Webster Groves


Green Door art gallery is proud to present “Engeldark: Because nobody’s bright and cheerful all the time…” Check out the shadier side of Mary Engelbreit in this exhibit of original black and white drawings paired with quotes that are snarky, straightforward and loaded with attitude! These works of art will be on display and available for sale from October 2 through November 8, 2019.The opening reception is Friday October 11, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 pm and is free and open to the public. Mary Engelbreit will be present at the reception. 314-202-4071

Big Splash 2019

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 1


@ The Galleries at Heartland Art Club, 101A Argonne, Kirkwood,MO 63122
The Saint Louis Watercolor Society announces its 22nd Annual Member Awards Exhibit “Big Splash 2019,” an exhibit of more than 80 original watercolor paintings from artists in the metro St. Louis area. Exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. All paintings will be for sale and encompass a wide variety of subjects, styles, and prices. • Opening Reception – Friday, October 4, 6:30 - 8:30pm • Exhibit runs through Friday, November 1 Hours of operation are Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm – 5pm 3142660166

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27


All Eugene Jerome wants to do is eat ice cream and see a naked woman, preferably at the same time. At the moment, all he has to do is go get another quarter pound of butter from the store every morning and afternoon because of his mother's strange shopping habits and keep the noise down (there's a cake in the oven). The Depression is dragging on in 1937, and his aunt and her two daughters — one of them the beautiful Nora, who's close to Eugene's age — have moved in out of necessity. Eugene's dad is working two jobs to support everyone, his older brother faces a moral dilemma at his own job, and poor Eugene gets buffeted about by the whims of his mother and the various intra-family squabbles. Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical play Brighton Beach Memoirs is a trip back to the simpler days, when a family could drive each other crazy and no one tweeted about it. The New Jewish Theatre opens its new season with Brighton Beach Memoirs. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 10 to 27) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive; www.newjewishtheatre.org). Tickets are $47 to $54. 314-442-3283

The Who's Tommy

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Tower Grove Abbey 2336 Tennessee Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South Grand


Eight years ago, Stray Dog Theatre unleashed its glorious production of The Who's Tommy. It was a knock out. Associate artistic director Justin Been took the lead on staging the production, revealing his prodigious talents for arranging actors in ever-shifting tableaux. The result was a beautifully kinetic production that made pinball an exuberant celebration of life. At long last, Stray Dog will once again present Tommy in all his deaf, dumb and blind glory, with Been overseeing the production. The show is performed with a live band, as it should be, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (October 10 to 26) at the Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; www.straydogtheatre.org). Tickets are $25 to $30. 314-865-1995

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Thursdays, 7-10 p.m., Saturdays, 4-7 & 8-11 p.m. and Sundays, 2-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27

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Brighton Beach, September 1937. Eugene Jerome is dreaming of baseball and girls. Over the course of a few short days amid family harmony and disharmony, young Eugene will come to understand life a little deeper. This award-winning play is a bittersweet memoir that captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.” Directed by Alan Knoll. Jacob Flekier, Spencer Kruse, Jane Paradise, Chuck Brinkley, Summer Baer, Lydia Mae and Laurie McConnell. Q&As scheduled after October 13th and October 17th performances. 314-442-3283

Disney's Mary Poppins

Fri., Oct. 25, 10 a.m., Sat., Oct. 26, 1:30 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

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Don’t miss the show that will be practically perfect in every way! Variety Theatre’s 2019 production, Disney’s Mary Poppins, will bring this timeless story of magic and wonder to life in a way that you have never seen before. Variety Theatre is the country’s only production of its kind. You will be inspired by the sheer talent presented by the show’s Children’s Ensemble, comprised of kids and teens of all abilities, as well as the professional cast and live orchestra. The dazzling sets, colorful costumes, memorable songs and classic story will combine to fill the stage. 314-516-4949

Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963

Fri., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 26, 5 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 3 p.m.
Center of Creative Arts (COCA) 524 Trinity Ave., University City Delmar/ The Loop

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Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia D. Morris Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins. This production imagines these four young girls before the terrible event on September 15, 1963— the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Through story and song, the play shines a light on their dreams, their times with family and friends, and the trials and tribulations they faced as children living in a divided and segregationist city. This production is a collaboration between The Black Rep and COCA. Recommended for ages 9+ due to references to violent events and strong language. More information, visit cocastl.org. 314-561-4877

Zombie Love Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Continues through Nov. 2


Join us and enjoy an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at the most dangerous comedy dinner theater show in town. Dig into a fantastic three-course dinner at the Famously Haunted Lemp Mansion and figure out who-dun-it during Zombie Love! Parts will be passed out at the door and guests can participate as much or as little as they would like to. Seats are just $52.95 per person and include a delicious 3-course dinner. Call 314-664-8024 for more details and to make your reservations. Learn more about Jest Murder Mystery Company jestmurdermystery.com/st-louis-mo/ 314-664-8024

The Haunted Pool

Sundays, 3 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 3
Thomas Dunn Memorial Learning Center 3113 Gasconade at Minnesota, St. Louis St. Louis - St. Louis Hills

Buy Tickets$20


Encore! Theater Group is thrilled to present the World Premiere of its sensational new musical, “The Haunted Pool.” This show is like a cocktail years in the making and now it’s finally prepped, chilled, and ready to serve. We promise, The Haunted Pool is a show like no other, and one you do not want to miss! 314-353-3050

The Boom Boom Revue Saturday Late Night Burlesque Show

Saturdays, 10:30-11:59 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28

Buy Tickets$26/person

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Join us at The Boom Boom Room for the most entertaining Saturday evening you can have in downtown St. Louis. The Boom Boom Revue is the perfect burlesque show just for you. Dancing, comedy, specialty cirque acts and more await you in our intimate venue. It’s so much fun come and see what audiences have been enjoying for the past few years. We offer a full bar, and appetizers are available for purchase. 314-436-7000

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