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Thu, May 24, 2012
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All events, things to do on May 24, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center for all ages and experience levels. Classes are rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Park Tai Chi
Workshop |
This will be a Lecture/Demonstration. Phones aren’t just phones anymore. Learn about the latest cutting-edge smartphones, their various operating systems, the required data plans, and the many available applications (apps!) that can turn a good smartphone into a great one.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film |
Starring Mara Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marcus Goring. A young ballerina is torn between the composer who loves her and the impresario determined to fashion her into a great dancer. 134 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$6
Tours, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Cathedral Tour
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Congressman Ron Paul considers the Federal Reserve "both corrupt and unconstitutional" Tour times: 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Bach at Noon
Tour |
Discover the sheepfold that became a world famous restaurant, a parade ground that became the Sheep Meadow, the Children's District, The Mall including its statues.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Tavern and Its Green Tour
Concert |
Todd Robbins plays Ragtime and classic Tin Pan Alley songs. He is often heard on Monday nights playing piano with Woody Allen's Jazz Band and has recorded two albums with that group.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Program: Chansons madécasses Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) Pierrot Lunaire, Op.21 Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951) Ensemble ACJW is the performing arm of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Ensemble ACJW performs at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and other venues in New York City and New York State, including an annual residency at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. The ensemble comes together in different sizes, having the opportunity to play intimate chamber music as well as larger, conducted chamber orchestra works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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Tours, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Cathedral Tour
Gallery Talk |
Life is not lived in black and white: reality may have the tinge of dreams and dreams an air of reality. This provocative tension exists between the experiential nature of early American folk art and the fantastical imagery it often displays—between what is real and what is imagined. The same is true of the work of contemporary self-taught artists, which may introduce unique—and sometimes puzzling—expressions that illuminate the iconoclastic nature that is the flip side of the collective American psyche.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Other |
All levels of play welcome. Please bring with you...your Scrabble set (be sure it has all 100 tiles!), a Scrabble dictionary and, of course, a love of the game!
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Others, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Scrabble Mania
Jazz |
The Tribute to Phoebe Jacobs will feature Wynton Marsalis as well as Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Mercedes Ellington, Bobby Sanabria, George Wein, Antoinette Montague, Robert O'Meally, Victor Goines, Bob Stewart, Stanley Crouch, Norma Miller, Brianna Thomas, and more. Jacobs' life was devoted to the perpetuation of jazz through The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation for which she served as the executive vice-president. She was one of the most important behind-the-scenes influences in jazz. Her phenomenal work touched many lives, especially those of young people through jazz education and outreach.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Talk |
Where will the money come from! This class describes a variety of tax advantaged accounts that individuals can set up to help them acquire the nest egg necessary for retirement and/or college bound children.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Starring Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and Gig Young. The lives and romances of three sisters in a musical family; the youngest daughter's life is complicated by the subsequent arrival of a charming composer and a cynical music arranger. 117 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
Overview of selected sources, both print and electronic, for finding market research and reports.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Market Research Information Sources
Film |
With Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets. 146 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Steven Spielberg's War Horse (2011): Nominated for 6 Oscars
Opening Reception |
“Creative destruction” initially described the periodic crises that cleared the ground for the creation of new wealth. More recently, the term has been interpreted by finance capital as the ability to profit at the expense of the majority and their livelihoods. The exhibition reclaims the phrase in order to emphasize the potential to reconfigure and rebuild from pre-existing language for different political purposes. The artworks take aim at how these signs perpetuate a constructed yet naturalized state of inequality. Similar to many of the recent global protest movements, they collectively engage in a critical analysis of the existing socio-economic and ideological order. Creative Destruction features works by Minerva Cuevas, Melanie Gilligan, Hans Haacke, Alfredo Jaar, Raqs Media Collective, Kerri Reid, SUPERFLEX, Fred Wilson and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
A beginning level chess gaming group for all ages. Other games considered as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Chess & Games Club
Opening Reception |
A thesis exhibition of creative projects by students graduating from the MFA Computer Art Department. Curated by faculty members Hsiang Chin Moe and Jose Vargas.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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With Allie Roth. So many of us go from job to job, from career to career, and never really find the satisfaction we’re looking for. We fail to listen to that voice inside that knows what we are meant to do. In this class, you will start with the assumption that we all have special gifts that we need to express in this world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
With Patrick Hopkins.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lecture |
Ann Cooper Albright’s book superbly reproduces more than fifty of Abraham Walkowitz’s watercolors found in the Library. Join a slide show presentation by Albright, who delivers a fresh approach to Duncan’s dance and Walkowitz’s art, seamlessly moving between gesture and drawing in an assemblage of literary theory, art criticism, and dance history.
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Open-level yoga with a certified instructor! Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your yoga mat or a beach towel. All participants must sign a waiver form before they join in. For adults 18+.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Expert instructors, provided by lululemon athletica, lead all levels of yogis. Mats are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Park Yoga
Opening Reception |
Lippa's new series of oil paintings continue her fascination with urban cultures continuous motion. The artist focuses on areas in New York City where people congregate, where the hustle and bustle of everyday life takes place, such as transportation hubs, the subway, Times Square, entertainment centers such as Radio City Music Hall, and parks such as Union Square. Shown: "Times Square," 2012, Oil on canvas, 24 x 66 1/2 inches
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception |
On display are paintings of various sizes on linen, canvas, scarves, glass bottles, laundry bags and dresses, which examine physical and mental states, as well as symptoms, of instability and oversaturation. Working between the excesses and deficiencies of painting's signification, Claflin’s paintings, when taken together, imply a solid, but also dismembered body. Shown: "Van*iSh," 2012. Mixed media on canvas, 15 x 10 in.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception |
10th National Juried Show - Juror: Samantha Rippner, Curator Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum, NYC. Lynne Mayocole's Beggar Celebrants, an installation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception |
Teun Hocks’ ninth solo exhibition with the gallery. Through these Recent Works, the Dutch artist expands his body of constructed imagery with fourteen photographic works that flex his mastery of process while narrating actions of futility and possibility.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading |
Elaine Equi was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1953. She is the author of many collections of poetry including Voice-Over (Coffee House Press, 1998), which won the San Francisco State Poetry Award; Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2007), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and on the short list for the Griffin Poetry Prize; and most recently, Click and Clone (Coffee House Press, 2011). Widely published and anthologized, Equi’s work has appeared in the Nation, Poetry, the New Yorker, and several editions of The Best American Poetry. Equi lives in New York City, where she teaches creative writing at New York University and in the MFA programs at the New School and City College of New York. Jerome Sala was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, in 1951 and has a PhD in American Studies from New York University. He is the author of many cult classics, including Look Slimmer Instantly (2005), Raw Deal (1994), I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent (1985), Spaz Attack (1980), and most recently Prom Night (2011), a collaboration with artist Tamara Gonzales, featuring a sequence of his goth/horror poems. His writing has appeared widely in publications such as The Best American Poetry, the Nation, Rolling Stone, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Boundary 2, the Brooklyn Rail, the World , and many others. Sala maintains the blog espresso bongo on “poetry, pop culture, and everyday life” at espressobongo.typepad.com, and lives and works in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
Join spiritual leader and head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Dada J. P. Vaswani, for a talk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance |
In Simone Forti’s experimental dance, which was originally performed in 1961, dancers begin by tightly hugging each other with their knees bent to form a huddle. The huddle then moves along the High Line as one dancer after another detaches from the group, climbs the human formation, and reunites with the huddle.
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Talk |
With Joshua Foer. At a time when electronic devices have all but rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer’s bid to resurrect the art of remembering leads us to appreciate a gift we all possess but that often slips our minds.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
This will be the first performance of a new show by Irish writer, singer and songwriter, Lucy Foley, accompanied by her four piece band. Songs and stories of the city with fairytale underpinnings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening |
An acclaimed documentary about Ruth Gruber, legendary 100-year-old photojournalist. Gruber will be present for the screening and to sign her book, Witness. 73 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lecture |
This visual lecture examines Russia's great historical tragedy, locating its source in Russia's failure fully to appreciate the value of the individual in comparison with the objectives of the state. The author presents the moral and spiritual crisis of Russian society. He shows how it is possible for a government to deny the inherent value of its citizens and for the population to agree, and why so many Russians actually mourn the passing of the Soviet regime that denied them fundamental rights. Through a wide-ranging consideration of attitudes toward the living and the dead, the past and the present, the state and the individual, he arrives at a distinctive and important new way of understanding the Russian experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Screening |
Over three evenings, short documentaries made by this year’s students in the Documentary Media Studies graduate certificate program are screened for the public. Media Studies faculty members Deirdre Boyle and Deanna Kamiel lead a Q&A with the artists following the screenings each night. These films are the product of a year of work in documentary production, history, and theory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, The 6th Annual Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival
Discussion |
“The New Realism” was coined this century to describe the turn in young Russian literature toward direct narrative prose, sometimes lyrical but often ruthlessly honest and severe. Join Irina Bogatyreva (pictured), Alexander Snigirev, Igor Savelyev and critic Valeria Pustovaya. Complimentary wine will be served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
This event will feature an interactive reading and discussion with novelists Leora Skolkin-Smith, Jessica Keener and Caroline Leavitt on the theme of Mothers on the Verge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
Vienna-based group WochenKlausur gives a presentation on a series of presentations by New York-based organizations, associations, interest groups, and activists who deal with issues of housing and the urban built environment in New York, such as the Center for Urban Pedagogy and Transportation Alternatives. Following a one-week residency, each one of the organizations that agree to participate can then use the WochenKlausur space as a platform to present their work for the duration of the Our Haus exhibition. The artist collective WochenKlausur has been developing concrete proposals aimed at small, but nevertheless effective improvements to socio-political deficiencies since 1993. Proceeding even further and invariably translating these proposals into action, artistic creativity is no longer seen as a formal act but as an intervention into society. The core team of WochenKlausur consists of 8 artists who have all participated in multiple projects. WochenKlausur's office is housed in a former storefront in Vienna.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancing |
Sweeping views, great lawn, dance lessons, beer gardens, bike valet... and it's free! A spring evening features some of the coolest dance bands on the planet, the funkiest DJs under the stars, and the greatest view in the world. It will be Mardi Gras set in the New York Harbor when Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien takes the stage. An eighth generation Louisiana Creole, Simien is “one of the finest zydeco artists to emerge from south Louisiana” (Billboard). Jesse Lége and Bayou Brew will start this Fais do-do with their traditional Cajun dance hall music. The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music will provide free dance lessons.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Opera |
This performance will feature opera scenes in a semester-end performance by the Extension Division Opera program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Student Opera Excerpts Concert
Screening |
Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. 145 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$10 suggested admission
Book Signing |
Picking up where the first Thank You Notes left off, Jimmy Fallon has many more people and things to thank. He addresses some 200 new subjects in need of his undying "gratitude." Each page will feature one note and a photograph of its recipient.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
Stand up by BARON VAUGHN (Leo on USA's hit show "Fairly Legal," "Conan"). Musical Guest KELLY HUDSON (College Humor, The Onion News Network). The premiere of the new pilot MEDIOCRE MODELS from Kelly Hudson, Dan Klein & Emily Strachan - the team that brought you TEEN WHEELS!!!! Hosted LISA LEFT EYE LOPES from TLC.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Ganesh Das leads a therapeutic meditation practice. This healing Satsang is designed and blessed by his gurus and founders of the method, Sharon Gannon and David Life. Through this guided practice open to all levels, one learns to find a comfortable meditative seat, be still and focus the attention on the breath and a mantra. One learns to create space and calmness in the mind and body, amidst the daily chaos of life. This class provides a safe environment for the community to gather and openly discuss spiritual and every day aspects of life through a candid Q & A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$10 suggested donation;
Workshop |
With Olivia Olkowski. In this class, explore a range of Peruvian and Mayan shamanic practices designed to: help us remove physical, emotional and psychic blockages; let go of outmoded thought patterns and behaviors; balance and build up our internal energy; and discover sources of deep inner wisdom and healing. No previous shamanic experience necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
With Liza Stepanova.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, College Piano Recital
Workshop |
With Naina Marballi. The stress of modern life causes our facial muscles to gradually lose their tone and our skin its luster and elasticity. Fortunately, the ancient holistic healing art of India, Ayurveda, offers a highly effective, time-tested approaches to rejuvenation.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Workshops, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Ayurvedic Facial Rejuvenation: Cultivating Ageless Beauty and Vitality
Concert |
B>Program: Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition Juilliard alumnus Miguel Harth-Bedoya will lead this year’s Juilliard Orchestra commencement concert, stepping in for an ailing James DePreist who is recuperating from unanticipated heart bypass surgery in a local New York City hospital. Featuring the School’s graduating instrumentalists throughout the orchestra, the concert is attended by their family members and friends who are in New York City for the next morning’s commencement ceremonies.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concert |
Sak Tzevul delivers a new brand of virtuosic, progressive rock guided by the band’s founder, Damian Martinez, whose electrifying lyrics, music and compositions, tackle the contemporary urgency of authentic indigenous voices. On a decidedly post-modern quest, Sak Tzevul points to the idealized perfection of humanity and the universal dreams held by all, especially youth audiences from around the globe. Martinez’s earthy and soulful voice is packed with passion of thought and deep feeling. Combined, his musical oeuvre inspires a feeling of liberation and the empowerment of a new generation. Inspired by ancient myths and codes, Sak Tzevul commemorates and reinterprets native chants and tales through intimate, heartbreaking meditations with an undercurrent of charged rock punctuated with classical inflections. By reaffirming native spirituality, Martinez harnesses the ancestral legacy of his home, Zinancantan, a Tzotzil Mayan village in the mountainous highlands of Chiapas, Mexico.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Performance |
The Scene is a weekly showcase of improvised one act plays. Each week the show features New York’s top improvisers from Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Baby Wants Candy, Second City and more. The Scene is produced and hosted by Dan Hodapp and Micah Sherman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Comedy: The Scene
Performance |
All you need to do is show up. Don’t have an improv group? They’ll put you in one! Have a team then bring them down! Five teams get to play for ten minutes each, and everyone has fun. Work on your skills and meet some great new people. New Team Lunacy, hosted by Erick Hellwig.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, New Team Lunacy Comedy Show
Jazz |
Hosted by vocalist Michael Mwenso, who successfully ran the internationally acclaimed program at London's Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Late Night Session offers a jazz home and community for some of today's most talented, young musicians to showcase and hone their craft. The fun begins every Thursday night until the wee hours. Stop by and hang.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2012, 05/24/2012, Late Night Session, Hosted by Michael Mwenso
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