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The Arts & Happenings February 2017

Melissa Cody, “Water’s Edge,”2016.Wool warp, weft, selvedge cords, aniline dyes. 15.5 x 26.5 inches.


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, presents Future Tradition: Melissa Cody, a solo exhibition of recent work by the Navajo artist, beginning on Feb. 3 and running through May 28.

The public is also invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 3, 5:30-8 p.m. The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Cody is a fourth-generation weaver from a family known for excellence in the traditional Navajo art. Like her contemporaries and weavers before her, Cody designs her pieces on a stand-up loom as she weaves, incorporating precise geometric forms and recognizable graphic elements, such as the yeii or Rainbow Person, who symbolizes protection, or a cross to represent Spider Woman, the giver and teacher of weaving to the Navajo. Unlike any other, however, Cody imbues her pieces with a stirring graphic vitality and personal voice, emerging as perhaps the most exciting young textile artist of today.

Cody’s work is at once deeply personal and an expression of her cultural context. Her personal joys and sorrows are reflected in works that communicate her emotional processes, from the complex compositions of pattern and iconography to the more recent inclusion of song lyrics. Future Tradition: Melissa Cody was curated by HCCC Executive Director Perry A. Price. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.


Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma.


Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma will join the Houston Symphony orchestra and Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Jones Hall. Ma will perform Dvorák’s powerful Cello Concerto, a masterpiece written during the time the composer spent in America. Gershwin’s jazz-influenced American in Paris will also be on the program.

Yo-Yo Ma is known worldwide as a soloist and chamber music aficionado. In addition to his performances, he dedicates much of his time to Silkroad, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create meaningful change in arts, education and business, which he founded in 1998. He has recorded more than 100 albums and remains one of the best-selling recording artists of the classical genre.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.


Professional organizer Lisa Giesler will speak both days.


The 7th Annual Sugar Land Home & Garden Show will be held at the Stafford Centre at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford Jan. 28-29. “With more than 200 home improvement contractors from the local market, the show is sure to have something for everyone,” said Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows Inc., producer of the Sugar Land Home & Garden Show.

Those in attendance each day can hear Lisa Giesler, a Certified Professional Organizer, owner of Houston-based A Time and Place for Everything, and award-winning author of “My Life is a Mess: Organization 101” and “Uncluttered: Discovering Strength and Purpose in the Chaos of Life.” A Sherwin-Williams Certified Color Consultant will take the stage each day to demonstrate the company’s ColorSnap Selection System, and the Thermador Live Cooking Stage presented by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery will feature Chef Michelle Morris, Ferguson Enterprises’ in-house chef, who will cook up some tasty treats four times each day using the latest Thermador induction cooktop and steam oven appliances.

The Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Presentation Stage will present experts such as Randy Lemmon, host of GardenLine on KTRH AM 740, on Saturday, and Bill Murphy, a Solar Energy Expert and manager of Sugar Land’s Sweetwater Energy Services. The Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Presen­tation Stage also will host the award-winning founder of The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Fryar will demonstrate his pruning and training skills each day of the show.

Show hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. Tickets are cash only at $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 12 years and younger can attend for free. For more show and ticket information call 832-274-3944 or visit SugarLandHomeAndGarden.com, where a downloadable discount coupon for $2 off admission is available.



The Jung Center Gallery, 5200 Montrose Blvd., will present the Rewilding exhibition by Barbara Attwell through Feb. 4. The public is invited to attend a Creating Felted Flowers workshop with Attwell on Feb. 4, from 2-3:30 p.m.

Through painting and felted sculpture, Barbara Attwell takes her audience on a journey through a mythological landscape brimming with rich, wild imagery, and archetypal energy. Attwell was educated in foundry work and now uses wool and her rich knowledge of nature to inform her art, creating animal guides and protective bindings that point to a time when ancient practices kept us one with all things wild.

In February, The Jung Center Gallery will feature two artists with very personal work, offering visitors a glimpse into both their personal consciousness as well as the collective.

In COMPOSITIONS: Dream Sequence I, self-taught Houston-based artist and poet Childs Pescatore presents 18 pen and ink drawings of dream images that inhabit our collective unconscious and the artist’s personal unconscious. Each composition/dream is accompanied by a poem written by the artist.

The photographs in The Haunted Mind emerged after the death of Ashley Whitt’s mother. This body of work addresses themes of duality, anxiety, and mortality. Multiple figures inhabit the frame to depict internal conflicts and the duality that exists within the self. Inspiration for the series comes from literature, film noir, nightmares, and an obsession with death.

Childs Pescatore’s exhibit will be on display Feb. 2-27 and Ashley Whitt’s from Feb. 11-27. The public is invited to a gallery reception for both artists on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6-8 p.m.


Houston Symphony celebrates the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with John Williams’ legendary score performed live to picture.


The Houston Symphony has announced that concert tickets for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial—Film with Live Orchestra are now on sale. The screening of the blockbuster film with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live to picture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Led by guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, the one-night-only presentation features a complete screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with a performance of the film’s entire score by legendary composer John Williams, a longtime Steven Spielberg collaborator and the Academy Awards’ most-nominated living person.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which premiered in June 1982, became the fourth film in history to accomplish the feat of winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, and BAFTA Award for Best Film in Music. The beloved blockbuster film tells the story of the unforgettable friendship between Elliot, a lonely 10-year-old boy, and an extraterrestrial stranded on Earth.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. Individual concert tickets start at $35. For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. -6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.


Super Bowl LI fantasies come alive at the Children’s Museum’s In It To Win It event, Feb. 4


The Children’s Museum of Houston will score a win for Houston families in celebration of Super Bowl LI. You’re invited to tackle tough numbers and celebrate football along with its well-played calculations at In It To Win It on Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at 10 a.m.   Special events include:

  • Mascot Challenge – The Museum’s Telephone Man and Moe Monster will face off in “speed challenges.” Event Time – 1 p.m. in Alcove.
  • Code Red Performance: Houston Energy female football dance team’s routine will beg for a replay. Event Time – Following Mascot Challenge in Alcove.
  • Houston Energy – Meet-and-greet with Houston’s own female football team. Event Time – 1-3 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.

Special activities include:

  • Zetangled Football – Design patterns on a football at Alexander Art Academy.
  • Plastic Bag Football – Repurpose grocery bags to play “finger football” at EcoStation.
  • Stadium Sustainability – Learn about Super Bowl LI host site green efforts at EcoStation.
  • Paper Football Champs – Construct your own football and play against your friends at Junktion.
  • Paper Bag Football – Make your own paper bag pigskin at Junktion.
  • Touchdown Pennant – Celebrate your favorite team to win the Super Bowl LI at Junktion.
  • Football Frenzy – Use numbers to be the first to reach the end zone at ExxonMobil Math Cart.
  • Field Goal Percentage – Catapult the perfect field goal using projectile motion at Science Station.

The Museum is located at 1500 Binz St. Hours are Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun, Noon-6 p.m. General Museum admission is $12 per person and $11 for seniors 65+. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission. For more information, visit cmhouston.org or call


Violinist Maureen Nelson performs with ROCO on Feb. 12.


River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s (ROCO) February concert schedule includes “Stolen Moments” on Feb.12 at 5 p.m. at MATCH, 3400 Main St. ROCO percussionist Matt McClung and violinist Maureen Nelson perform a series of solos and duets in this unique program, with works originally intended for their counterpart’s instrument. Tickets are $25 general admission; $15 students.

On Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., ROCO presents “People are People” at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr., Spring. The program features the world premiere of a violin concerto commissioned by ROCO and written specifically for Grammy-nominated violinist Andrés Cárdenes by Ricardo Lorenz. Other works on the program are Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini’s Symphony No. 25 in A-Major, Aaron Copland’s Three Latin American Sketches and Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 8 in D major. The concert will be repeated on Feb 25 at 5 p.m. at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. Tickets are $35 general admission; $25 senior and TWUMC members; $15 students.

ROCO is a 40-piece professional chamber orchestra that was founded in 2005 by Alecia Lawyer. The result is ROCO: An orchestra of all-star musicians, distinguished conductors and contemporary composers who come together from all over the world to present unexpected classics, original compositions and delightful performances that dissolve the barriers between audience and orchestra.


Angela Meade will make her HGO debut as the soprano soloist.


Widely recognized as one of the most dramatic works written in the form of the Christian liturgy, Verdi’s mighty Requiem differs from those of other composers in that it demands operatic performing forces; it has been called “an opera in disguise.”

The work premiered in 1874 at Milan’s Church of San Marco with four operatic soloists and the composer on the podium. The occasion was the anniversary of the death of Italian poet and national hero Alessandro Manzoni, to whom Verdi dedicated the work. Subsequent performances often took place in opera houses, and from the beginning, critics remarked, some disapprovingly, on the work’s operatic nature. What has never been questioned is the Requiem’s profound spiritual, even cathartic impact, which has caused it to be performed under the most trying of circumstances, such as in a World War II concentration camp, and excerpted on such occasions as the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, and in New York City after the 9/11 tragedy.

From Feb. 10-18, HGO will devote the company’s full operatic forces to Verdi’s iconic score, including the HGO Orchestra led by Artistic & Music Director Patrick Summers and the largest HGO Chorus in the company’s history, directed by HGO’s highly respected chorus master, Richard Bado, along with four outstanding soloists.

Angela Meade, whose Norma at the Metropolitan Opera created a critical stir, will make her HGO debut as the soprano soloist. Sasha Cooke—Magnolia Hawks in HGO’s 2013 Show Boat—will be the alto soloist. The tenor soloist will be Alexey Dolgov, a hit with Houston audiences in 2015 as both Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and Cavaradossi in Tosca. The bass soloist will be Peixin Chen, a 2015 HGO Studio alumnus who sang Dr. Bartolo in HGO’s The Marriage of Figaro last season.

Tickets are available at HGO, as well as a full list of events for the rest of the HGO season.



Returning to Houston for the 10th time, crowd favorite STOMP is the perfect addition to Society for the Performing Arts’ (SPA) 50th Anniversary Season. The popular production will return to Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., from Feb. 10-12.

The phenomenon, now in its 25th year, is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. See what all the noise is about!

There will be five performances of STOMP. Show dates and times are Friday, Feb.10 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $43-103 and can be purchased online at spahouston.orgs

, by phone at 713-227-4772 or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall. Hours of operation: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday. For groups of 15 or more call 713-632-8113. Prices are subject to change.


Girl Scouts in southeast Texas will commemorate the milestone of the 100th anniversary of cookie sales with a debut of its new S’mores Cookie.


Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first known sale of Girl Scout Cookies with a debut of its new S’mores™ cookies during the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program, which began Jan. 7.

The celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies will kick into high gear during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2017. From Feb. 24-26, Girl Scout councils around the country, including GSSJC, will be hosting events and cookie booths for cookie enthusiasts to get their hands on the iconic treats and join in the fun. To find cookie varieties available locally or learn more about the history of Girl Scout cookies and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit girlscoutcookies.org or download the Cookie Finder App from the App Store or Google Play.

A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money. To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ will be available for order at the start of the sale, joining classics like Thin Mints and Shortbreads.

Today, nearly 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the Cookie Program, generating nearly $800 million in cookie sales during the average season nationally. All of the net revenue raised through the Cookie Program — 100 percent of it — stays with the local council and troops.


The Horszowski Trio will perform on Feb. 21 at The Menil Collection.


Da Camera’s February 2017 concert schedule is as follows:

Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt – Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. Tickets start at $42.50 Da Camera presents world-renowned violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt in their long-awaited Houston recital debut. An artist known for his musical integrity, technical assurance and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists performing today. His frequent collaborator Lars Vogt has rapidly established himself as one of the leading pianists of his generation.

Horszowski Trio – Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross. Tickets are $60. Da Camera presents the Horszowski Trio in their Houston debut at the Menil Collection. Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills joins with Raman Ramakrishnan, the founding cellist of prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, and acclaimed pianist Reiko Aizawa in this celebrated ensemble. The Trio takes inspiration from Mieczyslaw Horszowski, a legendary pianist and Curtis Institute of Music teacher; like their namesake, the group presents a repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary.

For more information, visit dacamera.com.



The Alley Theatre will present its internationally acclaimed Let the Right One In with preview performances Feb. 17, opening night Feb. 22 and continuing through March 19 in the Hubbard Theatre.

From John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the director and playwright of 2016’s spectacular smash Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes this spellbinding piece of theatrical storytelling. Supernatural thriller Let the Right One In is a brutal and tender vampire myth told through the turbulence of a coming-of-age romance. Oskar, a lonely boy from a broken home, is bullied at school and longing for friendship. Eli, the young girl who moves in next door, doesn’t attend school and rarely leaves home. When a series of mysterious killings plagues the neighborhood, these two young misfits, sensing in each other a kindred spirit, forge a deep connection. But the shocking truth about one of them tests their young friendship—and love—beyond all imaginable limits. Tony and Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany (Black Watch, Once) directs this major new production which was adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne following the international success of the original Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist and subsequent film.

Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30and 7:30 p.m. The show contains adult content, explicit language, and violence.


Let the Right One In, a spellbinding coming-of-age romance, is recommended for mature teens, and up. (Photo – Manuel Harlan)

Kelli O’Hara and Hoon Lee in the famous ballroom dance scene from The King and I. (Photo – Paul Kolnik)


Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I that will play Houston’s Hobby Center for the Performing Arts March 14-19.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. For more information, visit thekinganditour.com.

Tickets begin at $35 and are available by phone 800-982-2787; at BroadwayAtTheHobby­Cen­ter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org; the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby); and all Ticketmas­ter outlets. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.



Entries are now open for the 30th annual Rodeo Run, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. Since the Rodeo Run began in 1988, $4.8 million has been contributed to the Show’s educational programs.

The Rodeo Run is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, followed by the Downtown Rodeo Parade through the streets of Houston. There are several different ways to participate: 5K walk/run, 10K run, 5K/10K wheelchair race, virtual runner or donor. All entries in the 5K and 10K receive the official Rodeo Run T-shirt.

Early bird registration is open online through Thursday, Feb. 16. Fees to register are as follows: 5K walk/run: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee); 10K: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee); and virtual runner: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee). Late registration is available online from Friday, Feb. 17, to Friday, March 3, at noon: 5k walk/run: $35 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee) or 10k: $35 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee).

Online registration ends Friday, March 3 at noon. Participants may register in person at Luke’s Locker, 1953 West Gray, from Wednesday, March 1, through Friday, March 3.

There is no packet pickup on the day of the race, Saturday, March 4. If packet mailing is not chosen during registration, participants MUST pick up their race packets at Luke’s Locker (1953 West Gray) on Wednesday, March 1, through Friday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit rodeohouston.com/rodeorun to register or for more information.



The Houston Civil War Round Table is an organization that hosts authors and historians who present the history of various events during the American Civil War. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, except for the summer months (June, July and August). The group meets at the Hess Club, 5430 Westheimer Rd. Networking begins at 6 p.m, dinner at 7 p.m. and the speaker at 7:45 p.m. There is a charge for
dinner. For information and to RSVP, visit


Chris De’Sean Lee, Jose Ramos, Wallace Smith and Miguel Cervantes in the Chicago Company of Hamilton.


BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center has announced its line-up of shows for the new 2017-2018 season. Hamilton will play its Houston engagement April 24-May 20, 2018, and anchor the BBVA Compass Broadway Season with five other shows, all of which will be Houston premieres. Along with one special option, the new season of seven productions represents a range of Tony Award® winners and song-and-dance favorites for Houston audiences to enjoy.

The season begins on Halloween night with a week of Escape To Margaritaville, (October 31-November 5, 2017) a brand-new, pre-Broadway production and ode to Jimmy Buffett’s laid back lifestyle and timeless tunes, as well as brand new songs by Buffett. Next, the award-winning story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, On Your Feet!, will be presented November 21-26, 2017.

Beginning the new year in 2018 (January 9-14) is the revival of The Color Purple whose re-imaged staging and stellar vocal performances won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hilarious School Of
Rock lands at the Hobby Center from January
30-February 4, 2018, complete with an all-kid rock band.

Then Hamilton, with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, arrives for a four-week run April 24-May 20, 2018. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blanken­buehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washing­ton’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The musical’s score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway.

To guarantee tickets for Hamilton, season tickets for the 2017-2018 series are on sale now at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com, or by calling 800-952-6560 or visiting the Hobby Center box office, 800 Bagby Street.


Genre-bending musician and vocalist Ben Folds.


Multiplatinum-selling singer, songwriter and producer Ben Folds will join the Houston Symphony in a one-night-only performance of his acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and alternative-pop hits at 7:30 p.m. March 16.

Throughout his career, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending musical art that includes pop albums as the frontman for Ben Folds Five, multiple solo rock albums, as well as unique collaborative records with artists such as Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, to Weird Al and William Shatner. His most recent album is a blend of pop and classical original works, in part recorded with the revered classical sextet yMusic that soared to No. 1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.



Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) has announced its 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala: Bringing the Greatest Shows on Earth. Co-Chairs Stephany Olsen LeGrand and Curt Karges, and Janet and Bill Swanstrom, along with Honorary Chairs Katherine and Paul Murphy and Sharon and Tim Taylor, are planning the bash of the season. The event will honor Marc and Brenda Watts for their dedication and hard work to SPA. The SPA Gala is slated for Saturday, April 1. Wortham Theater will be transformed into a lively and whimsical circus setting for the evening, including a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by Skyrocket.

The SPA Gala is one of the highlights of the Houston social season. Marking the occasion of its Golden Anniversary, the gala will celebrate 50 years of “bringing the world’s best to Houston,” with a look back at the iconic performances of SPA’s five-decade legacy as well as looking to the future of the performing arts.

Proceeds from the Gala will further SPA’s mission in presenting the world’s best artists and performances to Houston audiences and in expanding award-winning Education and Community Engagement programs, which reach over 70,000 students and educators each year.

Tickets begin at $600 per person (limited seating), and tables begin at $6,000. Many underwriting opportunities are available with meaningful benefits. For more information regarding the Gala, call 713-632-8103 or email lena@spahouston.org.

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