Chess club, tailored for ages 2 and older. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Snugglers, education specialist Lee Coykendall invites parents or care providers with one child in a snuggly for a special tour of the conservatory; no strollers or siblings. 10 a.m. Thursdays, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Cooking gluten-free, gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi demonstrate ways of making familiar dishes using fresh, local ingredients that contain no gluten. Noon-1:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older; see gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city; take a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Portrait Gallery tour, historian Jim Barber brings you face-to-face with Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie and Theodore Roosevelt. Noon; meet at the sculpture of Booker T. Washington in American Origins, first floor, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
The Scientist Is In, the National Science Foundation’s John Yellen answers questions about touchable objects and discusses his research on the processes that led to the emergence of behaviorally modern humans. Noon-2 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, first floor, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-1000.
Scrabble at the library, for adults. 1 p.m. every Thursday, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
“American Casino,” a documentary, directed by Leslie Cockburn co-written by Andrew Cockburn, that explores how the meltdown of Wall Street has affected millions of members of the middle class, including a high school teacher, a therapist and a church minister, all of whom saw their investments vanish. The Cockburns later discuss their work. 6 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
The Three Gaup Sisters in concert, a program of joik, a traditional form of song of the Sami people (the indigenous people of the northern Nordic region), one of the oldest forms of musical expression in existence; part of Nordic Cool 2013. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Great Black Women,” for age 13 and older, a lecture by historian C. R. Gibbs. 7 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.
Current events talk, political commentator Bill Press and columnist Clarence Page discuss the news of the day. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
Wagner’s opera “Parsifal,” musicologist Saul Lilienstein discusses the German composer’s work. 7:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 703-370-3796.
Idan Cohen Dance Company, performance of “Mad Siren,” the Israeli choreographer’s latest work, set to Mozart’s solo piano sonatas; a discussion follows. 7:30 p.m., American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. RSVP: email@example.com. 202-885-2787.
Dante’s “Inferno,” Laura Giannarelli directs the Washington Stage Guild adaptation of the original dramatization. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Undercroft Theatre, Massachusetts Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Friday-Saturday evenings, $50; Thursdays and matinees, $40; seniors, $10 discount, students; half-price. 240-582-0050.
Theater, “Wecycling,” an original piece by Caleen Jennings and the ensemble examining life’s patterns that uses found objects, popular media, music, movement, memory and myth. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. March 1, 2 and 8 p.m. March 2-3, American University, Katzen Arts Center, Studio Theatre, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $15; seniors, $10. 202-885-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen game night, for ages 12 to 19; participate in video games, board games, trading card games and more. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
“Hughie,” Eugene O’Neill’s play about a man whose illusions of a grand lifestyle waver after the death of the stranger who quietly validated his larger-than-life confidence. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through March 17. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $43-$100, discounts for military, students, seniors and patrons age 35 and younger. 202-
547-1122 or www.shakespearetheatre.org.
“Good People,” a humor-filled play about class, fate and economic hardship written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Jackie Maxwell, starring Johanna Day and Andrew Long. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon Wednesday, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$85, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.
“Marx Reloaded,” director, screenwriter and producer Jason Barker’s cultural documentary that examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher Karl Marx’s ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis of 2008-09. 8 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
“The House of the Spirits,”Caridad Svich’s play based on Isabel Allende’s novel that spans four generations of political, social and familial upheaval of a Latin American family, performed in Spanish with English surtitles; a reception follows Saturday’s performance. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, continues through March 10, GALA Theatre at Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. 800-494-8497, 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org.
“Henry V,” the historic Shakespeare play, directed by Robert Richmond. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through March 3, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $30-$40. Regular shows, $30-$68. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/theatre.
George Washington’s Birthday, 1732, National Park Service rangers in period clothing honor our first president and teach visitors about his life; sign his birthday sheet with a quill pen. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.
Poetry reading, to celebrate the birthday of Edna St. Vincent Millay, poets Alicia Ostriker and Claudia Emerson read selections of her work and discuss her influence on their own writing. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.
Beauty and the brain, a lecture and panel discussion on how the brain experiences art and why it moves us. 4-6 p.m., American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-2787 or email@example.com.
“500 years of Kashmiri Shawls,” Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, discusses the garment’s origin, range and symbolism; a reception follows. 6 p.m., Embassy of Pakistan, 3517 International Ct. NW. Free, advance registration required by Feb. 21. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ibrahim Electric concert, the eclectic jazz-based trio from Copenhagen, Denmark creates experimental music drawing from jazz, pop, afro and funk; part of Nordic Cool 2013. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Mystery of Easter Island,” a documentary that includes new theories and a fresh investigation into one of the world’s most intriguing enigmas. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, reservations requested. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
“The Drowsy Chaperone,” a play that spoofs American musical comedies of the 1920s. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. March 1, 2 p.m. March 2, Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. $5-$20. 202-319-5414.
Winter tree tour of the Capitol grounds, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of “City of Trees,” shows how to identify Kentucky coffee-trees, Japanese pagoda trees, beeches, magnolias and dogwoods during winter by focusing on the bark, buds and overall growth. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required . 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
“Smithsonian Fiesta de OrKIDias,” explore the world of orchids and pot your own orchid to take home. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-1000.
Perspectives on nomadic and traditional weaving, collector Rick Seyford discusses rug weaving with displays of unusual pieces from his eclectic collection. 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Feeding America: Labor, politics and food, watch the documentary “Harvest of Loneliness,” about the Bracero, or guest worker program, followed by a discussion on the issues of work, politics and economy in the production of food in America, with panelists Matt Garcia, Don Mitchell and Melanie DuPuis. 1:30-4 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Curator’s tour, Anne Goodyear discusses the work of Adam Chapman, whose art uses multiple images and LED illumination to yield perpetual animation portraits. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Knit and Lit, an informal group of knitters and readers; take a knitting or needlework project to work on as you share patterns and stories. 3 p.m. Saturdays, Georgetown Library, 3307 M St. NW. Free. 202-724-8783.
Violin lessons, for age 12 and older, taught by violinist Clarice Carter; take your own instrument. 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Kroumata in concert, the percussion ensemble performs contemporary works; part of Nordic Cool 2013. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: The Legacy of Sidney Bechet; saxophonist Charlie Young leads the orchestra in “Weary Blues,” “Muskrat Ramble” and other pieces Bechet put on the musical map. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25. 202-3030.
“Plays on the American Mask,” presented by Faction of Fools, a set of four new comic pieces exploring the American identity; appropriate for age 12 and older. 7 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lab 2, 1333 H St. NE. $20; students, $15. 202-399-7993 or http://intersections.org.
“Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House,” Mark Updegrove, author, historian and director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, discusses his book. 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.
Portrait story days, listen to a story about Coretta Scott King and create a special piece of art to take home. 2-5 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Irish music concert, the U.S. Air Force Band performs with guest Irish-Celtic group the Rogues. 3 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. Free. 202-767-5658.
Jazz by Afro Blue, Howard University’s premier vocal ensemble celebrates Black History Month. 4 p.m., All Souls Church Unitarian, 16th and Harvard streets NW. $20; students, $10. 202-332-5266 or www.all-souls.org.
Rachmaninoff’s “ Vespers,” J. Reilly Lewis conducts the Cathedral Choral Society, mezzo soprano Viktoriya Bright, tenor Joshua Baumgardner and bass Protodeacon Vadim Gan, performed in Old Church Slavonic. 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $31-$68. 202-537-2228, email@example.com or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Poulenc Trio recital, a performance of works by Duke Ellington and others. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
“The Great Gatsby,” the 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 novel, starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston and Bruce Dern. 2 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
New Nordic Cuisine demonstration, by award-winning chefs Petteri Luoto, Finland, and Hákon Már Örvarsson, Iceland; part of Nordic Cool 2013. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Black History Month lecture, Historian C.R. Gibbs discusses “The African Origins of Christianity.” 6:30 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
“A Raisin in the Sun,” Daniel Petrie’s 1961 film about an African American family’s decision on how to deal with a substantial insurance payment that might mean financial salvation or personal ruin, starring Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil and Ruby Dee. 6:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
Cultural drivers, municipalities and nonprofits around the world construct libraries, concert halls, and public art with the hope of encouraging investment in underdeveloped urban areas, improving residents’ quality of life and attracting tourist dollars; panelists share approaches to engaging their communities to create cultural catalysts. 6:30-8 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448. Registration required: www.nbm.org.
PEN/Faulkner fiction, Pulitzer Prize-winner William Kennedy’s “Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes: A Novel,” set during the civil rights movement in Albany, and Thomas Mallon’s “Watergate,” an interesting version of a nation’s scandal. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.
“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend: Unplugged,” comedian, writer and actor Mike Birbiglia’s off-Broadway hit. 8 p.m. Monday-March 1, Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787 or www.performingarts.georgetown.edu.
Beau Soir Ensemble, a performance of works by Debussy and Telemann and a new work by the ensemble’s flautist, Carrie Rose. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
High School inequities, Jacqueline Ayers and Rufus A. Hernandez discuss strategies for addressing inequities for high school students of color. and implementation planning. Noon-1:30 p.m., Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, 8th Floor, 1 DuPont Cir. NW. Free. 202-744-6592.
Homework cafe, a quiet place for students in grades kindergarten through 12 to work on homework assignments. 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.
“Evenings with Extraordinary Artists,” a panel discusses and pays tribute to the work of acclaimed Washington artist Manon Cleary. 5:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $20 including wine and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations required by 3 p.m. Tuesday. 202-331-7282, Ext. 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tippi toes hip-hop dance class, for ages 7 and older; learn choreography and dances. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays through May 7, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $75 per month plus $30 registration fee. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
“Sounder,” Martin Ritt’s 1972 film about a family of sharecroppers in the Depression-era South, starring Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield and Kevin Hooks. 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Reconnecting the grid, a panel of planners, engineers, architects and others discuss the changes that are about to happen to downtown streets, an expressway and other infrastructure. 6:30-8 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448. Registration: www.nbm.org.
Genealogy Research, Archives specialist Nancy Wing teaches a 90-minute, hands-on computer workshop on navigating archives.gov. to help you understand how to use the National Archives web site to further your research goals. 9:30 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Author talk, Eric L. Muller discusses his book “Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II,”about a family’s 1942 relocation to an internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyo., from their Hollywood home. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
The Scientist Is In, a marine scientist at the exhibit shows specimens and artifacts and talks about field studies, specimen collection, new discoveries and more. 1-3 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Sant Ocean Hall, first floor, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-1000.
Jefferson and slavery, a National Park Service ranger discusses the former president’s writings and true thoughts on slavery. 1 and 5 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call David Rappel, 202-359-1533.
Chess for kids, instruction for all ages and all skill levels. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080; 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
Wobble Rocket Improv, for ages 9-11; learn the basics of comedy and live spontaneous performance with professional actors. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $15. Registration: www.hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172.
Poetic Likeness exhibit, join curator David Ward for a special tour of the exhibit, then stop in to play the National Portrait Gallery’s collection-inspired trivia game, played individually or in teams with prizes awarded. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, meet in the G St. lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Touching the Sun: A Sizzling Exploration, scientist Justin Kasper discusses why the sun’s corona is thousands of times hotter than the surface beneath it, how a fraction of it is accelerated to escape as the solar wind and his invention, Solar Probe Plus, that will literally “touch” the Sun. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.
Hello, Louis!: Louis Armstrong, American Jazzman, curator and author John Edward Hasse recounts the life and works of the New Orleans native and musical giant with music, recordings and film clips. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.
Celebrate Youth! Members of the D.C. Youth Orchestra and choral students from public, charter and independent schools in the District spend a day in music-making that culminates in a concert. 7 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Curator’s talk, to complement “Pump Me Up,” graffiti historian Roger Gastman discusses the city’s graffiti, followed by a viewing of the exhibit. 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $12. 202-639-1700. Registration: https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/roger_gastman.
African culture and history, for age 13 and older; historian C. R. Gibbs discusses “Let Your Motto Be Resistance: Great Slave Revolts.” 7 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Rhythms of Japanese drums and flutes, Kaoru Watanabe, a former member of the renowned Japanese drumming ensemble Kodo, and Kenny Endo, one of the world’s best-known taiko artists, perform traditional Japanese drum music, selections from kabuki theater, and jazz-influenced works of their own, part of Music From Japan Festival 2013. 7:30 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“The Flat,” Arnon Goldfinger’s documentary film that emanated from the photos, letters, files and objects left behind from his grandparents’ lifetime of collecting items from the Holocaust and more; in Hebrew with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.
“Race,” performance of David Mamet’s drama that ruthlessly examines questions of guilt, betrayal, sexual consent and racial prejudice. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, noon March 1 and 8. Through March 17. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $45, seniors and members $40, group of 10-plus $35, seniors group of 10-plus, $30. 800-494-8497 or www.theaterj.org or www.boxofficetickets.com.
Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian with Billy Jonas, for ages 2-6, a musical awareness and discovery program. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.
Gallery talk, the Law Library’s Pam Craig discusses examines the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, “The Civil War in America” exhibit, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.
Scrabble at the library, for adults. 1 p.m. Thursdays, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
The Kremlin workshops and the flowering of Ottoman art in Russia, Scott Ruby, an assistant curator at Hillwood Estate, discusses the workshops that operated within the walls of the tsar’s Moscow citadel as a supply source for virtually everything needed for his private and public life in the 16th to 18th centuries. 6 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Folk trio Skaran in concert, Swedish traditional tunes and Skaran’s own compositions; part of Nordic Cool 2013. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
”The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans,” journalist Jackie Calmes moderates a panel discussion on America’s political system, including redistricting, closed primaries, and the 24-hour news cycle. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m., National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.
Music program, the duo of vocalist Theo Bleckmann and guitarist Ben Monder perform jazz, cabaret, classical, experimental and improvised music. 10 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE 202-399-7993.
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