SSM Releases ‘Cool Party’, the 10th CD in the Party Series Collection, Tribute Titles, Cover Bond, America, Barry Manilow and all releases now available in all Asian Marketplaces!

SSM has just released the latest compilation album that is the 10th CD in the highly regarded Party Series Collection! Fans of of the Party Series can definitely expect an unparalleled listening experience that is sure to get the party started.

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5 things to do in Flint, Genesee County this weekend (Sept. 28-Oct. 1)


GENESEE COUNTY, MI — A look at this weekend’s activities in the Flint area includes the Scrumpy Skedaddle 5K and 10K, the Flint Firebirds home opener, farmers market pop-up shop, Halloween craft market and fall sensory days for kids.

With autumn in full swing, there are plenty of fun fall-themed activities to try solo, with your significant other, friends or family. Both indoor and outdoor attractions ensure there is something for everyone.

Check out the list below for a variety of events happening throughout Flint and Genesee County from Thursday, Sept. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 1.

Flint Farmers Market ‘inspire’ Pop-Up Shop

Genesee County locals can start the weekend off with a unique experience at the Flint Farmers Market.

The market is hosting a pop-up shop for the “inspire” clothing brand by founder Eric Patrick Thomas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the market, located at 300 E. 1st St. in downtown Flint.

Thomas, a gun violence survivor and Flint entrepreneur, returns to the market with his fall-themed pop-up shop, featuring “inspire” t-shirts and sweatshirts with four new designs.

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Thomas will use the hashtag #popuptoinspire, encouraging people to stop by and educate themselves on the brand.

Anyone who purchases an “inspire” brand item will receive a free farmers market tote and a special deal from the Crust Bakery.

Fall Sensory Days at Flint Children’s Museum

The Flint Children’s Museum is offering autumn-themed sensory-friendly play opportunities to local families this week.

Fall Sensory Days will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, and Friday, Sept. 29 at the museum, located at 1602 University Ave. in Flint.

The event offers fall-themed mystery boxes, sensory tubs full of flour, corn and oats and musical instruments.

Admission to the Flint Children’s Museum is $8 per adult or child. EBT/Bridge card holders can receive discounted admission for up to four people upon showing their card.

Flint Handmade Annual Halloween Craft Market

Craft lovers and Halloween fanatics alike can browse and shop for local handmade goods this weekend.

The annual Flint Handmade Halloween Craft Market, showcasing over 20 local artisans, will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Flint Farmers Market, 300 E. 1st St. in downtown Flint.

Featured crafts and goods include vintage-inspired jewelry, hand-poured candles, natural bath and body products, knit and crocheted items, home décor and more.

Attendees can enjoy live entertainment from a local artists Erik McIntyre and Shannon Wade while they shop. Admission is free.

Flint Firebirds Home Opener

Fans can celebrate the return of hockey while cheering on the local team as it plays it first home series of the season this weekend.

The Flint Firebirds take on the Kitchener Rangers in their 2023-24 home opener at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Dort Financial Center, 3501 Lapeer Road in Flint.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets range in price up to $27 and can be purchased online or at the door. Parking is cash only at $10 per vehicle.

The Flint Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League, one of three major junior ice hockey leagues in the United States and Canada.

Click here to view the full 2023-24 regular season schedule.

2023 Scrumpy Skedaddle 5K and 10K

Runners can take in the cool autumn breeze while exercising this weekend.

The 2023 Scrumpy Skedaddle 10K, 5K and Kids’ 1K is taking place Sunday, Oct. 1 at Almar Orchards and Cidery, 1431 Duffield Road in Flushing.

The day kicks off 9:30 a.m. with the 1K for kids, followed by the 5K at 10 a.m. and 10K at 10:45 a.m. Participants can jog through the orchards and then enjoy a glass of soft or hard cider upon finishing the race.

Registration is available online, priced at $25 for the 1K, $45 for the 5K and $50 for the 10K.

After the race, participants can stick around for hard cider tasting, a walk around the orchard, playscapes for kids, farm animals, live music and an all you can eat pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes of Michigan.

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Axel & Lolo are writing the soundtrack to best friendship


The Boston duo Axel & Lolo pull off a sneaky trick in the opening lines of their song “You’d Like Me More.” “Went to church today, lay down in the pews,” Lauren Vice and Axel Rodriguez sing in perfect unison. It’s a peaceful image, and the pair wastes no time puncturing it. “I don’t trust the Bible, I’m just trying to get close to you.” A note of cynicism, and a frank admission of warped, yet relatable behavior. Who among us hasn’t done something you hate in order to get closer to the person you love?

There’s nothing like a good opening verse, especially when you’re trying to stand out from the crowd. Which is precisely what Vice and Rodriguez managed to do: Their performance of “You’d Like Me More” was selected from 229 local entries to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest as our station’s favorite Massachusetts submission, earning Axel & Lolo a performance slot at WBUR’s CitySpace.

This is the sixth year that WBUR’s panel of judges — Isa Burke, Tim Hall, Noah Schaffer, Heesu Yu and myself — combed through the Massachusetts Tiny Desk entries to pick a local favorite. It wasn’t an easy decision, but we kept returning to Axel & Lolo’s performance, which takes place in a drab practice room embellished with a pair of bright plastic flowers and a fleet of neon green frogs arranged atop Vice’s keyboard. Rodriguez, with a mop of curly hair, giant square glasses and shirt buttons open halfway down his chest, looks as if he was transported directly from the 1970s; Vice somehow manages to look more subdued in a glowing pink top and purple jacket. The band is rounded out by Tyler Logan Caro on bass and Samuel Oldham on drums.

Beyond those captivating opening lines, the group impressed the panel with its chugging energy and big dynamics — not to mention Rodriguez and Vice’s uncanny ability to blend their voices. Lyrics heavy in metaphor and wordplay are pierced by a direct, singable refrain: “You’d like me more if I didn’t care about you.”

I met up with Rodriguez and Vice at the Museum of Fine Arts on a drizzly afternoon in September. As students at Berklee College of Music, they get in free to the museum and have spent countless hours roaming the halls. The pair greeted me in the foyer, beaming, and then led me to one of their favorite exhibitions in the Linde Family Wing, a huge wall-mounted sculpture made of wool felt by the artist Alexandra Adamo. Vice and Rodriguez gazed at the vast green-blue object, which was crafted with local schoolchildren as part of the museum’s community arts initiative and resembled a series of large barnacles covered in moss. Closer inspection revealed a collection of charming oddities: a rubber duckie, a ladybug, the Patrick Star character (a salmon-colored starfish in swim trunks) from “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Lauren Vice and Axel Rodriguez form the duo Axel & Lolo. (Courtesy OJ Slaughter)
Lauren Vice and Axel Rodriguez form the duo Axel & Lolo. (Courtesy OJ Slaughter)

“We love things that are a little childish,” Vice said. “Like, the Patrick Star and the rubber ducks are just so silly. We like silliness.”

“I feel like everyone should be more childlike,” Rodriguez mused. “Yeah, I feel like that’s the source of all happiness: seeing the world like a child again.”

This shared sensibility — playfulness, joy, curiosity — is what bonds Rodriguez and Vice. The two met as freshmen at Berklee and have been practically inseparable since. Rodriguez recalled the first time they sat down to write a song together. “That was like, ‘Oh my god, this is so fun, we’re having so much fun!’”

They noticed, too, that their voices blended seamlessly, to the point where it was sometimes hard to tell who was singing which part.

“It just felt very right, and magical, almost, once we started singing,” Vice said.

“You’d Like Me More” was the pair’s first “serious” attempt at writing a song, according to Vice. The inspiration came from parallel experiences with friends from high school. “She was doing things that were worrying me,” Rodriguez said about one close friend from home.

“It’s feeling that distance kind of growing between you and a friend,” Vice explained. “And seeing them surround themselves with people who maybe you thought they never would be around, and wondering if, maybe, ‘Is that the reason for why we’re not talking as much?’”

The song’s refrain — “You’d like me more if I didn’t care about you” — could be interpreted more generally. It evokes the feeling, familiar to so many, that crushing on someone too hard might be turning them off. “I mean, really, it’s just about love,” Vice said.

Lauren Vice and Axel Rodriguez (Courtesy OJ Slaughter)
Lauren Vice and Axel Rodriguez (Courtesy OJ Slaughter)

Their own friendship isn’t something Rodriguez and Vice mine intentionally when writing songs. But its centrality in their lives nevertheless seems to shape the pair’s perspective.

“[Friendship] is such an interesting thing to write about because there are so many similarities to romantic love,” Vice said. “But it’s also … far more complex in its own way, and it isn’t talked about quite as much.”

In fact, friendship may be the most salient theme in Axel & Lolo’s oeuvre — which, admittedly, isn’t very big yet. The duo has released two studio singles, including a version of “You’d Like Me More,” and teased other songs on Axel & Lolo’s TikTok channel. They are getting ready to release a third single and plan to eventually put out an album.

Axel & Lolo’s other single, “Happy To Say It Again,” mines the self-absorption of best friendship (and young adulthood) with wry self-awareness. “Are we the first to think these things through?” Vice and Rodriguez wonder, and then laughingly supply their own answer: “Girl, shut the f— up, none of it’s new.”

Lush with vocal harmonies and peppered with jokey asides, “Happy To Say It Again” feels like stepping into Vice and Rodriguez’s private little world. “I spilled my juice on your duvet,” the duo sings in the song’s opening verse. Then, in classic fashion, they pivot with a disarming confession: “I want to love just to love.” The verse concludes with a lyric that feels tossed-off, but may be the most Axel & Lolo line of them all:

“It feels so good to be us.”


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October classical music calendar brings a cat-nappy harpis…


Mahani Teave

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It was not until end of the 20th century that the volcanic Chilean territory of Easter Island in Polynesia received its first piano. So, we can consider pianist Mahani Teave a rare eruption of Western classical music in a place known for its stoic stone monuments. An international tour brings her to Toronto for a program that includes Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov, as well as the Canadian premiere of Alejandro Arevalo’s Suite Rapa Nui, based on the island’s ancient chants. Oct. 1, Koerner Hall, Toronto

Zlatomir Fung

The young American cellist Zlatomir Fung first heard Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 as a preteen, just when he had decided to attempt a career in music. It was a recording of the piece by Mstislav Rostropovich, who premiered it in 1959 and for whom it was written. “Every time I play this piece I remember the joy that comes with discovering this music for the first time and its amazing power,” Fung said this summer before a performance with the Cleveland Orchestra. Hear one of the most demanding pieces of the cello repertoire from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and a wide-eyed phenom of the instrument. Oct. 12, Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Bill Eddins

With orchestras out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American conductor-pianist Bill Eddins found himself with time on his hands instead of a baton. He opened a microbrewery in St. Paul, Minn. – the MetroNOME Brewery, naturally – with a mind to quench thirsts and raise money for music instruments and instruction. Raise a glass to the music director emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, who not only conducts a program but tries out the Winspear Centre’s new harpsichord (named Olga) in a program of double Bach and more. Oct. 12 and 13, Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton

Noel Wan

This summer the Taiwanese-American harpist Noel Wan won an award in Philadelphia for her plucking abilities. Some weeks later, she posted an Instagram video of a housecat resting comfortably on her arm as she practised. You can imagine which of these things received more attention. But what the kitties don’t know, the harp enthusiasts understand – that Wan is not to be slept on. Oct. 14, Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth

Christina Petrowska Quilico

Last week the pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico added the Oskar Morawetz Award for Excellence in Music Performance to a prize portfolio that includes Order of Canada and Order of Ontario memberships and a Royal Society of Canada fellowship. Before her piano top is cluttered with too many trophies, she performs Witold Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in a program titled War and Peace for the Kindred Spirits Orchestra’s season opener. Oct. 21, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham, Ont.

Rachel Fenlon

“Let’s service the music, let’s service the art, and all the other criteria can come second.” An operatic soprano who is also an accomplished pianist, the Berlin-based Canadian Rachel Fenlon has even been known to perform a cycle by George Crumb that involves manipulating the piano’s strings. While she considers that to be performance art, others just see it as an artist passionately following her muse. Oct. 22, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, Lunenburg, N.S.


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76ers’ Fan, 18-Inch Shorter Kevin Hart Gives a 4-Word Warning to 6’8 Jayson Tatum


Superstar comedian and actor Kevin Hart is a die-hard basketball fan. He has participated in several Celebrity All-Star games. Despite his 5’2” stature, Hart has won the Celebrity Game MVP trophy 4 times, which is a record in itself. Hailing from Philadelphia, Kevin Hart is also a fan of the Philadelphia 76ers. So, he was not happy when his team got humiliated in the 2023 Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Boston Celtics.

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Kevin Hart got a chance to confront the man who was responsible for Philadelphia’s early exit from the playoffs, Jayson Tatum. Despite being 18 inches shorter than the 6’8” Celtics Superstar, Hart had a stern warning for him.

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Jayson Tatum was a guest on the latest episode of Kevin Hart’s show Cold as Balls. On the show, Hart confronted Tatum for eliminating his hometown team from the playoffs last season. The Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers in a thrilling 7-game series. Jayson Tatum sealed the deal for the Celtics by putting up a Game 7 record 51 points in the Garden, shattering the Championship dreams of reigning MVP Joel Embiid.

Even though Tatum got the last laugh in that series, Kevin Hard had a stern warning for the Celtics Forward, “One day, Philadelphia will stop you.” The comedian doubled down on his comments, “That day is coming Jason, Winter is Coming.” Hart’s comments were made in fun, considering the format of the show. But that does not mean there was no underlying sense of redemption in his words. The Philadelphia 76ers fans have been told to “Trust the Process” for a long time. However, the team has not found any significant success despite filling their roster with superstars.

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It is Now or Never for the Philadelphia 76ers

After their superstar Joel Embiid won the 2023 Regular season MVP award over Nikola Jokic, 76ers’ fans were hopeful about finally bringing a championship to Philadelphia. Unfortunately, Embiid got injured in the playoffs, and even after his return, he could not perform at the level an MVP is expected to perform. While Tatum dropped 51 points in Game 7 of the Eastern Semis, the reigning MVP scored only 15 points, choking at the biggest stage. Philadelphia fans were left in shock as Joel Embiid and Co. blew a 3-2 series lead to get humiliated in the final two games.

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With Joel Embiid coming off an MVP season, this is the right time for the Philadelphia 76ers to make a run for the NBA title. If they do not at least reach the NBA finals this upcoming season, Joel Embiid might start looking for a team that can help him win his first championship. Many believe next season’s outcome will determine Joel Embiid’s future with the 76ers. Fans are hoping what Kevin Hart is saying comes true, and the 76ers come out of the East to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy.

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Times … and dates: September 28 to October 5, 2023



Stone Bridge Nighthawk Watch

Every evening from Aug. 27 through Oct. 6, from 5:30 p.m. until dusk, the Four Harbors Audubon Society will be tallying migrating Common Nighthawks to better understand nighthawk population trends. Join them at the Stone Bridge at Frank Melville Memorial Park, 1 Old Field Road, Setauket to witness nighthawks as they pass over during their migratory journey to their wintering grounds in Brazil and Argentina. Visit www.4has.org for further details.

Thursday Sept. 28

Vanderbilt lecture

Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport will host Andrew Lipman, Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, for a lecture based on his award-winning book The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast in the Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, members free at www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Native American Drumming

All Souls Parish House, 10 Mill Pond Road, Stony Brook will host an evening of Native American Drumming from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Led by elder drummer, Ric Statler, drumming meditation seeks to integrate the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of the human self, creating a state of well-being. 631-655-7798

Friday Sept. 29

Poets in Port

Northport Arts Coalition continues its Poets in Port series at the First Presbyterian Church, 330 Main St., Northport at 7:30 p.m. Featured poet will be Janet Wade who will speak with the audience about their process. The audience is then encouraged to bring their own poems. Free tickets via www.eventbrite.com.

Friday Night Face Off 

Friday Night Face Off, Long Island’s longest running Improv Comedy Show, returns to Theatre Three’s Second Stage, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson tonight at 11 p.m. Using audience suggestions, FNFO pits two teams of improvisers against each other in an all-out championship! Recommended for ages 16 and up, due to adult content. Tickets are $15 at the door – cash only. 631-928-9100

Saturday Sept. 30

Morning Birdwatch and Architecture Tour

The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport continues its morning Birdwatch and Architecture Tours, led by the Museum’s director of curatorial affairs, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Participants will enjoy the unique opportunity to view the Vanderbilt estate in the early dawn hours when the grounds are closed but the birds are active. Each Birdwatch will feature aspects of the estate’s architectural history while participants view the Vanderbilt’s resident avian species and hear their calls and songs. Sturdy hiking footwear and binoculars are recommended. Tickets are $12 per person, free for members, at www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Car Wash and Fall Plant Sale

St. James Lutheran Church, 230 2nd Ave., St.James will host a BSA Scout Troop 301 Fall fundraiser Car Wash and Fall Plant Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 631-584-5212. 

Fall Yard Sale

Rescheduled from Sept. 23. Join the Yaphank Historical Society for its annual Fall Yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Hawkins House, 4 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank. Featuring a large variety of crafts, collectibles, and household items. Rain date is Oct. 1. 631-924-4803, www.yaphankhistorical.org.

!Estamos! Symposium at the LIM

Join the Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook for a one-day symposium featuring a varied group of artists and scholars with discussion revolving around the exhibition SOMOS/WE ARE: Latinx Artists of Long Island from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration fee is $12 adults, $10 students, seniors, LIM members; optional lunch $12. Register online at www.longislandmuseum.org/events.

Caumsett Hike

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road Huntington hosts a Traditional Nature Walk for adults from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Explore the woods and tall grass meadows of the southern section of the park. $4 per person. Call 631-423- 1770 for reservations.

Port Jefferson Hill Climb 

Rescheduled from Sept. 23.  The Port Jefferson Conservancy will host a re-enactment of the 1910 Hill Climb from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come cheer on antique cars as they  retrace the original Hill Climb course from the Port Jefferson Village Center, 101-A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson to the top of East Broadway followed by a car parade through the village. Gates open at 8 a.m. 631-238-2290, portjeff.com

Farmingville Fall Festival

The Farmingville Residents Association hosts a Fall Festival at its Farmers, Artisans & Friends Marketplace at Triangle Park, Horseblock Road and Woodycrest Drive, Farmingville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 45 vendors selling local produce, handmade and homemade items and flea market treasures, live music and more. Held rain or shine. 631-260-7411

PJS/ Terryville Family Fun Day

Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a Family Fun Day at the Train Car Park, corner of Route 347 and Route 112 in Port Jefferson from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Come celebrate local community, local business and good old family fun with a scarecrow contest, apple pie baking contest and performances by Neu Era Gymnastics, School of Rock and Backstage Studio of Dance. Free admission. 631-821-1313

Fish Hatchery Fall Festival

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor hosts a Fall Festival Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with environmental exhibitors, kid’s fishing, music, games, live animal encounters, food and more. Rain date is Oct. 7. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children. 516-692-6768

Community Wide Yard Sale

Rescheduled from Sept. 23.  Sound Beach Civic Association hosts its 3rd annual Community Wide Yard Sale as well as the second yearly coat drive at the Adopt-A-Spot, 30 New York Ave., Sound Beach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over a dozen households are participating. Stop by to find a hidden treasure and share the warmth with those less fortunate. The Sound Beach Fire Dept. will bring an engine/ambulance and set up a recruitment table as well as have raffle tickets and challenge coins you can buy. 631-744-6952.

Happy Harbor Day

Rescheduled from Sept. 23. The Village of Nissequogue and The Friends of Stony Brook Harbor will host Happy Harbor Day to raise awareness of Stony Brook Harbor from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 555 Long Beach in Nissequogue. The day will include presentations by environmental and marine science experts, an aquarium touch tank, carnival games, music, art contest and more. Free admission. 631-862-7400

Family Fun Day in SB Village

Join the Ward Melville Heritage Organization and the Stony  Brook Fire Department for Family Fun Day in Stony Brook Village along Main Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a Fire Prevention Day and Open House event, touch a truck, vote for your favorite scarecrow, giveaways, raffles and much more. Free. 631-751-2244

Oktoberfest and Vendor Fair

St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church, 4 Woodville Road, Shoreham will hold an Oktoberfest and Vendor Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Do some shopping with vendors and then enjoy traditional German food (sauerbraten dinner, bratwurst) plus pretzels and beer while enjoying traditional music. Dine in or take out. 631-744-7730

Superheroes of the Sky

Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown presents a Superheroes of the Sky event from 11 a.m. to noon. Take a walking tour with Jim while he feeds the Center’s Birds of Prey and tells you about their incredible adaptations that help them survive in the wild. You’ll be seeing and learning about a Bald Eagle, our Turkey Vultures, owls, hawks and many more. Fee is $10 per adult/$5 per child ages 11 and under. Register at www.sweetbriarnc.org.

Fall into Fun Carnival

Heritage Park, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mt. Sinai celebrates the season with a Fall into Fun Carnival today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy rides, games and food in a beautiful park. Fireworks on Sept. 30. Free admission and parking. Pay per ride or purchase a bracelet. www.newtonshows.com, 631-403-4846

Bizarre Bazaar at the CAC

Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington will host the Bizarre Bazaar — a vintage, oddities, art, and alternative market featuring a curated selection from Long Islands best makers, pickers, and artists to kick off the Halloween season from noon to 5 p.m. Vegan food and beverages, treats, and snacks will also be available. The event is free and all ages are welcome. www.cinemaartscentre.org

Basket Raffle & Craft Fair

The Church of the Good Shepherd, 1370 Grundy Avenue, Holbrook will hold its annual Basket Raffle & Craft Fair today from noon to 6 p.m. and Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature holiday décor and crafts, food and home baked goods for sale. Over 200 baskets will be raffled off on Sunday at the close of the Fair. Rain dates are Oct. 7 and 8. 631-588-7689

Northport FD Oktoberfest

Time to raise your steins! Northport Fire Department hosts its 4th annual Oktoberfest at the Fairgrounds at 2 Clipper Dr, Northport from 1 to 6 p.m. Enjoy a day filled with camaraderie, delicious German cuisine, music, and plenty of beer! Held rain or shine. Tickets are $65 at nfdoktoberfest.eventbrite.com

Author Talk at the LIMEHOF

The Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, 97 Main St., Stony Brook welcomes author Steve Matteo for a book signing, discussion and Q&A event moderated by Tony Traguardo of his new book Act Naturally: The Beatles on Film from 3 to 4 p.m. The discussion event is free with general admission ticket purchase. 631-689-5888, www.limusichalloffame.org

Vickie Solomon in concert

Mt. Sinai Congregational Church, 233 North Country Road, Mt. Sinai continues its UCC Steeple Showcase Concert Series with a concert by vocalist Vickie Solomon from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring a chair, a snack and sit back and relax! Concert is in the church parking lot, inside if it is raining. 631-473-1582.

Coram FD Oktoberfest

Coram Fire Department Truck Company’s headquarters, 303 Middle Country Road will host its 16th annual Oktoberfest at 5 p.m. Come and enjoy the best authentic German cuisine while you indulge in a fine selection of ice-cold German beer on tap or sip fine wine with good friends. Live music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Call 631-732-5733.

Sunday Oct. 1

Fall into Fun Carnival

See Sept. 30 listing.

Basket Raffle & Craft Fair

See Sept. 30 listing.

Thunderbird & Ford Car Show

The Long Island Thunderbird Club and Thunderbird Owners of New York present the 17th annual Thunderbird & All Ford Car Show at the Key Food Shopping Center, 58 Indian Head Rd., Kings Park on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Oct. 8. Portion of proceeds benefits Building Homes for Heroes. Free for spectators. 631-724-3756, longislandthunderbirds.godaddysites.com

Soles for All Souls Race 

Ready, get set, go! All Souls Church, 61 Main St., Stony Brook hosts its 15th annual Soles for All Souls 5K Run/2K Walk starting at 9 a.m. Come race or walk through the beautiful tree lined streets of Stony Brook Village. All proceeds from the race will be dedicated to making the church handicapped accessible. Award ceremony with medal presentations and prizes immediately following race. To register, visit active.com or register on the day of the race at the Reboli Center for Art and History, 64 Main St., Stony Brook at 7:30 a.m. 631-655-7798

Lions Club Car Show

Rescheduled from Sept. 24. The Port Jefferson Lions Club invites the community to its 2nd annual judged Car Show at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presented by The Fabulous 50s & 60s Nostalgia Car Club, the event will feature food, music, raffles and vendors with over 14 trophy classes plus  a special people’s choice trophy decided by YOUR vote. Proceeds will sponsor a guide dog for the blind. 631-680-7212

Bead and Jewelry Festival

Truly a jeweler’s dream come true, the Long Island Bead and Jewelry Festival heads to IBEW Local 25 Banquet Center, 370 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nearly every style of bead and stone imaginable will be available for retail and wholesale purchase. Admission is $5. 

St. James Day 

St. James Chamber of Commerce presents St. James Day, a street fair along Lake Avenue in St. James (between Woodlawn and Railroad Avenues) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy festival food, music, vendors, entertainment and much more. 631-584-8510.

Huntington Village Art Walk

The Huntington Village Art Walk, a self-guided tour of the new exhibits at the museums and galleries, in the Village of Huntington, returns from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s Art Walk will feature Huntington Art Center, Huntington Arts Council, Heckscher Museum of Art, Spotlight, Digho Arts, Industry, fotofoto gallery, bj spoke gallery, Huntington Public Library, and Huntington Historical Society. Free admission. No registration required. 631-380-3230, www.heckscher.org.

Evan & James in concert

Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station welcomes Evan & James in concert at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy this local acoustic duo covering classic rock from the 60s and 70s. Open to all. Registration is required as seating is limited. Call 631-928-1212 to reserve your seat.

Monday Oct. 2

SHS Fall Lecture

Join the Smithtown Historical Society for a Fall Lecture at the Frank Brush Barn, 211 E. Main St., Smithtown at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Larry Wolff, an expert on old Hollywood and classic television,  will discuss the facts and fun behind the making of the funniest horror film of all time, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,  and how it was almost never filmed! The presentation will include clips from the film, an autograph, memorabilia and a book display for the audience to peruse. Light refreshments will be served. Free. No registration required. 631-265-6768

Movie Trivia Night at the CAC

Join the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington for a Movie Trivia Night at 8 p.m. Try to answer 50 questions based all around film, actors and actresses, awards, and everything else associated with the world of film. Challenge like-minded film fans in a battle of wits for cash and other prizes. You can form teams, so bring some friends and work together. Feel free to come alone and play solo as well! Hosted by Dan French. Tickets are $10 per person, $7 members at www.cinemaartscentre.org. 631-423-7610.

Country Jukebox concert

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport continues its Special Events series with a Country Jukebox concert at 8 p.m. Rosin up your bow and get ready for a toe-tapping evening filled with the glory of country music stretching from classics of the 1950s all the way up to the hottest contemporary hits with a salute to Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Tammy Wynette, Rascal Flatts, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Carrie Underwood and more. Tickets are $45. 631-261-2900, www.engemantheater.com.

Tuesday Oct. 3

NSJC Social Club event

North Shore Jewish Center Social Club, 385 Old Town Road, Port Jefferson Station invites the community to a concert by FiZ, a guitarist and singer of pop, soul and jazz with a warm mellowing sound, in the Social Hall at 11 a.m. Bagels, cream cheese and coffee will be served. $5 per person, $4 members. 631-928-3737

Forever Simon & Garfunkel

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport continues its Special Events series with a tribute concert to Simon & Garfunkel at 8 p.m. Sean Altman & Jack Skuller of Forever Simon & Garfunkel lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include “The Sound Of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Mrs. Robinson,”and many more. Tickets are $45. 631-261-2900, www.engemantheater.com.

 Wednesday Oct. 4

Cruise Night at The Shoppes

Cruise Nights are back at The Shoppes at East Wind, 5768 Route 25A, Wading River from 5 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 25. Check out the fine array of classic and coveted automobiles from car enthusiasts from across Long Island in The Shoppes parking lot. 631-929-3500

History of PJS and Terryville lecture

Comsewogue Public Library, 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station hosts a program titled What’s In A Name? History of Port Jefferson Station and Terryville at 7 p.m. Join Jack Smith to explore 150 years of local history in the areas of Cumsewogue, Terryville, Echo, and Port Jefferson Station with photos, maps, and more. Open to all. Call 631-928-1212 to reserve your seat.

Thursday Oct. 5
TIME TO SHOP! Celebrate fall at the annual Women’s EXPO at Middle County Public Library in Centereach on Oct. 5. Photo by Heidi Sutton/TBR News Media

Women’s EXPO

Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach presents its annual Women’s EXPO from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A showcase and a marketplace for Long Island women entrepreneurs, the indoor event will feature over 80 exhibitors who create or distribute a variety of products, including jewelry, pottery, soaps, food and more. The indoor event is a great opportunity to support local women entrepreneurs while shopping for holiday gift giving. Free admission. 631-585-9393, www.womensexpoli.org  See more on page B5.

NHS Lecture

Join the Northport Historical Society, 215 Main St., Northport for a lecture titled Coming Out Day with Northport author and artist Greg Fox at 6 p.m. Fox will speak about his experiences in Northport which led to the creation of his widely successful comic series, Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast. Centered around the town of Northport, Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast is the world’s only comic strip about a gay bed and breakfast. Copies of Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served. This is a free event. To register, visit www.northporthistorical.org.

Circus heads to Lake Grove

Cirque Italia opens under the white and blue big top tent at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove tonight at 7:30 and runs through Oct. 15. This high-octane show features master jugglers, low wire fanatics, dazzling contortion, wild trampoline antics, and even a wheel of death! Suitable for all ages. For tickets and more information, visit the box office on site or go to www.cirqueitalia.com. 


‘We Dare to Dream’

The Port Jefferson Documentary Series continues with a screening of We Dare to Dream, about the dramatic challenges faced by refugee athletes who competed for a place in the 2020 Olympic Games, at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Preceded by a special concert featuring pianist and composter Jacqueline Schwab at First United Methodist Church, 603 Main St., Port Jefferson at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker via Zoom will be Director Waad Al-Kateab. Tickets to concert and film are $15; film only is $10 at the door. www.portjeffersondocumentaryseries.com.


‘The Prom’

Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson kicks off its 53rd season with The Prom from Sept. 16 to Oct. 21. As the lights dim on four fading Broadway stars, they wildly seek the spotlight. Courting the controversy surrounding a small-town Indiana prom, the quartet invades a community that wants to keep the party straight. Tickets are $40 adults, $32 seniors, $20 students, $20 children ages 5 to 12. To order, call 631-928-9100 or visit www.theatrethree.com. 


Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown presents Jonathan Larson’s Rent from Sept. 16 to Oct. 22. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, the groundbreaking musical follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians — Roger, Mimi, Tom, Angel, Maureen, Joanne, Benny and Mark — struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $35 adults, $32 seniors, $28 students. To order, call 800-595-4849 or visit www.smithtownpac.org. See review on page B17.

‘Every Brilliant Thing’

Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, in association with Response Crisis Center, presents Every Brilliant Thing, a one-man show starring Jeffrey Sanzel, on the Second Stage from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8. With audience members recruited to take on supporting roles, Every Brilliant Thing is a heart-wrenching, hilarious story of depression and the lengths we will go for those we love. All seats are $20. Fifty percent of the gross proceeds of this production will benefit Response Crisis Center. To order, call 631-928-9100 or visit www.theatrethree.com.


Main stage theater continues at the John W. Engeman Theater with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical from Sept. 14 to Oct. 29. From the chart-topping hits she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing success with Tapestry, the show takes you back to where it all began–and takes you on the ride of a lifetime. Featuring such unforgettable classics as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “So Far Away,” and many more. This Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning show is filled with the songs you remember and a story you’ll never forget. Tickets range from $85 to $95. To order, call 631-261-2900 or visit www.engemantheater.com. 


The Performing Arts Studio, 224 E. Main St., Port Jefferson presents Totally True Things, a solo storytelling show series produced by Lifestage, Inc. that will feature award-winning artists sharing true stories that focus on mental health issues, beginning with Smoker, written and performed by Bob Brader, on Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. John Martin from the Suffolk County Office Of Health Education will join Brader and the show director Suzanne Bachner for a talkback Q&A facilitated by host/producer Jude Treder-Wolff following the performance. Tickets are $20 online at Eventbrite, $25 at the door. 

‘Antigone Now: A Short Drama’

The Theatres at Suffolk County Community College present Antigone Now: A Short Drama by Melissa Cooper in Theatre 119, Islip Arts Building Suffolk County Community College, 533 College Road, Selden on Oct. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. In the midst of a bombed-out city still feeling the aftershocks of war, the rebellious and intense Antigone defies her uncle to bury her disgraced brother. This contemporary response to the myth of Antigone brings powerful, modern prose to an ancient and universal story. *Mature Content  General admission: $15, veterans and students 16 years of age or younger $10. For tickets call 631-451-4163.

Northport One-Act Play Festival

Northport Plays presents the 14th Annual Northport One-Act Play Festival at The Playhouse at St Paul’s, 270 Main St, Northport, from October 6 to 8. Ten new plays will be performed in two different programs. Go to www.NorthportPlays.com for details and tickets. 631-223-8053

‘An Inspector Calls’

Minstrel Players, Houghton Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport presents J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls from Oct. 14 to 22. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. To order, call 516-361-7232 or email [email protected]

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Worthplaying | ‘The Lamplighters League’ Soundtrack By Jon …


Sneak, steal, and shoot your way through a world of pulp adventure in The Lamplighters League! Globetrot across a variety of exciting locales around the world and outwit your enemies in strategic turn-based combat – and, if you play your cards right, you might just save the world.

In this stylish pulp adventure set in an alternate 1933, players master the art of strategy and outsmart the opposition using a diverse lineup of characters and abilities

Players’ choices directly determine the world’s fate – for better or worse.

Harebrained Schemes, the creators of The Shadowrun Trilogy and BATTLETECH, bring you an all-new world set in an alternate 1930s, where a tyrannical cult called the Banished Court stands on the cusp of world domination. For millennia, all that stood between this sinister cabal and their plans was a band of heroic scholars known as the Lamplighters League.

Unfortunately, the best of the best are all gone, so now it’s up to the best of the worst.

Recruit a team of misfits and scoundrels with unique abilities and unforgettable personalities, and chase the Banished Court to the ends of the earth in a mix of real-time infiltration, turn-based tactical combat, and a character-driven story of adventure and intrigue.

Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes released the main theme song and special behind-the-scenes videos exploring the creation of the soundtrack behind The Lamplighters League.

Composed by the award-winning Jon Everest, known for his work on the BattleTech and Shadowrun: Hong Kong scores, The Lamplighters League’s captivating soundtrack amplifies the retro atmosphere and jazz-infused thrill players will experience throughout the game. Jon and his talented team brought the soundtrack to life at the renowned Abbey Road Studios, a premiere destination for film-scoring, including Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Lord of the RingsStar WarsHarry Potter, and many more.

Eager Agents can get a feel for the game ahead of launch by jumping into the free demo tomorrow on Steam and Epic.

Key Features:

  • Control a team of unique, dynamic characters and get to know their signature tactical abilities and roles in the team. Learn their stories and the world they inhabit by taking them on missions – every misfit brings their own style to the fight through unique moves that can turn the tide of combat.
  • Explore a variety of thrilling locales and survey the battlefield before things heat up: sneak past enemies in real-time infiltration gameplay, pick off the stragglers quickly and quietly, and position your squad to get an edge for the fight.
  • Use every advantage and dirty trick your agents have up their sleeves in exciting, turn-based combat. Add advanced abilities, gear, and augmentations to your agents to keep pace with the growing threat of the Banished Court!
  • Chase the Banished Court through an alternate-history world of the 1930s, from dockyards and deserts to jungles both urban and wild. Manage your choices at a global level and try to prevent your enemy from advancing their twisted schemes!
  • Recruit new allies from the best of the worst: scour the globe for outlaws and outcasts and bring them onto your side before the Banished Court catches them first!
  • Every mission earns your team new resources and grows their abilities – but be careful, stress and injury can take their toll!

The Lamplighters League and the Tower at the End of the World is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam) on October 3, 2023.

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Former INXS band promoter Wendell Parnell creates first singalong event West End Vs Broadway at The Camfield


Wendell Parnell has been a drummer, an agent and 1980s band promoter to an enviable list of acts from INXS and John Farnham to Tina Turner.

From looking after their riders to ensuring their dressing rooms were in order, he recalls those days as being more fun than hard work and has many stories he could tell, not that he would.

Now East Perth-based Parnell is turning to his first love — musical theatre — with his company Sing Out Loud hosting its inaugural event West End Vs Broadway at The Camfield on October 27.

“I’m a romantic,” 72-year-old Parnell said.

“That’s why I’ve seen The Phantom of the Opera 52 times. Theatre is where you go and lose yourself for two hours and not worry about anybody else.

Wendell Parnell has created singalong event West End Vs Broadway with his Sing Out Loud venture, to be held at The Camfield, Burswood.
Camera IconWendell Parnell has created singalong event West End Vs Broadway with his Sing Out Loud venture, to be held at The Camfield, Burswood. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

“It’s a wonderful world. It’s not like being at the football where everybody’s screaming around you and you can actually feel the love on stage. And everything’s live, so there’s no second take.”

West End Vs Broadway is the first cab off the rank for Parnell’s company — others in the pipeline include Madonna Vs Kylie Minogue — inspired by the international popularity of similar all-ages singalong events such as the UK’s Massaoke.

“It’s all about getting people together to have a good time,” Parnell said.

“We’re doing it in the beer garden with a big screen, so we’ll put all the words up if you want to sing along to some of the most popular Broadway and West End musicals from the last 20 years.”

Wendell Parnell has created singalong event West End Vs Broadway with his Sing Out Loud venture, to be held at The Camfield, Burswood.
Camera IconWendell Parnell has created singalong event West End Vs Broadway with his Sing Out Loud venture, to be held at The Camfield, Burswood. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

DJ Al Black will spin the set list including music from Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Lion King and more. Former Mod Squad frontman Ian Falk will MC the evening featuring giveaways and a people’s choice award for the best costume.

“I’ll be doing my best singing too and I’m looking forward to seeing people having a good evening,” Parnell said.

“I’m not in the stage of my life where I need a financial reward. This venture is more the heart and not the pocket talking.”

Sing Out Loud presents West End Vs Broadway at The Camfield, Burswood, October 27. Tickets at eventbrite.com.


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Jayson Tatum trolls Kevin Hart by giving him Deuce’s jersey


BOSTON — The Celtics have pretty much owned the 76ers for the last decade. It has given the Celtics bragging rights on the court, and the ability to confidently rag on Philly fans off it.

Case in point: Jayson Tatum absolutely roasted 76ers fan Kevin Hart during his appearance on the comedian’s Cold As Balls show on YouTube. 

The Celtics are among the favorites to win the title in the upcoming season, though Hart being the ardent Philly supporter that he is, told Tatum that the 76ers stand in their way on that quest for a championship.

Tatum, who has won all three of his playoff series against Philly, wasn’t buying it. 

“Do they?” Tatum asked quizzically. “You tell them, ‘Good luck next time.'”

Not bad. It probably didn’t burn as much as Game 7 in last year’s Eastern Conference semis, when Tatum dropped 51 points on Philadelphia to lead the C’s to the East Finals.

But that was not all that Tatum had waiting for Hart. His next burn was in the form of a gift: A Celtics jersey.

It was a Tatum jersey, but not Jayson’s. Tatum broke out a jersey that belongs to his young son, Deuce, for the 5-foot-2 Hart.

“This is my son’s jersey, but they told me it might fit,” Tatum savagely deadpanned to Hart. “And I know how much you love the Celtics.

“This is how I get Deuce dressed in the morning,” Tatum fired off.

Hart, to his credit, was a good sport about it all. He not only put on the jersey, but he thanked Deuce as well.

“It actually doesn’t fit bad. What is that, like a 2T?” Hart asked. “Shoutout to Deuce. Thank you.”

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The Celtics will make two trips to Philadelphia in November. Chances are Hart won’t be wearing his “Deuce” jersey for those, but at least he now has some Celtics green in his wardrobe.


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New York Film Festival 2023


“The unsettled state of the industry is an unavoidable talking point these days, but my hope is that our festival, as it has done through its 61-year history, will serve as a reminder that the art of cinema is in robust health,” said Dennis Lim, the New York Film Festival’s director of programing and chair of the main slate selection committee, in a statement last month accompanying the announcement of the titles that will screen as part of the 61st edition of the esteemed festival. From Hollywood’s double strike chaos, to worries about artificial intelligence, to the ongoing threat that streaming poses to the theatrical model—if there was ever a time when we needed that reminder, it’s now.

While all the features in the main slate this year enjoyed their world premiere earlier in the year at Sundance, Berlinale, Cannes, Toronto, and beyond, many will have their North American premiere at the festival. Among them are the opening night film, May December, Todd Haynes’s melodrama about two women whose personal and professional lines blur as they work on a film based a real-life May-December romance; the centerpiece selection, Priscilla, Sofia Coppola’s film about the relationship between teenage Priscilla Presley and Elvis; Hong Sang-soo’s latest, existentially fraught sketches of life in the realm of the mundane, In Our Day and In Water; and the closing night film, Ferrari, Michael Mann’s biopic of automotive icon Enzo Ferrari.

All but six of the films in the festival’s main slate have distribution, and among the most notable are Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses, a gorgeously novelistic look at the life of a teacher in the wake of him being accused of inappropriate behavior toward a student; Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or-winning Anatomy of a Fall, a riveting treatise on a relationship facing public scrutiny after a German writer is accused of her husband’s murder; Catherine Breillat’s Last Summer, an unwaveringly sober look at a middle-aged woman’s tryst with her teenaged stepson; and Jonathan Glazer’s hypnotically austere adaptation of the late Martin Amis’s Zone of Interest, about a Nazi commandant who lives next to Auschwitz with his family.

Among those returning to the festival with new films are Alice Rohrwacher (La Chimera), Aki Kaurismäki (Fallen Leaves), Hamaguchi Ryûsuke (Evil Does Not Exist), Bertrand Bonello (The Beast), and Wim Wenders (Wim Wenders). But perhaps no return is more anticipated than that of Victor Erice, with his first feature in over three decades, Close Your Eyes, an elegy to cinema that revolves around the mysterious disappearance of a famous actor during a film shoot.

The festival’s noteworthy sidebars include Spotlight, a showcase of the season’s most anticipated and significant films (among them Bradley Cooper’s Maestro, Harmony Korine’s Aggro Dr1ft, Miyazaki Hayao’s The Boy and the Heron, Richard Linklater’s Hit Man, Frederick Wiseman’s Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros, and Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie’s The Curse); Currents, which seeks to place an emphasis on “new and innovative forms and voices,” as proven by such works as Eduardo Williams’s The Human Surge 3, Joanna Arnow’s The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed, and Pham Tien An’s Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell, Pierre Creton’s A Prince, and Rosine Mbakam’s Mambar Pierrette; and Revivals, a generous selection of digitally remastered, restored, and preserved films (among them Manoel de Oliveira’s Abraham’s Valley, Tewfik Saleh’s The Dupes, Nancy Savoca’s Household Saints, Abel Gance’s La Roue, and Jean Renoir’s The Woman on the Beach). Ed Gonzalez

For full reviews of the films in this year’s lineup, click on the links in the capsules below. (Titles will be added across the upcoming weeks.) For a complete schedule of films, screening times, and ticket information, visit Film at Lincoln Center.

About Dry Grasses

About Dry Grasses (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

About Dry Grasses primarily concerns a complaint about transgressive behavior by Samet (Deniz Celiloglu) toward one of his female students, 14-year-old Sevim (Ece Bagci), with whom he’s nurtured a caring bond within an institution where any expression of affection would be fundamentally at odds with its pedagogy and ethos. But Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s novelist’s ability to interweave interlocking narrative layers is such that he keeps the film from ever seeming topical. The institutional drama is only one of Samet’s preoccupations, along with the inability to find an audience for his insightful musings, an outlet for his artistic needs, a remedy for desolation and the suspicion of having botched his existence. Hence the accuracy and pointed irony of the film’s English title. About Dry Grasses is just as much about the harshness of a landscape, which mirrors the spirit of its inhabitants, as it is about a barrage of much more elusive things, rendered tangible by an incredible aesthete’s hands. Diego Semerene

Aggro Dr1ft

Aggro Dr1ft (Harmony Korine)

Harmony Korine’s Aggro Dr1ft cedes control of its images to pure vibes. The film was shot entirely in thermal vision, resulting in a hallucinatory aesthetic of neon colors that simultaneously assaults and seduces the senses. Coupled with an aggressive electronic soundscape, the film is a Miami Vice-on-acid stupor that’s less concerned with antiquated notions of coherent storytelling than in transporting (or perhaps banishing) audiences into another physiological realm altogether. Whether Korine’s vaporwave fever dream actually means anything at all seems beside the point. The totality of Aggro Dr1ft’s audiovisual experience acts like a serotonin shot to the brain the longer one sits with it. It may indeed be the perfect cinematic representation of our current media landscape, adapting to our collective brain rot from being terminally online instead of fighting against it. Mark Hanson

All of Us Strangers

All of Us Strangers (Andrew Haigh)

When focusing on Adam (Andrew Scott) and Harry’s (Paul Mescal) sensual and spiritual connection, Andrew Haigh allows himself to put aside some of the magical realism of All of Us Strangers and rediscover the magic of realism that powered such incisive love stories as Weekend and 45 Years. The seduction leading up to Adam and Harry’s first sexual encounter is as poignant as any scene in Haigh’s filmography. As the two men struggle to find the verbal and physical language to express what they both want but cannot articulate, the scene proceeds with tactile attention to each tentative shift in their demeanor. While no moment that follows is nearly as sensational, Mescal’s extraordinary capacity for empathetic, reactive listening leaves his sections of the film littered with gently accentuating grace notes. Marshall Shaffer

Anatomy of a Fall

Anatomy of a Fall (Justine Triet)

At first, it seems like Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or-winning Anatomy of a Fall may turn into a courtroom spin on Basic Instinct. Like Sharon Stone’s Catherine Tramell, Sandra (Sandra Hüller) is a famous novelist whose books seem to contain troubling portents of the crime she’s accused of. Coupled with her outwardly cold demeanor, the film baits us into thinking she could be a criminal mastermind hiding in plain sight. But as the exhaustive courtroom drama at its center proceeds, it’s clear that Triet’s film has more on its mind than the simple question of Sandra’s innocence or guilt, a position that becomes more or less clear far before the final verdict is handed down. At its best, Anatomy of a Fall is nothing less than a rigorous modern treatise on the knotty interpersonal dynamics of long-term relationships and how conveniently they can be distorted when exposed to public scrutiny. Hanson

The Beast

The Beast (Bertrand Bonello)

We’re all products of our time and circumstance, but how frequently do we push back against the forces—on the beasts both real and imagined—that keep us in anonymizing check? And, having taken such risks, how often do our own stories still end in tragedy? But then again, is the endpoint, our endpoint, the true crux of the matter? A line from Henry James’s 1903 novella The Beast in the Jungle, the loose inspiration for the disquieting The Beast, illuminates what is likely writer-director Bertrand Bonello’s main goal: “It wouldn’t have been failure to be bankrupt, dishonored, pilloried, hanged; it was failure not to be anything.” What the film most acutely captures, as its sprawling canvas expands and contracts before us, is the ceaseless cycle of two people failing to be over several lifetimes, in certain instances because of circumstances beyond their control, and in others because of their own purposeful inertia. Keith Uhlich

La Chimera

La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher)

In Alice Rohrwacher’s La Chimera, though, the importance of time is seemingly felt by everyone, suggesting a great sinkhole beneath the feet of the film’s characters, who make note of the fact that even as they justify their looting of ancient artifacts as reclamation from an extinct people that one day they, too, may be looted by the civilization that takes their place. That all brings a melancholic tinge to a largely satirical film, which ties back to Arthur’s (Josh O’Connor) discontent. Part of his frostiness can be attributed to his past relationship to Beniamina (Yile Vianello). She’s only glimpsed in a series of wistful flashbacks—and they’re so dreamy that one wonders if the woman was ever real. Gradually, she becomes just another ghost in this land of the dead, a sobering reminder to O’Connor’s treasure hunter that even the living become little more than a faint memory of themselves in the places they once called home. Jake Cole

Close Your Eyes

Close Your Eyes (Victor Erice)

After three decades and a smattering of shorts, Close Your Eyes marks Victor Erice’s return to—and reckoning with—feature filmmaking. Its opening scene, set in an ivy-ensnared chateau in rural 1940s France, seems of a piece with the rest of his work: softly lit, prudently edited, and shot on velvety celluloid. Then, suddenly, it ends. This isn’t Close Your Eyes. Rather, it’s an excerpt from The Farewell Gaze, a film-within-a-film that was left unfinished in the early ’90s following the unexplained disappearance of lead actor Julio Arenas (Jose Coronado). In a stark, digitally shot 2012, the film’s aging director, Miguel Garay (Manolo Solo), agrees to take part in a television special about Julio, thrusting himself back into a mystery he’s spent 20 years trying to forget. On its most basic level, Close Your Eyes functions as a stirring detective story. But its true interests lie not in unspooling Julio’s past so much as in reckoning with the ways those connected to him have also, in their own manner, begun fading away. Cole Kronman

The Delinquents

The Delinquents (Rodrigo Moreno)

The best capers are endowed with a professional gambler’s spirit of self-assured play, and this mischievousness is both taken to logical extremes and given a less flashy treatment in Rodrigo Moreno’s The Delinquents. The film constantly toys with its audience, deploying genre cues only to sidestep their expected payoffs and moral resolutions. Whether one interprets the routes that it takes as relatively frivolous fun or serious arthouse theme-making hardly affects the pleasure of watching it. That distinction is just one of many that are defied in a film that treats the very notion of identity like an easily foiled con man. The Delinquents alternatingly dares the viewer to read it as a caper, a moral parable, a comedy of coincidences, and an existential probe. And the confrontation with the meaninglessness of it all is presented with a spirit of levity, with those doing the confronting coming across more like haps than heroes. Pat Brown

Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World

Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World (Radu Jude)

Radu Jude’s Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World presents a nightmare vision of modern life. At the center of it is Angela (Ilinca Manolache), an overworked Uber driver and production assistant who’s tasked with conducting auditions with working-class employees of an Austrian furniture company who were injured on the job. The film’s plot, inasmuch as it has one, ultimately hinges on a man left partially paralyzed in a car-related accident, so it’s fair to say that Jude has vehicles on his mind. His camera observes them as economic necessities, environmental hazards, physical dangers, and, perhaps above all, unsightly detritus cluttering modern cities, embodiments of our dependence on technology. This is a film that listens avidly to what a cross section of ordinary citizens have to say about the war in Ukraine, Putin, Viktor Orbán, Jewish and Romani people, poverty, exploitation, and any other subject that would come up naturally in the course of visiting people in their homes. Seth Katz

Evil Does Not Exist

Evil Does Not Exist (Hamaguchi Ryûsuke)

The forest is a pivotal part of Evil Does Not Exist’s chief setting, Mizubiki Village, a small and isolated countryside community that’s far enough from Tokyo to offer a relief from the clutter and freneticism of city life but close enough to be easily reachable by city folk. Precisely because it’s so beautiful, the community is destined to be gobbled up by developers as a vacation paradise for the wealthy, and Hamaguchi Ryûsuke’s elliptical narrative charts the beginning of this invasion. Curtailing his narratives, seizing up his action, which he foreshadows with the clipped-off score and strange tracking shots, Hamaguchi forces us to reckon with the industrialization of nature—and stew in it. Evil Does Not Exist is a politically engaged act of coitus interruptus, then, though you may not be convinced that Hamaguchi’s new interest in theme over character is a wonderful development in the long run. Preachers are a dime a dozen, while true humanists are as endangered as the woods of Mizubiki Village. Chuck Bowen

Fallen Leaves

Fallen Leaves (Aki Kaurismäki)

Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves is built around crosscutting between two narrative strands. In one, the defeatist Holappa (Jussi Vatanen) tries to hang on to a job sandblasting large metalware while sneaking swigs of vodka. In the other, the headstrong Ansa (Alma Pöysti) contends with bureaucratic nonsense and bad luck at a string of dead-end jobs. The film isn’t particularly complicated, but it’s deeply alert to the sensory pleasures of the world, which is what elevates it above the miserabilism latent in its scenario. And in an amusing tribute from one iconoclastic filmmaker to another, Kaurismäki sets Ansa and Holappa’s first date at a screening of Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, a film that depicts a zombie invasion that brings a bored, anesthetized populace to the brink of extinction. That the budding lovers still leave the theater in a rare state of euphoria indicates Kaurismäki’s abiding belief that not all is lost if art and beauty can still surround us in unlikely places. Carson Lund

The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed

The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed (Joanna Arnow)

In The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed, writer-director-star Joanna Arnow plays Ann, a thirtysomething woman in a long-term BDSM relationship with the much older Allen (Scott Cohen). “I love how you don’t care if I get off,” Ann coos to him at the start of the film. “It’s like I don’t even exist.” While this moment immediately establishing the playful rules of Ann and Allen’s sexual agreement, Arnow also hits on an apt metaphor for the existential crisis of so many modern millennials: that they’re exposed and ignored in an unforgiving social climate still dominated by older generations. In her first feature, Arnow, who speaks in an unwavering deadpan tone throughout, crafts a style that could be described as equal parts Girls and Napoleon Dynamite. Arnow’s dry sense of humor is particularly apparent in the scenes between Ann and Allen, piercing the provocative mystique of a BDSM relationship by displaying their sexual exploits in an exceedingly monotonous way. Hanson


Here (Bas Devos)

Here is as delicate and unobtrusive a film as Bad Devos’s previous cinematic journey through Brussels, Ghost Tropic. The story gently, elliptically slides from setting to setting as Stefan (Stefan Gota), a Romanian construction worker on the cusp of his summer vacation, delivers containers of soup whipped up from the remaining fresh food in his fridge to his friends around town. His journey overlaps and eventually intersects with that of Shuxiu (Liyo Gong), a Chinese-Belgian botanist whose musings on the pseudo-relationship between words and things begins in voiceover some minutes before she actually appears in the film. Establishing a deeper connection with the world appears to be a potential cure for what ails Stefan. Here presents this theme with a modesty that seems to radiate from Stefan himself, offering his world to us through rich, dreamy imagery and with an endearing simplicity. Brown

The Human Surge 3

The Human Surge 3 (Eduardo Williams)

Exhibiting a deliberately fragmentary aesthetic that sought to emulate the context-free disorientation of life mediated through laptops and phone screens, Eduardo Williams’s The Human Surge earned him the Golden Leopard at 2016’s Locarno Film Festival, as well as no small amount of bemusement and scorn from other quarters. The idea that such an obtuse experimental work could have any franchise potential inspired the jokey title of the Argentine filmmaker’s latest effort, The Human Surge 3. Though mostly unrelated to its predecessor, the film shares its jarring, hyperlinked structure and focus on the leisure time and everyday routines of unmoored, underemployed youths in liminal settings around the world. David Robb

In Our Day

In Our Day (Hong Sang-soo)

Hong Sang-soo’s In Our Day is composed of two alternating strands, both pivoting on conversations between artists and their acolytes. The film has no plot in the conventional sense, even by Hong’s spare standards, and the audacious structural gamesmanship of films like Walk Up has been abandoned. In Our Day is meant to feel tossed-off, though Hong’s braiding of scenes—by echoes, symbols, and subjects—is characteristically deliberate. The uninitiated may find In Our Day baffling or uneventful, as inscrutability is a risk that Hong is willing to run for his art, but for the admirer the familiarity of Hong’s subjects and patterns is pleasing and reflective of a working ethos so obsessive that it’s become a life philosophy. Hong keeps chipping away at the mandates of commercial narrative cinema, fashioning a radical cinema aesthetic that abounds in the fleeting observational textures of poetry or journals. Bowen

Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell

Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Tien An)

Compared to his numbed reaction to the present, Thien (Le Phong Vu) finds motivation in retracing the past he left behind when he moved to Saigon, and Pham Tien An’s Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell patiently observes him rekindling prior relationships in his rural hometown, whether checking in with village elders or running into an ex-girlfriend (Nguyen Thi Truc Quynh), who’s since become a nun. One gradually gets the sense that, though the man left his home to get away from a feeling of being suffocated, he feels far more at ease in the realm of nostalgia than he does in the uncertainty of the present moment. Thien may feel cut off from the world, but Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell is deeply in harmony with it, from its masterful sound design that fills in off-screen space with ambient noises, to its observant long takes, to the deference it shows to the wisdom and experience that elders can impart on the young. Cole

In Water

In Water (Hong Sang-soo)

Early on, In Water offers a window into Hong Sang-soo’s astonishingly free working methods. An actor turned aspiring director, Seoung-mo (Shin Seok-ho), scouts an alleyway with his cameraman, Sang-guk (Ha Seong-guk), and actress, Nam-Hee (Kim Seung-yun). Throughout the sequence, Hong shows the audience how he hides his artfulness in plain sight, working In Water’s formal DNA into its very narrative. Such sequences of transcendent minimalism suggest Picasso knocking off a sketch on a piece of paper in a matter of seconds. At times, it’s as if Hong is daring you to call his bluff, contesting whether or not In Water is even a film. Perhaps he even wants us to call him out. And yet, his compositions are hauntingly beautiful. Hong really seems able to make intensely personal cinema out of anything, and perhaps, rather than Picasso, he’s the filmmaking equivalent of the chef who can turn a piece of stale bread, some rotten fruit, and a few odds and ends in the pantry into a revelatory dessert. Bowen


Kidnapped (Marco Bellocchio)

Marco Bellocchio treats the Edgardo Mortara case as an unabashed melodrama, one kept at a stress-inducing simmer with occasional surges of operatic emotion. The key scene comes early, when the freshly abducted Edgardo—played by Enea Sala as a child and Leonardo Maltese as an adult—is loaded onto a boat by his captors. He’s been a screaming wreck up to this point, but as Francesco DiGiacomo’s camera holds on his face, it stiffens into a chillingly opaque expression. Ripped from his familiar life, the young Mortara has become a suggestible non-person, more readily able to be molded by whoever proves to be the prevailing influence. Kidnapped may sometimes tread a little too close to a palatable prestige drama. Yet as in his late-career masterwork, The Traitor, Bellocchio often uses middlebrow signifiers as aesthetic Trojan Horses, lulling his audience just enough so that the physical and psychological violence, when it comes, hits with a brute force that feels equally rooted in cinema and theater. Uhlich

Last Summer

Last Summer (Catherine Breillat)

In Last Summer, Catherine Breillat brings her icy, unwaveringly sober sensibilities to one of the most common of American pop cultural sex fantasies: a teenager’s tryst with a MILF. At their home in the suburbs of Paris, we see Anne (Léa Drucker) with her older husband, Pierre (Olivier Rabourdin), who’s successful but scans as dull and schlubby when compared to his trim and attractive wife. If we know Last Summer’s narrative ahead of time, we may feel as if an equation is being established that’s typical of older-woman, younger-man sex fantasies: that a boring husband gives a wife license to get her groove back elsewhere. But we’d be wrong. Elsewhere, Breillat doesn’t mar the realtionship between Ann and Théo (Samuel Kircher), Pierre’s 17-year-old son, in the harlequin clichés a daydream. The reality of this situation is always compacted by Breillat’s committed and very pointed objectivity. No one in Last Summer is sentimentalized, and Breillat denies neither the ickiness of this affair nor its potential pull. Bowen


Music (Angela Schanelec)

Crudely summarized, Music is a modern re-telling of Oedipus Rex. Angela Schanelec composes her shots with a beautiful but harsh precision, holding them longer than even the contemporary masters of slow cinema, but the primary action always seems to be just off screen, either spatially or temporally. In fact, the most impressive component of this style is how much she’s able to get the viewer to piece together, and how captivating it can all be. It’s as if she wants us to play the absent film in our head during the long stretches of silence that begin and end virtually every shot. We’re invited not just to draw the connections between the events of the film and the Oedipus myth, but also to read between the lines, to infer story from indirect signifiers. Initially, more than mere fun, this makes for surprisingly affecting storytelling, but once you’ve figured out how to play, the game begins to feel a bit, well, ancient. Brown

Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros

Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros (Frederick Wiseman)

In Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros, Frederick Wiseman settles into a three-star Michelin eatery in Roanne, France, and unearths another of his temples of contemplation. In a kitchen populated by working-class heroes looking to prove themselves, hysterics might seem inevitable, but here the chefs and other artists and technicians seem to take their brilliance as a given, seeking to coax it to its fullest expression. The sophisticated feng shui of La Maison Troisgros meshes intimately with Wiseman’s beautifully lucid long takes, and the filmmaker is alive to the class tensions that separate La Maison Troisgros’s kitchen from that of a less rarefied restaurant. Wiseman has made a career documenting class in various social systems, but he allows such differences to remain implicit. An artist himself, Wiseman is less interested in landing classist broadsides than in honoring the internal biorhythms of the realm surrounding him. Bowen

Perfect Days

Perfect Days (Wim Wenders)

With Perfect Days, Wim Wenders aims for simplicity, following a middle-aged man, Hirayama (Yakusho Kôji), as he goes about his day cleaning Tokyo’s toilets, taking pictures of trees, listening to American rock, reading classic literature, and savoring the humble sources of day-to-day affirmation that we tend to take for granted. The film wants to be an invitingly human movie that homes in intensely on the little moments of a man’s life so as to unearth universal truths. A few scenes late in Perfect Days hint at trauma that Hirayama may be suppressing, but Wenders generally sees him as a man without warts. He does nothing that would disrupt the filmmaker’s fetishizing of his immaculate grace. In other words, Wenders hasn’t quite escaped one of his straitjackets: characters that scan only as symbols. There’s even something cutesy and self-congratulatory about an act as simple as how Hirayama drinks ice water after work at his favorite restaurant—yet another testament to the man’s purity. Bowen

The Shadowless Tower

The Shadowless Tower (Zhang Lu)

Zhang Lu, who was an established novelist before pursuing filmmaking, handles the parallels between his characters’ out-of-time-ness and the cultural confusion of an evolving state with literary finesse. Moments of contemplative silence between Gu Wentong (Xin Balqing), a divorced father whose life has settled into a dispassionate existence, and Ouyang Wenhui (Hung Yao), a young photographer, take the place of what might have been internal monologues or omniscient third-person narration on the page, letting the nonverbal gestures speak to the film’s ideas. These characters are often framed in doorframes and windows, or reflected in mirrors—subtle indications of how they always feel on the precipice of performing an action that never fully takes place. The Shadowless Tower spends much of its 140-minute neck-deep in ennui, but the tentative efforts at rapprochement between Wentong and his father (Tian Zhuangzhuang) belatedly justify the inviting warmth of Piao Songri’s cinematography as an undercurrent of hope that refuses to accept alienation as a permanent condition of contemporary life. Cole

Strange Way of Life

Strange Way of Life (Pedro Almodóvar)

Strange Way of Life feels tame and flat, given that this was Pedro Almodóvar’s chance to turn the western inside out in his unique way. His penchant for eye-catching production design has often helped him play with the tropes of melodrama, noir, and sex comedy—the sets elaborating upon the director’s goals in exploring how genre is shaped by material space. But this short has no such desire to tinker with how color influences our perception of what a western is or looks like. If the history of the queer western is built on innuendo and a certain kind of subversion, and Almodóvar’s specialty is deranging genre itself, it’s frustrating to encounter something like this that doesn’t take advantage of interrogating the literalism of “queering the western” itself and what that ethos means. The western, with its anxieties about masculinity, modernity, and the natural, is as perfect a place to find the danger of desire blister beneath the desert sun. But Strange Way of Life ends up as unremarkable as any clay-colored rock. Kyle Turner

The Sweet East

The Sweet East (Sean Price Williams)

It’s not much of a spoiler to say that the final image of Sean Price Williams’s solo feature directorial debut, The Sweet East, is that of Lillian (Talia Ryder) nonchalantly strolling toward and past the camera, a smirk on her face. That’s effectively the whole vibe of the film, an odyssey that traipses through the world of white supremacist academics, PizzaGate conspiracy theorists, self-satisfied filmmakers, mixed-media artists of questionable talent, and religious zealots. For all the tactility of Price Williams’s cinematography, the film is pretty fuzzy on what it wants its national tour of brainless dogma to mean. Lilian drifts from milieu to milieu, sometimes without a phone, sometimes with an ambition of what kind of person she wants to transform into, sometimes with her eye on whatever platform can surveil her at any given moment. But seldom with enough cohesion to pass the movie off as a character study of someone living in, as playwright Matthew Gasda would call it, “the dumbest of times.” Turner

Youth (Spring)

Youth (Spring) (Wang Bing)

Whereas Wang Bing’s 15 Hours seems very much designed to be absorbed in sections in a gallery setting, and Bitter Money scanned as a bleaker portrait of capitalist exploitation, Youth (Spring)’s immersion in the social culture of textile laborers projects mainly a sense of buoyancy and curiosity. An assortment of Mando-pop songs play over tinny speakers as Wang’s subjects engage in both synchronized and syncopated labor, their choreographed hands dancing around sewing machine needles. During these sequences, and without any overt aestheticization, the film sometimes takes on the feel of a movie musical. There’s a tension at work here between mechanical, collective labor and the expression of individualism, which seems continually catalyzed by the musical accompaniment—not only in that it causes workers to break their stoical facades to sing along, but also because the music’s romantic narratives seem to spur the little flirtations and courtships that unfold in front of us on the factory floor. Sam C. Mac

The Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest (Jonathan Glazer)

Rather than put gruesome imagery of death and cruelty front and center on screen throughout Zone of Interest, Jonathan Glazer uses the film’s grueling sound design to represent the unfathomable scope of Nazi Germany’s crimes. It’s an aural hell punctuated by rhythmic interludes, courtesy of frequent collaborator Mica Levi, that suggests a dance party in Dante’s Inferno. To heighten the disturbing mood, Lukasz Zal’s camera often places a character in the dead center of the frame, and dollies alongside them as they walk to and fro, channeling the lockstep behind Adolf Hitler. Otherwise, though, it plays the stable voyeur with a lens angle just wide enough to feel unreal. This is no simple political message movie, nor is it even a portrait of one of the most horrific moments in history. Instead, The Zone of Interest is the hellish counterpart to The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, another film about the soulless march of the careerist’s life. Only in Glazer’s version, the march is a goose step. Zach Lewis


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