National Urban League Headquarters + Civil Rights Museum Coming to Harlem

 

 

 

The state’s development corporation is planning to break ground on a 17-story mixed-use building to house New York’s first civil rights museum and the National Urban League’s new headquarters near the Adam Clayton Powell office building on 125th St., and will include at least 170 units of affordable housing, as well as office space and an Urban League conference center.

Harlem knew this was coming. Now an illustration for the National Urban League’s new Headquarters and Civil Rights Museum to be built on 125th Street near Lenox Avenue, bringing the League back home, where it was founded in 1910.

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Jazzmobile Kicking-Off Residency at Minton’s Playhouse ~ July 4th

 

 

 

Photo: Nat Adderley, Jr.

You think it’s hot outside? Check this out ~ Jazzmobile to launch residency at historic Minton’s Playhouse ~ kicking it off with Nat Adderley, Jr. on July 4th. Let’s celebrate!

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Russell Jackson’s ‘Reverence Harlem’ coming to Historic Strivers Row District

 

 

 

The site of the new restaurant, Reverence Harlem (Right in this photo)

According to Eater New York, California Chef Russell Jackson has opened a fine dining restaurant, Reverence Harlem, in the historic Strivers Row District, close to where he has been living, on 138th Street ~ and Reservations are now Live!

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The National Black Theatre Celebrates 50th Anniversary All Year

 

 

Ariel Blackwood dances in 125th & FREEsom. Photo Credit: Garlia C. Jones. Image courtesy NBT

The National Black Theatre (NBT) has been celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 with a series of performances throughout the city ~ all year long. Next up ~ June 22nd and June 29th

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Andrew Thiele: Moral Compass at Faction Art Projects Harlem

 

 

Artist, Andrew Thiele, ‘Minimalism’

Faction Art Projects opens its doors to Andrew Thiele: Moral Compass, a four-day solo exhibition of new urban, mixed media collage works. The exhibition of the Harlem-based artist will feature over twenty new large-scale artworks. Throughout the show, there will be a calendar of events including a workshop, a jazz performance and a book signing of Thiele’s newest publication.

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After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art at Wallach Art Gallery

 

 

Filipe Branquinho, Jorge Macate, Padeiro (Jorge Macate, Baker), 2011. Courtesy the artist.

After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art presents a selection of works engaging with the history of African socialisms. It features artists looking at countries including Angola, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The exhibition is the first in North America to explore aesthetic responses to African socialisms and their aftermath.

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The New Settepani Bakery ~ Restaurant ~ Bar is Open

 

 

 

Settepani, 196 Lenox Avenue, Harlem

The much anticipated renovation of Settepani Harlem is complete, with a soft opening that packed the tables. The new concept has all the bells and whistles from their signature breads and gorgeous deserts to salads, pizza and panini’s ~ along with a full bar.

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Harlem Nights: MMPCIA Historic District House Tour ~ June 9th

 

 

 

Image courtesy MMPCIA

The Annual Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) House Tour is set for Sunday, June 9th. This year, the tour’s theme, Harlem Nights, is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Creative Art Works Unveils Exterior Artwork with Fundraiser at Shake Shack Harlem

 

 

 

They’re back! Remember the eleven Harlem students who created murals inside the new Shake Shack on 125th Street? Once again, partnering with Creative Art Works, the young artists completed the exterior work on the facade, which includes Fifth Avenue and 125th Street.

In celebration of the completed installation, Creative Art Works invites the Community to an official dedication of the exterior art on Thursday, May 23rd at 4:30pm. In addition, 25% of all proceeds on any purchase at Shake Shack that entire day will be donated to Creative Art Works IF the buyer mentions Creative Art Works (or CAW) at the register.

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Homage to the Uptown Speakeasies ~ Sugar Monk prepares to Open in Harlem

 

 

 

Image courtesy Sugar Monk Harlem

The artists Ektoras Binikos and Simon Jutras have merged their diverse artistic styles to create a sophisticated new mixology cocktail bar, located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s Restaurant Row in Harlem ~ a homage to the Uptown Speakeasies and salons of Harlem’s historic past ~ Sugar Monk.

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NYC Parks’ Creative Courts + Saya Woolfalk + Public Color = a Work-in-Progress in Marcus Garvey Park Harlem

 

 

 

May 17, 2019

NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks ~  Creative Courts initiative, Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program (FB AIR Program), along with artist Saya Woolfalk, the non-profit Public Color, and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative have arrived at the basketball court on Madison Avenue near 122nd Street in Marcus Garvey Park. Watch as this work-in-progress takes shape over this next week.

Join the unveiling on June 2nd with Creative Courts.

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Harlem Stage Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of E-Moves: A Signature Dance Series

 

 

Tendayi Kuumba by Michael Hančovský courtesy Harlem Stage

From May 2-4 and 9-11, 2019, Harlem Stage’s signature dance series E-Moves celebrates its 20th anniversary. Throughout its history, E- Moves has commissioned, presented and nurtured choreographers of color across the spectrum of contemporary dance idioms to create new work. In celebration of this anniversary, Harlem Stage will present 6 nights of dance featuring 2 commissioned artists presenting new works. In addition to the 2 new works, each night will feature additional choreographers and a pop-up performance by up-and-coming choreographers.

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Armando Mariño: La Selva Oscura to open at FACTION Art Projects Harlem

 

 

Armando Mariño, The Mexican, 2019. Image courtesy FACTION Art Projects

FACTION Art Projects will open its doors to the solo exhibition, La Selva Oscura, by Armando Mariño with ten large-scale oil paintings of figures in landscapes drawing on themes of identity and personal history within the current political and socio-economic climate.

Drawing from his Cuban roots, the artists’ work is influenced by periods of time living in Cuba, the Netherlands, France and New York’s Hudson Valley ~ as well as experience of dislocation and popular culture.

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Archer & Goat Opens on Lenox Ave in Harlem

 

 

Archer & Goat Harlem

Lenox Avenue unveils an addition to its already fabulous Restaurant Row. Archer & Goat, located next to Il Caffe Latte and Nilu Gift Shop, between 119th and 120th Streets.

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All Power to All People: Opening Weekend at The Africa Center

 

 

 

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Hank Willis Thomas: All Power to All People, a 25-foot tall Afro Comb will arrive on the Plaza at The Africa Center in Harlem along with a fun-filled weekend including a Community Day on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday Drumming on April 14th.

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Alex Katz opening at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in Harlem

 

 

 

Alex Katz, Sunset, 2019 courtesy Gavin Brown’s enterprise Harlem

This exhibition tells the story of a year in Alex Katz’s painted-life. A life where landscapes are observed from the edge of his home in Maine. For more than half a century, Katz painted this land with a virtuosity yoked to a consistent elegance. Today, while the elegance remains, something else has beckoned. Katz finds himself in the middle of the tempest.

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Ademola Olugebefola: Past and Present Mixed Media at X Gallery Harlem

 

 

 

Ademola Olugebefola. Image courtesy X Gallery.

X Gallery opens its doors to the artwork of Ademola Olugebefola, one of the original founders of the WEUSI Artist Collective ~ a movement founded in 1965, created for the purpose of promoting the African-American Culture through art.

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Celebrating The U.N. Conference on the Status of Women ~ A Storytelling Circle in NYC

 

 

via Gavin Brown’s enterprise

In celebration of The United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, during Women’s History Month, all are invited to share their personal story on Saturday, March 16th.

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Claire Oliver Gallery Relocates from Chelsea to Harlem

 

 

 

Image via Claire Oliver Gallery on Instagram

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Clair Oliver Gallery announced a move from its Chelsea location to a new home in Harlem, with space currently under construction.

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Tribeca Film Festival 2019 to Open with Apollo Theater Documentary

 

 

The 2019 edition of The Tribeca Film Festival will open with a documentary on The Apollo Theater! The Roger Ross Williams directed film, which will air later in the year on HBO, will screen at the historic Harlem venue on April 24th.

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Celebrating Harry Belafonte’s 92nd Birthday ~ ‘Turn the World Around’ at City College Center for the Arts

 

 

 

Harry Belafonte. Photo credit: Pamela Belafonte

Celebrate the life of the trailblazing entertainer and activist, Harry Belafonte, with artists who know him well at the musical event, Turn the World Around: The Music and Legacy of Harry Belafonte at City College of the Arts (CCCA) on Friday, March 1st.

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A Visit to a Pediatric Clinic inside an Art Gallery in Harlem

 

 

 

Martinez Gallery located on the corner of 135th Street and Broadway in Harlem

Is it a pediatric clinic inside an art gallery or an art gallery inside a pediatric clinic?  Either way, it’s a fun and colorful way for kids and artists of all ages. Follow us inside……

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Celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the Famed Apollo Theater in Harlem

 

 

 

What better way to kick-off an 85th anniversary than to announce a spectacular Winter/Spring 2019 Season ~ at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

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Ki Smith Gallery to Open in Harlem

 

 

 

The inaugural exhibition, Sei Smith: Reflections 2 will open at the Ki Smith Gallery on February 2nd. The exhibition will focus on relationships between color, light, shadow, and atmosphere, widening the conversation of contemporary art.

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‘Crusader: Martin Luther King, Jr’ Opens at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

 

 

 

In celebration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture opened its doors to the exhibition, CRUSADER: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Africa Center in Harlem Opened its Doors ~ January 2019

 

 

Preview programming has begun in anticipation of The Africa Center opening its doors later in January, 2019. In addition to the Museum, Chef Pierre Thiam’s Senegalese restaurant, Teranga, opened in February, and Portals, presented in partnership with Shared Studios, an interactive installation that allows visitors to connect in real-time with locations on the African continent and around the world via conversations, dinners, classes and other curated interactions will also go live.

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Urban Agriculture Harlem Style ~ Harlem Grown

 

 

 

Harlem Grown Impact Farm

While ’tis the season to be singing ~ let it snow…let it snow…let it snow, many of the kids in Harlem are singing ~ let it grow….let it grow…let it grow ~ and they’ve been doing this at Harlem Grown since its founding in 2011 by (the amazing) Tony Hillery.

Come along as we take a tour of the program’s new farm on 127th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue in Harlem.

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MTA Arts + Artist Derek Fordjour = a Parade at 145th Street!

 

 

Parade 2018 by artist Derek Fordjour at 145th Street & Lenox Ave subway station. Image courtesy MTA Arts & Design

Kicking-off the New Year with a Parade at the 145th Street and Lenox Avenue subway station, through MTA Arts & Design. Parade, 2018 by Harlem-based artist Derek Fordjour celebrates the African-American parade tradition in all its pageantry.

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The 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival at The Schomburg Center set for January, 2019

 

 

2017 Black Comic Book Festival. All images courtesy of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL)

The dates for the popular Black Comic Book Festival have been announced.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announced the  7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival dates to be held on January 18-19, 2019.

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The Schomburg Acquires Ossie Davis + Ruby Dee Archive!

 

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture/NYPL

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library has acquired the full archive of actors and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. The extensive archive includes more than 178.85 linear feet of material spanning eight decades of the couple’s careers in theater, film and television; their near 60-year relationship and marriage; and their social, civic and political activities between 1932 and 2014.

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Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today ~ at Wallach Gallery

 

 

Frédéric Bazille, Young Woman with Peonies, French, 1841 – 1870, 1870, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Image via Wallach Gallery, Columbia University

The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University and the Musée d’Orsay partner to present an exhibition entitled Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today in New York and Le Modèle noir, de Géricault à Matisse in Paris.

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Lisa Wright: In The Eyes of Each to open at FACTION Art Projects

 

 

Lisa Wright, Silken, oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm, 2017-18. Image courtesy FACTION Art Projects

On the heals of the exhibition, Visual Language, FACTION Art Projects presents a solo show of paintings by the award-winning British artist Lisa Wright in November.

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Hotel Coming to 412 West 126th Street

 

 

Image via newyorkyimby.com

Apartments, Hotel & Community Facility are coming to West 126th Street, between Morningside Avenue and Amsterdam. The lot, which physically sits next to a historic carriage house at 400 West 126th Street, has already been cleared, permits filed, and construction ready to begin.

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Chef JJ Opens ‘Field Trip’ Harlem

 

 

 

Image via #chefjj on Instagram

Famed Harlem Celeb Chef JJ Johnson opened his new restaurant, Field Trip, focusing on a “fast-casual grain concept’ with patrons choosing their own rice or barley bowls.

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Annouces Fall 2018 Season

 

 

Little Man, Little Man, by James Baldwin. Image courtesy of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will kick-off its Fall 2018 Season this September with The Queer Black Voice in Fashion on Wednesday, September 5th as part of Talks at the Schomburg during New York Fashion 2018 (September 6-14).

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Visual Language to open at Faction Art Projects ~ Harlem

 

 

Umar Rashid, In Klingon, 2017. Image courtesy Faction Art Projects

Faction Art Projects returns this Fall in a collaboration with the East Los Angeles Gallery, Subliminal Projects, in a bi-coastal exhibition entitled Visual Language. This group exhibition examines the integration of word and images in art and Western Culture, bringing together a broad spectrum of alternative strategies for expressing contemporary everyday experiences.

The exhibition will run simultaneously at both galleries. In each gallery the artworks will work in parallel or collaboratively, while others will juxtapose and subvert ~ offering a strong critical frame through which to view contemporary culture in this period of “fake news” and “alternative facts.”

The exhibition brings together a wide-range of artists, each taking their own road in expressing experiences, transferred onto canvas. Below are some of the artists and artworks that will be on view.

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Shake Shack Harlem Opened at 1 West 125th Street

 

 

 

Shake Shack Harlem with Facade painted by Creative Art Works. Image taken May 4, 2019

Shake Shack Harlem moved into the old Applebee’s space located at 1 West 125th Street, on the north/west corner across from the National Black Theatre ~ and at the entrance to East Harlem, which is preparing for a number of new projects including the Second Avenue Subway. 

The spectacular opening unveiled artwork by eleven Harlem students, creating murals through a partnership with Creative Art Works inside ~ with exterior artwork currently underway.

Below is a sneak peek from beginning to end, including an update on Creative Art Works outside.

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Landmark Preservation Commission Approves Designated Central Harlem Blocks ~ Let’s Take a Walk

 

 

 

West 130th Street, South side of the Street, approaching Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated the Central Harlem ~ West 130-132nd Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd a Historic District on May 29, 2018, and approved that proposal on September 27, 2018, when a full City Council vote took place.

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Queer Eye, a Photographic Exhibit at X Gallery Harlem

 

 

Photo credit, Lola Flash. Image courtesy of X Gallery

X Gallery and EnFoco join together to present Queer Eye, A photographic exhibition celebrating LGBTQ Pride month featuring the work of Lola Flash, Lisa DuBois, Oscar J Rivera and Gabriel Garcia Roman.  Each of the photo artists expresses their creativity and personal vision through their art in this multifaceted view of the LGBTQ world.

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Maren Hassinger: Monuments coming to Marcus Garvey Park

 

 

 

inHarlem
Finished installation on the Mall at Madison Ave side of the Park

June 16th will bring inHarlem back to Marcus Garvey Park, with the eight site-specific installations Maren Hassinger: Monuments. Take a walk with us, beginning on 124th Street at the Fifth Avenue entrance.

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Faction Art Projects Harlem presents ‘Others’

 

 

Artist, Andrew Mania, ‘Donald’ Image via factionartprojects.com

Faction Art Projects Harlem will explore complex masculine identities, challenging historical depictions, with three artists using differing styles, in a new exhibit entitled ‘Others.’

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The Farmers Market at Marcus Garvey Park is Now Open ~ Every Saturday

 

 

 

The Farmers Market at Marcus Garvey Park will open for the season on Saturday, June 2nd.  With more than ten local vendors, look forward to fresh produce, artisanal jams & pastries, honey, baked good, specialty prepared foods and some surprises. And ~ The Market now takes SNAP!

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St. Nick’s Pub Dedication Jazz Festival by Harlem Late Night Jazz

 

 

 

Harlem Late Night Jazz
Image courtesy of HarlemLateNightJazz.org

Harlem Late Night Jazz, Inc. presents St. Nick’s Pub Dedication Jazz Festival with 14 very special one-time performances, jam sessions, singers, tap dancers and more.  Join the celebration….

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Keep the Music Playing ~ A Jazzmobile Community Fundraiser

 

 

 

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Robin Bell-Stevens, Director of Jazzmobile kicking-off ‘Keep the Music Playing’

Jazzmobile held its annual community fundraiser on Monday evening, April 30th at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, and it was smokin!  Didn’t make it?  We have you covered.  Here are a few pictures from the event and a way that you can participate in the Jazzmobile fundraiser even if you weren’t there.

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Samuel Torres ~ Alegria, Urban Latin Jazz Portrait to perform at City College Center for the Arts in May for one night

 

 

Samuel Torres
Samuel Torres. Photo credit: Diego Almanza

Get ready for the Alegria, Urban Latin Jazz Portrait Concert  ~  new, original compositions by Samuel Torres from his forthcoming album, Alegria,  presented by City College Center for the Arts on Friday, May 18th.

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Preparing for the Return of the Harlem Fire Watchtower to Marcus Garvey Park

 

 

 

Harlem Fire Watchtower
April 24, 2015 Removal of the bell, which weights 10,000 pounds.  Harlem Fire Watchtower, Marcus Garvey Park

Harlemites and preservationists were delighted to receive the recent news that the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower, removed from the Acropolis overlooking Marcus Garvey Park in 2015 for restoration, will be reinstalled in the Summer of 2019.  A staging area has already been prepared for trucks, and sheds have been constructed for equipment at the base of the Acropolis.

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Wish You Were Here! CCNY Postcards from the Past

 

 

 

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The City College Archives at The City College of New York will put on exhibit more than 120 historic postcards collected by Dalton Whiteside, a CCNY architectural student, with the exhibit ‘Wish You Were Here! CCNY Postcards from the Past.’

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Maysles Cinema Celebrates 10th Anniversary with the new documentary One October

 

 

Maysles Cinema Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Theatrical Debut of One October.  This powerful new documentary, directed by Rachel Shuman, with executive producer, Edward Norton, will open on May 11 as part of the programming celebration marking its milestone in Harlem.

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The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents ‘Sancho: an Act of Remembrance’ at The National Black Theatre

 

 

 

The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Pemberley Productions and The National Black Theatre present Sancho: An Act of Remembrance.

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