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Calendar: June 2009

Film, Performing Arts, Performing Arts for Young People, Radio, Art/Photography, Day-by-Day, HIV Testing. Plus HOT TICKET: HATCH Prom.

Compiled by Nancy Ford

Scenes from the HATCH Prom.

A Flashdance of Our Own

HATCH welcomes young and not-so-young to annual prom

In 1980, Aaron Fricke successfully sued his Rhode Island high school to take his male date to his high school prom, paving the way for other same-sex teen couples to enjoy that spring teen ritual just as much as their opposite-sex peers.

But just because it’s legal doesn’t necessarily make it comfortable. Or safe. That’s the job of HATCH’s annual prom.

“The HATCH Prom is a safe space for GLBT youth to have fun with their peers without worrying about how others will view them,” says HATCH youth services associate Jascelyn Tatum. “Youth can bring a date of their choice, wear clothes of their choice, and feel free to simply have a good time.”

With its theme “Flashback to the ’80s,” the 17th annual HATCH Prom, HATCH’s biggest fundraiser of the year, not only invites teen members of the highly respected group for LGBT youth and their peers, but welcomes adults as well. Whether those adults attending the prom are doing so to give closure to an unpleasant, exclusionary experience from their adolescence, or are simply there to have fun and support “the kids,” the outcome is likely to be a positive one.

June 12, 7 p.m. ’til midnight. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. Tickets: $25 for adults; free for ages 13–20. Details: 713/529-3590 • hatchyouth.org. — Nancy Ford

Photo caption: Dancing with the HATCH stars: previously held at the historic Magnolia Ballroom (pictured here) in downtown Houston, the HATCH Prom is now presented at Montrose Counseling Center’s GLBT Cultural Center. There, HATCH members, staff, and volunteers transform the meeting room into a festive party spot.



Hooray for Bollywood! The film program honors the late B. R. Chopra, a leading figure in Indian cinema, with a restored version of his 1957 classic, Naya Daur. Also featured are three recent releases: Billu, Om Shanti Om, and Rang de Basanti. Through June 7. Museum of Fine Arts’ Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St. mfah.org • 713/639-7300.

FlickerLounge is an eclectic lineup of rotating full-length films, shorts, and video presentations coinciding with New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch in partnership with Aurora Picture Show. Through June 13. DiverseWorks Project Gallery, 1117 East Freeway. 713/335-3445.

Menil Movies: Cinematic Works from the Menil Archives. Aurora Picture Show founder Andrea Grover hosts a 90-minute outdoor screening of rare surrealist, avant-garde, and documentary films. June 13, 8:30pm. Menil Park, 1515 Sul Ross. Free. aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

Extremely Shorts 12: Works in Three Minutes and Under. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston director Bill Arning curates the 12th installment of juried short shorts submitted from around the globe. Molly Gochman’s Studio, 2437 North Blvd. A picnic follows Sunday’s screening. June 27, 7pm; June 28, 5pm. Tickets: $6–$12. aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

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Awake and Sing! Bessie Berger and her Bronx family struggle through the Great Depression. Through June 7. Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: $20–$36. mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Fiddler on the Roof. Broadway Across America provides a last chance to see Topol in the role of Tevye the milkman. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby. Through June 7, with June 4 and 6 performances benefiting Holocaust Museum Houston. broadwayacrossamerica.com • 713/315-2500.

Spring Repertory Program features Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel: A Dance, Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat, and Stanton Welch’s Nosotros. Through June 7. Houston Ballet. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. Tickets: $17–$125. houstonballet.org • 713/227-2787.

Grey Gardens. The Tony Award-winning musical about Jackie O’s eccentric cousin and aunt, Edith and Edie Beale. Through June 14. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. stagestheatre.com.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane. A lonely Irish spinster seeks love while caring for her elderly, cantankerous mother. Through June 20, 8pm. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest. Tickets: $13–$15. theatresouthwest.org • 713/661-9505.

The Story of Burford, Category 5. When a hurricane hits Houston, the Spy Eye News team hits the water. Through Aug. 29. Radio Music Theatre, 2623 Colquitt. Tickets: $22. radiomusictheatre.com • 713/522-7722.

Dance USA. Dance of Asian America, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Hope Stone Dance Company, Houston Ballet, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Psophonia Dance Company, Revolve Dance Company, Sandra Organ Dance Company, Suchu Dance, Travesty Dance Group, and Urban Souls Dance Company perform in this one night-only spectacular held in conjunction with Dance USA’s annual conference. June 5, 8pm. Wortham Theater Center’s Brown Auditorium, 501 Texas Ave. Tickets: $17+. danceusa.org • 713/227 2787.

The Farnsworth Invention. Creator of The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin’s new play about the race between two men to invent television. June 5–28. Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas Ave. alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Natural Disasters. Jack Heifner’s Tropical Depression and Twister, two weather-based one-act comedies. June 5–July 4. Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West Dr. theatresuburbia.com • 713/682-3525.

Swan Lake. Houston Ballet’s revival of Stanton Welch’s 2006 staging of Tchaikovsky’s classic score about a beautiful maiden transformed into a swan. June 11–21. Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave. houstonballet.org • 713/227 2787.

Houston Symphony 20th Season Celebration features Robert Franz conducting. June 12, 8pm. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. Tickets: $15. woodlandscenter.org • 713/629-3700.

Cabaret. The decadent world of 1930s Berlin comes to life in this Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece. June 16–28. Theatre Under the Stars. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com.

Houston Symphony’s Target Summer Symphony Nights features musical masterpieces for audiences of all ages. June 18, 20, 26–27, 8pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Drive. Free. milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.

Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd share the stage for some down-home southern rock. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. June 20, 6:30pm. Tickets: $36–$126. woodlandscenter.org • 713/629-3700.

Memories of Spain. Dancepatheatre artistic director Sara Draper choreographs and performs in a repertory concert featuring her signature work, El Cerrojo (The Door Latch). June 20, 8pm. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. Tickets: $11–$60. dancepath.com • 713/315-2525.

Guitar Shorty. Both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy said they were musically influenced by this master bluesman and former Houstonian touring in support of his 2007 Blues Music Award-winning album, We the People. June 20, 10:30pm. Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar, 1031 E. 24th St. Tickets: $10. 713/862-8707.

The Wiz. Patdro Harris directs the funkier, musical version of The Wizard of Oz. June 20–July 1. Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. Tickets: $15–$45. ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

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Sounds Like Fun! Houston Symphony presents family-focused concerts featuring the “Instrument Petting Zoo.” June 1, 7:30pm: Kingwood Park High School, 4015 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood. June 9, 7:30pm: The Centrum, 6823 Cypresswood Drive, Spring. June 10, 7:30pm: First United Methodist Church, 4308 West Davis Street, Conroe. June 11, 10:30am: Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8300 Katy Freeway. June 13, 7:30pm: St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 15500 El Camino Real. June 23, 11am: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr. houstonsymphony.org • 713/238-1477.

Winnie-the-Pooh. Daria James directs A.A. Milne’s classic story of a bear and his honey, this time told in musical form. June 6, 13, 20, July 11 and 18, 1 and 4pm; July 13–16, 9:45 and 11:30am. Main Street Theater–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Tickets: $8. mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706.

Summer Arts Workshops. Docented by professional artist and educator Patrick Renner, Lost and Found provides children ages 6 to 12 an opportunity to create 3-D artworks inspired by the gallery’s Leonardo Drew exhibition. Tuesdays and Thursdays and/or Wednesdays and Fridays, June 16–26. Blaffer Gallery, U of H’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. Registration: $40 per session. blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

Family Fun Films with Pop Stars. Northwest Film Forum’s Liz Shepherd curates shorts from The Best of Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2009, preceded by a live performance from the group formerly known as Dads Who Rock. June 20, 7pm. Discover Green Park, 1500 McKinney Ave. Free. aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.

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After Hours. Sunday mornings, 1-4 am. Featuring the QMZ (Queer Music Zone) with Jimmy Carper. KPFT 90.1 FM, 713/526-5738.

Queer Voices. Mondays, 8-10 pm. Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. KPFT 90.1 FM, 713/526-4000.

Reach Out in the Darkness. Houston’s only transgender radio host and her partner present selected music from the ’60s, played like it was in the ’60s, exclusively from vinyl pressings. Every Wednesday morning, 3-6 am, KPFT Pacifica radio (90.1 FM).

World of Opera. Houston Grand Opera returns to the airwaves for its 8th season beginning Oct. 14 with highlights from last season’s performances. Saturdays, 12:30 pm on 88.7 FM, KUHF. Info/radio guides: 800/62-OPERA or www.npr.org.

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New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch. Organized by Austin Museum of Art, the third in a triennial exhibition showcasing emerging Central Texas artists whose work stretches the boundaries of contemporary art. Through June 13. DiverseWorks Main Gallery, 1117 East Freeway. 713/335-3445.

ConcealDisclose. Paintings by Israel’s Hagit Barkai and photographs by Iran’s Tala Vahabzadeh. Through June 19. Art League Houston’s front gallery, 1953 Montrose. artleaguehouston.org • 713/523-9530.

Vulnerable Ecologies. British sculptor Susan Stockwell recycles computers into delicate architecture. Through June 19. Art League Houston’s main gallery, 1953 Montrose. artleague houston.org • 713/523-9530.

Project Row Houses: Home. Space. Place. Seven featured artists explore ideas regarding identity, culture, struggles, and perseverance in the Third Ward neighborhood. Through June 21. 2505–2517 Holman St. projectrowhouses.org • 713/526-7662.

Beachtown. Tour Coastal Living Magazine ‘s Idea House, built several feet above the required base flood elevation and fortified to protect it from hurricane damage. Through June 30. Benefits Galveston Historical Foundation. Tickets: $10. galvestonhistory.org.

Literally Figurative. The many aspects of the human figure are depicted by craft artists working with ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and mixed media. Through July 3. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main. crafthouston.org • 713/529-4848.

The Retablos: Art for the Masses. An insight into the art of the retablo, small oil paintings on tin, zinc, wood, or copper. Free. Through July 12. The Heritage Society Museum. Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby St. heritagesociety.org • 713/655-1912.

Perspectives 166: Torsten Slama. The post-apocalyptic worlds imagined by Berlin-based artist Torsten Slama features drawings, paintings, and works in airbrush depicting architectural and landscape scenes. Through July 26. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose. camh.org • 713/284-8250.

Pioneers of Contemporary Glass displays 300 pieces of exemplary glass works. Through July 26. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet. mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).

Existed: Leonardo Drew. Fourteen major sculptures and 12 works on paper created between 1991 and 2008 represent the artist’s abstract works. Through Aug. 1. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston’s Fine Arts Building, entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard. blaffergallery.org • 713/743-9971.

The Nature of Diamonds. Exhibit includes the Elton John Cartier shoulder brooch and the 2,000-diamond corsage ornament made in 1855 for the niece of Napoleon Bonaparte. Through Sept. 7. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr. hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988–2008. Thirty-six intriguing works from Houston-based Blakemore’s collection includes black and white street settings to lush colorful landscapes. Through Sept. 13. Museum of Fine Arts’ Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main St. mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).

Ways of Seeing: Photography of Ishimoto Yasuhiro. 300 photographs reveal why Yashuhiro was considered the most influential Japanese photographer of his generation in the development of postwar Japanese photography. Through Sept. 13. Museum of Fine Arts’ Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet. mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).

Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor features life-size clay figures and artifacts excavated in 1974. Through Oct. 18. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Herman Circle Drive. hmns.org • 713/639-4629.

Par Avion. Kemah resident Gordon Phillipson’s watercolors. Artist’s reception June 5 with exhibit on view through June 30. Canal Street Gallery, 2219 Canal St. canalstreetgallery.com • 713/223-2219.

North Looks South: Building a Latin American Art Collection. More than 80 works celebrate MFAH’s major Latin American art acquisitions ranging in date from the 1920s to the present. June 7–Sept. 27. Museum of Fine Arts’ Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet. mfah.org • 713/639-7300, 713/639-7379 (Spanish).

Perspectives Talk: Gus Kopriva. The author of Broken Brushes: German Art from the Kaiser to Hitler and director of Redbud Gallery in Houston discusses German expressionist art. June 18, 6:30pm. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd. camh.org • 713/284-8250.

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6 (Sat.)

Heights Fun Run. Houston Heights Association presents the 24th running of one of Houston’s most popular shorter jaunts offering a 5K walk, a 5K run, and a 1K for children. 7:30am. Marmion Park, 18th @ Heights Blvd. $15–$20 to participate; free to watch. Benefits HHA. houstonheights.org • 713/861-4002, ext. 4.

7 (Sun.)

Reflexology Talk. Debora of Wellness Bodyworks defines and discusses reflexology. [email protected] • 832/325-8895.

13 (Sat.)

Safe Schools ‘Cultivating Respect’ Certification Program. PFLAG Houston trains and certifies its members to go directly into schools with community resources to confront bullying in a comprehensive and effective manner. 10am–5pm. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard St. #103. Free; box lunch provided. pflaghouston.org.

24 (Wed.)

Lesbian Dinner Group. Single and coupled women come for a meal, but stay for the camaraderie. 7:30pm. Cafe Express, 1422 West Gray. [email protected]

26–28 (Fri.–Sun.)

DockDogs. Dogs of all breeds are welcome to compete in distance and aerial events, as seen on ESPN and the Outdoor Channel. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Ave. discoverygreen.com.

27 (Sat.)

Weather Pioneer Day. Learn about Harris and Galveston counties’ rich and varied weather history and weather pioneers and meteorologists. 10am–4pm. John C. Freeman Weather Museum, 5104 Caroline. Free. wxresearch.org • 713/529-3076.

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Weekly (Sundays)

The Women’s Group. A feminist group for all women (where each woman defines her own feminism) hosts a new speaker each week. 10:45am. First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Sojourner Truth Room, 5200 Fannin. Iris Sizemore, 713/529-8571.

Weekly (Mondays)

TG Support Group. Helping TransGenders Anonymous is a facilitated support group for all transgenders, supporters, family, and significant others. 7–9pm. TG Center, 713 Fargo. transhouston.com • 713/520-8586.

Meditation Mondays. Shift into wisdom, self-realization, and actualization with Big Mind led by Alan Davidson, author of Body Brilliance: Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences. 7:30–9:30pm. 1712 Fairview Ave. throughyourbody.com • 713/942-0923.

Weekly (Tuesdays)

Houston Roller Derby Rec League. Skate to train or just recreationally with the women of the Houston Roller Derby. 7:30–9:30pm. Dairy Ashford Roller Rink, 1820 S. Dairy Ashford St. houstonrollerderby.com.

Weekly (Thursdays)

GLBT-Friendly Depression & Bipolar Support Group. 7:15–8:30pm. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold, room 232. Free. 713/526-1018.

You Are Not Alone. GLBTQ Coming Out Support Group meets weekly featuring an educational presentation on a specific topic, followed by an open, confidential discussion of that topic. June 18–Aug. 6, 6pm. Donations accepted. Montrose Counseling Center, 401 Branard. Registration: 713/529-0037, ext. 394.

Weekly (Sun., Wed., Sat.)

Love and Rackets. Houston Tennis Club welcomes players and enthusiasts of all skill levels. Sundays, 9am–noon; Wednesdays, 7:30–9pm; clinics, every Saturday 9–10:30am. Memorial Park Tennis Center, 1500 Memorial Loop. Annual membership, $30; court fees, $3 per session. houstontennisclub.org.

Biweekly (2nd & 4th Wed.)

City of Houston TransGender Task Force helps Houston-area transgenders access medical and social services to reduce the incidence of HIV. 7–9pm. TG Center, 713 Fargo. transhouston.com • 713/520-8586.

Biweekly (2nd & 4th Fri.)

Transgender Buddhist Meditation Group offers a traditional Theravada Buddhist vipassana 30-minute meditation
for transgenders. 7–9 pm at the TG Center, 713 Fargo. trans houston.com • 713/520-8586.

Biweekly (2nd Tues. & 4th Sat.)

Some Transgenders Are Guys (STAG) is a facilitated group for female-to-male identified individuals, supporters, family, and significant others. 2nd Tuesday, 7–9pm and 4th Saturday, 5–6pm. TG Center, 713 Fargo. transhouston.com • 713/520-8586.

Monthly (1st Sun.)

Finding Your Voice. PFLAG Houston’s speakers bureau panel discusses experiences speaking to various groups, organizations, and corporations. Small groups break off after the program for discussion in a safe, confidential environment. 2pm. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Jones Building, 5501 S. Main St. pflaghouston.org.

Monthly (3rd Sun.)

LOAF Meet and Greet. Lesbians Over Age Fifty meet for munchies/fellowship; bring some of both. 2pm. 1034 West 17th.

Monthly (2nd Tues.)

Free Legal Consultations for PWAs. AIDS Foundation Houston and Katine & Nechman L.L.P. offer 30 minutes of free legal consultation on any legal issue to persons with HIV and AIDS, by appointment. Katine & Nechman, 1111 North Loop West, Suite 180. lawkn.com • 713/808-1000.

Monthly (3rd Thurd.)

Share with PFLAG Houston in a safe, confidential setting. 7:30pm. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Chatham Room, 1805 Alabama. pflaghouston.org.

Monthly (1st Fri.)

Transgender Social. Dinner and a movie and/or games and a speaker of interest to the trans community. 7–10pm. TG Center, 713 Fargo. Tickets: $5. transhouston.com • 713/520-8586.

Monthly (1st Sat.)

First Saturday Arts Market. Local artists display and sell original works of art, local musicians entertain. 11am–6pm. Wind Water Gallery, 548 West 19th. Free. yalestreetmarket.com.

Monthly (2nd Sat.)

Second Saturdays at Winter St. Studios. Meet and hang with artists in the studios marked by a large red dot on or near the door. 1-6pm. Winter St. Studios, 2101 Winter St. winterstreet
studios.net • 713/862-0082.

Monthly (4th Sat.)

TG Support Group. Texas Association for Transsexual Support (TATS) is a professionally facilitated support group for those identifying as being a transsexual. 4–5pm. TG Center, 713 Fargo. transhouston.com • 713/520-8586.

Significant Others. TG Support Group provides support to the wives, husbands, girlfriends, and boyfriends of individuals whose partners are considering transition. 3–4pm. TG Center, 713 Fargo. transhouston.com • 713/520-8586.

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Aug. 4–Sept. 17 (Applications due June 15)

Stop Hate. Holocaust Museum Houston needs volunteer docents to help teach the dangers of prejudice, hatred, and apathy. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 4–Sept. 17, 10am–noon. Applications due June 15. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. hmh.org • 713/942-8000, ext. 102



Thomas Street Clinic is offering HIV testing free to the public, Mon.-Fri. 9 am-1 pm. There is no need to establish eligibility (“gold-card”), no donation will be asked of the person seeking testing, and the test is free. Thomas Street Clinic, 2015 Thomas, 713/873-4157 or 713/873-4026.

The Montrose Clinic offers free confidential HIV testing at these locations:

Decades, 1205 Richmond, 713/521-2224, Mon. 6-10pm (Dennis);
EJ’s, 2517 Ralph, 713/527-9071, Wed. & Fri. 10pm-1am (Rhonda & Lourdes);
Mary’s, Naturally, 1022 Westheimer, 713/527-9669, Wed. 4-8pm (Jack);
Midtown Spa, 3100 Fannin, 713/522-2379, Tues. 9pm-1am (Carlos), Wed. 10pm-1am (Juan), Fri. 10pm-1am (Quincy);
Ripcord, 715 Fairview, 713/521-2792, Wed. 9pm-12am (Matthew);
Inergy/Mango Lounge, 5750 Chimney Rock, 713/660-7310, Mon. 9pm-12am (Carlos);
1415 Bar & Grill, 1415 California,   713/522-7066, Thurs. 9pm-12am (Carlos);
611 Hyde Park Pub, 611 Hyde Park, 713/526-7070, Tues. 3-7pm & Sun. 2-6pm (Matthew);
All Star News and Video Emporium, 3415 Katy Freeway & Studewood, 713/869-7878, Mon. & Thurs. 4-8pm (Jack);
Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos, 713/528-9192, Thurs. 8pm-12am (Matthew);
Cousin’s, 817 Fairview, 713/528-9204, Thurs. 8pm-12am (Jack);
Club Houston, 2205 Fannin, 713/659-4998, Tues. 8pm-12am (Dennis). For more info: 713/830-3000.

Planned Parenthood offers free anonymous or confidential testing at clinic locations throughout the area. To speak with an HIV counselor: 1-800-230-PLAN, Dickinson: 281/337-7725, Fannin: 713/831-6543, FM1960: 281/587-8081, Greenspoint: 281/445-4553, Huntsville: 936/295-6396, Lufkin: 936/634-8446 x223, Rosenberg: 281/342-3950, Stafford: 281/494-9848.

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