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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 17, 2019?

28 free events take place on Thursday, January 17 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out January 17 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of January . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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Thu, January 17, 2019
28 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Thursday, January 17, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc I Can’t Sleep: Homage to a Uyghur Homeland: A Photographic Installation
free events nyc Animal Static: A Darkly Comic Interactive Exhibit Triggered by Motion Sensors
free events nyc Broadway pianist performs works by Leonard Bernstein and more
free events nyc Lyrical Melodies, Traditional Korean Instruments, Amplified Guitars

Workshop | Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga


Starts your day with a morning yoga practice. You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. You may bring your own coffee or tea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga

Tour | 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Tour | City Hall Tour for Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, City Hall Tour for Individuals

Film | A Streetcar Named Desire (1951): Four time Oscar winning drama by Elia Kazan


Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. 122 min. Starring Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter. The movie is adapted from Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name. In 1999, A Streetcar Named Desire was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". A Streetcar Named Desire won four awards at the 24th Academy Awards. The film set an Oscar record when it became the first film to win in three acting categories (a feat only since matched by Network). The awards it won were for Actress in a Leading Role (Leigh), Actor in a Supporting Role (Malden), Actress in a Supporting Role (Hunter), and Art Direction. Upon release of the film, Marlon Brando, virtually unknown at the time of the play's casting, rose to prominence as a major Hollywood film star, and received the first of four consecutive Academy Award nominations for Best Actor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951): Four time Oscar winning drama by Elia Kazan

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Bach at Noon

Gallery Talk | 2 Folk Art Shows: Exhibition Walkthroughs


A tour of John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night and Paa Joe: Gates of No Return, led by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, 2 Folk Art Shows: Exhibition Walkthroughs

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank 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. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Workshop | How to plan your business


Learn about the key components of a strong business plan in just three hours! This course will teach you how to organize your business idea into a structured plan, identify and promote your business to potential customers, fulfill the legal requirements of starting your business, and develop your financial projections. You will learn about: Components of a strong business plan Interconnectivity of marketing, finance, human resources and operations Strategies for reaching your target customers Developing a break-even analysis Tools and templates that will assist you with the planning process
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, How to plan your business

Concert | Baroque music for viola da gamba


John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba; Adam Young, viola da gamba. A dazzling array of colors, textures, tonalities, and affects are elicited from two bass viols in the works of three masterful composer/performers of the seventeenth century: the eccentric Elizabethan courtier, Tobias Hume; the mysterious French esoteric, le Sieur de Sainte-Colombe; and the passionate Dutch virtuoso, Johannes Schenk. About the performers John Mark Rozendaal has performed with Newberry Consort, King's Noyse, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Trio Settecento, Brandywine Baroque, and LeStrange Viols. Adam Young has performed with groups such as Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists and Les Arts. He a student of Sarah Cunningham at the Juilliard School of Music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Baroque music for viola da gamba

Film | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) with Michael Cain, Steve Martin: settling the rivalry by betting


Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first. A fun comedy for two great actors. 150 min. Director: Frank Oz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) with Michael Cain, Steve Martin: settling the rivalry by betting

Film | Searching (2018): Father searching for his daughter


After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her. 102 min. Director: Aneesh Chaganty. Starring John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee. Searching is the first mainstream Hollywood thriller headlined by an Asian-American actor. The film was a financial and critical success, grossing over $75 million worldwide against a $1 million budget and receiving praise for its direction, acting, unique visual presentation and unpredictable storyline.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Searching (2018): Father searching for his daughter

Film | The Dark Mirror (1946): Oscar nominated film noir thriller


A man is found murdered, with witnesses convinced about the woman they saw leaving his apartment. However, it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible. Director: Robert Siodmak. Starring Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell. 85 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, The Dark Mirror (1946): Oscar nominated film noir thriller

Film | The Equalizer 2 (2018): Struggle for justice starring Denzel Washington


Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? 121 min. Director: Antoine Fuqua. Starring Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders. Filming began in September 2017, and took place in Boston as well as other areas around Massachusetts. It marks the first time Washington has starred in a sequel to one of his films. The Equalizer 2 has grossed $102.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $88.4 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $190.5 million, against a production budget of $62 million.
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Films, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, The Equalizer 2 (2018): Struggle for justice starring Denzel Washington

Tour | Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour


A tour of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, home of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Tour highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, architect Cass Gilbert, and sculptor Daniel Chester French; viewing the Collectors Office with Tiffany woodwork; Reginald Marsh murals; and the 140-ton Rotunda dome by Rafael Gustavino.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

Film | Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018): A superhero movie based on marvel comics


As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. Director: Peyton Reed. Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña. 118 min.
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Films, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018): A superhero movie based on marvel comics

Lesson | Advanced American Sign Language


This workshop helps students to become a fluent communicator with other ASL users. American Sign Language is a natural language that serves as the predominant sign language of deaf communities in the United States and most of Anglophone Canada.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Advanced American Sign Language

Workshop | Backroads & Backpacks: Photography Off the Beaten Path


The world is full of wonderful places to photograph wilderness, but the opportunities for the most original images tend to lie off the beaten path—sometimes very far off. Chris Nicholson, author of Photographing National Parks, and Sherry Pincus, photographer and veteran backpacker, want to bring you to some of those places. In this two-hour presentation, they will discuss how to find unique photos in popular national parks and other natural spaces by driving the primitive roads and hiking the long trails, venturing far from the overlooks, the information signs and the tourists. Nicholson and Pincus will examine not only the how-to, but also the how-to-gear-up and the how-to-stay-safe. They will reveal “the 10 essentials,” how to pack a 4WD or a backpack, what kind of tent to sleep in, how to carry a camera dozens of miles into the mountains, which lenses to bring, how to eat and hydrate, and what never to leave at home. They’ll cover everything from day jaunts to overnight camping, from establishing a basecamp to trekking hut-to-hut, from extended backcountry hikes to roaming off-trail into the bush. The talk will be an introduction for photographers unfamiliar with camping and backpacking, and also an opportunity for experienced explorers to consider how they might expand their approach. Backpacking equipment will be discussed from the perspective of incorporating camera gear while dealing with choices that are affected by weight restrictions and safe travel. The presentation will not be all theory and guidelines. The aforementioned info will be couched in accounts of remote photo trips that they have personally embarked on, in locations such as Death Valley, Big Bend, Mount Rainier, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Lassen Volcanic, Canyonlands, Glacier and Olympic national parks, as well as Wyoming’s Wind River Range, Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, Canada’s Mount Robson and Lake O’Hara, Europe’s Tour du Mont Blanc, and Patagonia’s Torres del Paine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Backroads & Backpacks: Photography Off the Beaten Path

Workshop | How to talk to your doctor


One of the keys to getting good healthcare is communication. Learn proven ways to talk to your doctor and healthcare professionals and how to advocate for yourself and the people for whom you are caring.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | My Life as a Spy by Katherine Verdery


Professor and author Katherine Verdery will discuss her latest book, My Life as a Spy. As Katherine Verdery observes, "There's nothing like reading your secret police file to make you wonder who you really are." In 1973 Verdery began her doctoral fieldwork in the Transylvanian region of Romania, ruled at the time by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. She returned several times over the next twenty-five years, during which time the secret police—the Securitate—compiled a massive surveillance file on her. Reading through its 2,781 pages, she learned that she was "actually" a spy, a CIA agent, a Hungarian agitator, and a friend of dissidents: in short, an enemy of Romania. In My Life as a Spy she analyzes her file alongside her original field notes and conversations with Securitate officers.
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Author Readings, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, My Life as a Spy by Katherine Verdery

Opening Reception | Animal Static: A Darkly Comic Interactive Exhibit Triggered by Motion Sensors


An interactive installation from multidisciplinary artist and performer Lex Brown, in which motion-sensors trigger the viewer’s own participation in a fractilinear, darkly comic landscape of language and geometry. Brown’s cast of humorous characters draw us into an evolving, self-contained narrative circuit, presenting each of us with slips in reality that we’ve already begun to build into our everyday. As we race toward a horizon—on which a climate eclipse, a fully automated future, and identity null point appear to lie—will we find that horizon to be round and ever-receding, like the ever-receding satisfaction of a Netflix Binge, or that it is in fact a sharp corner, from which we’ll enter another plane of existence? Lex Brown is an artist, musician, and writer. Her work plays with the scale of personal and emotional experience in relation to large scale systems of social and economic organization. She has performed and exhibited work at the the New Museum, the High Line, the International Center of Photography, and Deli Gallery in New York; REDCAT Theater and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; and at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Animal Static: A Darkly Comic Interactive Exhibit Triggered by Motion Sensors

Author Reading | Fit Men Cook: 100+ Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women -- Always #HealthyAF, Never Boring


Kevin Curry, the fitness influencer and creator of the #1 bestselling Food & Drink app FitMenCook, shares 100 easy, quick meal prep recipes that will save you time, money, and inches on your waistline—helping you to get healthy on your own terms.
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Author Readings, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Fit Men Cook: 100+ Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women -- Always #HealthyAF, Never Boring

Opening Reception | I Can’t Sleep: Homage to a Uyghur Homeland: A Photographic Installation


Women and children – posturing, gazing, playing on bed frames – become “coincidental subjects,” their vivid garments sharply accentuated against the muted earth tones of the vast Taklamakan Desert. This far west region of China (Xinjiang), home to the Uyghur people, is a place Lisa Ross has imaged and imagined for over 15 years. Recently, the Chinese state has amplified its efforts to forcibly assimilate minority populations, imbuing the artist with a sense of urgency to display these pictures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, I Can&rsquo;t Sleep: Homage to a Uyghur Homeland: A Photographic Installation

Concert | Broadway pianist performs works by Leonard Bernstein and more


Pianist Andrew Gerle performs works of Leonard Bernstein, John Corigliano, Vittorio Giannini, and John Musto. Andrew Gerle has worked on dozens of off-Broadway, regional, and touring productions and he has been the featured pianist in the pits of such Broadway shows as Ragtime and An American in Paris. He has served as musical director and accompanist for such distinguished artists as Kitty Carlisle Hart, John Raitt, Jennifer Holliday, Shirley Jones, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leslie Uggams, and Liz Callaway. Featuring Cree Carrico, soprano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Concerts, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Broadway pianist performs works by Leonard Bernstein and more

Workshop | Traditional media versus social media jobs


Andy Limpus, the Director of Talent Acquisition at the global firm Penske Media Corporation, will give a lecture on the latest hiring trends for media companies. Learn what the hiring managers are looking for and what are the most desired skills in this job market. Andy Limpus is responsible for managing the recruitment efforts for PMC Corporate and the NY & LA based publications. For nearly 25 years, Limpus has recruited and hired talent for media and many other industries, he has worked with a diverse client list including Conde Nast, Hearst, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony/BMG.
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Lecture | Historical Lecture on recent restorations in Roosevelt Island


Architect Thomas Fenniman reviews his recent restoration projects. Thomas A. Fenniman is an architectural specializing in the analysis and rehabilitation of existing buildings and the restoration of historic structures. With over 35 years experience working in NYC and the metropolitan area, Thomas has developed a special expertise in working with non-profit institutions and in the creative use of cost-effective designs and solutions with a commitment to quality. His firm has been recognized for excellence in historic restoration by numerous State and local agencies including The New York State Parks Department, The New York Landmarks Conservancy, Friends of the Upper Eastside, The Victorian Society of New York, and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. Notable projects include the interior restoration of The Church of Saint Francis Xavier, The façade restoration of The Players Club on Gramercy Park, the Langham at 135 Central Park West and the exterior restoration of the Old Brooklyn Fire Headquarters. Thomas has a Bachelor of Architecture and Building Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and studied Architecture abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a registered Architect in NY, NJ, CT and MA. Projects completed on Roosevelt Island include the restoration of the Visitors Center Kiosk, The slate roof and narthex restoration of The Chapel of the Good Shepherd and a Condition Study of the Renwick Lighthouse at the northern tip of the Island.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Historical Lecture on recent restorations in Roosevelt Island

Discussion | 'I Was, I Am, I Will Be': The Historical Legacy and Contemporary Relevance of Rosa Luxemburg


This event takes place in the context of the exhibition Rosa Luxemburg: A Thousand More Things, which marks the 100th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg’s murder on January 15, 1919. The exhibition is a jump-off point for a discussion of her contemporary impact. The panel discussion features contributions by feminist philosopher Drucilla Cornell and artist Kai Lumumba Barrow. Highlighting Rosa Luxemburg’s writings on colonialism, they link her political ideas to burning issues concerning the colonization of the natural world—in particular environmental racism, extractivism, displacement, and other forms of structural oppression. Drucilla Cornell will demonstrate how Rosa Luxemburg’s love of the earth and all beings on it—sentient or not—goes against the notion that Marxism is a form of outdated humanism. She offers a reading of Rosa’s socialism against the much later writings on African Socialism, which argued that the human/nature divide had to be completely rethought. In her contribution, Kai Lumumba Barrow presents Fugitive Crossings: Beautifully Dehydrated (for Rosa), a queer Black feminist take on the fissures, passageways, and rites of Black fugitivity. Inspired by Rosa Luxemburg’s herbarium, this multimedia "talk" creates a dialogue with letters, journal entries, and oral statements from women prisoners, and it uses the persona of DJ Trickster for a sonic exploration of Rosa.
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Discussions, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, 'I Was, I Am, I Will Be': The Historical Legacy and Contemporary Relevance of Rosa Luxemburg

Author Reading | 3 authors read from their books


With: Roshani Chokshi, The Gilded Wolves S.A. Chakraborty, The Kingdom of Copper Melissa Albert, The Hazel Wood
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Author Readings, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, 3 authors read from their books

Concert | Lyrical Melodies, Traditional Korean Instruments, Amplified Guitars


Lyrical melodies performed on traditional Korean folk instruments are amplified with guitar, electronics, and improvisation into a fierce quake of sound when this four-piece band hits the stage. Founded in 2011, Black String has performed at festivals and venues around the world, including the Jarasum International Jazz Festival in South Korea, the London Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, Flushing Town Hall, and Rockwood Music Hall. Tonight they present “an engaging exploration of what can be achieved by bringing ancient and modern into creative fusion” (Jazzwise). With Yoon Jeong Heo | geomun-go; six-string zither Jean Oh | elec. guitars Aram Lee | daegeum, yanggeum Min Wang Hwang | vocal, percussion
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, Lyrical Melodies, Traditional Korean Instruments, Amplified Guitars
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