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Webinar: The History of Champagne

The Champagne MOOC provides exclusive, behind the scenes information, videos and material which will turn you in less than five hours into a Champagne expert from the comfort of your own home. The classic version grants you free access to four modules. The premium version costs 49€ (approximately $55). It offers a path towards earning a “statement of completion” from the Comité Champagne (subject to passing the quizzes), access to more videos and opportunities to participate in exclusive, live webinars hosted by experts in the region.

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Champagne! 1 Year anniversary of the MOOC

Confession: we had to look up MOOC. Massive Open Online Course. What will the TLA creators come up with next?
This course is all about champagne, which is certainly an interesting subject for everyone. It was set up by the Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne , the Comité Champagne, a semi-autonomous public body established in 1941 that safeguards the collective interests of Champagne Growers and Houses to contribute to the competitiveness and balance within the Champagne business.
The Comité Champagne is based in Epernay, France, and also operates through Champagne bureaus in 14 other countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the USA.
The anniversary of the MOOC release was on February 26 but the discount can be used until March 26, 2021! Purchase the English Premium version at a price of 40€* (instead of 49€ all taxes included) by adding the code: ANNIVERSARY2021EN

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Family Style To Go – Virtual Food Fest (NTWRK)

Saturday, April 24 to Sunday, April 25

Hot off the success of Unboxed festival, livestream shopping platform NTWRK announces a new partnership with streetwear brand and media platform The Hundreds on virtual food festival Family Style To Go. Co-hosted by Canadian chef/TV personality Matty Matheson and rap artist/songwriter E-40, the global digital event will take place on the NTWRK app on April 24th & 25th. Family Style To Go will celebrate the intersection of cuisine and streetwear while benefiting independent restaurants affected by COVID-19.

Each action-packed episode will feature livestream shopping and entertainment curated by The Hundreds, pairing streetwear heavy-hitters with the hottest chefs, restaurants and brands from the culinary universe. From cooking demonstrations to curated virtual tasting rooms, this first-ever online edition of Family Style will harness the power of the NTWRK platform to deliver one-of-a-kind live entertainment experiences directly to consumers. A lineup of 30+ celebrated brands, designers and personalities will come together to create exclusive products with restaurants from around the globe, offering food denizens a new opportunity to support their favorite eateries negatively impacted by the upheaval caused by the pandemic.

“I’ve been friends with Bobby and Ben from The Hundreds since they started the brand over 18 years ago,” says Aaron Levant, CEO of NTWRK. “Over the years, we’ve worked together on dozens of projects from collaborations, trade shows, conferences, and more. I couldn’t be more excited to continue our organic partnership and collaboration into this new digital format where we are able to merge culinary and design at the highest level.”

“We’re creating a new, big platform and experience where guests from all over the world can support restaurants,” says Miles Canares, director and co-founder of Family Style, “By buying some of the best restaurant merch and collaborative products that anyone’s ever seen, festival attendees will do their part in supporting a great cause.”

A portion of the proceeds from Family Style To Go’s programming filled with entertainment and live merchandise drops will be donated to Independent Hospitality Coalition, which provides food and resources to communities and businesses disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
“We’re happy to work with NTWRK to host a virtual event done in support of independent restaurants,” says Ben Shenassafar, CEO of The Hundreds, “Each exclusive product collaboration between restaurants, food brands and popular streetwear brands and designers will be available for purchase globally and aid our local communities.”

“Family Style was founded on the notion of bringing communities together for a specially curated experience,” says Bobby Kim, co-founder of The Hundreds. “The pandemic has obviously taken a huge toll on the restaurant industry we knew and loved. Through Family Style To Go, we hope to use our platform to help make a positive difference during this time.”

Family Style To Go is NTWRK’s fifth virtual festival, following the successes of TRANSFER, BEYOND THE STREETS, Unboxed and Off Court, which will take place on March 27th & 28th. The string of bespoke online shopping events caters to wide reaching segments of the millennial and Gen-Z consumer markets and place NTWRK at the forefront of a new era of e-commerce.
NTWRK is the premiere North American livestream shopping app where “entertainment meets e-commerce” (Forbes). Built on a digitally-innovative model of daily product drops, virtual shopping festivals and exclusive partnerships with world-renowned brands and creators, NTWRK has forged an organic worldwide community of artists and millions of fans since its launch in 2018. Under the motto “Shopping At The Speed of Culture,” NTWRK galvanizes the young and lucrative livestream shopping industry, helping usher in a new era of retail.

The Hundreds is a community-based streetwear brand and media platform with an emphasis on People Over Product. Founded in 2003 by Bobby Kim (Bobby Hundreds) and Ben Shenassafar (Ben Hundreds), The Hundreds’ apparel is reminiscent of ‘90s workwear and Californian subculture tribes.

The Independent Hospitality Coalition (IHC) represents independent restaurants, bars, hotels and clubs throughout greater Los Angeles. Created in April 2020, the IHC provides a unified voice for the hospitality industry focusing on local and state government initiatives. Beginning as a “coalition of coalitions,” the IHC banded together groups from all over the greater Los Angeles area and used their intimate knowledge of the industry to become an advocate for small business hospitality policy. Restaurants, bars, hotels and clubs that join the coalition create a community that is stronger than each independent shop.








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Healing the Body and the Brain – Yogaville

Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief

Julie Lusk | August 12, 19 & 26
In this online workshop, discover the essential principles, practices, and benefits of Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep”. Go far beyond deep relaxation to a place of natural peace and quiet that is tremendously healing for the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga Nidra reliably reveals and awakens your inner reservoir of intuitive understanding and unconditional joy.

Online Program

Mental Health, Brain Science, and Yoga
Amy Wheeler and M. Mala Cunningham | August 12–18
During this online workshop, learn about integrating Yoga and mental health through research, theory, and practice sessions. Research has shown that mindfulness, meditation, and Yoga practices have the ability to positively impact mental and emotional health. Yoga, neuroscience, and mindfulness powerfully influence resiliency, emotional health, and healing related to anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, and mood states.

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Davidoff OliveFed Virtual Event

Thursday, July 23 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

A truly one of a kind dining experience.

Discover a spectacular Wagyu beef like no other. Only the best olive feed is used, creating intense marbling and unforgettable flavor. Together we will view a live demonstration with the OliveFed team, on how to properly prepare this Wagyu steak and what makes Olive feed so unique to the flavor. To complement the evening, we will also include a special cocktail demonstration to pair perfectly with the Davidoff Nicaragua Toro.


Davidoff Nicaragua Toro Box of 12
16oz Umami Wagyu Striploin (x2)
Exclusive Sea Salt from France Included
Instructions / Listed Tools needed
Recipe for special cocktail
Recorded Demonstration for future use.
Once order is processed, you will receive two separate packages. Steaks will be provided directly from OliveFed in the proper, necessary packaging to guarantee freshness through expedited service.

Details for the virtual demonstration will be sent separately at a later date prior to the event.

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Wednesday, June 24 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he performs the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. Participants will also learn simple magic they can use to entertain and deceive friends and family. This one of a kind performance and workshop, custom-designed for the Spy Museum, is guaranteed to fascinate children and adults alike. Space is limited—advance registration required.

Special Note: The Magic of Spying is suggested ages 5 and up. Although many of the magic secrets used by Peter Wood will NOT be revealed to the audience, participants will walk away with some magic tricks they can try at home. QUESTIONS? Email educators@spymuseum.org.

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The Surrogate

Written and Directed by Jeremy Hersh
Starring Jasmine Batchelor


Jess Harris (Jasmine Batchelor, “The Good Fight”), a 29 year old web designer for a nonprofit in Brooklyn, is ecstatic to be the surrogate and egg-donor for her best friend Josh (Chris Perfetti, “Looking”) and his husband Aaron (Sullivan Jones, Slave Play). Twelve weeks into the pregnancy, a prenatal test comes back with unexpected results that pose a moral dilemma. As they all consider the best course of action, the relationship between the three friends is put to the test.

“Jasmine Batchelor gives one of the year’s best performances in Jeremy Hersh’s propulsive examination of tough questions.”
– Kate Erbland, INDIEWIRE

“A great moralist drama. Jeremy Hersh’s beautiful and brutal film.. gets both harder to watch and harder to break away from with each passing minute.”
– Writer Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play, Zola)

“Hersh’s perceptive, thoroughly absorbing ethical drama is propelled by a performance of stunning psychological insight and raw feeling from Jasmine Batchelor.”

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Deryck Todd Presents She’s A Riot

Thursday, June 25 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Deryck Todd Presents

SHE’S A RIOT! Party With Purpose
A Virtual Rally, March & Music Fundraiser On Zoom

100% of Proceeds Donated to Marsha P Johnson Institute

Thursday, June 25th 2020 8 PM – 11 PM

MUSIC BY Lina Bradford

DIGITAL RALLY Billy Porter | MJ Rodriguez | Elle Hearns (MPJI) | Isiah Thomas | Joshua Zeke Thomas + More !

SHOWS Bob The Drag Queen (RuPaul’s Drag Race) | Detox (RuPaul’s Drag Race) | Merrie Cherry | Nina West (RuPaul’s Drag Race) | Dragon Sisters | Sydney Harcourt (Hamilton) | Illustrious Blacks

MUSIC PREMIERE Merlot | Ultra Naté

FEATURED PARTICIPANTS Pat Cleveland | Alok | James B Whiteside | ISLYNYC | Slutty Puffin | Carrie Dragshaw | Colin O’Leary | Janet The Planet | Amanda Lepore | John Lam | Ariana & The Rose | Reed Henry | Marti Gould Cummings | Maxfield Haynes | Overheard At A Gay Bar

MAKING THE CUT Jonny Cota | Ji Won | Sander Bos | Will Riddle

BRANDS THAT CARE Rollingstone | XDA | Versed

LOOKS March & Protest Signs, Rainbow Realness, Quarantine Queers!

*** Virtual Zoom Event Link Will Be Emailed to You Before Event!***

ABOUT As Pride and the Black Lives Matter movement collide in 2020, remember that the LGBTQ+ rights movement owes its very being to RIOTS led by people of color — it’s important to honor and remember that now more than ever. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a meeting place for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. When they demanded sex verification checks on trans women, a spontaneous protest broke out, and at the forefront of those protests were lead by queer BIPOC like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Pride owes its very existence to a RIOT, and it took radical acts of change to just start the conversation about LGBTQ+ issues in America, a conversation that continues to this day. The Marsha P Johnson Institute, the renowned organization that protects and defends black transgendered people through community organization, advocacy work, leadership training and promoting our collective power, is the She’s A Riot primary beneficiary.

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Virtual Solstice in Times Square

Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 AM

As Co-Founders of the Times Square Summer Solstice Yoga Celebration, the Times Square Alliance invites you to join us virtually this year to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a yoga class that will be streamed online throughout the day, led by Solstice in Times Square Co-Founder Douglass Stewart.

Solstice in Times Square has always focused on finding calm within the chaos of Times Square. Although we won’t be gathering in person for the Solstice this year, we all still have a need to focus and re-center — filtering out not traffic sounds and bright lights but the noise and distraction in our own minds. This spring has been a time of constant change and emotional upheaval, from our fears and grief at the global pandemic to our pain and anger at days, weeks, and centuries of injustice and racism. With these actions and reactions pulling us in all directions, it becomes even more important for us to channel our own energy and frustrations in order to crystallize our own responses and needs, finding what we can contribute to the world.

The Gunas are three principles of nature that characterize our interactions between extremes: between the static and the dynamic, inertia and activity, and when we can find balance and harmony. Some days, we’re lethargic and slow to move (tamas). Some days, we burst into a flurry of activity — but at times, it’s activity for the sake of it (rajas). The ideal is to hit the right balance (sattva): finding harmony within ourselves, harmony within our environment, harmony with one another, so that we can focus ourselves for purpose and lasting change.

Experienced yogis and first-timers alike are all welcome as we once again join together to welcome the longest day of the year.

The class will stream on our website at TSQ.org/Solstice, on YouTube, and on Facebook at 8am, 12 noon, and 4pm EDT.

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Middleburg Spring Races Livestream

Saturday, June 13 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The 100th Running of the Middleburg Spring Races will livestream this Saturday, June 13. Post time is 12:30 PM EST. Nine races will be run at Glenwood Park without spectators.

Find more information and learn how to submit entries for the virtual hat & tailgate contests at Facebook.com/MiddleburgLife

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Thursday, June 18 to Monday, June 29

LLESFF stands with Black Lives Matter and is committed to continuing efforts that elevate and empower BIPOC voices in the independent film landscape. We acknowledge that there are many financial barriers for indie filmmakers, especially in final production and festival submission stages. LESFF will announce a new pilot program that financially supports BIPOC filmmakers through grants, submission fee waivers, and access to resources and partnerships with the existing LESFF alumni network to ensure that more of their films have the opportunity for festival circuit visibility and impact. More details on the initiative to be announced at this year’s event.

The 2020 Lower East Side Film Festival (June 18 – 29, 2020) invites you to experience innovative feature films and specialty short showcases, exclusive industry livestream Q&A’s, trivia nights, and more throughout the virtually interactive festival. The Lower East Side Film Festival (“LESFF”) has moved online and is excited to expand viewership to a broader audience demographic while continuing their mission of supporting independent filmmakers. The first five days of the online festival will roll-out premieres of feature films, short film showcases, and virtual events. The entirety of the program will remain live for the following week to allow festival goers 11 full days to soak up everything LESFF 2020 has to offer.

This year, LESFF is thrilled to announce they are spotlighting immigrant and 1st/2nd generation filmmakers with their 2020 film line-up echoing the ethos of The Lower East Side itself, a neighborhood that has been home to many of the country’s immigrants. LESFF understands the value a diverse culture brings to the unique storytelling that the cinematic language has offered for the past 100 years, and has championed that ideal in their programming in the past decade.

Notable presentations will include a conversation with Ramy Youssef that will offer audiences free access to a talk with the Golden Globe winner and the writers behind the highly lauded second season of Hulu’s Ramy, hosted in partnership with The Writers Guild of America East discussing the process behind writing about comedy, relationships and religion, moderated by Huffington Post’s Rowaida Abdelaziz. As well as the premiere of Joshua Edelman’s Mentally AI, which features Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Sarah Silverman (Bob’s Burgers,The Simpsons), and is an exploration of how artistic success is defined. Judges will include Indya Moore (Pose, Queen & Slim), Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), and more.


2020 will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Lower East Side Film Festival. Since its inaugural year, the festival has premiered hundreds of short and feature films, hosted thousands of audience members, and has been deemed “one of the most exciting under the radar film events in all of New York City” by Film.com and was featured in New York Magazine’s ‘Approval Matrix’ under “Highbrow/ Brilliant”. Past judges and alumni have included Ethan Hawke, Rami Malek, Rosario Dawson, Susan Sarandon, Willem Dafoe, Denis O’Hare, Laverne Cox, Parker Posey, Ilana Glazer, Dolly Parton, Natasha Lyonne, Marky Ramone, Rebecca Miller, Judah Friedlander, Lizzy Caplan, Amy Arbus, Justin Bond, Nick Kroll and many more. LESFF believes great films are made with creativity, innovation, and heart and always seeks undiscovered and underdog filmmakers who understand that a huge budget does not always equal a great film.

LESFF 2020 Schedule

Thursday, June 18th – 6PM
Opening Night -All Films Go Live!
The Complete 2020 Film Line-Up is available online. Viewers can purchase individual tickets for features and short showcases ($10 each) or an All-Access Festival Pass ($30).
All films will be available online through June 29th.

Friday, June 19th – 6PM
Inside The Writers’ Room of Hulu’s Ramy with Ramy Youssef
Ramy Youssef (Golden Globe winner for Best Actor Musical or Comedy) and the writer behind the highly anticipated 2nd season of Hulu’s Ramy, in conversation with The Writers Guild of America East discussing the process of writing about comedy, relationships and religion.
Moderated by Huffington Post’s Rowaida Abdelaziz.

Saturday, June 20th – 6PM
I LOVE NY Trivia Night
Festival Director, Shannon Walker hosts a night of trivia celebrating all the reasons we love New York – pandemic or otherwise.

Sunday, June 21st – 6PM
Rebecca Miller In Conversation with Shaina Feinberg
Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan, Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, HBO’s Arthur Miller: Writer) talks with LESFF Alumni filmmaker Shania Feinberg (The Babymooners, Senior Escort Service) about their approaches to storytelling through indie film.

Monday, June 22nd – 6PM
Festival Awards
Festival Director, Shannon Walker and Roxy Hunt announce the festival winners.


LESFF Judges include Indya Moore (Pose, Queen & Slim, Saturday Church), Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Matt FX (MusicSupervisor — Broad City, Difficult People, In The Mix with Matt FX), Laura Brownson (The Rachel Divide, Lemon), Julie Cohen (Oscar-nominated RBG), Sam Levy (Ladybird, Jerry Before Seinfeld, Frances Ha) Heather Burns (Manchester by the Sea, Miss Congeniality), and Shannon Gibson (Executive Producer, Refinery29).

LESFF 2020 Films


Blunderpuss. Written & Directed by Shaina Feinberg (The Babymooners, Shiva, Dinette, Senior Escort Service).Blunderpuss stars Chris Manley (The Babymooners, Shiva, Dinette), Jeff Seal (Shiva, Dinette) and Drae Campbell (Shiva, Dinette) that follows a clown who goes on an apology tour after rehab.

Mentally AI. Directed by Joshua Edelman. Mentally AI, featuring Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Sarah Silverman (Bob’s Burgers,The Simpsons) is a character study of, “the funniest comedian you’ve never heard of,” and an exploration of how we define artistic success, MENTALLY AL follows Al Lubel, a former Star Search grand champion as he struggles to get by, perpetually broke and sleeping on friends couches, as he continues to pursue his artistic dreams into his sixties.

Unschooled. Directed by Rachel Beth Anderson & Timothy Grucza (First to Fall).Unschooled is beset by drugs, violence and apathy the Philadelphia public school system is failing. Desperate for a solution, some inner-city parents turn their hopes to an unlikely place; a newly opened educational resource center in the north Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown called the Natural Creativity Center (NCC). Founded by veteran educator Peter Bergson, NCC (as it is known) is built on the belief that formalized education is just part of a larger systemic problem-the dehumanization of our children’s education. Bergson has set out to prove once and for all that the power and efficacy of self-motivation isn’t limited by race or economic background and that there is a more humane way to educate our children-one that taps into every child’s innate desire to learn. Undeterred in his belief, Bergson practices “unschooling” – a program developed over several decades at a center he and his wife Susan started 30 years ago in the suburbs – called Open Connections – empowering students to direct their own education, favoring dialogue, discovery and self-discipline over tests, teachers and timelines. When three young Philadelphia teens; Amani, Miles and Jaya enroll at NCC, all of Peter’s radical ideas are put to the test.


Missing your city a little bit right now? Let these short films remind you of the magic, the music, the mystery, and the magnetism of the greatest city in the world – NYC.
Films include: Yves & Variation, Sundays at The Triple Nickel, Corner Man, Cinema Rules Everything Around Me, The Cantor’s Last Cantata

This series of short films each capture a snapshot of today’s America – the search for acceptance, the fight for justice, and of course the emergency response to an accidental missile warning aimed at Hawaii.
Films include: Black Ghost Son, Coffee Shop Names, Do We Belong?, 808: How We Respond

Coming of Age; Mid-life Crisis; Self-exploration – we’re no stranger to seeing these themes on the big screen and these shorts tackle all the ups and downs of discovering, questioning, and owning your own identity.
Films include: Practice, A Mother, Eagle, Blocks, Mom and Me and My Little Rooster

Monsters, super-powers, aliens, and space travel – these shorts take you beyond the realm of reality and into a world of the extraordinary.
Films include: Below, Cosmic Fling, Balloon, Your Monster, Visitors

If you’ve been to LESFF before – then you know. BUT if you’re new to us – strap in! These films will be tough to get out of your mind long after they’re over, for a variety of reasons. You’ll see.
Films include: Horse, Others, Gholü, Eat The Rainbow, Nailbiter

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Films include: Symbiosis, The D, Boys & Toys, Marcy Learns Something New, Unfinished Business

Movies about movies! From a struggling writer, to a struggling actor, to a struggling voice over artist – we all know this business can be tough. But these shorts remind us that in the end – it’s all worth it! Right?
Films include: Avalanche, Dame, Marsha!, Ghostal Galaxies


Coffee Shop Names. Written by Deepak Sethi (Writer — Family Guy, Brickleberry, and TBS’ Close Enough.) Three Indian people starring Danny Pudi (Community, Star Trek Beyond), Karan Soni (Deadpool, Deadpool 2, Always Be My Maybe, Ghostbusters) & Kausar Mohammed (Silicon Valley, What Men Want) imagine their personas as their “coffee shop names,” the names they give baristas because their real names are hard to pronounce.

Marcy Learns Something New. Written & Directed by Julia Kennelly (Chandler). Marcy Learns Something New stars Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live, Broad City, Wine Country) as a widow who goes to a dominatrix class, “Marcy Learns Something New” explores themes of loneliness, connection and finding confidence in unexpected ways. Rather than portray BDSM as either a dismissable joke or a dark secret, as it’s often seen, the film seeks to show Marcy’s agency in finding joy during a difficult period of her life.

Eagle. Written & Directed by Jose Acevedo (Alternatino with Arturo Castro). Eagle stars Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah) and Antonio Ortiz Jr. (High Fidelity, Orange is the New Black) about a Brooklyn High School senior who receives some good news.

Balloon. Written by Dave Testa & Jeremy Merrifield and directed by Jeremy Merrifield, Balloon stars Paul Scheer (The League, The Disaster Artist) and Jonah Beres (Stranger Things, Splitting Up Together) that explores gender through a superhero myth.

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Wine On Earth Taste-A-Thon

Wednesday, June 17

A series of virtual tastings all on a single day. Join one (or many) at any time, from any time zone, and from the comfort of your home.

Wine Regions Featured:

Barossa/Eden Valley • Bordeaux • Bourgogne/Chablis • Champagne •
Chianti Classico • Jerez-Xérès-Sherry • Long Island • Napa Valley •
Paso Robles • Porto/Douro Valley • Rioja • South Africa •
Willamette Valley • Washington • Yamanashi

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