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Gale Force Gatherings

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On June - 5 - 2009

Frederic Dechnik Laure Heriard Dubreuil Iran Issa Khan Nicola Siervo and Sam RobinHurricane season kicked off this week, bringing with it storms and sweltering weather and putting the kibosh on many an outdoor event.   But even the rain and extreme heat could not keep celebs, athletes and VIPs away from the Eden Roc Hotel on Friday night, where Cindy Taylor and all-pro Redskins football player, Santana Moss, celebrated A Night at the Eden Roc: Reloading Life through the World of Fashion which featured  Frederick’s of Hollywood and Bullets 4 Peace fashion shows.  For a little while, the party seemed a bit “cash bar,” being that guests had to actually pay for their drinks, which were not included in the ticket price, but as temperatures heated up poolside, the event became downright scorching, once the fashion shows began, thanks to models strutting down the floating runway wearing next to nothing.  After the Frederick’s of Hollywood show, actor Steven Bauer addressed the crowd, channeling Sylvester Stallone at the end of Rocky IV, (when he gives the inspirational speech to the Russians- If I can change, and you can change…blah…blah…blah) mumbling about his new show, the Santana Moss foundation and Bullets 4 Peace, we think, as he was virtually unintelligible.  Next came one of the most unusual and visually stunning shows we’ve had the pleasure of watching, as designer Raffi Anteby presented his jewelry collection, Bullets 4 Peace, in which he uses actual bullet casings to create unique works of art.  Instead of the casings being recycled into new bullets, used for destruction, they are artistically revamped with silver and precious stones, promoting “peace” through fashion.  It’s a stretch, but we’ll take it.  What was unusual about the show, which began with shirtless buff boys in combat gear, carrying fake semi-automatic weapons, was that the models were completely naked, except for a tiny g-string, patent leather boots and the jewelry.  Each model’s body was painted to match the unique design of the piece of jewelry she was wearing.  Towards the end of the show, the “soldier boys” made a reappearance, only to be thrown into the pool by the body-painted girls- peace wins! Get it?  Afterward, Anteby presented the adorable Santana Moss with an original piece and the airbrushed models, along with Anteby and Cindy Taylor sang Happy Birthday to Moss, who was celebrating his 30th.   Guests at the bash included Academy Award-winning actor, Lou Gossett Jr., New York Giant, Sinorice Moss, designer, Donald Pliner and his wife Lisa, designer Lei Marco, Michele Pommier, and the Eden Roc’s David Siguaw.  Proceeds from the event benefitted the Santana Moss Foundation, which brings awareness economically disadvantaged communities in South Florida, and around the country, while working to enrich the lives of children and families in these communities through education, health and sports initiatives.

While showing off items which actually cover the human body, The Webster drew quite the VIP crowd to its grand opening on Monday.  With a caviar café and three floors of stunning clothes and accessories for women and men, the Webster inaugurated its permanent locale with a soiree that was more bash than boutique opening.  It seemed everyone we’ve ever met anywhere (with the exception of those traveling abroad) braved the elements and slippery steps to celebrate and marvel at the pricey designer duds.  The party was only supposed to go until nine, but was still hopping after ten o’clock, due perhaps to the free flowing Grey Goose and the “Webster Cocktails” (a mix of vodka, champagne, and Remy Cointreau violets and pearls), and the fact that it was actually indoors, where temperatures are actually bearable. Among the many notable guests at the Webster grand opening: Lennox Louis, Aaron Young, Louis Morais, Danny Santiago, Nathan Browning and Rebecca de Ravenel, Red Carter, Markus Ketty, Craig Robins, Iran Issa Khan, Sam Robin, Louis Aguirre, Michy and Leticia Grendene, Jonathan and Criselda Breene, Shareef Malnik, Ugo Colombo, Gary and Dana Shear, Robert Wennet and Mario Cader-Frech, Nicole Lozano, Michelle Areces-Zandy, Ariel Stein, Hernan Arriaga, Gigi Ganatra and Alex Duff, Tommy and Michelle Pooch, Donald and Lisa Pliner, Jillian Jacobsen-Altit, Alejandro Chaban, Cynthia Olavaria, Kevin and Rebecca Bruk, Tony Goldman, Mehmet Bayraktar, Ricardo Dunin and Stefanie de la O, Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque, Walid & Susie Wahab, Brooke Soffer, Andrea Aberegg,  Laura Bucellati, Alison and Mark Zhuk, Sanford Ziff, Hello Campos, Dr. Julio Gallo, and Kelly Gold.

Summer Steals:

Throughout the month of June, Club 50 at Viceroy Miami will continue hosting Art Viceroy, this summer’s free weekly Tuesday night series which presents local artists in the disciplines of video, performance, sculptural and installation art. Guests are invited to take in the sweeping views of downtown Miami, sip cocktails from Ruinart and mingle as they enjoy the art.  Next Tuesday, June 9, will feature the work of Argentine graphic artist, Karin Garcia, who incorporates characteristic decoupage design combinations to transform tired furnishings into dramatic treasures. On June 16, video artist Venessa Monokian will showcase her work.

For a local healthy and economical option, check out Canyon Ranch Grill’s “Nourish” prix-fixe menu series which will focus on heart health during the month of June but will feature a different health topic each month. The $36 per person menu is a bargain and includes dishes teeming with antioxidants, fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, and other anti-inflammatory ingredients that are essential for decreasing risk of heart disease.

Another great deal for those of us who are in stone crab withdrawal and seeking another crustacean on which to feast is Smith and Wollensky’s annual Summer Lobster Special, which runs through Labor Day, and includes a slew of menu items prepared with fresh Maine lobster, including an amazing offering of a 2.5 pounder for only $39.  The menu kind of reads like a scene out of the movie Forrest Gump, lobster salad, lobster Mac & Cheese, lobster soup, lobster mashed potatoes…

Celebrity sightings:
Brooke Shields was seen shopping at the Inca boutique at the Gansevoort South last week.  Matt Damon partied at LIV on Saturday night.  Latin singer, Paulina Rubio shot a cover for Glamour Latin America at Icon Brickell and dined at Donatella Arpaia and Chef Michael Psilakis’ Eos restaurant at the Viceroy with a group of ten, including her mother, Mexican actress, Susana Dosamantes.  Rubio looked stunning in her red gown at the Heart Deco Ball at the Eden Roc on Saturday night.

Summer-itis

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 29 - 2009

Danielle Hernandez, Fabian Basabe, Shari Liu, Rene Ruiz, & friendsSummer is officially here, time to bring out the white sandals, up the ante on the anti-frizz products, increase the SPF and put away all your black clothing in exchange for some cooler, brighter duds.  While summer typically signifies a time to unwind, take-off and recover from the many wild antics of the non-stop social season, this summer is throwing us a bit of a curve, in that there are still restaurant, club and store openings and fabulous events to attend, making it seem that like our year-round summer weather, the social season is, well, endless.  For those of us lucky enough to live in the city where most people vacation, there are also a few summer steals of which to take advantage.
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Bands, Baubles, Broadway, Burgers and Babes on Boats

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 25 - 2009

Band from TV Makes a Splash at Shore Club

Big on enthusiasm and actual musical talent, The Band from TV, comprised of Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Teri Hatcher, James Denton, Bob Guiney and Jesse Spencer along with Louise Griffiths (model/actress) rocked the Shore Club Saturday night with their garage band antics, and to quote Paula Abdul from American Idol, “really had fun up there and made the songs their own.” The Band’s energy was evidently contagious, as the packed crowd jumped, sang, danced and shouted requests. Audience favorites included: The Who’s Teenage Wasteland, Kid Rock’s All Summer Long, Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas, and Bruce Springsteen’s version of Presley’s Pink Cadillac, The Charlie Daniels Band’s The Devil Went down to Georgia and to end, Twist It (Shake Your Tail feather) from the Blues Brothers. Teri Hatcher, who sang her heart out and was joined by her daughter onstage, was hot, literally, ending her performance with a dive into the pool. Other band mates followed her lead, ending the concert with a splash. All proceeds from the evening went to the band members’ favorite charities.

Tea, Trump and Crumpets

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump

On Sunday, the PlayGround Theater hosted a whimsical afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Lucky guests of all ages were greeted by fairytale characters from Inanna and the Huluppu Tree as they approached the ballroom, which was transformed into a scene out of a child’s story book by event planner extraordinaire, Barton G. The charismatic, Belkys Nerey served as Mistress of Ceremonies throughout the tea, which included an auction, children’s fashion show, raffle, jewelry making and a photo booth. A flawless Ivanka Trump served as honorary chairperson of the theater’s fifth anniversary celebration during which she showcased her eponymous jewelry collection, with fifteen percent of sales proceeds going towards the theater. More like “Trump change” than “chump change,” being that our favorite cuff goes for $180,000!

 

Meat me in New York

8 oz. Burger Bar, rapidly becoming an addictive South Beach staple, (responsible for many a late-night, post-indulgence, walk of shame), was featured on NBC’s Today Show on Monday. Michael Blum did a cooking demonstration along with NBC host and expert griller, Al
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Music and Passion: Always in Fashion

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 21 - 2009

As Barry Manilow proclaimed in his timeless disco hit, Copacabana,katy-perry2 music and passion are always in fashion- especially on South Beach.  If you’ve been reading the headlines this week, there have been lots of controversial reports about unbridled passion, Thorn Birds style, but this is not that kind of column, (o.k., sometimes it is) so instead, we will focus on those with a passion for music, who truly got their fill this week, thanks to terrific concerts and music bashes courtesy of Wyclef Jean, Katy Perry, Blake Lewis, Crazy Pianos and the New World Symphony, and whose cups shall runneth over this weekend, as the Band from T.V. takes over the Shore Club this Saturday. 

 T-Mobile pulled out all the stops by sponsoring the Grammy Celebration Concert last Thursday night at the Fillmore starring Wyclef Jean and Kerry Perry, during which lucky guests enjoyed open bars, hors d’ oeuvres, give-a-ways, a photo booth and a night of incredible performances. Prior to the concert, American Idol finalist, Blake Lewis, got the party going by spinning great music and beat boxing for the excited crowd.  Wyclef Jean took to the stage and performed a knock-out concert of over ten songs.  Jean demonstrated his musical diversity, singing everything from No, Woman, No Cry, to Staying Alive to Carnaval and even doing a rap version of Guantanamera before lunging into the audience.  His show also included a song he wrote about President Obama and a tribute to Celia Cruz, during which he shouted, “If you love Celia Cruz raise your phones up.”   There’s a new one! At one point, Jean played the electric guitar with his tongue, leaving the women in the audience thinking, “If he’s that good on the guitar, imagine what he can do on the ‘organ’.”  Jean garnered respect from the whole crowd, who screamed and sang along throughout his hour and a half long concert. There was a lull between performances, thanks to Katy Perry, the Betty-Boop-faced songstress with an affinity for cherry chapstick, who kept the crowd waiting for two hours due to “back pain.”  Once Perry finally arrived, she apologized and performed crowd favorites, Waking up in Vegas, Hot and Cold, One of the Boys and, of course, I Kissed a Girl, during which she picked up a gigantic inflatable red lipstick and flung it around on stage.

 On the same night, designer label, Diesel, fueled a great party at the Moore Building for the launch of its new fragrance, Only the Brave. On hand for the festivities, which featured three floors of music and art work:  NBA All-star, Tim Hardaway, supermodel/celebrity DJ, Eve Salvail, Diesel CEO Steve Birkhold, designer, Monica Esposito, and 500 local socialites including, Matt Heien, Sale Stojanovoc, Erin Newberg, and Augie Lasseter, to name a few.  According to Heien, “It truly was ‘only for the brave’ – In order to get a drink you had to order while standing underneath hundreds of razor sharp scissors hanging over your head!”

On Wednesday night, Crazy Pianos, Coconut Grove’s new dueling piano bar and restaurant, debuted in the former Café Tu Tu Tango space in Cocowalk.  While similar in concept to the old Grove haunt, Howl at the Moon, Crazy Pianos is larger and classier and actually serves delicious food.  Last week’s grand opening marked the Netherlands-based company’s first venue in the United States, during which piano masters, Stevie B and Orin Sands tickled the ivories at two, cherry-red baby grand pianos until 3:00 a.m. Crazy Pianos owners invested more than $5 million into the place, including half a million dollars for the sound system alone. Crazy Pianos is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.  At 10:00 p.m., Crazy Pianos morphs into a late night club venue for adults 21 and over featuring live performances based on special requests from the audience.  For more information, go to www.crazypianos.com or call (305) 567-2462.

Friends of the New World Symphony, hosted a two-hour music festival on Saturday evening, entitled Symphony and Mystery, which featured performances by NWS fellows showcasing the works of Sam Hyken as well as a set by The Mysterytones, a seven-piece funk, rhythm and blues band, alongside DJ, JJ Neil.

As previously mentioned, another awesome music bash takes place this Saturday night, May 16, at the Shore Club, as the Band From T.V., comprised of you guessed it, T.V. stars, including Desperate Housewives’ on-again-off-again adorable couple, James Denton and Teri Hatcher; Heroes’ stars, Adrian Pasdar and Greg Grunberg, The Bachelor and TLC’s Date My House’s, Bob Guiney, The Office’s, Melora Hardin, and House’s Jesse Spencer take to the stage for the first time ever, for the Concert for Charity, to benefit the following charities: Epilepsy Foundation, Miami Children’s Hospital, Art of Elysium, Conservation Fund, Indian University-Kenya Partnership, Rush Medical Center-Pediatric Epilepsy Unit, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The Band from T.V. has become an international sensation, with a #1 hit CD/DVD on Amazon.com.  The event starts at 7:30 with a VIP reception with the band and the concert begins at 9:00 p.m.  General admission tickets have been reduced to $50.00 and VIP tickets are selling fast for $175.00. To get yours, call 800-745-3000 or purchase online at Ticketmaster.com.  Make sure to check out the band at www.Bandfromtv.org.

More Good Times for Great Causes

Mad About Tea

Even if your idea of tea is named after Long Island and involves six different liquors and you have no idea what a crumpet is, (neither do we) make some time on Sunday, May 17, for the PlayGround Theatre’s Tea at the Ritz with “celebu-mogul,” Ivanka Trump, who is this year’s honorary chair.  WSVN-7’s anchor, Belkys Nerey, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and Barton G. will produce the party, which includes a children’s fashion show, performances and lots of fun activities for the whole family. The festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. at the South Beach Ritz Carlton Hotel

Prior to Sunday’s tea, Ivanka Trump will present two trunk shows of her eponymous collection of diamond jewelry.  The first show takes place on Friday, May 15, at the Palazzo on Palm Island and the second will be held on Saturday May 16, at the Gables home of Lydia Touzet.  For tickets and more information about the Tea and Trunk Shows, contact (305) 751-9550 ext. 223; Fax (305) 751-9556; E-mail: judy@theplaygroundtheatre.com; or visit www.theplaygroundtheatre.com.

N.K.B. for S.G.K.

It appears that the New Kids on the Block, NKB, (yes, the 80s boy band- who insist on still calling themselves “kids” despite being in their 40s) will host NKB fav, Danny Wood’s birthday celebration at LIV on May 14.  While originally we thought the band should be called, New Kids on the Schlock, we’ve got to give the “boys” props, since proceeds from the event go to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Opening this Weekend:

This Friday, the folks who brought you Crobar, invite you to “get off” at Exit 66, their latest beachside club, located at 219 Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.  Earlier this week, two thousand lucky “VIPs” received a motel key, attached to a kitschy red plastic key chain, entitling them to all kinds of benefits, including free admission, guaranteed entry with no waiting and promotions on special events and concert tickets.  Exit 66 kicks off this weekend with party on Friday at 9:00 p.m. and another bash on Saturday, hosted by 944 Magazine.  For more information, contact (954) 357-9981.

Celebrity Sightings:

Nicole Richie inaugurated her jewelry collection, House of Harlow, at the Fontainebleau last Wednesday, alongside her beau, Joel Madden, and notable guests, Katrina Kampins and Ingrid Casares. On Friday, American film director, Spike Lee, was spotted dining at Area 31.  At Saturday night’s Miami Beach Chamber Gala, celebrities included George Hamilton, who served as Master of Ceremonies and Elle McPherson, who accompanied honoree, Jeff SofferAlonzo and Tracy Mourning were also honored.  Dennis Rodman and his posse dined and reportedly dashed at Phillipe Chow at the Gansevoort over the weekend, Rodman will celebrate his birthday on Saturday at Pangea at the Hard Rock.  Matt Damon, his wife, Lucia and daughters enjoyed Mother’s Day brunch at Smith and Wollensky on Sunday afternoon. Emilio Estefan power- lunched at Abokado in Mary Brickell Village on Monday.

 

 

 

 

Hot Mama- Morton that Is

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 20 - 2009

sofia-vergara-5-09-resizedSofia Vergara made a pit stop at the Adrienne Arsht center on Monday to promote the upcoming Miami engagement of the Tony award-winning Broadway smash-hit musical, Chicago, in which she will “razzle dazzle” audiences from May 26-31. The sultry Colombian model/actress/TV personality, who has graced over 100 magazine covers, and was once tied to controversial South Beach club impresario, Chris Paciello, will play the role of Mama Morton in the musical, (Queen Latifah’s role in the movie). Yes, you read correctly. Being that Vergara, dubbed “Sofia Viagra” is a dead ringer for Catherine Zeta Jones, we think she should have been cast as the lead, but the producers thought otherwise. About the role, Vergara mused that she had to bring a Latin side to Mama Morton, being that she “cannot escape her Spanish accent.” Vergara graciously posed for photographs and gave multiple interviews, during which she discussed her involvement with the musical, explaining that she had always wanted to be on stage, acting and singing and that instead of starting small, she thought, “Broadway, why not? What’s the worst that could happen? They think I’m terrible?” It was her 17 year old son, Manolo, who urged her to audition and who was the first, of many men, to give her flowers on opening night. When asked her advice for Miami women, Vergara joked, “Get lots of plastic surgery,” but then added, “Drink lots of water and moisturize.” In just about every interview, Vergara explained how much she loves being in Miami and that she feels right at home here.

Beach Balls

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 7 - 2009

Louis Aguirre and Erin Newberg.jpgFor those of us who, um, misplaced, our invitation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Saturday’s Fashion Art Ball (F.A.B.) hosted by Michelle and Tommy Pooch and Alan Roth was the party of the week. We like to consider this the un-gala- since it’s a ball that’s, well, a ball! Think of it as fancy fundraiser meets frat party.

Upon entering the ballroom at the Fontainebleau, guests were greeted by ten-foot mannequins, perched atop pedestals, composed of hundreds of tropical flowers, decorating the extensive silent auction tables and food stations including delicious bites from Pacific Time, Red, the Steakhouse Table 8, Gaia, Taverna Opa and Ra Sushi. Then there was the seemingly endless array of desserts, tempting even the staunchest dieters, from the Fontainebleau’s pastry shop. Down on the main floor is where things started to get a bit wild, with Deco Drive’s Louis Aguirre and Buster on the microphones as Gen Art winning Krel To Go designer/ Make Me a Supermodel’s, Karelle Levy, proceeded to create a dress onstage for Plum T.V. hostess, Erin Newberg, who was already wearing a stunning, gold Krel creation. The frat party antics began thanks to a Girls Gone Wild!wardrobe malfunction,” courtesy of the buxom Newberg- (step aside, Bettie Paige), and continued with the Legends on The Runway show, featuring a bevy of South Beach nightlife impresarios and personalities, following the elegant women’s runway show, which showcased trends from Atrium, Roberto Cavalli, Ondade Mar Swimwear, and Luca Luca. Whereas the women’s show was stylish and sophisticated, culminating with Michelle Pooch alongside her adorable daughter, aspiring supermodel, Isabella Pooch, the Legends on the Runway show was a whole other story. Sure, the fashions were stylish, and the show started off fairly professional, with seasoned runway pros, such as Eric Milon and Laurent Bourgade, on the catwalk, but things quickly turned wild, with crazy dance moves, wedgies being given, DJ Irie being pushed off the runway and Beau Beasley being carried away, literally, as the crowd cheered and applauded. After the guys finished on the runway and a special performance by R&B legend, Joe, there was a good old-fashioned fraternity hazing ritual, courtesy of DJ Irie, who offered to donate $3,000.00 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in exchange for Alan Roth’s hair, yes, hair. The generous Roth agreed, and Irie actually shaved Roth’s head right onstage. Then Irie offered an extra five hundred bucks for Roth’s eyebrows. That’s when Roth’s girlfriend, Anne Owen, stepped in- thank goodness. All in all, it was a great night, which raised $70, 000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

Polo Tropical

A completely different type of ball hit the beach over the weekend as models with mallets took to our sands for the Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious polo tournament. It seems the “sport of kings” is also the “sport of queens,” since for the first year women’s polo graced South Beach, with Matti Bower, Miami Beach’s first female mayor, throwing the honorary first ball, to kick of the matches featuring world-renowned, top-ranking female polo star, Sunny Hale, and Brazilian cover models, Paula Chermont and Tiffany Busch (along with 22 of the world’s top-ranking female polo players) stunned on-lookers with their precision and prowess- not to mention incredible balance and fierce competitive spirit. Hell hath no fury like a gorgeous woman on a horse- remember Lady Godiva? Now imagine her in a cute outfit with a mallet in hand! Eye candy and star power were also provided by the men’s teams, as top ranking polo player/Ralph Lauren model, Nacho Figueras, joined returning champ Kris Kampsen and Isabella Wolf (an 18 year-old polo star who filled in for an injured player) on the Nespresso team, which fought fiercely for the trophy against the Bombay Sapphire team, which ultimately won the title 6-5 in the last seconds of the final chukker. A slew of Miami’s elite, young and old gathered on the sand behind the Setai for four days of sun, sand, snacks, cocktails and polo including local celebrity chef Jeff McInnis from Top Chef, Apprentice champ, Sean Yazbeck, Nicole Henry, Cleveland Jones, Commissioner De la Pena, Iran Issa Khan, and Sam Robin, to name a few. The soon to open, W Hotel, Nespresso, Grey Goose, and Bombay Sapphire were among the top sponsors, who kept the good times rolling.

Coming Up:

The 3rd Annual YMCA Casino Night will host a Bond-themed bash on Saturday, at 8:00, at . Several local celebrity players including, Kelly Craig (NBC 6), Diana Gonzalez (NBC 6), Cynthia Demos (CBS 4), Will Manso (WPLG 10), Willard Shepard (NBC 6), Marybel Rodriguez (CBS 4), Mercedes Soler, author and Mega Estrella winner, Sophia Del Carmen will join guests in a night full of fun and big stakes at the Poker, Roulette, Craps and Black Jack tables. RA sushi will provide dinner by the bite, and Grey Goose vodka will sponsor the sips. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Julie Wagner at 305-254-0310 ext. 1204 or email at jwagner@ymcamiami.org.

Celebrity sightings:

George Clooney, has set up camp at the Delano and has been spotted all over the place, including cameos at Florida Room, Quattro and Mokai. Lance Bass celebrated his birthday on Friday at the Mondrian. Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa in town all week shooting Regis and Kelly at the Fontainebleau, have also been making their rounds. Regis attended a Marlin’s game, and Kelly took her husband and children to the Miami Seaquarium and Jungle Island, where Jimmy Buffet stopped by last week. Nicole Richie was at the Fontainebleau Wednesday night for the launch of her jewelry line, House of Harlow 1960. Former NBA star/recently appointed basketball coach of the FIU Golden Panthers, Isaiah Thomas had dinner at RA Sushi in South Miami. Katy Perry and Wyclef Jean are in town for the Grammy Celebration Concert Tour at the Fillmore scheduled for Thursday.

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