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Non-Profit Journalism Is Growing. But Where’s The Audience?

“Journalists are not very good marketers. They do a story they are excited about and think most people in the addressable audience will want to read it — maybe 60%. No, that’s way high. More likely 10%.” - Poynter

Why All The Broadway Theatre Standing Ovations?

Some have attributed the trend to the tourists who fill many of the seats at Broadway shows; they may be less familiar with theater and therefore especially enthusiastic. But standing ovations are the default even at shows and plays that attract few tourists. - The New York Times

The Downside Of Outsourcing Skills To AI

Making thoughtful and defensible decisions requires practice and self-discipline. And this is where the hidden harm that AI exposes people to comes in: AI does most of its “thinking” behind the scenes and presents users with answers that are stripped of context and deliberation. - The Conversation

A Short History Of Artists Sneaking Work Into Museums

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), the museum applauded the mischievous initiative. “We think this is funny and would like to know the artist,” a spokesperson wrote. “So get in touch! There will be no trouble. Word of honor.” - Artnet

Why Studios Make Movies And Sometime Don’t Release Them

Near-complete movies have been mothballed, underperforming shows pulled from streaming libraries. - The New York Times

A New Fellowship For Rising Young Theatre Critics

Critical Insight is "a new generative arts journalism fellowship that will bring the best in the field to early-career and aspiring critics through mentorship, professional insight, arts experiences, and an immersive regional theatre retreat." - American Theatre

Pappano: People In The UK Are Embarrassed By Opera

“Here it’s looked on with great suspicion. That drives me nuts, I have to tell you. England is a haven for culture whether it is pop culture or classical culture, literary culture, theatrical culture, this is one of the great addresses and yet we’re embarrassed by it.” - The Guardian

4-D Theatre About Irish Peat Bogs (Wait, What?)

"Staged at a massive round table for 25 audience members, covered with 330 pounds of dried Irish peat," Luke Casserly's Distillation "is not easy to pigeonhole. It’s part TED Talk, part community-building and part campfire story, during which Casserly speaks at times in the voice of the bog." - The Washington Post (MSN)

San Francisco Chronicle Music Critic Josh Kosman To Retire

On April 30, Kosman will flip his critic’s notebook closed for the final time, retiring from the newspaper at a crucial juncture for classical music in the Bay Area. - San Francisco Chronicle

A Connecticut Civilian At A Pilobolus Workshop

"Emily told us to 'start walking' — all of us, in any direction, or all directions, as she and Matt called out instructions. … With everyone gradually picking up on the same gesture and then letting it transform, by the end of this ever-morphing exercise we were dancing en masse, already unified." - Literary Hub

What It Costs To Attend Coachella (Thousands of $) And Why These Fans Say It’s A Bargain

Many people are willing to lay out a lot of money for the experience and party in the VIP section, but it's possible to get by on a budget, too. - BBC

Salman Rushdie Reads From His Memoir About Being Stabbed Onstage

“I confess, I had sometimes imagined my assassin rising up in some public forum or other, and coming for me in just this way. So my first thought when I saw this murderous shape rushing towards me was, ‘So it’s you. Here you are.’” - The Guardian

How Our Obsession With Self-Improvement Is Harming Us

A consequence of the cultural obsession with self-improvement is the hyperfixation on the self. From elaborate skin care regimens to the culling of “toxic” friends from your social circle, some will go through extreme lengths in the name of self-preservation and betterment. - Vox

The Power Players In Arts And Culture In New York City

This inaugural list by Politics NY includes the obvious (directors of prominent institutions like the Morgan Library, Roundabout Theater, BAM, both Mets), the famous (Alan Cumming, Fran Drescher), the officials (government and union types), and the hip. - Politics NY

All That Money Being Spent On The Downtown L.A. Arts District — What Exactly Is It Paying For?

Buildings and facilities, mostly. There's the Grand, the $1 billion apartment/hotel/retail complex, designed by Frank Gehry, which opened across the street from (Gehry's) Disney Hall in 2022. Then there's the $100 million expansion of the Broad Museum and an addition, also designed by Gehry, to the Colburn School. - Los Angeles Times (Yahoo!)

How The O.J. Simpson Trial Changed Television News

"All of a sudden, TV news ... wasn’t just about war and peace, elections and Supreme Court decisions. The salacious, it turns out, rates just as well, and opinions about the news (in this case, daily arguments during the trial) were just as enticing to viewers as the news itself." - The Hollywood Reporter

Beautifully Preserved 2,000-Year-Old Frescoes Uncovered In Pompeii

"Mythical Greek figures ... are depicted on the high black walls of a large banqueting hall. … It was likely the walls' stark colour was chosen to hide the smoke deposits from lamps used during entertaining after sunset. In the shimmering light, the paintings would have almost come to life." - BBC

AGMA Accuses Miami City Ballet Of Union-Busting Campaign

"Miami City Ballet management has begun an aggressive, coordinated union-busting campaign against their dancers, the majority of whom are fighting to unionize. … Furthermore, MCB management is trying to circumvent the legal process by denying their dancers the right to a union election." - American Guild of Musical Artists

Early Reactions In The Mediasphere To The NPR Editor’s Essay Accusing The Network Of Liberal Bias

Some came to Uri Berliner's defense, notably including one former senior NPR executive; others accused Berliner of using straw men or bad-faith arguments. A few pointed out that NPR's apparent lean away from conservativism in recent years is due to changes in conservatism, not NPR. - TheWrap

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The Downside Of Outsourcing Skills To AI

Making thoughtful and defensible decisions requires practice and self-discipline. And this is where the hidden harm that AI exposes people to comes in: AI does most of its “thinking” behind the scenes and presents users with answers that are stripped of context and deliberation. - The Conversation

How Our Obsession With Self-Improvement Is Harming Us

A consequence of the cultural obsession with self-improvement is the hyperfixation on the self. From elaborate skin care regimens to the culling of “toxic” friends from your social circle, some will go through extreme lengths in the name of self-preservation and betterment. - Vox

Inside The Artist’s Mind

How do artists think? As I considered my flailing artistic efforts, I realized I was begging for entrance into the artist’s head. If I could somehow make the process legible, I might find making art myself less intimidating. - New York Magazine

When Nostalgia Was Considered A Deadly Condition

Victims of nostalgia, as Hofer identified, were primarily young people and adolescents sent to alien lands, regions and cities. He was very clear about the malady’s prognosis: it was potentially fatal, particularly if left untreated. - History Today

AI Companies Are Running Out Of Data

Ever more powerful systems developed by OpenAI, Google and others require larger oceans of information to learn from. That demand is straining the available pool of quality public data online at the same time that some data owners are blocking access to AI companies. - The Wall Street Journal

Does Science Fiction Help Define The Future?

Science fiction prides itself on being visionary, but like any literary genre, it just ends up examining whatever issues the author is working through in the present. We just do it more allegorically.  - Nautilus

Non-Profit Journalism Is Growing. But Where’s The Audience?

“Journalists are not very good marketers. They do a story they are excited about and think most people in the addressable audience will want to read it — maybe 60%. No, that’s way high. More likely 10%.” - Poynter

All That Money Being Spent On The Downtown L.A. Arts District — What Exactly Is It Paying For?

Buildings and facilities, mostly. There's the Grand, the $1 billion apartment/hotel/retail complex, designed by Frank Gehry, which opened across the street from (Gehry's) Disney Hall in 2022. Then there's the $100 million expansion of the Broad Museum and an addition, also designed by Gehry, to the Colburn School. - Los Angeles Times (Yahoo!)

A Mexican Town Fighting Off Gentrification Of Its Culture

“We didn't notice it at the beginning because we were locked inside. And then when we came out, everything had changed radically,” says Antonio Vásquez, a Oaxacan novelist whose works touch on themes of gentrification. - Bloomberg

Art, Diplomacy, And The Propaganda Of Ideas

Is there a way for the government to support art without corrupting it? And if not, how can we ensure that art still remains vital to our public life? - Fusion

A Transformative Arts Project For Downtown Calgary

“Today, we don’t just reveal a stunning new design—we come together to celebrate the fact that the largest cultural infrastructure project currently underway in Canada is truly and uniquely Calgarian." - The Architect's Newspaper

How Performing Artists Are Depicting Robots In The Age Of AI

"Since the release of ChatGPT in November 2022, signaling a mighty leap forward in robots’ and artificial intelligence’s ability to imitate human interaction, we’ve craved a new generation of art to help us understand our relationship to machines and what, if anything, distinguishes us from them." - San Francisco Chronicle (MSN)

Pappano: People In The UK Are Embarrassed By Opera

“Here it’s looked on with great suspicion. That drives me nuts, I have to tell you. England is a haven for culture whether it is pop culture or classical culture, literary culture, theatrical culture, this is one of the great addresses and yet we’re embarrassed by it.” - The Guardian

San Francisco Chronicle Music Critic Josh Kosman To Retire

On April 30, Kosman will flip his critic’s notebook closed for the final time, retiring from the newspaper at a crucial juncture for classical music in the Bay Area. - San Francisco Chronicle

What It Costs To Attend Coachella (Thousands of $) And Why These Fans Say It’s A Bargain

Many people are willing to lay out a lot of money for the experience and party in the VIP section, but it's possible to get by on a budget, too. - BBC

New York Philharmonic To Tour China This Summer

The five-concert tour to Guangzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai, led by outgoing music director Jaap van Zweden and running from June 27 to July 3, will be the first visit by a full U.S. orchestra to the People's Republic since 2019. - AP

What’s Behind The Comeback Of Vinyl Records?

Where barely one million new vinyl albums were sold in the United States in 2006, that figure has grown every year since, soaring to just over 49 million units in 2023. - The Conversation

Why Do We Make Saints Of Dead Composers?

The saint is worshiped alongside the divine, and in many faiths, the line between the two is blurred. In the world of classical music, we effectively worship the Great Dead Composers as saints, the ones who transmit perfection into the musical world. - Van

A Short History Of Artists Sneaking Work Into Museums

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), the museum applauded the mischievous initiative. “We think this is funny and would like to know the artist,” a spokesperson wrote. “So get in touch! There will be no trouble. Word of honor.” - Artnet

An AI-Powered Salvador Dalí, Answering Your Questions Via A Lobster Telephone

Yep, that's pretty surreal. - Forbes

Beautifully Preserved 2,000-Year-Old Frescoes Uncovered In Pompeii

"Mythical Greek figures ... are depicted on the high black walls of a large banqueting hall. … It was likely the walls' stark colour was chosen to hide the smoke deposits from lamps used during entertaining after sunset. In the shimmering light, the paintings would have almost come to life." - BBC

Museum Fires Employee After He Hung His Own Painting In Gallery

The museum fired a member of its technical services team after he was found to have hung one of his own paintings in a part of the gallery dedicated to modern and contemporary art, allowing him to share a space with works by pop art pioneer Warhol for an entire day. - The Guardian

Roberta Smith On 38 Years Of Art Criticism For The New York Times

"Critics need to be more flexible than artists. You have to be open to being changed and pushed into new directions. ... My main goal has always been to point out art that people would enjoy seeing, and to show them how I saw it and enjoyed it." - The New York Times

The Richard Serra Sculpture So Controversial It Was Put Before A Federal Tribunal

Tilted Arc (1981) was commissioned by U.S. General Services Administration for Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan. "Serra intended to elicit a connection between those walking through the space and their surroundings. Tilted Arc did just that, and perhaps too well." - Artnet

Salman Rushdie Reads From His Memoir About Being Stabbed Onstage

“I confess, I had sometimes imagined my assassin rising up in some public forum or other, and coming for me in just this way. So my first thought when I saw this murderous shape rushing towards me was, ‘So it’s you. Here you are.’” - The Guardian

Alexei Navalny’s Autobiography Will Be Published Posthumously This Fall

"During the years leading up to his death in a Russian prison, the Russian opposition leader was writing a memoir about his life and work as a pro-democracy activist. Titled Patriot, the memoir will be published in the United States by Knopf on Oct. 22." - The New York Times

Meta Considered Buying Simon & Schuster To Train Its AI

According to the recordings, Ahmad Al-Dahle, Meta’s vice president of generative AI, told executives that the company had used almost every book, poem and essay written in English available on the internet to train models, so was looking for new sources of training material. - The Guardian

Apps That Summarize Books Are A Multi-Threat Danger To Publishing

Since these digital services first promised to boil down a title, usually a nonfiction work, a decade ago, the marketplace has become crowded. So much so that authors and publishers are concerned about the damage to sales, as well as to the habit of concentrated reading. - The Guardian

Librarians Under Threat Of Jail, Lawsuits In Trump 2nd-Term Agenda

In the foreword to Project 2025, the Heritage Foundation’s blueprint for a possible second Donald Trump administration, it says “people who produce and distribute it should be imprisoned. Educators and public librarians who purvey it should be classed as registered sex offenders.” - AP

Mattel Introduces A New, Less Intimidating Version Of Scrabble

"The new double-sided Scrabble board will still feature the original game. ... But the new game on the flip side will include helper cards, use a simpler scoring system and be quicker to play. The new board, Scrabble Together, will also allow people to compete in teams." - BBC

Why Studios Make Movies And Sometime Don’t Release Them

Near-complete movies have been mothballed, underperforming shows pulled from streaming libraries. - The New York Times

How The O.J. Simpson Trial Changed Television News

"All of a sudden, TV news ... wasn’t just about war and peace, elections and Supreme Court decisions. The salacious, it turns out, rates just as well, and opinions about the news (in this case, daily arguments during the trial) were just as enticing to viewers as the news itself." - The Hollywood Reporter

Early Reactions In The Mediasphere To The NPR Editor’s Essay Accusing The Network Of Liberal Bias

Some came to Uri Berliner's defense, notably including one former senior NPR executive; others accused Berliner of using straw men or bad-faith arguments. A few pointed out that NPR's apparent lean away from conservativism in recent years is due to changes in conservatism, not NPR. - TheWrap

How Bollywood And Prime Minister Narendra Modi Use Each Other

"Under Modi’s leadership, three themes emerge in a cluster of films that favor (his party's) goals and policies and are endorsed by the party: claiming credit for welfare initiatives, instilling Hindu nationalist beliefs in society, and heightening tensions between the Hindu majority and Muslim minority communities." - The Conversation

NPR Editor Claims Network Has Entrenched Liberal Bias And Has “Lost America’s Trust”

"A lack of political diversity among staff and C-suite mandates has created a niche format that appeals mainly to far liberal-leaning listeners and only presents one side of important national and international stories. So says Uri Berliner, a senior business editor, and a 25-year NPR veteran." - Inside Radio

NPR’s Response(s) To Editor Uri Berliner’s Accusation Of Liberal Bias

The official response, from chief news executive Edith Chapin: "We're proud to stand behind the exceptional work that our desks and shows do. … (Yet) none of our work is above scrutiny or critique." Colleagues are reportedly furious that Berliner quoted private conversations. - NPR

A Connecticut Civilian At A Pilobolus Workshop

"Emily told us to 'start walking' — all of us, in any direction, or all directions, as she and Matt called out instructions. … With everyone gradually picking up on the same gesture and then letting it transform, by the end of this ever-morphing exercise we were dancing en masse, already unified." - Literary...

AGMA Accuses Miami City Ballet Of Union-Busting Campaign

"Miami City Ballet management has begun an aggressive, coordinated union-busting campaign against their dancers, the majority of whom are fighting to unionize. … Furthermore, MCB management is trying to circumvent the legal process by denying their dancers the right to a union election." - American Guild of Musical Artists

This Guy Founded A Male Exotic Dance Troupe In (Of All Places) Singapore

"There were no success stories of male exotic dance troupes in Singapore, where the nightlife industry isn't as vibrant as in the US. But I wanted to introduce a new perspective on exotic dance that didn't quite exist (here), and at the same time reduce the stigma surrounding the genre." - Business Insider

Now That Breakdancing Is An Olympic Sport, Could Pole-Dancing Be Next?

"With breaking making its first Olympic appearance at the Paris Games later this year, pole dancers feel it could soon be their turn to be in the limelight, although it could come at the cost of losing the spirit of the discipline." - Reuters

The Unorthodox Collective Who Choreographs For Madonna’s Tour, The Cannes Film Festival, And Marseilles’s Ballet Company

"Don’t expect the august perch to change (La)Horde’s approach. The collective’s three millennial co-founders share a generational view forged by 1990s video stores and 2000s Queer nightlife, and fed by a plugged-diet supercharged by social media." - Variety

As Illinoise Opens On Broadway, Choreographer Justin Peck Plans To Conquer Hollywood As Well

"Peck, who has created almost 40 works for NYCB and other ballet companies around the world, is ambitious to bring modern dance to bigger, more diverse audiences on both stage and screen,” and the speedy opening of Illinoise on Broadway is just part of that. - The Daily Beast

Why All The Broadway Theatre Standing Ovations?

Some have attributed the trend to the tourists who fill many of the seats at Broadway shows; they may be less familiar with theater and therefore especially enthusiastic. But standing ovations are the default even at shows and plays that attract few tourists. - The New York Times

A New Fellowship For Rising Young Theatre Critics

Critical Insight is "a new generative arts journalism fellowship that will bring the best in the field to early-career and aspiring critics through mentorship, professional insight, arts experiences, and an immersive regional theatre retreat." - American Theatre

4-D Theatre About Irish Peat Bogs (Wait, What?)

"Staged at a massive round table for 25 audience members, covered with 330 pounds of dried Irish peat," Luke Casserly's Distillation "is not easy to pigeonhole. It’s part TED Talk, part community-building and part campfire story, during which Casserly speaks at times in the voice of the bog." - The Washington Post (MSN)

Broadway Is Struggling. Nonprofit Off-Broadway Is Struggling. But Commercial Off-Broadway Is Having A Great Season.

"A small sector of New York’s theatrical economy and one that has for years been somewhere between difficult and dormant, is back in business." One key factor: location downtown. "There are several generations of potential audience members who will not go above 14th Street." - The New York Times

Performers Complain That Edinburgh Fringe Has Become Far Too Expensive To Take Part In

Even well-established comedians and other artists say that the costs, particularly for housing ("pure greed"), have soared to prohibitive levels, especially for those just starting out. Fringe officials say they're doing what they can to help. - BBC

$5 Billion Rescue Package For Struggling Nonprofit Theaters Introduced In U.S. Congress

The STAGE Act of 2024, sponsored by three Senators and one Congresswoman (all Democrats), "would direct $1 billion annually to the struggling industry for five years. That money could be used for payroll and workforce development, as well as other expenses like rent, set-building and marketing." - The New York Times

The Power Players In Arts And Culture In New York City

This inaugural list by Politics NY includes the obvious (directors of prominent institutions like the Morgan Library, Roundabout Theater, BAM, both Mets), the famous (Alan Cumming, Fran Drescher), the officials (government and union types), and the hip. - Politics NY

Dinh Q. Lê, Artist Known For “Photo-Weaving,” Has Died At 56

"Lê’s early work comprised large-scale photomontages that he made by weaving together strips of photographs, deploying the method used by his aunt in creating grass mats. … Among the photographs Lê used were pictures of Vietnamese art and architecture, documentary images from the war, and stills from Hollywood Vietnam War films." - Artforum

Trevor Griffiths, Screenwriter And Playwright Dedicated To Social And Political Change, Is Dead At 88

"(He) was the most politically literate working-class dramatist and screenwriter of our times, a scholar of Marx, Gramsci and Trotsky, who translated his passion into a series of plays and television dramas without equal." - The Guardian

It’s True: Former Director Of Uffizi Galleries Is Running For Mayor Of Florence

Though Eike Schmidt describes himself as "a democrat and antifascist" and "more of an Aristotelian centrist than a representative of the right," he is running with the backing of three right-wing parties. The German-born Schmidt, now an Italian citizen, is widely admired for his management of Florence's flagship museum. - ARTnews

Casey Benjamin, ‘Free-Spirited Saxophonist’ For The Robert Glasper Experiment, Has Died At 45

Benjamin "brought colorfully expansive saxophone flourishes to the Grammy-winning Robert Glasper Experiment and added rich layers of texture to recordings by Solange, A Tribe Called Quest and many others." - The New York Times

Rachel McAdams Is Ready For The Next Step: Broadway

"In Hollywood, taking a step back can mean audience amnesia and producer disinterest — but McAdams braved it before, at the height of her fame in 2005, when she thought things were moving too fast." - The New York Times

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Artistic Director – Alabama Shakespeare Festival

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Signature Theatre NYC seeks next Artistic Director

The Artistic Director will design and implement Signature’s artistic vision, curating an exciting and diverse season of productions that is in alignment with its organizational mission.

Executive Director, Institute for Contemporary Art

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Executive Director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

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Roberta Smith On 38 Years Of Art Criticism For The New York Times

"Critics need to be more flexible than artists. You have to be open to being changed and pushed into new directions. ... My main goal has always been to point out art that people would enjoy seeing, and to show them how I saw it and enjoyed it." - The New York Times

Fraud Fail: Musicians Are Seeing Their Music Being Taken Down From Streaming Services

Although distributors and streaming services frequently use language that places the blame on the artist for fraudulent activity detected on their accounts, it has become clear that artists are often caught in the middle of a crossfire between streaming services, distributors and fraudsters attempting to game the system for their own financial gain. - Variety

Librarians Under Threat Of Jail, Lawsuits In Trump 2nd-Term Agenda

In the foreword to Project 2025, the Heritage Foundation’s blueprint for a possible second Donald Trump administration, it says “people who produce and distribute it should be imprisoned. Educators and public librarians who purvey it should be classed as registered sex offenders.” - AP

Conductor Edo De Waart Suddenly Announces His Retirement

Said the 82-year-old this morning, "I woke up at 5:30 yesterday morning to get ready for rehearsal and I thought, what am I even doing? I was wobbly on my feet, and then I thought, I just shouldn't do it anymore." - NPO Radio 4 (Netherlands) (via Google Translate)

Visa Costs For International Artists In The U.S. Have Risen Astronomically, And With Devastating Effect

One musician says, "Every time I go over there, I'm losing money. … We’re never making money, it's not a possibility. I'm lucky enough that I'm signed now and I've made two albums so I have the money to lose in America.” - BBC

An Oral History Of Playing Mrs. Lovett, One Of Theatre’s Bloodiest Roles

Lea Salonga, on the song “The Worst Pies in London": "There are a whole lot of built-in reversals and crazy shifts. And I don’t mean vocal, but rather where she goes emotionally. It’s like this woman is the multitasking queen.” - Washington Post

What Happened To Berlin?

The city was a beacon of artistic freedom. Then came October 7. Now, "a climate of fear and recrimination has put Berlin’s status as an international cultural capital in greater hazard than at any time since 1989." - The New York Times

West End Production Of Romeo And Juliet Sees Barrage Of Racist Abuse Toward Its Leading Lady

The theatre company said, "We are working with a remarkable group of artists. We insist that they are free to create work without facing online harassment.” - BBC

Playwright Christopher Durang, 75

"In a career spanning (over) 40 years, he established himself as a hyperliterate jester and an anarchic clown. Regarding subject and theme, he pogoed from sex to metaphysics to serial killers to psychology; he had a way of collapsing high art and jokes that aimed much lower." - The New York Times

Klaus Mäkelä Appointed Chicago Symphony Music Director

"A Finn who turned 28 in January, Mäkelä has had an astonishing rise in the music world. … Mäkelä will become CSO music director designate immediately and start a five-year tenure in 2027-28" — at the same time he begins as chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. - AP

The Sad, Infuriating Story Of Vice’s Collapse

"Any attempt to look at the company’s finances suggests a long history of issues at the very top. … Sources described a corporate culture with no discernible strategy and little of the necessary financial infrastructure or discipline. … While Vice execs were spending opulently, the newsroom struggled to pay its bills." - The Verge

Let’s Not Be So Quick To Condemn “Madama Butterfly” and “Turandot” For Cultural Appropriation: Zachary Woolfe

"Puccini’s universalism was sincerely felt, even if it’s unfashionable today, and it deserves to be appreciated rather than cynically apologized for — as some opera companies seem to do while continuing to reap the ticket-selling benefits of his popularity." - The New York Times
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