Jesse Tyler Ferguson Marries Justin Mikita in Star-Packed NYC Ceremony

first_img Orchestrated by celebrity event planner Bryan Rafanelli, the wedding attracted 200 guests, including Ferguson’s Modern Family co-stars Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet, plus Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Zachary Quinto and more. View Comments News of the nuptials broke on Twitter, where the 37-year-old Ferguson wrote on July 21, “Never been happier. XO Goodnight!” The Emmy nominee and his 27-year-old groom recently collaborated on a “Tie the Knot” bowtie collection, with proceeds benefitting marriage equality and gay civil rights groups. Broadway and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson married actor/producer Justin Mikita on July 20 in a ceremony officiated by playwright Tony Kushner. The wedding took place in downtown Manhattan at the 82 Mercer party space, with an afterparty at the Crosby Street Hotel that continued past 2:00 AM, according to usmagazine.com.center_img Star Files Jesse Tyler Fergusonlast_img read more

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The Landing’s Julia Murney Looks Back on Star Turns in Wicked, The Wild Party & More

first_img Role That Was the Most Satisfying “I was as grateful as I could possibly be to have been cast in Falling [2012, as Tami; Best Actress Drama Desk Award nomination]. It was about a family with two children, one of them a huge, severely autistic 18-year-old whose outbursts sometimes become violent. In real life, the parents of these kids are amazing people, and the play didn’t offer any conclusions or solutions; it’s simply a day in their life. It was very intense, and people would ask me, ‘How do you do that eight times a week?’ My answer became, “I only have to do it for 80 minutes; our author [Deanna Jent] has done it for 18 years with her own son.’ The most meaningful part was when parents [in the audience] would come up to me afterward and say, ‘You just showed me my life.’” Role That Was the Most Challenging “It’s an honor to be part of what I call the “green girl sisterhood” in Wicked [2006 on tour; 2007 on Broadway]. Elphaba is the Mick Jagger of the show, and the role is insanely satisfying. It was also the most difficult thing I’ve ever done; I was very intimidated by it vocally, and it was a test to my mental well being, in terms of stamina. I saw Idina [Menzel] on opening night, which was seared in my brain, and I also saw Shoshana [Bean] and Eden Espinosa—their voices are extraordinary and so not what I can do, so I approached it from the character point of view. I saw Elphaba as a misunderstood girl who becomes a strong woman and finds a way to harness her powers. My Glinda was Kendra Kassebaum, and I love the impact the show can have when it’s played by two women who are a little older. I had discovered the novel 10 years earlier and really loved it, so to get to express Gregory Maguire’s ideas through Winnie Holtzman’s words and Stephen Schwartz’s music was very special.” Role I Wish I Could Have Done Longer “The Wild Party [2000, as Queenie] was such an odd situation, since two versions of the same story were done simultaneously. [Murney starred in an off-Broadway production with a score by Andrew Lippa; Toni Collette played Queenie in a Broadway production with a score by Michael John LaChiusa.] We got a lot of nice reviews, but one very powerful newspaper did not care for us—nor did they care for the other one! I worked on the show for four years, and to me, Queenie was a lost soul who got caught in the habit of this [destructive] man [Burrs, played by Brian d’Arcy James]. It was a difficult show because there was nobody redeeming in it: Queenie was the one you rooted for, but even she was a hot mess! I learned so much from The Wild Party, not the least that when everyone says, ‘This show is going to change your life,’ unforeseen things can come up. Sometimes you don’t move to Broadway. But I never saw The Wild Party as a failure. I am so proud of the show.” The Landing View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 24, 2013 Julia Murney is beloved among fans and fellow Broadway stars for all the right reasons: She has a gorgeous, unique voice, and she’s real—sympathetic and believable onstage and warmly supportive of her colleagues offstage. Best known as one of the earliest Elphabas in Wicked, Murney works steadily in regional theaters and off-Broadway, including an acclaimed dramatic performance last season as the mother of an autistic son in Falling. She’s currently juggling three roles in the Vineyard Theatre’s premiere of The Landing, a trio of one-act musicals by John Kander and Greg Pierce. For her Role Call, the actress chose a mix of NYC shows and out-of-town favorites. Role That Was the Most Perfectly Written “Oh my gosh, the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods [1997, Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City] is perfect. Her scenes and her score are so beautifully written. You get to make everybody cry, then you get to die and you don’t have to learn ‘Your Fault,’ which is the hardest song. It’s golden! If you’re a theater nerd like I am, some issue will come up in your life and you’ll think of a Sondheim lyric. For me, Sondheim is the musical equivalent of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town: If you’ve lived a bit and lost some people, his lyrics are metaphors for your life. Especially Into the Woods—you can think of any lyric and say, ‘I know what that means.’” Related Shows Role I Would Love to Do Again “Ragtime [2004, as Mother; North Carolina Theatre] is another one of those perfect musicals. If I was forced to do one sequence on a loop for the rest of my days, it would be the whole ‘Our Children’ sequence between Mother and Tateh. It’s the prettiest pas de deux; you hear Terrence McNally’s words plainly, and then the underscoring comes back in. So much craft went into that, and to get to fall in love with Michael Rupert [as Tateh]? It felt so easy, in the most delicious way. Mother isn’t a character you start out sympathizing with. She’s someone you look at and think, ‘You’re going to have to grow up and see a larger world,’ and I found that very interesting to explore. It’s a show I would like to do again.” Role That Sparked a Fantastic Friendship “Before The Landing, which I’m doing now, I was in the Kander and Ebb concert revue First You Dream at Signature Theatre in Virginia [2009]. That’s where I got to know John Kander, a gift I would wish for everyone because he is a tremendous man. I went in thinking, ‘Oh this will be fun, I know this music,’ and then I discovered how astounding Fred Ebb’s lyrics are. The challenge and satisfaction of singing ‘Colored Lights’ every night blew my mind. Heidi Blickenstaff and I had an amazing duet of ‘The Money Tree’ and ‘Maybe This Time.’ The show moved to the Kennedy Center unexpectedly during the workshop of The Landing, and John Kander called me and said, ‘I will understand whatever you decide, but my pitch is for you to do The Landing because I wrote it for you.’ I never knew to dream of a moment like that!”last_img read more

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Wicked Turns 10, Bobby Cannavale Plays Charades & After Midnight Swings in This Week’s Datebook

first_imgGreen is the new black! Yes, it’s Halloween week (and nobody loves Halloween as much as Broadway fans), but the real party is the day before, when the beloved blockbuster musical Wicked celebrates a decade on the Great White Way. So, get out your brooms and tiaras, and let’s party like it’s 2003 in this week’s Datebook! FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1A SWINGING NIGHT WITH MONTEGO GLOVERGot an itch to hear Benny Goodman-style big band music? Head to Carnegie Hall to see Tony nominee Montego Glover (Memphis) headline “Sing Sing Swing” with the New York Pops. Music director Steven Reineke welcomes Glover and clarinet player Dave Bennett for a tribute to Goodman’s live recording at the Hall 75 years ago.ALSO: The 2013 Carols for a Cure CD gives fans a jump on the holidays; Mama Rose’s Turn: The True Story of America’s Most Notorious Stage Mother by Carolyn Quinn is released. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29GOOD SEX, AND A LOT MOREThere’s a lot more to Dr. Ruth Westheimer than her career as a sex therapist, and actress Debra Jo Rupp is bringing history to life in Becoming Dr. Ruth, which opens at the Westside Theatre. Hear the inspiring story of how young Ruth Siegel escaped the Nazis, became a sniper in Jerusalem and found happiness and fame in America.ALSO: Sexy variety show La Soiree begins previews at the Union Square Theatre; cast recordings of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! are released. Star Files WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30ELPHIE & GLINDA TURN 10It’s going to be an incredible night at the Gershwin Theatre, as original cast members and starry alums (think Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Julia Murney & Annaleigh Ashford) return for the 10th anniversary performance of Wicked. It’s a milestone only 10 other Broadway shows have reached, so the Citizens of Oz will definitely be partying.ALSO: The comic thriller Small Engine Repair begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, produced by MCC Theater. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHTHarlem comes to Broadway as After Midnight celebrates its opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill, Adriane Lenox and a cast of fantastic singers and dancers join the incredible Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars for an evening that blends the songs of Duke Ellington with the prose of Langston Hughes. Fabulous!ALSO: Jarrod Spector in concert and Martin Charnin’s Something Funny’s Going On revue play 54 Below. MONDAY, OCTOBER 28FIRST WORD, FOUR LETTERS, SOUNDS LIKE…The annual LAByrinth Theater Company Celebrity Charades benefit is starry, silly and lots of fun.This year’s gala,  with a “Disco Fever” theme, will held at Capitale, featuring killer charades players Bobby Cannavale, Billy Crudup, Josh Charles, Padma Lakshmi, Chris Rock and more. Careful: They’re competitive!ALSO: Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart gets a starry reading on Theatre Row benefitting The New Group, featuring Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams of Girls; Michael Mayer discusses the film Broadway Idiot at the Jacob Burns Film Center; Florence Henderson looks back her brilliant career at 54 Below. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31BOO! HALLOWEEN, BROADWAY-STYLEHalloween is the perfect night to see a show—you can get a bloody scare at Macbeth with Ethan Hawke or give yourself a completely different kind of fright at First Date. If you prefer dressing up, do some Broadway-style trick-or-treating in costume as Kinky Boots’ Lola, Cinderella, Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull or—taking a tip from The Glass Menagerie’s Celia Keenan-Bolger, above—Annie. Have a frightfully good evening!ALSO: Into Sweeney Todd’s Woods, with special guest Len Cariou, is the perfect Halloween treat at 54 Below; the McKittrick Hotel, home to spooky interactive hit Sleep No More, hosts a Halloween bash.  View Comments Bobby Cannavale SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2MY, MY! MAMMA MIA! HAS A NEW HOMEBroadway’s Dancing Queens will have their first dance party in a new Broadway home as Mamma Mia! gives its first performance at the Broadhurst Theatre. The smash-hit musical, which is heading toward its 5,000th performance, should look great in a slightly smaller house, so hitch up your Spandex and head to West 44th Street to sing along with ABBA hits.ALSO: Jackie Hoffman, Mary Testa, Christime Pedi & Kristine Zbornik are Silly Witches at 54 Below; The Preacher and the Shrink, starring Dee Hoty, begins at the Beckett Theatre; The Awesome ‘80s Prom ends at The Wall; Every Day a Visitor begins at the Clurman Theatre.last_img read more

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Tony Winner Linda Lavin to Star in the World Premiere of Nicky Silver’s Too Much Sun at Vineyard Theatre

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 Tony winner Linda Lavin is set to return to the Vineyard Theatre in the world premiere of playwright Nicky Silver’s new play Too Much Sun. Directed by Tony nominee Mark Brokaw, Too Much Sun will begin previews at the off-Broadway theater on May 1, 2014. Opening night is scheduled for May 20. The play reunites Lavin, Silver and Brokaw following their collaboration on 2012’s The Lyons, which ran at the Vineyard before moving to Broadway. Linda Lavin Related Shows Too Much Sun tells the story of Audrey Langham (Lavin), a celebrated actress who unravels completely while preparing for a new production of Medea. With nowhere else to go, she descends upon her married daughter for a summer by the sea. She is not, however, greeted with confetti and champagne. Her arrival sets off a chain of events alternately hilarious and harrowing. Lavin earned a Tony nod for her performance as Rita in The Lyons. She is currently appearing on NBC’s Sean Saves the World and played the title character on the sitcom Alice from 1976 to 1985, for which she picked up two Golden Globe awards. Lavin won a Tony Award for Broadway Bound and received additional Tony nominations for Collected Stories, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Diary of Anne Frank and Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Her other screen credits include Wanderlust, The Back-Up Plan, Conrad Bloom, The Sopranos, The Ring and The Muppets Take Manhattan. Too Much Sun View Commentslast_img read more

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Transportation

first_imgBase TransportationOffutt AFB offers a base shuttle bus that will allow you to get near most work locations on the base. The base shuttle runs Monday through Friday excluding holidays and weekends. The daily schedule is as follows: 6:15 am – 9:00 a m, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. During ACC, 55th Wing productivity days and base exercise the bus route will run as mission permits during the following hours only: 6:45 am – 8:15 am, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.last_img read more

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Limited Edition: Cancer Fighting Headset Caps from Leave It On The Road

first_imgLast year Leave It On The Road rode across the US to raise fifty thousand dollars to benefit colon cancer. This year, the cycling publication is continuing to raise awareness with a series of books and accessories. First up is this limited edition headtube cap, which will be available in one of two cancer fighting colors -blue for colon and pink for breast cancer. In whatever color you chose, the words written across the cap are still poignant reminder of why we all ride.The custom caps will be available next week, so stay tuned to their website here to order.last_img read more

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Interbike 2009 – New Chris King Swift Road Racing Hubs, Inset Headset and Tools

first_imgRear in Orange showing radial lacing on non-drive side.Green shown with full radial lacing on front (above) and radial non-drive on rear (below).Not shown, they also have a new 15mm ISo Front Disc Brake mountain bike hub that’s compatible with 15QR suspension forks.  It’s available in two models, an SD hubshell and an LD hubshell that’s based on a 20mm axle.  There are also retrofit kits to convert your existing King hubs into 15mm axle hubs.  They have adustable bearing preload without removing the hub from the fork, too.  $179 MSRP, available in 28/32/36 hole drillings. 5-Year warranty.The new Chris King InSet sealed bearing low stack NoThreadSet is designed to with with the newer mountain bikes that have inset headsets.  They’re available now and come in three versions: 1-1/8″ (120g – $129), Tapered (170g – $149) and Mixed Tapered (150g – $149).  The Mixed Tapered uses an inset upper and standard outboard bottom section.  They use aluminum cups and bearing cap with stainless steel bearings and are available in all the King colors (some colors not available until end of year).  10 year warranty as with all King headsets.Chris King has also launched a new line of Ream and Face tools for Inset Sealed Bearing Headsets.  They’re available in a range of sizes to fit different size ranges of head tubes and configurations.  They come in Small Diameter and Large Diameter kits, and the latter requires parts from the former to function properly.  Available to the Trade only, not intended for (or for sale to) consumers.  Yeah, we know, that just makes you want them even more, but seriously, how often would you use these? They are designed to use a soy-based cutting lube that’s exclusively theirs. Last but not least, they’ve created a SRAM specific bottom bracket (118g vs 106 for Shimano version).  In reality, it’s the same bottom bracket, except it has a self-expanding spacer (that bronze bit between the red bearing cup and the inside of the crank in the photo above) and a sleeve that fits over SRAM’s tapered axle on the non-drive side.  The bearings and cups themselves are the same as the Shimano compatible bottom brackets.  They come with a 5-year warranty and cost $129.  They’re available in both 68mm and 73mm versions. Front (above) and rear (below) in Red.center_img INTERBIKE 2009 - Chris King is showing off their new Swift road hubs, an ultralight set of racing hubs that come in around 320g per pair!It’s a completely new hub with different internals than their classic road hubs, and they’re the first King hubs that are made to allow radial lacing.    They have low spoke count options, including 20/24/28/32 hole (front) and 24/28/32 hole (rear) drillings.  The hubs are sold separately and weights and pricing are:Front: 105g – $149Rear: 215g – $349A big part of the weight savings comes from the new Titanium Ring Drive internals.  The all-new drive mechanism uses 45 teeth rather than King’s standard 72 tooth configuration.  Despite being Ti, they still come with a 5-year warranty.They’re available in all of Chris King’s colors: Black, Silver, Navy, Red, Green, Mango, Pink, Pewter, Gold and Brown.  We asked why they didn’t have white and the answer was because you can’t anodize white, it has to be painted…but they acknowledged that it would be awesome.  They’re made in standard road widths, 100mm front and 130mm rear with 17mm diameter aluminum axles for use with normal QR skewers.  Freehub is 8/9/10 speed compatible with Shimano and SRAM cassettes.  Lastly, they use low-friction bearing seals.Hit ‘more’ for lots of photos and to see their new Inset Low-Stack Headset and some new frame prep tools…last_img read more

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BH Bikes, FSA Launch New Bottom Bracket Standard – BB386 Evo

first_imgYes, it’s a new standard, but it’s backward compatible, and no this isn’t an April Fool’s trick.Set to get some officialness at Sea Otter in a couple weeks, BH Bikes and FSA have partnered to develop an open-source standard for frames that they say better incorporates and takes advantage of the benefits a 30mm spindle can offer.The design will be open and available to any manufacturer, and any current BB30 or PFBB30 crankset should work on these frames.Why? Well, lighter, stronger frames for one. We’ve got an interview with them in the works to get more details, but for now you can read the words straight from BH’s mouth after the break and marvel at how four paragraphs of words only leaves you wanting more…UPDATED 3PM EST: Interview with Chris Cocalis of BH/Pivot Bikes added after the break to make sense of it all…We just talked to Chris Cocalis, founder of Pivot and the U.S. guy behind BH Bikes, to get the scoop. There are few things that he’s leaving unsaid until the official press launch at Sea Otter, which will include hands on of their new superlight road bike with the BB386EVO system, and we’ll be there. For now, some quotes:It’s based on a 86.5mm wide BB shell for a PFBB30 system, same as what a Shimano PFBB (Press Fit BB) would be, but with a much bigger crank spindle diameter (24mm vs 30mm).“The beauty of this is it fits all existing BB standards, including Shimano and Campy, and it’ll fit them better than what current BB30 adapters do to retrofit such systems.We’ll be launching new FSA cranksets with a 30mm spindle that’s different from the BB30 standard.The basis of the whole thing is that we can drop weight and really drive up the stiffness of the system. The bike we’re launching at Sea Otter really integrates some amazing new features.It does NOT have mountain bike applications because it needs a 46mm BB hole (same as PF30 but wider, x 86.5), so it wouldn’t have clearance for the small chainring. And because of the wide stance of this new BB shell standard, there’s not room for any pivots on full suspension bikes. As for 2×10, it could theoretically work, but the bike would have to built such that it could never run a triple chainring, which at this point in time doesn’t really make sense.Crankset stiffness will be about the same, but frame stiffness goes way up.”Some of the final details of the system are still being finalized, but it should be ready to go live for other manufacturers to use and you to pine after in mid-April. Now for that press release…PRESS RELEASE:BB386EVO is wider, stiffer and interfaces with all current BB systems.BH Bikes is known for developing cutting-edge products including the introduction of the first ever extended seat tube design, pioneering the development of sub-900 gram road frames and being one of the first to introduce aerodynamic profiles into road racing frames with its line of Global Concept frames that include the current G5, RC1 and Cristal designs.Recognizing another opportunity to deliver higher levels of performance, BH Bikes approached Full Speed Ahead with the idea of partnering to design a system that provides the platform required to develop substantially lighter and stiffer frames while evolving the advances already made in crank and bottom bracket designs to a whole new level.The BB386EVO is the next evolution in frame and component design. Proposed by BH Bikes and developed in close partnership with Full Speed Ahead, the new BB386EVO system continues the evolution of the 30mm spindle standard with an eye towards expanded integration with frame manufacturers.With BH’s extensive knowledge of frame design and manufacturing, the new BB386EVO system integrates the benefits of oversized 30mm spindle designs into a new standard bottom bracket shell, which greatly enhances the performance characteristics. This BB386EVO design is an open source solution, available to all in the industry, to allow real performance gains by better integration of frame and component.Source: BH Bikes.last_img read more

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Taipei Show: Wireless Dropper Post Closer to Production, Plus Road Buzz Absorbing Stem and…

first_imgAre electronics the future of dropper posts? TranzX certainly thinks so. As one of the most production looking electronic dropper posts we’ve seen, the TranzX JD-YSp06 was looking good on display, but according to TranzX, it’s still not quite there. The hold up seems to be what all dropper post manufacturers are grappling with when it comes to ditching the cable – where to stash the battery. TranzX solved the problem by stashing it under the saddle but they mention the battery will likely be 30-50% smaller for production. Depending on the size of the battery, and the weight of the mechanism, electronic dropper posts could make a big impact on the dropper market – let’s just hope that all manufacturers can improve durability before tackling electronics.More, plus TranzX’s innovative Antishock road stem and seatpost, next! Also on the menu for TranzX is an expansion of their Antishock line to include a new seatpost in addition to the current stem. Both parts use an elastomer material that is sandwiched by two pieces of metal with a pivot connecting the structure. This allows the elastomer to compress giving -2º of movement for the stem, and 4º of movement for the seatpost. On the stem, the movement is only in the negative direction, so moving down and returning to 0, or the stem’s -6º stock angle.There were less details surrounding the seatpost, but we’re led to believe the 4º of motion is both front and back. Currently, the stem is available for sale and the seatpost is undergoing testing in 31.6mm diameter only. Once the design is approved, they will open up other sizes for the post. Built on an RF 2.4 ghz wireless system, the dropper is controlled through the wireless remote which can be mounted on either side of the bar. Both the post and the remote will be charged through a Micro USB cable, but no word on battery life or charge time. TranzX is hoping for delivery by the end of the year for both aftermarket and OEM sales.The electronic dropper post will join a full line of TranzX droppers that are both remotes and lever actuated.last_img read more

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2013 Genesis Bikes Add Ti, Alloy Road Racers, Full Suspension MTB & More!

first_imgGenesis has had their Croix de Fer and Day One steel disc cyclocross bikes for a couple years now, but the new Vapor becomes their race-level ‘cross bike. It shares a similar alloy frame as the Volant but with some off road tweaks like proper cyclocross geometry and a large gusset at the downtube/headtube junction. It also gets disc brakes and maintains the rack and fender mounts of its siblings to extend use beyond race season. The Volant looks more like the type of alloy race bikes we see at NAHBS, which is a good thing. Oversized alloy tubes, slightly shaped stays and a 44mm headtube add up to a good looking rig that should make crit racers quite happy. Genesis Bikes’ lineup has expanded with new materials and models for road, mountain and cyclocross.Above, the Equilibrium is a seamless double butted titanium road bike with shaped, oversized tubes and 44mm headtube. It comes built with mostly Shimano 105, including hubs, and tapered fork with alloy steerer and carbon legs. The frame and fork get fender mounts, making it a good year round bike for training, racing and just getting to and fro.It joins a couple of high end alloy racing bikes for road and cyclocross, their first full suspension mountain bike and some hardtail 29ers…center_img The High Latitude is a new steel 29er hardtail mountain bike. It’ll set up as singlespeed or geared, and at the moment is still officially in the prototype stage as it’s not quite shown on their website.A nice machined section of the chainstay provides ample clearance for a double or triple crankset.Tubing is Reynolds 520 steel and geometry is built around a 100mm suspension fork. If you want to run rigid, they offer the Fortitude 29er that’s designed for use without a suspension fork.The 26″ Grapil is also still officially in prototype stage. It’s a 120mm travel frame designed around a 140mm fork for trail/all-mountain use.last_img read more

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