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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on March 20, 2019?

35 free events take place on Wednesday, March 20 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 March 20 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 March . 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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free events nyc Dancing Sweeties (1930): Pre-Code Romantic Comedy Of A Dancer Couple
free events nyc Job Search Planning And Tips For Mature Workers
free events nyc Sorry I Missed Your Show: Dance Screening and Discussion
free events nyc A Conversation with Music Director of the New York Philharmonic
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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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Workshop | Fishing in the Park


A morning of catch-and-release fishing. Some of the fish include largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, carp, and chain pickerel. Fishing poles are available to borrow. Instruction and bait (corn kernels) are provided. Conditions permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Fishing in the Park

Film | Dancing Sweeties (1930): Pre-Code Romantic Comedy Of A Dancer Couple


Dance-contest winners get married and receive a furnished home. 62 min. Director: Ray Enright. Starring Grant Withers, Sue Carol, Tully Marshall. Pre-Code Hollywood refers to the brief era in the American film industry between the widespread adoption of sound in pictures in 1929 and the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines, popularly known as the "Hays Code", in mid-1934.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:15 am
Free
Films, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Dancing Sweeties (1930): Pre-Code Romantic Comedy Of A Dancer Couple

Film | Tomorrowland (2015): Science Fiction Mystery Starring George Clooney


Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. 130 min. Director: Brad Bird. Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie.  Tomorrowland grossed $93.4 million in North America and $115.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $209.2 million, against a budget of $190 million.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Tomorrowland (2015): Science Fiction Mystery Starring George Clooney

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, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, City Hall Tour for Individuals

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term ‘baroque’ has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was ‘maestro di capella’ at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today’s music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi’s advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider 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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Concerts, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Bach at Noon

Concert | 2019 City Skate Concert


A presentation of the Ice Theatre of New York. For the past 30 years, Ice Theatre of New York has created and advanced ice dance as a performing art form and provided education and presented public performances for people of all ages. Come experience the balance, flow and flight of skating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, 2019 City Skate Concert

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

Tour | CANCELLED!! 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, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, CANCELLED!! Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Jazz | Midday Jazz: Broadway Vocalist


Jazz vocalist Amy London’s fully seasoned career includes three years in the 6 Tony award winning Broadway hit City of Angels (singing on its Grammy nominated original cast album), and City Center’s production of Promises Promises starring Martin Short, plus tours with Charles Aznavour, Larry Elgart and Tom Browne.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Midday Jazz: Broadway Vocalist

Workshop | Job Search Planning And Tips For Mature Workers


Are you looking to re-enter the workforce after unemployment? Teresa San Roman & Marzena Ermler provide an overview of practical tips to build your confidence, plan your job search, update your elevator pitch, adapt your resume & cover letters, prepare for effective interviews and how to network. The workshop provides tips based on the career counselor´s experience helping mature workers get job ready and find employment. You will learn how to perfect skills used by younger workers to become competitive in your job search. Maximize your job search plan using job postings, networking, on-the-job training, and volunteering. Teresa San Roman is a Career Counselor at The WorkPlace. She manages the MaturityWorks Program for unemployed workers 55+. Teresa has over 15 years of experience working for Foundations such as AARP, Ford, McArthur and Gates, helping individuals build skills and get jobs. Marzena Ermler is a career coach and a learning and development professional who as NYPL’s Career Services Manager creates programs and services for job seekers. Marzena earned two masters degrees in `Information Management and Foreign Language Teaching (she speaks, German, Polish and Russian fluently), which made her uniquely skilled in providing diverse learners with life-long learning and career development strategies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:30 pm
Free
Workshops, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Job Search Planning And Tips For Mature Workers

Film | Freedom Song (2000): Story On The Civil Rights Movement In Mississippi


A tale about a young man's bout in the 1960s, in Mississippi, before Blacks were allowed to vote, and did sit ins at White establishments. The harrowing ordeals people wanting the same opportunities had to go through. 112 min. Director: Phil Alden Robinson. Starring Danny Glover, Vicellous Shannon, Vondie Curtis-Hall.  Freedom Song has two PrimeTime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Music and Lyrics and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Freedom Song (2000): Story On The Civil Rights Movement In Mississippi

Lesson | Learn to play chess


Learn to play the most popular game ever: a game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Learn to play chess

Lesson | Learn to play chess


Learn to play the most popular game ever: a game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio


Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I’ve played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Tour | Stroll to Strawberry Fields


Explore the southwest of Central Park with Central Park Conservancy tour guides, and see it like never before. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating a famous activist for peace, one of the most-visited areas of the Park has some secrets to share with even the most seasoned Park-goer. Highlights of this tour include: Maine Monument, the Children’s District, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
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2:00 pm
Free
Tours, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Stroll to Strawberry Fields

Workshop | Figure Drawing Workshop


Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure using a variety of materials. Models will strike long and short poses while an artist/educator offers constructive suggestions and critique.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Chess Strategies & Tips


Learn new tips and techniques from chess expert Ed Feldman, and then put your skills to the test during open play. Ask the expert your questions and get advice while you play.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Master Class | Cello Master Class


Cellist Nina Lee has collaborated with many artists such as Felix Galimir, Jaime Laredo, David Soyer, Nobuko Imai, Isidore Cohen and Mitsuko Uchida, and has performed at the Marlboro and Tanglewood Music Festivals. She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has participated in the El Paso International Chamber Music Festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Cello Master Class

Master Class | Principal Double Bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra


Ed Barker inaugurated the BSO’s 100th Anniversary Season with performances of Koussevitzky’s Bass Concerto; other solo engagements have included appearances at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, and major universities and conferences throughout the world, as well as concerto performances with the Boston Classical Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston and Europe. In 1995 he was chosen by the late Sir Georg Solti to lead the bass section of the United Nations’ “Musicians of the World,” an orchestra made up of prominent musicians from the world’s finest orchestras.
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Concerts, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Principal Double Bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Author Reading | Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World


Dr. Rev. Serene Jones’ new book explores the roles memoirs and stories can play in understanding theology in a morally bankrupt world. Part memoir, part American history, part theological teaching, Call It Grace is 100% a new, and urgently necessary, public theology for finding meaning in a fractured world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World

Author Reading | Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape


Dorothea Mink, professor of fashion design at the University of Arts in Bremen, and Homer Layne offer a presentation of their fascinating book on Charles James, the English-American fashion designer best known for his ballgowns and considered one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Layne -- James’s assistant for almost a decade -- and Mink analyze the great designer’s remarkable innovations, revealing what made his designs so special, and suggest how designers today can apply James’s principles to their own work.
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Author Readings, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape

Opening Reception | Dire Jank: The Disconnect Between Life and Simulated Life


This exhibition brings together video game, sound, and moving image works which epitomize digital jank: the inevitable disconnect between real life and systems that simulate life.
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Opening Receptions, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Dire Jank: The Disconnect Between Life and Simulated Life

Opening Reception | MIdnights: Abstraction in Urban Art


Midnights aims to exhibit the unique artistic power of Yoon Hyup and Bisco Smith, two internationally known and sharp talents, that are bringing to a new level the idea of a controlled and externally inspired abstraction in urban art, depicted through two self developed and peculiar languages.
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Opening Receptions, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, MIdnights: Abstraction in Urban Art

Book Signing | The Heights: Vintage Cars in Midair


Artist Matthew Porter presents a portfolio of twenty-five images of vintage cars, captured in midair as they careen over city streets and highway intersections. Each photograph is a freeze-frame—a hypothetical film still from a pulp-fiction chase scene. The photographs, known popularly as the “flying car” series, are a hybrid of hyperreality and studied, topographic description, part bittersweet nostalgia and part ironic reinvention of a classic American trope. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signings, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, The Heights: Vintage Cars in Midair

Film | Short Movie Screening: Phyllis and Terry (1965) and Yudie (1974)


Phyllis and Terry (1965) A priceless, candid picture of friendship between two African American girls on the LES. 35 min. Dir: Eugene Marner and Carole Marner. Yudie (1974) A portrait of the filmmaker Mirra Bank's resilient 70-year-old Jewish aunt whose parents immigrated from Russia to New York's Lower East Side. Yudie describes the family business, early labor organizing and life as an independent Jewish girl who broke some of the expected codes. 20 min. Dir: Mirra Bank.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Short Movie Screening:&nbsp;Phyllis and Terry (1965) and&nbsp;Yudie (1974)

Screening | Short: Interview with Clarice Lispector (1977): Brazil’s Greatest Modern Writer


The only existing footage of Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector (1920–1977), widely considered to be Brazil’s greatest modern writer. In this haunting short, the glamorous and mysterious literary icon looks back on her novels and offers a glimpse at the inner life that produced such astounding works. Filmed Interview, São Paulo TV. Cultura Brazil, 23 mins. Portuguese with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Short: Interview with Clarice Lispector (1977): Brazil&rsquo;s Greatest Modern Writer

Screening | Sorry I Missed Your Show: Dance Screening and Discussion


Director and choreographer Camille A. Brown, and Founder of MoBBallet writer Theresa Ruth Howard discuss Brown’s navigation between sustaining her company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and having a career as a choreographer for theater. Works screened include the 3 installments from Brown’s trilogy, the Bessie Award-winning Mr. TOL E. RAncE, Bessie-nominated BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, and critically acclaimed ink, as well as Emmy Award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC and Tony Award-winning Once on this Island. A dance screening and discussion series, Sorry I Missed Your Show highlights dance works from the recent past to explore their canonical historicity and relationship to contemporary practice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Screenings, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Sorry I Missed Your Show: Dance Screening and Discussion

Discussion | The Secret Sauce Behind Top Chef


For sixteen seasons, Bravo’s reality competition series Top Chef has been showcasing the best chefs across the country in culinary competitions that have entertained foodies everywhere. Hear from judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons on what continues to make the show a success.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Discussions, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, The Secret Sauce Behind Top Chef

Poetry Reading | A Piece of Good News: Poems of Interior and Exterior Landscapes


Katie Peterson’s poetry explores interior and exterior landscapes, exposure, and shelter. Imbued with a hallucinatory poetic logic where desire, anger, and sorrow supplant intelligence and reason, these poems are powerful meditations of mourning, love, doubt, political citizenship, and happiness. Learned, wise, and witty, Peterson explodes the possibilities of the poetic voice in this remarkable and deeply felt collection.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, A Piece of Good News: Poems of Interior and Exterior Landscapes

Book Club | Mrs. Osmond: A Continuation of Henry James


Author John Banville continues the story of Isabel Archer, the young protagonist of Henry James’s beloved The Portrait of a Lady. Eager but naïve, in James’s novel Isabel comes into a large, unforeseen inheritance and marries the charming, penniless, and—as Isabel finds out too late—cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond. Here Banville imagines Isabel’s second chapter telling the story of a woman reawakened by grief and the knowledge that she has been grievously wronged, and determined to resume her quest for freedom and independence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, Mrs. Osmond: A Continuation of Henry James

Author Reading | The Agitator: William Bailey and the First American Uprising Against Nazism


This story of an anti-fascist’s dramatic and remarkable victory against Nazism in 1935 is an inspiration to anyone compelled to resist when signs of oppression are on the horizon. By 1935, Hitler had suppressed all internal opposition and established himself as Germany’s unchallenged dictator. Yet many Americans remained largely indifferent as he turned his dangerous ambitions abroad. Not William Bailey. Just days after violent anti-Semitic riots had broken out in Berlin, the SS Bremen, the flagship of Hitler’s commercial armada, was welcomed into New York Harbor. Bailey led a small group that slipped past security and cut down the Nazi flag from the boat in the middle of a lavish party. A brawl ensued, followed by a media circus and a trial, in which Bailey and his team were stunningly acquitted. The political victory ultimately exposed Hitler’s narcissism and violent aggression for all of America to see. With author Peter Duffy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, The Agitator: William Bailey and the First American Uprising Against Nazism

Talk | A Conversation with Music Director of the New York Philharmonic


As he approaches the end of his inaugural season as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden discusses his path to the Philharmonic, the core values he brings to his musicianship and the Orchestra, and his views on the role of the symphony orchestra in the 21st century.
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7:30 pm
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Talks, March 20, 2019, 03/20/2019, A Conversation with Music Director of the New York Philharmonic

Jazz | Jazz singer


Vocalist Alexis Parsons has spent a lifetime honing a uniquely personal vocal style and fiercely independent career. The long and often arduous journey through the years has stamped her rich alto voice with warmth, wisdom and a flexibility borne of the eclectic musical roads she's traveled. During the past two decades, Alexis has led a variety of bands, showcasing her distinctive interpretations of both standard and lesser-known works in the jazz canon. As a bandleader, she has shown exceptional skill and a discerning ear in selecting accompanists. Her trios have included a host of celebrated artists, including pianists Frank Kimbrough, Arturo O’Farrill, David Berkman, and Lynn Arriale among others. Manning the bass have been top call performers such as Drew Gress, Dean Johnson, Cameron Brown and Sean Smith. And behind the drums, Matt Wilson and Willard Dyson have provided swinging and sensitive grooves.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Chamber Music And Wine

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