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Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
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9:30 am
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
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9:30 am
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City Walks, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
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9:45 am
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Manhattan Street Art Tour
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
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City Walks, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Tour |
It is easy to forget that you are in a crowded city while walking through this spectacular park! The original plan for the City of New York, laid out by the City Commissioners in 1811 did not include the park. But as the city grew rapidly in size, we needed a place for New Yorkers to get a breath of fresh air! Central Park, with its 843 acres of meadows, lawns, ponds, lakes and more, was the solution. Today it is one of the best-known parks in the world and is enjoyed by millions-both locals and tourists alike.
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Central Park All-in-One Tour
Workshop |
Are you a Bridge buff?  Put your game face on and show off your best plays. Join the fun and meet new friends! All players welcome!
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10:00 am
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Workshops, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Bridge Club
Lecture |
Julia Ott (Associate Professor of History) will trace how, in recent decades, financial institutions shifted away from funding the production of goods and services towards activities such as consumer lending and trading securities and derivatives. Meanwhile, non-financial corporations increasingly shied away from long-term investments in plant, equipment, and research and development.
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10:30 am
Free
Lectures, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Post-Election America: Finance and Financialization
Book Reading |
Bestselling author and world-famous makeup artist Bobbi Brown reveals her secrets to radiant beauty in this gorgeous lifestyle guide.
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Book Readings, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Bobbi Brown discusses her book Beauty from the Inside Out
Concert |
Program: BACH: Prelude and Fugue BWV893 CHOPIN: Nocture Op. 48, No. 1 MONTI: Czárdás for the French horn DVORAK: "Als die alte Mutter Sang" from Gypsey Songs TAKEMITSU: Rain tree sketch 1 BACH: Partita No. 2 for solo violin, BWV 1003 LARA: "Granada" DONIZETTI: "Bella sicome un angelo" from Don Pasquale Students from the ESL + M program coached Martha McGaughey perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Verdi, Rachmaninoff and others.
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Works by Bach, Dvorak, Chopin, Donizetti
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Bach at Noon
Tour |
Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban explorer, historian, and storyteller Justin Ferate. This tour takes place every Friday.
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12:30 pm
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour
City Walk |
A guided walking tour of the historic and revitalized 34th Street District. Tour-goers will explore the neighborhood's rich history of commerce, transit, and architecture. This 90-minute tour is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 28, 2017.
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City Walks, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Tour34: Empire to Penn
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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.
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1:00 pm
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Film |
Stars: Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman. A film adaptation of Steve Martin's novel about a complex love triangle between a bored salesgirl, a wealthy businessman and an aimless young man. 106 min.
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Films, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Anand Tucker's Shopgirl (2005): Based on Steve Martin's Book
Gallery Talk |
Bringing to vivid life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece, and prompting questions about how we express, control, manipulate, or simulate feelings in our own society, A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC–200 AD is a path-breaking exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Guided Exhibition Tour: A World of Emotions
Workshop |
Beginner lessons with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing. No prior experience needed and equipment is provided. Must be 16 or older to participate.
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1:30 pm
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Workshops, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Fencing Lessons for Beginners
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
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Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Harlem Tour
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Workshop |
Many doctors recommend meditation to their patients. Those who practice meditation attest to its healing power in their lives.  Learn to incorporate a simple yet powerful technique into your life.
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Workshops, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Meditation for a More Peaceful and Healthy Life
Film |
Stars: Annabelle Wallis, Aaron Paul, Garret Dillahunt. When his girlfriend goes missing, David must track down her whereabouts after he realizes she's not who she was pretending to be. 112 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Zack Whedon's Come and Find Me (2016): Girlfriend Confusion
Concert |
Tatum Robertson, Soprano 4 p.m. Yi Hsuan Chiu, Double Bass 4 p.m. Katherine Siochi, Harp 6 p.m. Anneliese Klenetsky, Soprano 6 p.m. Christine Oh, Soprano 8 p.m. Alexander Bickard, Double Bass 8 p.m.
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Student Recitals
Performance |
Special guests Chazz Palminteri and Glenn Slater join cast members from Broadway's A Bronx Tale: The Musical for a special live performance followed by signing of A Bronx Tale Original Broadway Cast Recording CD. This is a wristbanded event. Call store for details.
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4:00 pm
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Performances, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Chazz Palminteri signs copies of the CD A Bronx Tale: The Musical
Festival |
Every Friday on the lawn, the park has a free picnic, featuring over 100 free blankets to borrow, lawn games, entertainment, and food vendors from the Hester Street Fair, with wine and beer also for purchase from ARK Restaurants. Each week, the park will bring to the picnic a theater, music, or dance production.   Every Friday from May 12 to September 1, 2017.                         Bryant Park Lawn in Bryant Park  Manhattan Directions to this location    Cost Free   Event Organizer Bryant Park Corp. Related Links Bryant Park Website Categories Accessible, Concerts, Dance, Art, Festivals, Games, Theater, Free Summer Concerts, Free Summer Theater, Food Additional Media
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5:00 pm
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Festivals, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Friday Picnics in the Park
Concert |
5:30 pm Bastards of Fine Arts (pictured) - Janglerock duo 6:05 pm Junicko - Lyrical Caribbean acoustic duo 6:40 pm The Whispering Tree - Franco-American folk duo
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5:30 pm
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Concerts, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, 3 Folk Music Acts
Opening Reception |
The production of these films intersected with a period in which Kaye was working closely with Simone Forti, who in the the 1960s had pioneered what came to be known as postmodern dance. And in several respects, Kaye’s films encapsulate key tenets of dance and performance art of the time: the movements they capture are task-like, pedestrian—rigorously casual, even. Simultaneously choreographies, performances, films, and documents, they speak to the profound interdisciplinarity of this moment in downtown New York.
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Opening Receptions, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Pooh Kaye: Object Actions 1975-1980: Videos
Workshop |
Learn a new strategy game and discuss tactics at socials focused on tactical games like King of Tokyo, Shadows over Camelot, Forbidden Island, Alhambra, and more. Participants who win a game can enter a raffle to win a valuable Park Prize pack at the end of the Game Social season.
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Workshops, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Strategy Game Social
Workshop |
Join the first annual Mother's Day Paint Night. Participants will enjoy this friendly gathering while as they reproduce selected paintings using acrylic paint.   
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Workshops, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Mother's Day Paint Night
Book Discussion |
They are having a book social! They hope you’ll come and share a book you loved reading! What to expect at Open Book Night: 1. Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.). One book per person. 2. Tell what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. 3. They want to have fun, so no negative criticism please. 4. Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends. This month's theme is "Oddballs, Screwballs, and Other Eccentrics."
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Book Discussions, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Open Book Night
Party |
Join this celebration of books by admired designers and urban thinkers. Toast the fresh ideas hitting the shelves this spring in the company of the book authors. With: Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives by Sarah Williams Goldhagen (HarperCollins, 2017) Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design edited by Jesse M. Keenan and Claire Weisz (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2017) Archigraphia Redux by Richard Poulin (Graphis, 2017)
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Partys, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Spring Books Soirée
Talk |
Smith will talk about, her comic series featuring four disgruntled undergrads of color and their adventures at Ronald Reagan University.
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Talks, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Juliana 'Jewels' Smith discusses her comic (H)afrocentric
Discussion |
A conversation on civics and politics with New Yorker staff writer George Packer and National Review executive editor Reihan Salam, moderated by the President of The New York Public Library, Anthony Marx. These voices from different backgrounds and views will come together for a frank and challenging discussion on some of our most complicated sociopolitical questions. Packer and Salam will explore with Marx our age of anxiety. As the characters do in W. H. Auden's poem of the same name, many Americans today seem to be struggling to understand their place in a country and a world that is changing too fast. How that sense of alienation has impacted world events and will continue to impact political life remain up for debate. In what ways do our fears divide (or unite) us? And, more importantly, how are they defining us?
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Discussions, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, The Path Forward: Our Age of Anxiety
Other |
The Library's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound are the second largest sound collection in America. Captured on disks, tapes, and hard drives, a vast universe of sound is safely stored in stacks deep underneath the campus. To raise awareness of these treasured, vulnerable recordings, the Library presents a festival of the most historic and noteworthy recorded sound artifacts in a.casual, café listening event.
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Others, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Library Listen Fest 2017: Grooves and Bits
Book Reading |
From uncovering government surveillance to fighting attacks on freedom of the press, Democracy Now! has been reporting for two decades from the front lines of the movements that are changing America and the world. Join us for a talk and book signing with award winning international journalist Amy Goodman on her sixth New York Times bestselling book, Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America. Amy Goodman is host and executive producer of Democracy Now! a daily, global grassroots news hour, broadcasting on over 1,400 public television and radio stations around the U.S. and the world, with millions accessing it online at democracynow.org. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Amy Goodman discusses her book Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America
Concert |
Featuring faculty member pianist Allison Lander.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, The Piano Recital: A Journey Through Time
Concert |
Jazz vocalist Auer returns to the Em Lee Concert Hall with an all-star ensemble for her popular evening of “Jazz and Cocktails”.
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Concerts, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Faculty Recital: Deborah Auer, vocal jazz
Concert |
A series of guests (Sadness, Joy, Fear, Courage, Rage and Kindness) visit the anima, a patient host who graciously welcomes anyone who visits her. The single passions are expressed through the conversation between soul and guest: Kindness showers the soul with flatteries; Courage invites the soul to follow him while he accomplishes a whole series of terrifyingly heroic tasks, etc. A musical story for children's choir, solo voice and piano inspired by the human emotions and sung in Italian Performed by the New York City Children's Chorus Conducted by Mary Wannamaker Huff Andrew Elliot Henderson, piano Music by Roberto Scarcella Perino Lyrics by Federica Anichini
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Concerts, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Le Passioni dell'Anima: A Musical Story Performed by the New York City Children's Chorus
Screening |
A screening series of short films and video works produced by students in the School of Media Studies over the past year as part of their coursework. Ten student works will be featured, spanning genre and production technique. A reception with the filmmakers will follow the Q&A. This year's winners will be announced closer to the date. The screening is followed by a faculty-led Q&A session with the student filmmakers. 
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Screenings, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Fine Cuts: 38th Annual Invitational Film Show and Reception
Play |
A group of thirty-somethings reunite after life puts a damper on their social lives. What happens next, may give them a case of indigestion. A semi-finalist in the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwright Conference, this deliciously decadent, dark comedy is a mediation on what it means to be a member of The Mooching Class amidst the Age of Trump, technology, and student loans.
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Plays, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, CRH: A Dark, Decadent Comedy
Comedy Club |
Featuring: Leighann Lord (Star Talk with Neil de Grasse Tyson) Liz Miele (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) Doug Smith (New York Story Exchange) Dash Kwiatkowski (web series Neighborhood Watchmen)
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Comedy Clubs, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, No Name Comedy/Variety Show
Tour |
A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
Tour |
The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.
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Tours, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Ghosts of the East Village Tour
Performance |
Fragments of traditional ancient drama alternate with rock songs to leave a mark on this unusual Oedipal journey. Aeschylus and Sophocles coexist with rock music to create a journey of emotional fragments, echoes of memories, iconic references. Written and directed by Manolo Muoio, with Manolo Muoio, Luca Pietramala – Teatro Rossosimona (Calabria). In Italian with English subtitles.    
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Performances, May 12, 2017, 05/12/2017, Rock Oedipus: Ancient Drama and Rock Songs
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