How to Be Funny 101

October 1st, 2022- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Mark Boyd spent most of the 80s and 90s, 48 weeks per year, performing in comedy venues, and a few not-so-comedy venues, all across the United States and Canada. He appeared on several comedy showcase programs on television, such as “Evening at the Improv.” Join him for a night of slightly-educational fun! What could be better than practicing public speaking and some of your corniest jokes in front of a room full of strangers?! Let Mark teach you the tips and tools of the trade in this casual lecture and night of free-spirited fun! 18 and up. Beer and wine will definitely be available!

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Literary Artist Series: Stephen Mack Jones

October 7th, 2022- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Award-winning author and playwright Stephen Mack Jones will join us for an insightful evening to discuss his process and work including critically-acclaimed books August Snow, Lives Laid Away and Dead of Winter. He will be joined by Award-Winning Detroit Free Press columnist and Farmington Hills resident Neal Rubin where these two Farmington Hills residents will give us an informal peek into Stephen’s literary adventures. 

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Chamber Soloists of Detroit: 'With Best Inventions"

October 9th, 2022- 2:00pm

The Hawk Mainstage

Chad Burrow, clarinet

Kristina Zlatareva, violin

Paul Laraia, viola

Karlos Rodriguez, cello

Pauline Martin, piano

Experience "best inventions" of Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and Piazzolla, with a special premiere
performance of “Black Boy Joy”: Chamber Suite, the acclaimed HBO short film score arranged
by its composer, our own rising star, Ryn Jorgensen of Bloomfield Hills.
We invite you to stay seated for a lively exchange with the artists from the stage - Just Between
Us - immediately following the concert.

Program:

Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (‘Kegelstatt’)   W. A Mozart

Black Boy Joy: Suite for Piano Quartet (premier) Ryn Jorgensen

Duo for Viola and Cello                                   Astor Piazzolla 

String Trio K. 471                                           Franz Schubert

Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, op. 114 Johannes Brahms 

This concert is presented in collaboration with Chamber Soloists of Detroit and the City of Farmington Hills. To learn more about CSD, visit chambersoloistsdetroit.org.

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Dani Darling

October 13th, 2022- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

This Ann Arbor based singer, songwriter, producer and musician Dani Darling brings her unique style to the Hawk! She is a Detroit Metro Times “Artist to Watch in 2020” and a founding Fellow of Washtenaw’s Amplify Project. 

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Reflections and Funaach Present SANGEET NIGHT- A WEDDING STORY

October 15th, 2022- 7:30pm

The Hawk Mainstage

A smash hit at their annual “Indian Music Night” at Stars in the Park, the immensely talented Indian music and dance collective, Reflections with Amit and the Funaach Academy of Dance, join us for a cultural event you do not want to miss! Featuring live music and dance, this performance is sure to be a power-packed concert showcasing high energy performances by the young and talented Indian artists of Metro Detroit.

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Antiques Twelve Mile Road Show

October 16th, 2022- 7:00pm-9:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Gather up those treasures from grandma’s attic and come spend an evening with friends, old and new. Jamie Thompson of Carriage House Antiques, antique and estate specialists from nearby Perrysburg, will join us for a fun, free-spirited lecture. Attendees will have the opportunity to each bring along one hand-held item for an informal appraisal.

Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above.  

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Mini Mozarts Series- Brass and Woodwinds

October 20th, 2022- 10:00am-11:00am

The Hawk Blackbox

Little ones, ages three to five, with a caregiver, are invited to join us for a fun, musical morning. Each session will introduce your little one to a different section of the orchestra. We’ll learn together about brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments. Each session will include a simple musical craft, age-appropriate learning opportunity and the chance for music-making with friends.

+This event offers sensory-friendly components.

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Ara Topouzian

October 23rd, 2022- 4:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Ara Topouzian was the 2015 Farmington Hills Artist-in-Residence. An Armenian-American musician whose proficiency at the Kanun (Middle Eastern harp) has made him a nationally-recognized artist, Ara has performed at concerts and music festivals across the United States. This 2012 Kresge Artist’s traditional music style keeps to his Armenian heritage but has expanded to include music from around the Middle East with jazz, fusion, and new age influences.**The day’s events will also include a family-friendly exploration of Armenian culture from 2-4pm.

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Farmington Concert Band- Halloween Concert

October 30th, 2022- 3:00pm

The Hawk Mainstage

Join us for the Farmington Concert Band’s annual Halloween concert! This concert is fun for the whole family so throw on a costume and join us for an afternoon of the FCB’s spookiest hits!

This event offers sensory-friendly components. 

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Sheila Landis presents A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

November 3rd, 2022- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

"Sheila Landis Sings a Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald" will soar to new heights with the addition of world-renowned jazz clarinetist/tenor saxophonist WENDELL HARRISON to her performance of American Songbook classics when she performs at the Hawk in Farmington Hills on Thursday November 3rd at 7 pm. Mr. Harrison is a 2018 Kresge Arts in Detroit Eminent Artist Award Winner. Additionally, Harrison has been on the international jazz scene for decades building an impressive catalog of much-sought-after jazz releases on the Tribe, Rebirth and WenHa labels in addition to touring extensively. Impressively, Harrison has also been recognized by Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master. The complete Thursday Night Jazz Night at the Hawk ensemble on November 3rd will be vocalist Sheila Landis, 7-string guitarist Rick Matle, drummer Butter Hawkins and guest soloist Wendell Harrison.

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Detroit Metropolitian Youth Symphony

November 6th, 2022- 3:00pm

The Hawk Mainstage

Since 1982 the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony has developed students from nearly 50 metro-Detroit communities. Join us at the Hawk for a showcase of some of the region's best young talent in four orchestras of students grades 2-12 ranging from advanced beginning strings to the DMYS flagship full Symphony Orchestra.

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November 10th-13th

Disney's Newsies Jr. 

The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre is thrilled to present Disney's Newsies Jr. On November 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th.

When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys' expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what's right.

Including the now-classic songs "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," and "Santa Fe," Newsies JR. is a timeless story full of spirit and heart

Disney's Newsies Jr. is presented is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materialsare allso supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre is a program on the City of Farmington Hills in conjunction with In the Mitten Productions.

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December 1st-4th

Legally Blonde the Musical

The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre is thrilled to present Legally Blonde the Musical December 1st-4th

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances - this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Legally Blonde the Musical is presented is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materialsare allso supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre is a program on the City of Farmington Hills in conjunction with In the Mitten Productions.

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Farmington Swing Band: Swing into the Holidays

December 8th, 2022- 7:30pm

The Hawk Mainstage

Join us for a unique holiday program of jazz arrangements of your favorite holiday tunes! This concert by the Farmington Concert Band’s “Swing Band” is perfect for the whole family to get into the holiday spirit.

Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above.

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Emma Guzman

December 10th, 2022- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Singer-songwriter Emma Guzman is a known cat enthusiast, rumored star child and has always been compelled to express herself through music. Choosing to spend her time humming melodies and frantically scribbling lyrics in various notebooks and on random scraps of paper, she has quietly amassed a substantial collection of songs. She was described by the Detroit Metro Times as a "songwriting prodigy," and one of their top 15 artists to watch in 2016.

Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above.

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The Farmington Chorus Winter Concert

December 16th, 2022- 8:00pm

December 17th, 2022- 4:00pm

The Hawk Mainstage

The Farmington Chorus was established in 1980 under the sponsorship of the Farmington Hills Parks and Recreation Department as an activity for community residents. They have been performing Holiday and Spring Concerts ever since.

Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above. 

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O'Brien and Flick

January 7th, 2023- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Hannah O’Brien and Grant Flick play a mix of original compositions and traditional pieces from
various fiddling traditions. The duo began collaborating at University of Michigan School of
Music, Theatre, & Dance in 2019. They found common ground despite coming from different
backgrounds with Hannah from Irish fiddling and Grant from American improvisational idioms. In August 2021 they released their first duo record, “Windward.” This album features a collection of their original tunes but also some of their takes on fiddling standards. Their arrangements have been worked up without notation and sometimes incorporate improvised sections. While the duo feels at home on double fiddle, they also change instrumentation often incorporating tenor guitar and nyckelharpa. Their musical interests are broad and as a result their programs showcase an eclectic assemblage of repertoire.

Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above.

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Youth Open Mic Night/ Ages 6-18

January 13th, 2023- 6:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

It’s time for an Open Mic Night at the Hawk! Grab your berets, head down to the Blackbox Theatre stage, and show us what you’ve got! Singing, dancing, poetry... whatever talent you’ve been hiding from your friends. Now is your chance to show us what you can do! Acts must register in advance with a brief description of your performance. Send your descriptions to shicks@fhgov.com

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Adults Open Mic Night/ Ages 18+

January 14th, 2023- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

It’s time for an Open Mic Night at the Hawk! Grab your berets, head down to the Blackbox Theatre stage, and show us what you’ve got! Singing, dancing, poetry... whatever talent you’ve been hiding from your friends. Now is your chance to show us what you can do! Acts must register in advance with a brief description of your performance. (Please no knife-throwing or fire-eating... we just renovated the place!) send your descriptions to shicks@fhgov.com

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Richard O'Neil and Pauline Martin: A Winning Combination

January 15th, 2023- 2:00pm

The Hawk Mainstage

We are proud to present Grammy and Emmy award winning violist Richard O’Neill, in his Detroit
recital debut with his esteemed colleague, pianist Pauline Martin. Featuring Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata and the romantic Cello Sonata by Rachmaninov. “... At times, energetic and sassy” (LA Times), O’Neill’s presence, sublime artistry and truly “ravishing...elegant, velvety tone"(NY Times) will surely win your heart. You are invited to join the artists for CSD's engaging talk-back - "Just Between Us" immediately following the concert.

This concert is presented in collaboration with Chamber Soloists of Detroit and the City of Farmington Hills. To learn more about CSD, visit chambersoloistsdetroit.org.

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Lunar New Year Concert with Xiao Dog Wei

January 22nd, 2023- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

At the age of 11, Xiao Dong Wei was accepted into the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she was granted the degree of Master of the Erhu. A 2012 Kresge Artist, she has appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured on National Public Radio and has produced multiple critically-acclaimed albums. Xiao Dong Wei is a lecturer at the University of Michigan and her music can be heard all around the world.

The day’s events will also include a family-friendly Lunar New Year celebration. 

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Mini Mozart Series- Strings

January 26th, 2023- 10:00am-11:00am

The Hawk Blackbox

Little ones, ages three to five, with a caregiver, are invited to join us for a fun, musical morning. Each session will introduce your little one to a different section of the orchestra. We’ll learn together about brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments. Each session will include a simple musical craft, age-appropriate learning opportunity and the chance for music-making with friends.

+This event offers sensory-friendly components.

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Violin Fun for Adults

January 27th, 2023- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

It’s never too late to try your hand at something new! Join Robin Bloomberg and come fiddle around at the Hawk! Robin will give a fun, informal talk about the violin’s history and offer a one-of-a-kind show and tell experience with some unique and rare instruments. You’ll even have a chance to play along and find your inner violinist. No previous experience needed.

*Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above.

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Violin Fun for Kids +

January 28th, 2023- 10:00am-11:30am

The Hawk Blackbox

Have you ever wished for a bit more hands-on fun at one of those instrument petting zoos? Youth ages eight and up are invited to join Robin Bloomberg for a morning of fun with strings! Participants will have the opportunity to learn some fun facts about stringed instruments, see some rare and one-of-a-kind instruments and even learn to play a little song on the violin. No previous experience needed.

+This event offers sensory-friendly components.

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Greater Alexander

February 4th, 2023- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Greater Alexander is a well-known piano and guitarist in the city of Detroit. He has a way of creatively expressing the greater part of himself through the medium of a sonic musical landscape. He was born in New York, raised in Greece and is currently residing in Detroit, Michigan.

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An Evening of Stand Up Comedy

February 11th, 2023- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Come down to the Blackbox Theatre for An Evening of Standup Comedy. Local metro-Detroit comedians will tickle your funny bone. Come, share a few laughs, make some memories and maybe some new friends! 18+

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Dames Brown presents: The Love Counselors Chapter III

February 18th, 2023- 8:00pm

The Hawk Mainstage

Detroit soul sensations Dames Brown join us for a post-Valentine’s Day lovefest on the Hawk Mainstage! Joined by a talented group of special guests, these Motown divas are ready to keep the love alive in Farmington Hills! There will be an afterglow in the Black Box Theatre with a Valentines themed drink and photo-ops with the performers.

Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above.

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Three Men and a Tenor

Feburary 25th, 2023- 8:00pm

The Hawk Mainstage

Great pop vocal music, quick-witted humor, and overall likeability make THREE MEN and a TENOR a unique vocal music and comedy show experience that cannot be matched. The group has over 3,000 performances together, a national touring schedule, and has opened shows for national legends like Jay Leno and The Beach Boys and starred in their own national PBS-TV special "Three Men and a Tenor- In Concert" that was shown across the country from Los Angeles to Nashville on major PBS affiliates.


3MT was voted "The Best Entertainment in Michigan" 4-times. THREE MEN and a TENOR has regularly sold-out shows at performing arts centers, theatres, and festivals and fairs for nearly 30-years with a powerful blend of vocal harmonies and feel-good music for all ages.

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Blackthorn

March 4th, 2023- 7:30pm

The Hawk Mainstage

Irish music sensation, Blackthorn, combines traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and ancient airs for a musical experience that captures the history and legend of Ireland and its people. Regularly featured at world renowned Irish festivals and venues, the Detroit-based band joins us for a night of Irish music just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Mini Mozart Series- Percussion

March 9th, 2023- 10:00am-11:00am

The Hawk Blackbox

Little ones, ages three to five, with a caregiver, are invited to join us for a fun, musical morning. Each session will introduce your little one to a different section of the orchestra. We’ll learn together about brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments. Each session will include a simple musical craft, age-appropriate learning opportunity and the chance for music-making with friends.

+This event offers sensory-friendly components.

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Steve Taylor Acoustic

March 11th, 2023- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Metro Detroit Singer-Songwriter Steve Taylor will bring his acoustic originals and familiar covers to our Campfire Concert series. Always a favorite at local venues, Steve has a busy solo career and also fronts the Steve Taylor Three. Join us around the fire, sing a few songs and spend an evening listening to some new and old favorites.

Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above.

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Detroit Retro Society

April 1st, 2023- 7:30pm

The Hawk Mainstage

The top-tier Detroit music revue, Detroit Retro Society, performs the music that makes Motown so special. Musicians in the Detroit Retro Society have shared the stage with everyone from classic acts like The Temptations, Parliament Funkadelic, Foreigner and Aretha Franklin to modern acts like Sturgill Simpson, Kid Rock, and Griz. This high-energy performance will get you on your feet and dancing all night long!

Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above.

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Ray Ureña

April 13th, 2023- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Ray Ureña is not only a talented guitarist, but a multi-instrumentalist whose career span includes touring, playing festivals, film scoring, and electronic music production. Though his music education is rooted and jazz, his work as a guitar sideman has landed many gigs opening for Bare Naked Ladies, Eddie Money, The Spin Doctors, Everclear, Robert Bradley, and Kid Rock. 

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Xiao Dong Wei and Friends

April 15th, 2023- 8:00pm

The Hawk Mainstage

At the age of 11, Xiao Dong Wei was accepted into the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she was granted the degree of Master of the Erhu. A 2012 Kresge Artist, she has appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured on National Public Radio and has produced multiple critically-acclaimed albums. Xiao Dong Wei is a lecturer at the University of Michigan and her music can be heard all around the world.

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The Ehnes Quartet Returns

April 28th 2022, 7:30pm 

The Hawk Mainstage

James Ehnes, Amy Schwartz-Moretti, Violins
Matthew Lipman, Viola
Edward Arron, Cello

Fresh from a season of recordings and gripping performances around the globe, this electrifying
ensemble returns to the open arms of our growing audience. Their captivating program of
works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Bartok promises to be memorable indeed.
As always, our friends in the Ehnes Quartet look forward to interacting with you from the stage
at our trademark Just Between Us artist talkback, immediately following the concert.

Program:

String Quartet Op.20 no. 5                                      Franz Joseph Haydn

String Quartet no. 6                                                 Bela Bartok

String Quartet Op. 44 no. 2                                     Felix Mendelssohn

This concert is presented in collaboration between the City of Farmington Hills and Chamber Soloists of Detroit. Learn more about CSD here: https://www.chambersoloistsdetroit.org/

Formally established in 2010, the Ehnes Quartet’s highly refined, sensitive and expressive performances have delighted audiences and critics across the globe and have made them one of the most sought after chamber groups performing today. Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” (Strings), the Ehnes Quartet is comprised of four internationally renowned string musicians: violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, and cellist Edward Arron. For this concert they are joined by violist Matthew Lipman.

Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in 37 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. His recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy. James was recently named Gramaphone Magazine's 2021 "Artist of the Year." He plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.

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The Farmington Chorus Spring Concert

May 12th, 2022- 8:00pm

May 13th, 2022- 4:00pm

The Hawk Mainstage

The Farmington Chorus was established in 1980 under the sponsorship of the Farmington Hills Parks and Recreation Department as an activity for community residents. They have been performing Holiday and Spring Concerts ever since.

Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above. 

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Eat It Up Trio

May 18th, 2023- 7:00pm

The Hawk Blackbox

Detroit-based and undeniably swinging, The Eat It Up Trio is Michigan’s premier professional purveyor of possibly the most pleasurable music three humans can safely perform within the parameters of the law. Comprised of drummer Sean Perlmutter, bassist Trevor Lamb, and pianist/vocalist Mike Harrison, the Eat It Up trio delivers original songs and arrangements with a versatile repertoire spanning from traditional jazz to modern R&B, funk to folk country, classic rock to bebop, and all the cracks and crevices in between.

Beer and wine will be available for patrons 21 years and above. 

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Mr. Bob's Rubber Band

June 16th, 2023- 2:00pm

The Hawk Mainstage

Mr. Bob's Rubber Band is metro Detroit's premier children's band. These Detroit Music Award winners entertain all ages from pre-school on up playing Motown hits, pop, funky nursery rhymes and more! Perfect for all ages and fun for the whole family!

This event offers sensory-friendly components. 

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