Events – Community Calendar

Job Openings at WEI
WEI Executive Administrator
The Women’s Environmental Institute is looking for a full-time or part-time Executive Administrator to oversee and implement the administration and future planning of the Institute. For more information go to Women’s Environmental Institute | W-E-I to access full job description and electronic application. Search dates from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5, or until filled. Pay rate: negotiable depending on applicant’s experience, expertise, and a deep understanding of WEI’s mission and programs.
WEI Fundraising and Marketing Manager
The Women’s Environmental Institute is looking for a part-time Fundraiser and Marketing person to create more effective ways of raising donor funds, corporate gifts and marketing our programs and products. This could a be a short-term position or, pending funds, transition into a long-term position. Search dates from Oct. 22 to Nov. 15, or until filled. Pay rate: negotiable. For more information go to Women’s Environmental Institute | W-E-I to access full job description and electronic application.


Readings by Writers
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
University Club of St. Paul
420 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Join us for a poetry reading with Thomas R. Smith, Philip Bryant, Michael Bazzett and Joyce Sutphen, hosted by Tim Nolan. Readings by Writers | Facebook


‘Our Home’ by Generating Room Artist, Ayumi Shafer
Friday, Nov. 19, 7 to 8 p.m.
The Cowles Center, TEK BOX Theater (2nd Floor)
528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
In collaboration with photographic artist Sarah Weiss, “Our Home” aspires to amplify some voices of the AAPI community through explorations of family traditions and personal experiences of living in the Midwest.
Choreography: Ayumi Shafer in collaboration with the dancers
Core Dancers: Tori Breen, Shannon Hartle, Morgan Morrissey, Patience Stellmach
Free to attend!  Masks are required throughout the Cowles. For more information about our health and safety guidelines and getting to The Cowles Center, go to Visit Us — THE COWLES CENTER.


‘Happy Holidays’ Family Concert
Minnesota Sinfonia
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m.
Holy Cross Catholic Church
1621 University Ave. NE, Mpls.
The Minnesota Sinfonia will present its Holiday Family Concert, “Happy Holidays,” on Saturday, Nov. 20 in Minneapolis. The concert will include music by Johann Strauss, Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival,” “Greensleeves,” carols, Chanukah tunes, and for the kids, special arrangements of “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells” and lots more. The performance will be an hour with NO intermission, so parents need not worry about nap time for the little ones.
The Sinfonia is Minnesota’s only professional orchestra to offer all concerts free of admission charges, to welcome children to all performances, and to allocate nearly 30% of artistic expenses and over half of its performances for children and their education. For Covid-related schedule updates and complete program information, check our website: About Us – Minnesota Sinfonia (mnsinfonia.org).


Tasting Series at the Market
Saturday, Nov. 20, 6 to 9 p.m.
Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake St., Mpls.
Tasting Series at the Market – a new movement created and launched by Midtown Global Market small business owners. Explore many tastes from around the globe while staying in one place! This incredible experience will allow you to sample cuisines from multiple countries during a seven-course tasting menu. Delicious food from Arepa Bar, Grass Roots Gourmet, Manny’s Tortas, Moroccan Flavors, Pham’s Rice Bowl and Soul to Soul Smokehouse will be served, with beverage pairings provided by Eastlake Brewery, Manny’s Tortas and Arepa Bar. Local musician Robert Everest will entertain with live music. Susana Mendez Jewelry & Gifts and Riffraff Jams & Jellies will be selling their specialties, many of them perfect for holiday gift giving! Tickets are $75 per person. Space is limited. To order, please visit: TASTING SERIES AT THE MARKET Tickets, Sat, Nov 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite. Free parking available.


Twin Cities Record Show
Saturday, Nov. 20, noon to 4 p.m.
Able Brewery & Seedhouse
1121 Quincy St. NE, Mpls.
The Twin Cities Record Show takes place on Saturday, Nov. 20, from noon to 4 p.m., at Able Brewery & Seedhouse in Northeast Minneapolis, offering record albums, 45 RPM records and music memorabilia for sale, with free admission. The show will feature 20 tables full of record albums, 45 RPM records, CDs and music memorabilia. For more information about the Twin Cities Record Show, contact Tim Schloe at 651-373-0065 or twincitiesrecordshow@gmail.com. More information is also available at Twin Cities Record Show.


Walker Community Church Alternative Art Fair
Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21, noon to 4 p.m.
Walker Community Church
3104 16th Ave. S., Mpls.
This art fair features an eclectic mix of artists and makers offering jewelry, paintings, handmade soap, crocheted dish towels, ceramics and so much more. A great lunch will be served as well. This fundraiser supports the community at 3104 16th Ave S. which includes Walker Community Tuesday Meal Distribution, F12 People’s Kitchen, Sisters’ Camelot, Powderhorn Area Wellness Collective, Southside Harm Reduction Services, Southside Healing Collaborative, SoulSpeak Expressions, North Country Food Alliance, New City Church, Powderhorn Park Music Project and the North Star Health Collective.


‘Christmas of Swing’
The Andrews Sisters USO Show
Nov. 20 – Dec. 19
In-person or online
History Theatre
30 E. 10 St., St. Paul
Xmas Eve 1944. The Andrews Sisters – Patty, Maxene and LaVerne – are rehearsing their USO show filled with Christmas songs, carols, swing tunes and special appearances by their friends Bing Crosby and Abbott & Costello.
In this ALL-NEW reimagining of History Theatre’s holiday classic, the Andrews Sisters open their mailbag, and letters from men and women serving overseas dance their way into the show and into our hearts. These powerful and enlightening stories from people of diverse backgrounds remind us of the importance of family, service, and of a nation united for the common good. On this 80th Anniversary of the start of the U.S. involvement in WWII, “Christmas of Swing” is a tribute to the men and women who served. By Bob Beverage in collaboration with Ron Peluso, Jan Puffer and David Lohman. For full performance schedule and in-person or streaming tickets, go to Christmas of Swing | History Theatre.


‘Top Girls’ by Caryl Churchill
Through Nov. 21
Theatre Pro Rata
Playing at The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE, Mpls.
Theatre Pro Rata is producing “Top Girls” by Caryl Churchill at The Crane Theater. Initially produced in 1982, Churchill’s play remains timely and resonant 40 years later as it wrestles with issues of gender roles, class, race, family obligations, sacrifice, and how we measure success. Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern, Theatre Pro Rata’s production of “Top Girls” promises to be both witty and poignant.
Tickets for all Theatre Pro Rata productions are $16 – $61 (sliding scale) and must be purchased in advance:
Box Office – Theatre Pro Rata.
COVID-19 Protocols: Theatre Pro Rata requires photo ID and Proof of Full Vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours for all audience members, front of house staff, and artists. Proof of Full Vaccination can be your vaccination card, a photo of your vaccination card, or a digital record of your vaccination on a smart phone app.


‘Handprints’ – A Film by Greta Oglesby
In-person premiere and reception, Monday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Streaming Nov. 24 – Dec. 19
The Capri Theater
2027 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls.
Ten Thousand Things releases its first film, “Handprints,” on Nov. 22 in collaboration with Freestyle Films. Based on a play Greta Oglesby wrote derived from her book “Mama ‘n Nem,” the film is a humorous and poignant two-person autobiographical story drawing on Oglesby’s life and family adventures through her unique style of storytelling, puppetry and original songs. E.G. Bailey, the film director, adapted the screenplay based on Oglesby’s play. Theatrical direction by Marcela Lorca, music direction by Sanford Moore. Featuring Greta Oglesby and H. Adam Harris. The film premieres with an in-person event at The Capri Theater on Monday, Nov. 22, with a reception with the artists following the screening. Tickets are $45. The film then will be available to stream Nov. 24 through Dec. 19 (pay-what-you-can, with a suggested price of $20). Tickets go on sale Nov. 10 at tenthousandthings.org.


Schmidt Holiday Market
Thanksgiving Weekend
Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Schmidt Artists Lofts
900 W. 7th St., St. Paul
If you’re wondering what to do for the upcoming holidays, concerned about shipping delays and supply chains, mark your calendars for the reboot of the Schmidt Holiday Market on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26-28, 2021) at the Schmidt Brewhouse. Over 30 artists/artisans (and Schmiditzens) will be selling inspired hand-crafted gifts for everyone on your list – the good, the not-so-good, and the extraordinary. Good cheer and a healthy dose of holiday spirit will rule the weekend. We’ll help make this holiday season the best ever! We got you!
The full list of artists can be found on our website: Home | Schmidt Artists.


Choreographers’ Evening 2021: Curated by Valerie Oliveiro
Saturday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m.
In-person and online
Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater
725 Vineland Pl., Mpls.
Since 1972 this post-Thanksgiving tradition has celebrated an array of up-and-coming and established contemporary and experimental movement makers in Minnesota. This year’s program – curated by queer, performance-based artist Valerie Oliveiro – showcases a fresh lineup of provocative, compelling and diverse works that speaks to the past year in our communities.
Choreographers’ Evening 2021 features Jessika Enoh Akpaka, Kealoha Ferreira, Judith Holo Shuǐ Xiān, Khary Jackson, Sachiko “La Chayí,” José A. Luis, Marcela Michelle, Pedro Pablo, Kayla Schiltgen, Yuki Tokuda, and Wattanak Dance Troupe.
This event is held in the McGuire Theater; the 7 p.m. performance will also be live-streamed and the link will be posted on the night of the show. Some performances contain mature content and nudity. More information and tickets at Choreographers’ Evening 2021: Curated by Valerie Oliveiro (walkerart.org).


‘According to Rod…’ New Paintings by Rod Massey
and ‘From the North,’ New Paintings by Thomas Paquette
Through Nov. 27
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace, Mpls.
In “According to Rod …,” Rod Massey focuses on the less-inhabited areas of the urban landscape, keenly describing the sometimes-awkward intersection between the domestic and industrial landscapes that coexist in city life. His sustained investigation of these ordinary places, objects, surfaces and facades illustrates his personal and sometimes exasperated affection for the urban landscape.
In “From the North,” Minneapolis native Thomas Paquette uses small, loose brush strokes and multiple layers of paint reworked over time to create richly colored and textured compositions that appear to glow with light. Paquette is inspired by the vastly varying landscapes of his journeys: swirling silvery rivers, tall, thick pines, sun-dappled forest paths, or the rural countryside bathed in golden sunlight. Groveland Gallery – Twin Cities Top Art Gallery of Local and Regional Artists


Fall Flower Show at Como Park
Through Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Como Park
1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul
While many Minnesota gardens are winding down for the winter season, the Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory will be in full bloom! The Fall Flower Show opened Saturday, Oct. 9 and features a variety of chrysanthemums and fall favorites. The first half of the Fall Flower Show (Oct. 9 – 31) featured a yellow and silver palette, with dwarf sunflowers, marigolds, ornamental peppers and pumpkins on-a-stick adding to the cheerful display. The second half of the Fall Flower Show (Nov. 6 – 28) will be equal parts orange, yellow and white. There will be a mid-show change Nov. 1 – 5 in which the Sunken Garden will be closed, but all other rooms of the Conservatory will remain open to the public. Admission is free and a voluntary donation is appreciated. Reservations and facemasks are required. Make your reservations today at Reservations are required to enjoy the beautiful gardens and amazing animals! – Como Zoo Conservatory.


Duniya Drum & Dance November Classes
West African Drumming with Fode Bangoura
Saturdays 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Center for Performing Arts, Second floor chapel
3754 Pleasant Ave., Mpls.
Learn basic technique, patterns, timing and solo techniques on the djembe and doundoun while learning traditional rhythms from Guinea, West Africa. This class is for both new and experienced drummers. Masks required.
West African Dance with Sana Bangoura
Saturdays 12:30 to 2 p.m.
CFPA Dance Studio (please enter through the new main entrance on 38th St.)
Join Alhassane “Sana” Bangoura from Guinea, West Africa for his Saturday dance class. Sana is a gentle, patient and experienced teacher who breaks down the music and movements so that dancers of all experience levels can participate in this dynamic dance form. Masks required. $17/class – all classes are drop-in. Class cards available upon request.
For more info, see our Facebook page at Duniya Drum & Dance | Facebook or contact Whitney@duniyadrumanddance.org.
Note: Class cancellations will only be posted on our Facebook Page.


‘These Precious Days’ by Ann Patchett, in conversation with Kate DiCamillo
Thursday, Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. CT
Virtual event on Crowdcast
Presented by Rain Taxi and Magers & Quinn
Join us as we celebrate the publication of “These Precious Days” (Harper), the much anticipated new essay collection by Ann Patchett! In addition to the title essay, a remarkable piece read by millions after its publication last year, Patchett delves into the enchantments of Kate DiCamillo’s children’s books and Charles Schultz’s Snoopy, the life gifts from her three fathers and the expansive vision of Eudora Welty, her youthful memories of Paris and the importance of knitting, and so much more, always connecting life and art as she illuminates what matters most. At this special Rain Taxi event, Ann Patchett will be in conversation with one of the very subjects of “These Precious Days,” renowned children’s book author Kate DiCamillo—an incredible pairing that is not to be missed! Register for tickets at ANN PATCHETT – Rain Taxi.


2021 British Arrows Awards
Dec. 3, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Pl., Mpls.
The British Arrows returns for in-person screenings in the Walker Cinema as well as online. Celebrate this cherished tradition, featuring a bold and eclectic mix of drama, spectacle and comedy from the creative world of British advertising. From timely adverts advocating for social change to moments of much-needed comedic relief, the British Arrows serves as an epic year-end time capsule. $15 ($12 Walker members, students and seniors)
Tickets will be available for the general public on Nov. 11. Walker members have early access; beat the rush and receive up to two complimentary tickets by joining as a new Walker member today! Learn more at 2021 British Arrows Awards (walkerart.org).


Miss Richfield 1981: 40 Holidays on the Throne
Dec. 8 – 19
Illusion Theatre, Center for Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Ave., Mpls.
Celebrate four decades of professional beauty with Miss Richfield 1981 for your holidays in “40 Holidays on the Throne.” Hear the true-life story of how Miss R won her beauty title and clawed her way to the middle to become a suburban ambassadress of Richfield, Minn. This one-of-a-kind holiday show is celebrating Illusion’s 22-year partnership with the ever-fabulous Miss Richfield 1981 as she appears in fabulous outfits, a hairdo that is never less than perfect, and comments that are always totally inappropriate!
Dedicating her life to the friendly citizens and responsible merchants of her hometown of Richfield, Minn. (“where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage,”) Miss Richfield 1981 is a Twin Cities legend. This Midwestern maven wins over theater audiences with an interactive format that combines homespun warmth and edgy improv, leaving audiences in hysterics.
This multi-media extravaganza will feature songs old and new, along with videos, audience interaction, and holiday favorites and surprises. Each show is different and special, just like Miss R herself. Streaming performances to be announced at a later date. Tickets can be purchased at Illusion Theater.


‘The Longest Night’ – A Winter Solstice Cabaret
Dec. 9 – 21
Open Eye Theatre Mainstage
506 E. 24th St., Mpls.
Audience favorite Bradley Greenwald celebrates winter’s beauty, the holiday blues, and the soul’s need for rebirth in an eclectic program of words and music as kaleidoscopic as the season. First presented in December 2013, Bradley Greenwald, along with pianist Sonja Thompson, create a meditative and joyful performance of music and poems embracing the longest and darkest night of the year. Full performance schedule and tickets at The Longest Night — Open Eye Theatre.


Winter Solstice Celebration
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 5 to 9 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave., Mpls.
Mark the shortest day and longest night of the year at ASI with ASI’s popular Winter Solstice Celebration. Since pagan days, solstice has traditionally meant the “year as reborn,” with ancient (and modern) Scandinavians fusing it into the longer “Jul” or Yule season. ASI celebrates this powerful seasonal juncture with fun, festivity and performance. This year, our friends at North Mallow will be slinging their unique s’mores and cocoa to enjoy by the fire and, back by popular demand, reindeer will make another appearance in the courtyard.
FIKA Café will serve a special festival menu with small plates and warm glögg (Swedish mulled wine). The ASI Museum Store and Jul Shop will also be open late for all of your last minute gift needs!
Advance registration is now required for Winter Solstice.
Register today: Winter Solstice Celebration | American Swedish Institute (asimn.org)


Parska/Shada
On view through April 3, 2022
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gallery 255
2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls.
Free Exhibition
Explore Mia’s collection of Pueblo art highlighting Keresan, Tewa, Towa and Hopi voices and culture. Curated by Juan Lucero (Isleta Pueblo), Mia’s Mdewakanton Native Art Fellow, this exhibition transports visitors to the oldest villages in the United States for a parska (in Keresan) or shada (in Tewa) community dance. Over 40 works of art – watercolor paintings, bow guards, manta weavings, ceramics, and Hopi katsinam dolls – come together to create one ceremonial spirit. Through the breath of memory and longing, you can experience the emotions of distant drums and songs as you travel from Grandma’s house to the ceremonial plaza. There, sights and sounds create kinship, family, and tradition to be handed from generation to generation. Parska/Shada –– Minneapolis Institute of Art (artsmia.org)


Safe Place Homework Help
School Days 3:30 to 6 p.m.
2001 Riverside Ave., Mpls.
By appointment only – contact tutoring@trinitylutherancongregation.org. Free tutoring for grades K- 12.


Mill City Museum to Welcome Back Visitors Nov. 4
704 South 2nd St., Mpls.
The Minnesota Historical Society announces the reopening of Mill City Museum starting on Thursday, Nov. 4. Visitors are invited to explore the exhibits and signature experiences such as Water Lab, Baking Lab, Observation Deck and Minneapolis in 19 Minutes, Flat! at their own pace, assisted by museum guides stationed throughout the museum. For a more comfortable experience and better social distancing, the Flour Tower will be operating with reduced capacity. Bushel & Peck is also reopening with grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, snacks and beverages.
The gallery’s overview of Minneapolis history is being updated this fall and will be renamed “What Makes Minneapolis, Minneapolis?” Visitors will have an opportunity to share their thoughts about the city and watch four videos of community members answering questions about the city’s past, present and future. These community members include: Jewell Arcoren (Sisseton Wahpeton), executive director of Wicoie Nandagikendan; JoJo Bell of the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota; Roxana Linares, executive director of Centro Tyrone Guzman; Neeraj Mehta, community organizer and director of learning at the McKnight Foundation; and Stewart Van Cleve, author of “Land of 10,000 Loves.”
Museum and Store Hours: Thursday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum admission: $8 – $12, members free. For details on all current exhibitions and programs, please visit Mill City Museum | MNHS.


Highpoint Presents: A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking
On view through Dec. 4
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 Lake St. W., Mpls.
Highpoint is delighted to partner with Delita Martin and Tanekeya Word to deliver the exhibition “A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking.” Curated by Milwaukee-based printmaker and bookmaker Tanekeya Word, and Austin, Texas-based printmaker and Highpoint Editions artist Delita Martin, this marks the first national exhibition curated by Black women printmakers highlighting the experimental prints of Black women printmakers.
This exhibition will explore the work of 12 contemporary Black women printmakers who have shaped a place for themselves in the printmaking world. Utilizing their craft in an improvisational style, each printmaker brings personal narratives into focus while paying homage to the foremothers who came before them.
Gallery viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. We are currently requiring masks in our galleries; please call (612) 871-1326 or visit www.highpointprintmaking.org for up-to-date information on visitor protocol.


The Contemporary Print: 20 Years at Highpoint Editions
On view through January 9, 2022
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Target Gallery
2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.
Many boldface-name artists admire Highpoint Editions, the collaborative publishing arm of Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis. Mia recently acquired Highpoint’s complete archive, comprising more than 325 published prints and multiples, plus hundreds of items of production material. These works, inspired proof of Highpoint’s impact on printmaking, will be on display at Mia in a sweeping exhibition, “The Contemporary Print: 20 Years at Highpoint Editions.”
“The Contemporary Print” showcases 175 artworks in a broad range of printmaking techniques, styles and subjects. You’ll also find preliminary drawings and working proofs, as well as demonstrations to better appreciate this expressive art form. Featured visiting artists include Carlos Amorales, Julie Buffalohead, Willie Cole, Sarah Crowner, Jim Hodges, Delita Martin, Julie Mehretu, Todd Norsten, Chloe Piene, David Rathman, Do Ho Suh and Dyani White Hawk. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to The Contemporary Print: 20 Years at Highpoint Editions –– Minneapolis Institute of Art (artsmia.org).


Children’s Theatre Company
2021-2022 Season
Children’s Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls.
Join us for a remarkable return to live theatre at CTC! We can’t wait to welcome you and your family back for a season that features jaw-dropping spectacles, blockbuster musicals, world premieres and more. Experience the magic of live theatre that will inspire you, open your heart, and fill you with joy. Tickets start at just $15 for kids!
“Annie,” Nov. 7, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022, all ages
“Bina’s Six Apples,” Jan. 9 – Feb. 13, 2022, ages 9 and up
“Circus Abyssinia Tulu,” Jan. 18 – Feb. 13, 2022, all ages
“Something Happened in Our Town,” Feb. 27 – March 27, 2022, ages 7 and up
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical,” April 22 – June 18, 2022, all ages
Single tickets to all performances now on sale at https://childrenstheatre.org/.


Minnesota Orchestra Movies & Music
Concerts for the 2021-22 Season
Tickets for most performances are available now.
Featured films include “Black Panther,” “Toy Story,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”
Conducted by Sarah Hicks, the Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, these special events bring feature films into the concert hall, where the movies are shown on a large screen above the stage while the Orchestra performs every note to the corresponding scores live. Four major films will be presented in the 2021-22 season, starting in November with the newly added 2018 Marvel Studios film phenomenon “Black Panther,” with Oscar-winning score by composer Ludwig Göransson. A family favorite also makes its first appearance at Orchestra Hall in November, when the Orchestra performs the score to Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story,” the revolutionary animated film released in 1995, with music by Randy Newman. The Orchestra continues its performances of the beloved Harry Potter series in January 2022 with the fifth installment of the film series, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” featuring music by Nicholas Hooper, and returns to another favorite movie series with performances of John Williams’ Oscar-nominated score to the 1983 film “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” the final movie in the original Star Wars trilogy, in April 2022.
Tickets are available now for select performances of “Black Panther” and “Toy Story,” and for all performances of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” Tickets for additional performances will be available to subscribers on July 26 and to single ticketholders on August 16. Subscribers save up to 15%. Young Listener (ages 6-17) discount available for select concerts. Some restrictions apply. Visit minnesotaorchestra.org for details.

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