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Joni Mitchell: Fear of a Female Genius - The Ringer
One of the greatest living artists in popular music still isn’t properly recognized. Joni transcends gender, genre, and time. Here’s why
theringer  jonimitchell  music  musician  folkmusic  laurelcanyon  losangeles 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Westfield Santa Anita Adds Sichuan Kungfu Fish to Its Restaurant Collection | L.A. Weekly
For those who remember pre–civil rights–era Los Angeles, it's ironic that communities that once did not allow Chinese people to reside within their borders now sport a significant Chinese-American population: San Marino, South Pasadena and Rancho Palos Verdes, for example. But the greatest irony is that of Arcadia, which once vehemently excluded Chinese-American residents but now has become the face of the globally known San Gabriel Valley Chinese-American community. A
laweekly  losangeles  sangabrielvalley  chinesefood  sichuanfood  sichuanchinese  santaanitamall  food  restaurants  arcadia 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires - The New York Times
By choice, for less than $2 an hour, the female inmate firefighters of California work their bodies to the breaking point. Sometimes they even risk their lives.
nytimes  nytimesmag  crime  prison  criminaljustice  malibuconservationcamp  fires  firefighting  malibu  losangeles  california 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
L.A.’s Vintage Bookstores - The New York Times
Despite its richly deserved reputation for superficiality, Los Angeles is indeed a reading town, but with a uniquely transactional relationship to books, especially those that are remnants of bygone eras.
nytimes  tmagazine  losangeles  books  bookstores  vintagebooks  oldbooks  antiquarianbooks  usedbookstores  literature 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
China Art Objects's Steve Hanson on the Wild, True History of L.A.'s Chinatown Art Scene | Art for Sale | Artspace
Before the Los Angeles art scene was the Shangri-La—or hype machine, depending on your point of view—that it is today, now spreading from the Eastside to Hollywood to Culver City and beyond, it was a tiny enclave of cool ensconced in a gritty, peculiar setting: the city's historic Chinatown. Why there? Largely because of the energy generated by one renegade artist-run outfit, China Art Objects Galleries, that opened its doors on Chung King Road in 1999 and helped usher in the laid-back-but-polished, multidisciplinary era of L.A. art that has characterized the past decade and a half. 
artspace  art  chinatown  losangeles  artgalleries  chinartobject  stevenhanson 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Angelyne's Real Identity Is Finally Solved - The Hollywood Reporter
Way before Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, the enigmatic blonde bombshell was famous for being famous, perpetually driving the streets of Hollywood in that pink Corvette. But her true identity has remained secret all these years … until now.
angelyne  losangeles  celebrity  thehollywoodreporter 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
An ode to the Valley before it changes - Curbed LA
The San Fernando Valley reminds me of the Los Angeles I knew as a child
sanfernandovalley  thevalley  losangeles  curbedla  photography 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of a USC med school dean - LA Times
In USC’s lecture halls, labs and executive offices, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito was a towering figure. The dean of the Keck School of Medicine was a renowned eye surgeon whose skill in the operating room was matched by a gift for attracting money and talent to the university.

There was another side to the Harvard-educated physician.

During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.
latimes  losangeles  usc  education  drugs  crime  scandal  highereducation 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Social Media is Changing Mini Kabob, an Old-School Kabob Restaurant | KCET
It’s hard not to notice Glendale’s growing transformation as buzzed-about restaurants like Shake Shack, Eggslut and Tsujita Ramen have been moving into the neighborhood. But just around the corner from the bustling Americana and Glendale Galleria is a longstanding, mom-and-pop kabob restaurant that’s finally starting to get the attention it deserves — with some help from social media.
kcet  food  minikabob  restuarants  losangeles  glendale  socialmedia 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Lost Its Leader. Can It Stay on Top? - The New York Times
American orchestras are supposed to be in crisis, fighting for economic survival and cultural relevance. But no one seems to have told the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which, two years shy of its centennial, is stronger than ever.
classicalmusic  orchestras  losangelesphilharmonic  losangeles  nytimes  music 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Long Death Of A Failed Ballplayer
Bruce Clark Gardner won more games—40—than any pitcher in USC history, including Tom Seaver, Bill Lee, Jim Barr and Steve Busby. Before he ever pitched a varsity game, he was offered a $66,500 bonus by the Chicago White Sox. He was handsome, intelligent, sensitive and articulate. In junior high and high school, he was president of the student body. He was a talented pianist and entertainer. Nearly everyone who knew him came away feeling better for it.
baseball  suicide  insidesports  bruceclarkgardner  usc  losangeles  ladodgers  sports  pitching 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A ‘Lost’ John Lautner House Is Found and Restored - The New York Times
Three years ago, Trina Turk, a fashion and housewares designer who channels the sunny optimism of California, logged onto the real estate website and felt her blood pressure spike. On that day, the site ran an item about a house designed by the late midcentury architect John Lautner that had mysteriously slipped off the radar for 65 years.
nytimes  johnlautner  architecture  losangeles  echopark  midcentury  houses 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Banham’s Los Angeles
In the documentary, Banham drives around LA assisted by an imaginary GPS guide called Baeda-Kar. He reflects on the city’s varied architecture and meets up with some of its residents to get a sense of its unique appeal. To compliment this very personal, documentary vision of Los Angeles, my audiovisual essay brings together images and sounds from fiction films made around the time Banham was carrying out his investigations. I draw on work by filmmakers who, like Banham, were outsiders, whether from other parts of the US (Robert Altman, John Cassavetes, Jonathan Kaplan, Ivan Dixon) or Europe (Michelangelo Antonioni, Agnès Varda, Jacques Deray). The attitude of these filmmakers toward LA, whilst by no means uncritical, was generally one of fascination, closely mirroring that of Banham. I use voiceover and musical extracts from the BBC documentary to both comment upon the images and to regulate the piece’s overall rhythm.
losangeles  film  california  reynerbanham  architecture  video  vimeo  pasqualelannone  videoessay 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
When L.A. Was Empty: Wide-Open SoCal Landscapes - KCET
Early photographs of Los Angeles surprise for many reasons, but often what's most striking is how empty the city looks. Open countryside surrounds familiar landmarks. Busy intersections appear as dusty crossroads.
losangeles  california  history 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Infernal Machines: The Bombing of the Los Angeles Times and L.A.'s First 'Crime of the Century' - KCET
It never fails to astound me. The tales we remember collectively. And the stories we forget. I first learned of the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times on a walk around Hollywood Forever Cemetery. There, next to graves of the Otises and Chandlers, is a grand monument to "Our martyred men," the 20 employees of the Los Angeles Times who had lost their lives in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 1, 1910. There is a list of the deceased, fourteen of whose remains are buried beneath the monument. They had been hard at work at the Times' headquarters, often called "The Fortress," on the northeast corner of First and Broadway, when a series of dry blasts starting at 1:07 a.m. shook downtown Los Angeles to its foundations.
losangeles  history  latimes  terrorism  domesticterrorism  socialism  bombing 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is This Los Angeles’s $600 Million Man? - The New York Times
Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, has a provocative vision for his museum and his adopted city.
lacma  art  museum  losangeles  california  michaelgovan  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The People's Cheeseburger
The most important fast food restaurant in America is a radical burger joint in Watts
eater  locol  watts  losangeles  foodeserts  roychoi  danielpatterson  california  fastfood  food  restaurants 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
CityDig: This Iconic Map Shows off L.A.'s More Mysterious Corners - Los Angeles ...
Just in case you needed directions the Rollerdrome or the Johanna Smith Pleasure Ship.
lamagazine  losangeles  maps  history 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Keith Jarrett | LA Phil
Over the past five decades, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our time – universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer. Join us for this special one-night-only event.
keithjarrett  laphil  music  concerts  performances  tickets  losangeles  waltdisneyconcerthall 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Quest to Save LA's Century-Old Batchelder Tiles - Curbed
On the ground floor of a run-down, four-story building at 217 West 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles, on the block between South Broadway and South Spring, is one of the city's greatest interior-architecture treasures: an enchanting installation of custom tiles that renowned Pasadena artist and tile innovator Ernest Batchelder created for the Dutch Chocolate Shop one hundred years ago, in 1914.
ernestbatchelder  losangeles  curbed  interiordesign  architecture  california  southerncalifornia 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Park 101
A visionary proposal to a park over the 101 freeway in Downtown Los Angeles.
vimeo  webvideo  video  parks  losangeles  freewaycap  urbanplanning 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Finding Yaangna, the Ancestral Village of LA's Native People
Los Angeles has the largest Native American population in the US, but of all the tribes represented here, the fewest people belong to the region's own Gabrieleno/Tongva communities. "The first nations people of the Los Angeles Basin covered a significant expanse of territory, reaching north to Malibu, traveling into the southern sectors of Orange County and east into Riverside County, including the four Southern Channel Islands," writes Cindi Moar Alvitre in her LAtitudes essay "Coyote Tours," but their "principal ancestral village" was Yaangna, which "moved along the Los Angeles River for countless generations, before the water was confined and silenced within a concrete sarcophagus, separating the people from that which gives life."
curbed  curbedla  losangeles  yaangna  nativeamericans  history 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
How Orange County's Namesake Was Squeezed Out—and is Being Squeezed In
TThe scent of orange blossoms washes over visitors at Disney California Adventure Park as they soar above images of a grove. To see and smell the real thing in Orange County, people might need to stop by a place like George Key Ranch Historic Park. "This is what the area used to be like," Bradley Flynt, a historical resource specialist for OC Parks, says of the small, preserved grove in Placentia. "This is why people moved to Orange County 100 years ago."
latimes  orange  county  oranges  agriculture  losangeles 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
An Architectural Walking Tour of South LA's Stately and Historic West Adams Boul...
West Adams Boulevard runs through what were the some of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Los Angeles at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Doctors, successful entrepreneurs, lawyers, and well-off widows commissioned houses here in styles ranging from Italian Gothic to Alpine Craftsman, and though those neighborhoods have, like the rest of the city, seen highs and lows, there are still so many grand homes that have survived along the boulevard.
curbedla  history  architecture  walkingtour  losangeles  california  westadams 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Touring the Soriano-Designed Lukens House, Miraculously Back From the Near-Dead
When we first saw the Lukens House back in July 2010, it was, judging by photos, pretty well trashed, and had been abated as a nuisance and taken over by the city. Today it's been beautifully and sensitively restored and is making a very pleasant home for its new owner, real estate agent Mike Chapman (he moved in in November last year).
curbedla  architecture  design  losangeles  midcentury  renovation  lukenshouse 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
America’s Most Glamorous Trailer Park
In Malibu, Paradise Cove has million-dollar views, hip residents and a location on one of the world’s most iconic beaches.
malibu  losangeles  realestate  housing  tmagazine  newyorktimes 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Map: The Strange and Wonderful Lost Amusement Parks of LA
Once upon a time, from the early days of the city until as late as the 1970s and '80s, Los Angeles was home to dozens of more freewheeling amusement parks, where new attractions were added every season and you could ride an alligator, see a macaw on rollerskates, descend into Dante's hell, watch a Civil War sea battle reenactment, drink free beer, and even get medical care for your baby, in between riding the rollercoasters and eating cotton candy.
curbedla  amusementparks  losangeles  history  maps 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The 5, the 101, the 405: Why Southern Californians Love Saying 'the' Before Free...
Southern Californians have a distinctive -- "Saturday Night Live's" Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig might say funny -- way of giving directions. To get from Santa Monica to Hollywood, take the 10 to the 110 to the 101. Burbank to San Diego? The 134 to the 5. And, if you can, always avoid the 405.
southerncalifornia  losangeles  freeways  linguistics  culture  sociology  kcet 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
How L.A. Became A Powerhouse for Chinese Food
When it comes to Chinese food, the conversation in urban centers of America has long moved past chow mein and into more nuanced arguments about variations of xiaolongbao. But even with cooking shows from icons Martin Yan and Ming Tsai—not to mention Julia Child’s confession that she’d “be perfectly happy with only Chinese food”—awareness didn’t reach its smoking point until the 2000s.
food  losangeles  chinesefood  culture  california  southerncalifornia  restaurants 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Downtown LA's 'Polyphonoptic' Triforium Sculpture Could Finally Fulfill Its Fant...
The Triforium sculpture in Fletcher-Bowron Square near the Los Angeles Mall and across from LA City Hall was supposed to be incredibly cool
preservation  losangeles  dtla  art  sculpture  publicart  publicsculpture  polyphonoptictriforium  california 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
People Were Actually Excited to Drive Down the Hollywood Freeway When it Opened ...
LA City Clerk's Youtube account uploaded this video from the December 27, 1950 ceremony which shows the first cars to drive on the new pavement, including the way that, "Immediately afterward traffic began pouring over the freeway," as an LA Times account of the ceremony said.
video  losangeles  freeway  1950  curbedla  transportation 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Mt. Washington's Famed Modern Pilot House Asks $1.125M
Before architects A. Quincy Jones and Whitney Smith, and engineer Edgardo Contini went to work on Brentwood's renowned Modern architecture community Crestwood Hills, they built this aptly named Pilot House in Mt. Washington (itself an "architecturally blessed" enclave) to show "how well-designed homes could be built on steep hillside lots."
curbedla  realestate  architecture  mtwashington  losangeles  history 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
To Live and Dine in L.A.
“To Live and Dine in L.A.” showcases the vast menu collection of the Los Angeles Public Library and celebrates the rich, as-of-yet-untold, history of restaurants and food in the City of Angels. Beginning Saturday, June 13, the project will include a major exhibition at Central Library and the publication of the first book to explore the colorful history of restaurants and menus in Los Angeles (Angel City Press), written and edited by USC Annenberg Professor Josh Kun.
losangeles  losangelespubliclibrary  exhibit  menus  food  culture  restaurants  history  toliveanddineinla 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Behold the Fantastical New Clifton's, Opening September 17
For the new owner of downtown’s storied cafeteria pleasing preservation activists, club kids, and old-timers—while also revitalizing a neighborhood—is a tall order
cliftonscafeteria  losangeles  downtown  dtla  restaurants  development  lamagazine 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA
The video is like a feverish dream of Los Angeles. Beneath the sprawling, horizontal cityscape, a marching band grooves on an empty field. Young boys drip-dry after a dip in the pool. A woman with a tower of gray hair and a kindly gaze stands before a cooler of beer. Muscular, tattooed men pose for a group portrait. A horse gallops down a dim city avenue. And a man hangs upside-down, vampire-like, from a street light at night.
kendricklamar  kahiljoseph  art  music  hiphop  losangeles  MOCA  installation  installationart  video  film  musicvideo  museum 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
25 Photos of the Los Angeles River Before It Was Paved in 1938
This is the year and especially the summer of the Los Angeles River--on January 1, it officially became a river again (not just a flood control channel); this May it opened for recreation for the first time in 75 years; at the end of this month the Army Corps of Engineers will announce their plans for some kind of enormous makeover that could involve unpaving large sections; and it finally just feels like there's a critical mass of politicians, planners, architects, and plain old Angelenos who are working to make the river great.
history  losangeles  photographs  curbedla  losangelesriver  river 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Where to Eat Tacos on York Boulevard in Highland Park
If you feel the pain of every mediocre taco, daydreaming idly about what might have been, the life you and those carnitas would have shared had you just picked the right truck, then you will find safe harbor here, and take comfort in this, a thorough run down of all the taco trucks on York Boulevard in Highland Park.
laweekly  highlandpark  losangeles  tacos  food  foodtrucks  yorkboulevard 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth
A punishing drought is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been the state’s engine has run against the limits of nature.
nytimes  losangeles  drought  goverment  water  environment  california  southerncalifornia 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
He Plays Jazz. But Not As You Know It.
Kamasi Washington is no stranger for Los Angeles live music lovers. A pianist, drummer and saxophonist, Kamasi has been headlining at the city’s most coveted Jazz institutions for years. Besides his vibrant, emotionally intense and dynamic live performances, Kamasi keeps himself busy with working on albums, movie scores and collaborations with artists like Snoop Dog, Raphael Saadiq and lately Chaka Khan .
nuomagazine  kamasiwashington  jazz  music  losangeles  interview 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Interview: Alvin Cailan (Eggslut, Ramen Champ, The Proper)
Alvin Cailan is an L.A. native who got a Business Management degree from California State University Fullerton and worked in construction before food took over his life. He attended Oregon Culinary Institute and worked for top Portland restaurants like Castagna and Ten 01. Cailan staged down the California coast in restaurants like Bouchon and Hatfield’s before signing on at M.B. Post. From there, he opened Eggslut with cousin Jeff Vales, starting with a truck before landing a counter at Grand Central Market. To start 2015, Cailan and Michael Sudjati teamed on Ramen Champ in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, and they’re working to open The Proper beneath Chinatown’s Gold Line stop. I recently met with Cailan at Ramen Champ, where he shared unique insights.
food  restaurants  chef  alvincailan  losangeles 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Who Will Revive Old Hollywood's San Berdoo Resort Getaway?
The six-story Art Deco resort where Hollywood elites went in the '30s and '40s to honeymoon, enjoy the natural hot springs, and frolic in a wavy-edged pool is poised for a long-awaited revival in glorious San Bernardino, says the LA Times.
curbedla  losangeles  history  architecture 
february 2015 by brendanmcfadden
How the Evolution of L.A.'s Broadway Traces the Life of the City
In the 1930s, an Angeleno looking for a night of entertainment could roll out of his rented room in a rambling old Victorian manse (which had long ago been converted into a boarding house), hand the landlord a sawbuck for his rent and amble over to the upper station of Angel's Flight, his long shadow preceding him as the sun began its lazy, languorous descent into twilight.
losangeles  downtown  broadway  city  curbedlosangeles  urban  cities  history 
november 2014 by brendanmcfadden
How South Central Birthed the Next Great Jazz Movement
The West Coast Get Down are eight young master musicians from South L.A.. Though only in their early 30s, they have already put in nearly two decades perfecting a sound many herald as the future of jazz. Their ranks include tenor saxophonist Kasami Washington, profiled in our music feature this week.
music  laweekly  jazz  southcentral  losangeles 
november 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Gerald Wilson dies at 96; multifaceted jazz musician
Gerald Wilson, a bandleader, trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator whose multifaceted career reached from the swing era of the 1930s to the diverse jazz sounds of the 21st century, has died. He was 96.
music  musician  jazz  geraldwashington  losangeles  latimes  obituary 
november 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Kamasi Washington Intends to Make Jazz New Again
Thirty-two-year-old tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been playing for nearly two decades with 10-piece band West Coast Get Down. A little more than a year ago, they went into a Silver Lake studio and recorded six albums in 30 days.
music  jazz  laweekly  kamasiwashington  westcoastdown  losangeles 
november 2014 by brendanmcfadden
California Fool’s Gold – Exploring Westlake, Garden Spot of the Old Westside
Los Angeles‘s Westlake neighborhood is home to more people than the entire populations of well-known California cities like Berkeley, Inglewood, Burbank, Compton, Santa Monica, and Santa Barbara.
losangeles  neighborhoods  westlake  california  cities  history 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House
Welcome to The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House. During the two-week AxS Curiosity Festival, our experimental tours and dances, group naps, operatic bird beaks, seances, videos, architectural lawn furniture–and a secret Swiss-Japanese fusion restaurant–transform and reveal the history and visual ideas behind the Gamble House in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
thegamblehouse  themachineproject  losangeles  pasadena 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
A Scene of Lively Activity: Grand Central Market, Then and Now
"You can learn a great deal about life as well as about living at the Grand Central Market." -- L.A. Times, December 11, 1928
grandcentralmarket  losangeles  downtown  dtla  food  restaurants 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
L.A.’s Wildest Cafeteria Served Utopian Fantasy With a Side of Enchiladas
On a decrepit block of Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, hidden behind a dilapidated, aging façade, lies the ghost of a palatial dining hall filled with towering redwoods and a gurgling stream. Known as Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria, this terraced wonderland recalls a different time, when cafeterias were classy and downtown living was tops. Against all odds, the Brookdale outlasted attacks from notorious L.A. mobsters and decades of neighborhood decline. Over the last few years, Clifton’s has been closed while staging its comeback, finally being restored to its original Depression-era grandeur.
collectorsweekly  losangeles  downtown  cliftonscafeteria  dining  restaurants  buildings 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Watts "Manifesto" & the McCone Report
On the anger that led to the Watts Riots of 1965, the mistakes made during those six days in August, and how little changed afterward.
watts  civilrights  commentarymagazine  1965  wattsriots  1960s  losangeles  california 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
At Grand Central Market, a New Wave of Vendors Is Changing Up an L.A. Mainstay
Many years later, as Grand Central Market faced the renovations that would once again shift its fortunes, Filomena Eriman remembered the day when she first arrived here, one of this country's oldest and largest public markets.
losangeles  food  laweekly  california  grandcentralmarket  restaurants  downtown 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Yes, The Los Angeles Museum of Art Exists
How a wave of artists is bypassing traditional galleries and museums
art  losangeles  lamagazine  eaglerock  losangelesmuseumofart  lomoa 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Check out the Parking Lot: Hell in LA
Parking garages, prisons, freeways and the world of stuff we’re not supposed to look at.
londonreviewofbooks  losangeles 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Newly discovered building remains may be linked to old LA Times offices
Construction and development towards the expansion of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles found a possible link to Los Angeles a century ago.
latimes  losangeles  california  downtown  kpcc  history  architecture 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
'We’ve Been Friends Long Enough You’ll Understand' Vin Scully, baseball's longes...
Vin Scully, baseball's longest-tenured and most eloquent broadcaster, is still looking to make a connection.
vinscully  baseball  broadcasting  losangeles  dodgers  sbnation  sports  longform 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
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