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Calendar of Events: June 2021

May 27, 2021 04:30PM ● By Omaha Magazine
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Amplify Arts

Located at 1419 S. 13th St., Suite 103. Amplify Arts promotes unity, innovation, and progress in the arts to build strong and vibrant communities. They support works by local artists and span ideas from political to progressive. Admission: Free. 402.996.1092.

Anderson O’Brien Fine Art

Located at 3201 Farnam St., Suite 6109. New works (sculptures, paintings, pottery, blown glass, jewelry, etc.) from Midwest regional artists are continuously on display. Admission: Free. 402.884.0911. 

Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Ltd.

Located at 405 S 11th St. Omaha’s original fine art cooperative gallery, part of Omaha’s historic Old Market since 1975. Everything in the gallery is changed at the beginning of each month with a special rotating display in the “featured exhibit” area that highlights new or experimental work by the artists. Admission:Free. 402.342.9617.

Garden of the Zodiac

Located at 1024 Howard St. An art gallery and sculpture garden containing the 22 bronze sculptures representing the signs of the zodiac and planets. The center of the small pool in the garden, which is filled with many flowers and plants in the summer, is the theoretical position of the earth in relation to the other celestial bodies. The Garden is maintained and made available to the public by the Old Omaha Association. Admission: Free. 402.341.1877.

Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens

Located at 3202 Woolworth Ave. The ornate Victorian home was one of the finest in Omaha. The three-story, 14-room house reflects the wealth of its occupants, the King family. Admission: Free. 402.444.5940.

Hot Shops Art Center

Located at 1301 Nicholas St. A 92,000-square-foot art center with four hot shops featuring working artists in glass blowing, pottery, bronze casting and blacksmithing. Artwork includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, fiber art, photography, pastels, jewelry, printmaking, stained glass, fused glass, metal and wood sculpture, furniture restoration, lampworking, ceramics, mixed media and more. Admission: Free. 402.342.6452.

Joslyn Art Museum

Located at 2200 Dodge St. Joslyn Art Museum has a vast array of exhibits and sculptures to explore including Claude Monet’s The Meadow (1879), The Maximilian Journals, the beautiful sculptures of Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden, the interactive outdoor Discovery Garden, and other outdoor sculptures. Admission: Free. 402. 342.3300.

Maple St. Construct

Located at 5912 Maple St. This Benson area gallery looks to bridge the discourse between artists from Los Angeles and the Midwest through local and West Coast exhibitions. 402.525.0330.

Malcolm X Birthsite

Located at 3448 Evans St. The birthsite of one of the most important figures in Civil Rights history. The site includes stunning gardens and a greenhouse. Admission: Free. 800.645.9287.

Modern Arts Midtown

Located at 3615 Dodge St. Modern Arts Midtown has evolved from a tradition of museum style presentation to a studio-like mix of hanging and stacked art of inbound and outbound projects by artists: a “behind the scenes” approach to seeing more in an informal setting. Viewing is available by appointment. 402.502.8737 

Landlock Gallery

Located at 4011 Farnam St. A new art gallery and shop in the Blackstone District that focuses on supporting Nebraska creatives and features artwork that encourages interaction by new and emerging local artists. Admission: Free. 402.658.1332.

Museum of Shadows.

Located at 3615 Dodge St. Recently voted one of the most haunted museums in the world, this museum hosts as many as 3,000 different haunted artifacts, from the US and multiple countries around the world. Admission: $15. 402.885.7557.

Passageway Gallery

Located at 417 S. 11th St. A cooperative arts gallery established in 1981, featuring the works of 21 local artists. Oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, pottery, fused glass, blown glass, jewelry, photography, woodcarving and more. First Friday openings occur each month at the gallery featuring one of their artists. Admission: Free. 402.341.1910.

Project Project

Located at 1818 Vinton St. Project Project is an experimental space that focuses on promoting and enhancing the experience of art, music, and lectures in the Omaha community. 402.680.6737.


Located at 1806 Vinton St. RBRG places an emphasis on fine art prints, and aims to encourage and support the growth and understanding of fine art prints and fine crafts as vital contemporary art forms. Admission: free. 402.496.4797.



Juan de Dios Sánchez

Through July 1 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. The first American exhibit by Mexican ceramicist Juan de Dios Sánchez, featuring images and stories that live “in the blood of all Mexicans.” This collection represents the evolution of a Raku fire technique. The exhibit is about a lost lesson: about the balance of nature and humanity in the universe, life and death, and how Sánchez believes this lesson is beginning to recover in the minds of his culture. Admission: Free. 402-341-3800.

Salvador Dalí’s Stairway to Heaven

Through Aug 14 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. Curated by David S. Rubin, this exhibition presents a comparative study of two of Salvador Dalí’s most celebrated portfolios, his book illustrations for the Comte de Lautréamont’s Les Chants de Maldoror (1868-69) and Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy (c. 1308-20), and includes 143 prints signed by Salvador Dalí (43 prints for Les Chants de Maldoror, and 100 prints for The Divine Comedy). Admission: $5 adults, $4 college students, $3.50 students and seniors, and free for members.

James Cameron - Challenging The Deep

Through Sept. 12 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The exhibition follows explorer and filmmaker James Cameron’s achievements in deep-ocean science, engineering, and exploration and features his record-breaking dive to the bottom of the earth in his Deepsea Challenger submersible. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children ages 3-12, and free for members and children ages 2 and under. 402.444.5071.

Game On!

Through Dec. 31 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This interactive children’s exhibit brings well-known board games and popular video games to real life adventures. Admission: $14 nonmembers, adults, and children ages 2-17, $13 seniors (60+), and free for members and children under 24 months. 402.342.6164.

American Art Deco: Designing for the People (1918-1939)

June 5- Sept. 5 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. This ticketed exhibition investigates a dynamic period in American history and culture, when the country and its citizens went through political, economic, social, and artistic transformation and revolution. From stylish decorative art objects to products of industrial design, modern American paintings to compelling photographic images, the multimedia works of art in this exhibition reflect both the glamour and optimism of the 1920s and the marginalization, devastation, and escapism of the 1930s. Admission: $10 adults; $5 college students with ID; free for Joslyn members and youth ages 17 and younger. 402.342.3300.


13 Friday’s

June 2 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. 13 Friday’s, a Canadian alternative rock band from Oakville, Ontario, will perform at Slowdown. Formed in 2019, the band is composed of Brendan Saunders, Pete Coombs, Josh Shea, Paul Luedke, and Jordyn Wallace. Tickets: $10 advance/$15 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Randall King

June 3 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Warner Music Nashville artist Randall King showcases his vocals and presents an organic, timeless sound loaded with steel guitar, and punchy, hard-rockin rhythms. Tickets: $17 advance/$20 day of show. 9 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Red NOT Chili Peppers

June 3 at Slowdown, 729 N 14 St. Formed in 2009, The Red NOT Chili Peppers pay tribute to the funk rock quartet—Red Hot Chili Peppers, a band who has delivered three decades of chart-topping success as well as developed one of the largest die-hard followings in the world. Having performed at many of the country’s most concert halls as well as tribute festivals, the Red Not’s sincere devotion to that classic Chili Pepper sound is filling venues round the US and abroad. Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.


June 4 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Hairball is a rock 'n' roll experience that creates a unique experience using lights, sound, video screens, and other props. Vocalists Bobby Jenson, Kris Vox, and Joe Dandy lead the band through a mind-blowing homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world such as Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, and Aerosmith. Tickets: $25-$40. 7.30 p.m. 402.934.9966.

River Riot 2021

June 5 at Westfair Amphitheater, 22984 US Highway 6, Council Bluffs. River Riot features bands such as 10 Years, Yelawolf, Through Fire, Venaculas, Royal Bliss, Screaming for Silence, Discrepancies, Devil in the Details and more. Tickets: $35-$125. 12.30-4.30 p.m.

Two-Year Anniversary with Two Story Road!

June 5 at East of Omaha, 524 Main St. A husband/wife pop country vocal duo from Nashville that got their start in country music as band members for Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson. For their live concerts, Brandon & Jamelle have taken popular songs recorded by their favorite artists and creatively mashed them up with their own original music. Tickets: $16-$22. 8-11:59 p.m.

The Samples

June 5 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Sean Kelly and The Samples continue to delight fans with music that transcends genres and ages, and shatters the rules of the established music industry. The Samples are more than a band—they represent a culture of fans and music that go beyond who happens to be playing in the band at any given time. Tickets: $45-$65. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Tab Benoit

June 10 at Slowdown, 729 N 14 St. Tab Benoit is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career off Delta swamp blues music, acquiring a legion of fans along the way, as well as five Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Tickets: $25-50. 402.345.7569.

Adam Doleac

June 10 at Barnato, 225 N 170 St. A performance by singer Adam Doleac presented by JSP productions at Barnato. 21+ event. Tickets: $20. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 402.964.2021.

Mere Shadows with the Broke Loose and Solid Goldberg

June 11 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Mere Shadows, a hardcore punk rock band based in Omaha, will be performing at the Reverb Lounge, with The Broke Loose, an Omaha band mixing power pop, punk, and Americana music and Solid Goldberg, a musical set-up that involves two keyboards, a battery of effects pedals and amplifiers, a digital projector and colored lights, and Omaha musician Dave Goldberg. Tickets: $8. 9 p.m. 402.884.5707.

The Lao Tizer Quintet Featuring Eric Marienthal 

June 18 at The Jewell, 1030 Capitol Ave. “Jazz Group of the Year” nominee, The Lao Tizer Quartet featuring Eric Marienthal debut at The Jewell, to showcase their new, Billboard Jazz Top 10 CD/DVD combo-pack release, Songs From The Swinghouse! Led by pianist, keyboardist, composer and former “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee, Lao Tizer, the group also features Grammy-winner and sax legend Eric Marienthal, Grammy-winning drummer Gene Coye, and Grammy-nominated bassist Ric Fierabracci. Tickets: $25. $5 credit for students upon showing the student I.D. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. 917.748.4337.

Darius Rucker

June 19 at Stir Concert Cove-Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel, 1 Harrah’s Blvd.  Lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Grammy award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker, will be performing in Council Bluffs. His newest single “If I Told You” has gone on to become Rucker’s eighth number one on country radio. Tickets: $68-$187. 8 p.m.  712.329.6000.

Petey Pablo Live in Omaha

June 19 at South Omaha’s Finest Tequila Garage, 4971 Q St. Rapper Petey Pablo will be performing his set live in Omaha this June. 18+ event. Tickets: $25-$60. 6.30 p.m.- 1 a.m. 402.609.0510.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

June 19 at Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St. Acclaimed folk and country rock group known for their Nashville-recorded 1972 album Will the Circle Be Unbroken? will be performing in Papillion. Tickets: $72-$193. 8 p.m. 402.597.2065.

Electric Six

June 22 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. The band Electric Six will be performing their alternative music acts live at the Reverb Lounge. Tickets: $15. 8 p.m. 402.884.5707.

Griffin House

June 23 at Barnato, 225 N. 170 St. Musical artist Griffin House released his new album, So On and So Forth, on March 4, and will be performing his songs this June at the Barnato. Tickets: $15-$250. 8 p.m. 402.964.2021.

The Floozies

June 25 at Falconwood Park, 905 Allied Rd. Electronic funk band The Floozies will be performing at Falconwood park this June. Following three distinct lead singles, “I Ain’t Home” featuring Dirt Monkey, “Till Gone Day” featuring hip-hop staple Tech N9ne, and “Desert Flower” The Floozies have released their 11-track studio album Dayglow Funk. Tickets:$37.25-$62.25. 8 p.m. 402.210.4747.

Barenaked Ladies: Last Summer on Earth Tour

June 25 at Stir Concert Cove-Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel, 1 Harrah's Blvd. The band Barenaked Ladies will be performing in Council Bluffs as part of their Last Summer on Earth Tour. Tickets: $45-$69+. 7 p.m. 712.329.6000.


Ain’t Misbehavin’

Through June 21 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. This show features the music of legendary jazz musician and entertainer Fats Waller in this wildly popular Tony Award-winning musical revue. Experience the contagious rhythms and electric energy that made Waller an international icon. Stars five triple-threat actors and a slew of infectious jazz and swing hits. Tickets start at $42. 7.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. 402.553.0800.

Misunderstood Heroes and Villains

June 4-20 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Directed by Katherine M. Carter, this bonus musical performance features diabolical, yet delightful songs, in a musical journey of good and evil. Kids can rock out as their favorite hero or villain and enjoy renditions of popular songs from Taylor Swift, David Bowie, Katy Perry, Billie Eilish, Justin Timberlake, and more, performed by local artists on The Rose’s stage. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite hero or villain. Tickets: $20 (Tickets purchased over the phone or online are subject to a $5 service fee). 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows. 402.345.4849.

The Candy Project Presents: Gutenberg! The Musical!

June 4-27 at Omaha Community Playhouse,  6915 Cass St Omaha, NE. The Candy Project, friends of OCP, display a special presentation of Gutenberg! The Musical! A pair of aspiring playwrights audition their newest work, a big, splashy musical about the inventor of the printing press for an audience of potential investors. Tickets: $30. Thursday-Saturday: 7:30 p.m. and Sunday: 2 p.m. 402.553.0800.

Baby Shark Live!

June 5 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. The live show is based on Pinkfong’s viral music and global dance phenomenon, Baby Shark. The concert experience is for fans of all ages and shows Baby Shark joining up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs including "Five Little Monkeys," "Wheels on the Bus," "Jungle Boogie," "Monkey Banana Dance," and "Baby Shark." Tickets: $29.50 - $69.50. 2 p.m. 402.934.9966.

Temporary Insanity

June 11-27 at Bellevue Little Theatre, 203 W. Mission Ave. In this fast-paced farce, Collyn and Emerson run a marketing firm but haven’t landed a major account. A dinner invitation is extended to a potentially lucrative client who’s in town for one night. However, Emerson’s husband, Ted, has been mistakenly hypnotized and now goes through an entire gestation period every 24 hours. To ensure a smooth evening, Collyn’s husband, Mike, takes Ted out for drinks. Emerson sequesters her daughter, Rose, in her room and enlists her mother, Marie, to serve dinner. She hires an actor to play her husband.  After a night of continuous mishaps, the question the plot raises is: will they still get the account? Tickets: $20 adults; $18 seniors; and $10 students. Friday-Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. 402.291.1554.

Omaha Symphony Wilkins Finale 

June 11-12 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Maestro Thomas Wilkins concludes the 2020/2021 Season with Mahler’s “Titan,” the first Mahler symphony he conducted with the Omaha Symphony, and the perfect conclusion for his tenure and the Omaha Symphony’s 100th anniversary. Wilkins will be joined by friend and saxophone virtuoso Branford Marsalis and acclaimed American composer Michael Daugherty. This program celebrates Omaha and its Symphony. Tickets: $20-81. 7.30 p.m. 402.345.0202.

Trevor Wallace

June 17-19 at Omaha Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St. Standup comedian and L.A.-based actor Trevor Wallace can be seen just about everywhere on the internet and has built a digital thumbprint of over 300 million views since 2018. Wallace is also an original cast member of the wildly popular YouTube channel, All Def Digital, and has been featured on Comedy Central, Buzzfeed, Unilad, Funny or Die, Super Deluxe, Fusion TV, IFC, Worldstar Hip Hop, 9GAG, Reddit & MTV2. Wallace performs at comedy clubs and colleges all over the country. Tickets: $25. 7.30 p.m. Thursday, 7.30 p.m. and 9.45 p.m. Friday, and 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturday. 402.493.8036. 

Doo Wop Project

June 18-19 at Holland Center Outdoors, 1200 Douglas St. Featuring the stars of Broadway smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the dynamic Doo Wop Project joins the orchestra for a high-energy journey from the origins of Doo Wop to their present songs. Tickets:$20-$89. 7.30 p.m. 402.345.0202.

A Night at the Movies (OSMD 2021 Dance Recital)

June 19 at Reality Church, 10695 Portal Rd. Omaha School of Music and Dance presents a dance recital performance at Reality Church. Tickets: $10 and free for children ages 3 and under. 8:30 a.m. Tickets: $10. 402.537.0419.

Rob Little

June 25 and 26 at Omaha Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St.  A sketch comedy player on the "The Best Damn Sports Show. Period.," and "Last Call with Carson Daly," Little uses his training from the world famous Second City Comedy Club to create routines that are inventive, funny, spontaneous, and completely unique. He has headlined clubs and colleges all over the country, and appeared in national television commercials and on such shows as “Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew,” Comedy Central's “Distraction,” Fox News and SiTV's “Latino Laugh Festival.” Tickets: $15. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturday. 402.493.8036.

Carribean Night

June 26 at Orpheum Theatre, 409 S. 16th St. The Holland Center is bringing the Caribbean shores to the banks of the Missouri. Cheeseburgers of paradise and jerk chicken will be served while calypso steel drums, soothing sambas and laid back music of Margaritaville plays in the background. 7 p.m. Tickets:$10-25. 402.661.8501.

Jeanne Robertson: The Rocking Humor Tour

June 27 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Jean Robertson shares witty stories about life that appeal to all ages. Robertson tours nationally and appears regularly on the Grand ‘Ole Opry.  Some of her most popular anecdotes include "Don't Go to Vegas Without A Baptist," "Don't Bungee Jump Naked" and "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store." Tickets: $20-$42.50. 4 p.m. 402.345.0202.

Family & More 

Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets are open. Here are the times and dates for the local markets. Attendees are encouraged to check with organizers for availability before attending any market.

Baxter Arena (67th and Center streets)
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays

Bellevue (Washington Park, 20th and Franklin streets) 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays (8-9 a.m. is reserved for pregnant mothers, senior citizens, and those with chronic health issues)

Council Bluffs (Bayliss Park) 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays

Florence Mill (9102 N. 30th St.) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays

Gifford Park Neighborhood Market  (33rd and California streets) 5-8 p.m. Fridays

Old Market (11th and Jackson streets) 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays

Papillion (84th and Lincoln streets)
 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays

Village Pointe (168th and Dodge streets) 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays

Benson First Friday

June 4 in Benson, Military Avenue & 60th St. A once-a-month gathering of the Benson neighborhood, community, artists, and businesses. Features hand maps, posters maps, and chalkboard signs to help visitors navigate the area as well as live performances, art shows, and food and drink specials. Admission: free. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

23rd Annual Taste of Omaha

June 4-6 at 6232 Pacific St. Omaha's largest outdoor festival that showcases over 50 restaurants in the area, live entertainment and activities. Eat, watch cooking demonstrations, browse multiple displays, and enjoy music, amusement rides, and more. Admission: Free. 11a.m.-11p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. 402.346.8003.

47th Annual Omaha Summer Arts Festival

June 4-6 at 1200 Mike Fahey St. The Summer Arts Festival showcases 135 visual artists, a stage lineup of national, regional, and local multicultural music performances, hands-on children’s area with a kids-only art-buying experience, young artists’ exhibition, film fest, and more. Admission: Free. 402.345.5401.

Countryside Village Arts Fair

June 5-6 at Countryside Village Shopping Center, 8722 Countryside Plaza. The annual arts fair showcases a mix of styles, perceptions, and media. The artwork selection inspires casual visitors to start art collections and connoisseurs to add to existing collections. Admission: free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.  402.391.2200. 

Cinco De Mayo Omaha Festival

June 11-13 at Plaza de la Raza at 24 & N St. The three day festival features live music/entertainment, carnival rides, food, exhibitors, health fair, MISS coronation, games and concerts. 5.30-10.30 p.m.

2020 US Olympics Team Trials-Swimming: Wave 2

June 13-20 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. The U.S. Swim Trials return to Omaha for the fourth time. Swimmers compete to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo in July and August 2021. $484-$12,160. Preliminaries at 10 a.m. Finals at 7 p.m. 402.341.1500.

Midwest Golden Gloves

June 16-17 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. The Midwest Golden Gloves regional tournament will be hosted by Omaha at Ralston Arena. Admission: $20-$30. Tables: $300-$400. 7 p.m. 402.934.9966.

Blackstone BBQ Battle

June 18-19 at Blackstone District, 3920 Farnam St. The event starts Friday night, June 18th with beer, bands, free entry, and barbecue teams getting ready. The main action will go down on Saturday, June 19th with bbq bites, celebrity judging, team prizes, family games, live music, a local makers market, and more.  Admission:$10. Friday 4-9 p.m. and Saturday 12-6 p.m.

Family Adventure Days at Neale Woods

June 19 at Fontanelle Forests, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N. Spring styled-games and a hike for families to partake in. After the competition, join a naturalist and explore Neale Woods on a guided hike for an hour and a half, during which you will learn basic hiking, camping and survival tips. Maximum of 18 participants allowed and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Admission: $15. 1-4 p.m. 402.731.3140

Omaha Juneteenth Parade and Freedom Festival

June 19 at 3005 Lake St. The annual parade will begin at 30th & Lake Streets and continue to 30th & Sprague Streets in Omaha. After the parade, there will be a celebration held at the Malcolm X Birthsite. Admission: Free. Concert is $25 for general admission and $50 VIP.  402.686.8316.

2021 NCAA Men’s College World Championship.

June 19-30 at TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St. The 2021 NCAA Men's College World Series celebrates another historic year in Omaha. Admission varies. 402.554.4404.

Event times and details are correct as of presstime, but are subject to change. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events are canceling and/or changing dates/time/places as needed.

Omaha Magazine encourages readers to visit venues' websites and/or calling ahead before attending an event or visiting a museum.

This calendar originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.  

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