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The week ahead

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Capital Rep's production of Hamlet continues this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not bad at all), to the Prince of Denmark, to A Taste of Albany, to the circus, to food trucks, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Electric City Couture, Saturday at Universal Preservation Hall.

Ready, set... weekend.

There is no shortage of things going on in the Capital Region this weekend. You may not have time to do them all, but after the jump, we pulled together a few we thought you might want to try.

Got something planned that didn't make our list? Share it in the comments so the rest of us can see.

And whatever you're planning, have a fantastic weekend!

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Urban Raid, Color Me Rad return for 2015

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From last year's Urban Raid 5k in Albany.

The Urban Raid 5k obstacle course will be back in downtown Albany September 12. Registration currently starts at $30. Blurbage:

Starting and finishing inside the Times Union Center the 3.1 mile Urban RAID course will take racers past the Capitol, Lincoln Park and other Albany landmarks. Along the way runners will be asked to complete a series of 10-12 massive obstacles including a two-story high Cargo Climb, Marine Hurdles, Ropes and the signature RAID Series Wall. Post-race, a consumer festival will be held right on the Times Union floor featuring music, a sponsor village, and the Shocktop Beer Garden!
Urban RAID Albany is open to men and women of all fitness levels over the age of 16 who desire a new challenge. In addition to open age divisions for both male and female racers, Urban RAID Albany also welcomes teams made up of a 3-10 racers.

"Consumer festival" is a new term to us.

Silvia ran the race last year -- here's her recap.

More odd 5k-type events

+ As mentioned, the Insane Inflatable 5k will be back in Ballston Spa September 5.

+ The Color Me Rad 5k will be back at Saratoga Spa State Park October 4. (This event sold out last year.)

+ This isn't a 5k, but it's sort of in the same category: A event called Slide the City is planning to make a stop in the Albany area this year. From what we can tell, it's basically a 1000-foot-long slip 'n slide. The date hasn't been announced yet (but August 8 looks like a good bet).

screengrab: Raid Series Youtube

Spring plant sales 2015

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The garden education day/plant sale at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Vorheesville is always popular.

As the April rain falls and the grass regains its green, we're thinking about all the things that will be growing soon. And maybe some of those things will be growing in your garden.

Here's a quick list of some upcoming plant sales...

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Events for Bike Month 2015

bike pedal mediumMay is almost here, and that means Bike Month events. Here are a few...

Albany Bike Expo 2015
The Albany Bike Expo will be back at the Washington Park Lake House May 3 from 10 am-4 pm. The event is organized by the Albany Bicycle Coalition. Admission is free.

The event includes tables from bike shops, bike clubs, and advocacy orgs, along with some food vendors and music. Past years have also included a sidewalk sale of bike equipment.

Troy Bike Rescue BikeFest
The 5th annual Troy Bike Rescue BikeFest is May 30 from 5-8 pm at the Sanctuary for Independent Media.

The day includes a family fun ride, bike info, music, burritos, and cake. Tickets start at $10 and are available online.

The week ahead

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From the outside I am thinking / I'm a number, not a man / From the outside I am thinking / What were they thinking?

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (April showers), to wrestling, to Lebowski, to Hamlet, to the machine, to gardening, to music...

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Insane Inflatable 5k 2015

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The Insane Inflatable 5k is set to return to the area September 5. The race with giant inflatable obstacles (like the one above) will be back at the Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa.

Registration for the race has already started -- it's currently $52 until June 12, and the price will rise every few weeks after that. The race releases people in waves at 15 minute increments, starting at 8:45 am through noon.

We get the impression this event was popular last year. And if that info on the race website is correct, it looks like it's already a little more than half full. So if you're interested in running it this year, it's probably a good idea to sign up sooner rather than later.

photo courtesy of Insane Inflatable 5k

AOA Startup Grant finalists presentations are this Monday

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Just a quick reminder that the finalists presentations for the AOA Startup Grant are this coming Monday evening (April 20) at the College of Saint Rose. This is the first year the presentations are open to the public. It's free to attend -- we just ask that you pre-register.

The finalists for this year's grant are:

+ Jerzey's Dog Resort, a dog boarding and day care facility.

+ The Dutch Udder, an ice cream company.

+ Flower Scout, a floral design business and flower farm.

The finalists will be pitching their projects to the panel of judges in short presentations, and the judges will be asking the finalists a few questions. These interactions have been interesting in years past, as the judges get into topics like business structure, marketing, and how the business fits into a person's life.

The three judges who will be selecting this year's winner are:

+ Lissa D'Aquanni: director of community relations at the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, and former small business owner.

+ Rhea Drysdale: founder and CEO of Troy-based online marketing firm Outspoken Media.

+ And, stepping in because of a scheduling conflict, Duncan Crary of Duncan Crary Communications.

The presentations are Monday, April 20 at 6:30 pm in the Science Center (993 Madison Ave) Room 369.

Thanks to Berkshire Bank for providing the prize money and to Staff Ciampino & Company P.C., Certified Public Accountants and The Huether School of Business at the College of Saint Rose for sponsoring the contest this year.

Stuff to do this weekend

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Tale as old as time.

Psst. Hey, you. Yes... you. Guess what? It's the weekend.

Yep, at long last your weekend is here, and it's filled with potential. After the jump, a few thoughts on how to fulfill that potential.

Planning something you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so the rest of us can see.

And whatever you're up to... have a fantastic weekend!

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The 1780 Beer Challenge

1780 beer challenge logoThis could be fun: The Middleburgh Library, the Albany Ale Project, and Green Wolf Brewing Company are collaborating for an event called "The 1780 Beer Challenge and Revolutionary War Festival" on May 16 in Middleburgh. Event blurbage:

The day's activities include a Revolutionary War encampment, colonial brewing and cooking demonstrations, 18th century toys and games for kids, talks on the history of beer and hops in upstate New York and the Schoharie Valley, a Schoharie Valley hops display at the Library, beer samples from Green Wolf and MacKinnon Brothers, and Green Wolf brewery tours. Middleburgers BBQ and Under the Nose gift shop and bakery will be offering barbeque and baked goods for sale, and Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod will be selling and signing copies of their book Upper Hudson ValleyBeer. The day culminates in "The 1780 Beer Challenge", cask tapping and tasting!
The Albany Ale Project, Green Wolf Brewing Co., and MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. have issued each other a challenge. A beer-infused re-enactment of the 1780 stand off in Middleburgh between New York's Loyalist raiders and the Albany County Militia--this time with hops, grain, and yeast, instead of muskets and cannons!
The Albany Ale Project's Craig Gravina, of Albany, is working with Green Wolf, while his partner--and Kingston, Ontario native--Alan McLeod is working with MacKinnon Brothers [Brewing Co. of Ontario] to create two Revolutionary War-era inspired beers--both made from locally-sourced, traditional late 18th-century ingredients and historical brewing techniques. The beers will be blind judged against each other by WNYT NewsChannel 13's morning anchor Phil Bayly, food and drinks writer Deanna Fox, and Middleburgh Library Director Teresa Pavoldi. The winner receives bragging rights and the official "1780 Beer Challenge Champion" barrelhead. The loser must hoist their opponent's flag in their respective brewery or taproom. There will also be a "People's Choice" vote for best beer.

The 1780 Beer Challenge is from 1-5 pm on Saturday, May 16. It's an all-ages event Tickets are $15 -- that includes beer sampling tickets and a Green Wolf sampler glass. Tickets for non-drinkers are $10. And kids under 15 are free.

And while you're out in Middleburgh, you can make your way up Vroman's Nose.

Earlier on AOA: Resurrecting a beer, and part of Albany's history

Drawing Up Central 2015

Drawing Up Central 2014 winner koi pondThe Drawing Up Central sidewalk art contest is back May 9. The grand prize for this year's contest is $500 cash.

Contest blurbage:

This community-wide event, which is part of the City of Albany's 67th Annual Tulip Festival, will feature artists from all over the region, competing for cash and prizes in a sidewalk chalk art contest. Join individuals, families, students, and organizations, and create your masterpiece, right on Central Avenue's sidewalks. Every participant will receive chalk and other materials as part of their registration. "Drawing Up Central" will be staffed by young people from Equinox's Youth Outreach Center. Providing youth at risk with opportunities to perform community service within their community and support local businesses is one of the positive development objectives of the center.
This year's contest will take place on Central Avenue, between N. Lake and Quail Street, in the heart of Albany's Midtown Grid. ...

The photo on the right is last year's grand prize-winning entry.

The contest is organized by the Central Avenue BID. Registration is $10 and available online at the link above.

photo: Central Avenue BID Twitter

Paul Grondahl on the O'Connell-Corning Machine

Dan O'Connell historical marker

"Uncle Dan" was a South End native.

Journalist/author/historian Paul Grondahl will be at the Albany Public Library's Howe Library April 21 for a talk titled "The O'Connell-Corning Machine: How it Controlled the South End to Uptown for Decades." The event is a fundraiser for the South End Improvement Corporation -- tickets are $25.

Grondahl is, of course, Albany-famous for his work with the Times Union. He also literally wrote the book on Erastus Corning II. Here's a clip from Grondahl's Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma about machine boss Dan O'Connell and one of the ways he exerted influence:

... Whatever slim thread of independence remained in the citizenry of Albany was co-opted by the machine. Dan O'Connell always said he wanted a thousand little jobs instead of a few big commissioner-level patronage positions. Everyone in Albany, it seemed, got a little slice of the patronage pie or was related to somebody who did. there were all the old fellas raking leaves in the park, the lift operators running automatic elevators in City Hall, the surfeit of janitors in the city's buildings, the plethora of laborers on county road crews, the scores of clerical workers tucked away in forgotten cubbyhole offices in city and county agencies. Freedman in his book The Inheritance recounts what has come to be seen as a classic symbol of machine payroll padding and patronage corruption: that Dan's Albany County courthouse required seventy-two janitors for six floors while the Empire State Building employed just sixty for its 102 floors. One estimate put the number of full- and part-time city and county jobs controlled by the machine at about 5,000 -- perhaps as high as fifteen percent of the county's entire adult workforce -- attesting to Dan's philosophy of spreading the patronage broadly. ...

The event at the Howe Library starts at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 21. You can get tickets online at the first link above.

Outstanding in the Field at Beekman 1802

outstanding in the fieldCould be worth the splurge if this is your sort of thing: The well-known Outstanding in the Field series of farm dinners will be at the Beekman 1802 farm in Sharon Springs August 20. The hosts are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, AKA, The Beekman Boys (it's their farm). And the featured chef for the dinner will be John McCarthy from The Crimson Sparrow in Hudson.

What is Outstanding in the Field? From its about page:

In the summer of 1999, I [founder Jim Denevan] came up with the idea of setting a long table on a farm and inviting the public to an open-air feast in celebration of the farmer and the gifts of the land. I decided to call this idea Outstanding in the Field. I thought a big table, carefully composed alongside the ingredients for the evening's feast would inspire both a conversation at the table and a broader discussion about food, community and the meaning of place. A traveling feast with a central vision of farmers, chefs, cheese makers, ranchers, foragers and winemakers in delicious communion with the people they sustain. It would be a terrific challenge to bring this message to the field and to the world -- it would also be a lot of fun and adventure.

There have been more than 600 such events since then. Here's a Serious Eats post from a few years back about attending one of the dinners.

Tickets for the event are (gulp) $210 and available online.

One-time events like this can be expensive to stage, and no doubt a lot of skill and experience will go into pulling off this event. For some people, the experience will be worth it. It's just... you know, it makes us think that $210 could buy you a lot of delicious communion directly from the farmers at one of the local farmers' market.


photo via Outstanding in the Field Instagram

Drawing: Taste of Albany 2015

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The annual Taste of Albany will be back at the State Museum April 30. The event includes a cocktail hour and samples from more than 30 local restaurants. It's a benefit for the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless.

We have a pair of tickets for the event, and we're giving them away. Maybe to you.

To enter, please answer this question in the comments:

What's something local that you're looking forward to eating this summer?

It could be anything -- a specific dish from a local restaurant, a tomato from from your backyard garden, whatever. We'll draw one winner at random.

A Taste of Albany is Thursday, April 30 at the State Museum. The cocktail hour -- with hors d'oeuvres and complimentary beer, wine, and soda -- is at 5 pm. The tastings from the participating restaurants start at 6 pm. Tickets are $75 each and available online at the link above.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon on Wednesday and must respond by noon on April 16.

photo: Bennett Campbell

The week ahead

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Sufjan Stevens is at the Palace this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (finally), to words, to bikes, to Shakespeare, to milk, to Jeffrey Tambor, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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"Come on down!" The Price is Right Live! Returns to The Palace in Albany

Far be it from us to jinx it, but it may actually feel like spring this weekend.


Temperatures will approach the 70 degree mark, and if you take a walk, you may even come across some crocuses. Croci? Whatever. They're pretty.

After the jump, a few other things you might want to try this weekend. Got other plans? Share them in the comments so everyone can see.

And whatever you're up to, have a lovely spring weekend.

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Author of Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable, Local Economy in Troy

sustainable communities creating a durable local economy book coverCould be interesting: Bruce Seifer, co-author of Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable, Local Economy, will be giving a talk this Saturday in Troy as part of a Transition Troy event at Sage.

Seifer worked for almost three decades leading Burlington, Vermont's community and economic development efforts. Curious about Seifer's perspective, we came across this Peak Prosperity podcast interview with him. This clip, in which Seifer talks about how Burlington pursued business growth, was interesting:

The other thing that we did, which is not rocket science but it's pretty much behind everything that we did, is pretty simple. We asked people in need what they needed and then we tried to figure out how to meet their needs. We were more like a gardener for small businesses. We'd focus on small businesses and try to find ways to help them grow to become major employers and economic players. So, we did know if they needed financing we ended up starting a small business loan fund. If they needed training around understanding finance, we set up training programs for them. Sometimes they said they'd like to work with other like type of businesses and learn from each other. So we would set up trade associations working in concert with them. You know, we would tend to them over the years. We provided ongoing technical business advice to those business people so if they had an issue on getting a permit or they had problem with sewer overflow or whatever it may be, we were always there trying to solve their problems. As a result of all of that, we ended up helping a lot of small companies become bigger companies.

In addition to Seifer's talk, the event at Sage will also include "a few brief, uplifting 'pop-up' presentations from leaders of recent local initiatives."

The event is Saturday, April 11 from 3-6 pm in the Bush Memorial Auditorium. It's free and open to the public.

Author of H is for Hawk at Northshire

H is for Hawk coverHelen Macdonald -- the author of the best-selling, award-winning H is for Hawk -- will be at Northshire Saratoga this Saturday to talk about her book.

H is for Hawk is part memoir/part biography/part natural history that follows Macdonald's effort to train a hawk following her father's sudden death. It's received very strong reviews. A clip from Vicki Constantine Croke's review in NYT:

Although "animal as emotional healer" is a familiar motif, Macdonald's journey clears its own path -- messy, muddy and raw. Early on, she drives to Scotland from her home in Cambridge to pick up a captive-bred, 10-week-old, Czech-Finnish-German goshawk she's seen online. At the first glimpse of her bird, Macdonald's "heart jumps sideways." And so does the reader's, for here is a creature worth writing about: "A reptile. A fallen angel. A griffon from the pages of an illuminated bestiary. Something bright and distant, like gold falling through water."

Last fall H is for Hawk won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction ("the UK's premier prize for non-fiction books") -- one of the judges called it "a book unlike any other."

The in-store event at Northshire Saratoga is at 7 pm on Saturday, April 11. It's free.

Drawing: Pianoply at EMPAC + Peck's Arcade

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Vicky Chow is one of the pianists who will be performing.

Drawing's closed!

EMPAC has what sounds like an interesting show coming up this Saturday: Pianoply, in which four pianists will be playing pianos in four different spaces at the arts venue.

We have a pair of tickets for the event, and we're giving them away. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. To the pair of tickets we're also adding a $75 gift certificate to Peck's Arcade, the new restaurant in downtown Troy.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's one of your favorite sounds?

It could be something general, like laughter, or a specific sound in a specific place, like the carillon in downtown Albany. We'll draw one winner at random. That person will get the tickets and gift certificate.

Here's a little more about Pianoply:

This evening of piano performances brings together some of the leading soloists working today in new music to explore their instrument's full color spectrum in EMPAC's complete range of acoustic environments. Performing on grand pianos of varying sizes and manufactures, Pianoply will examine virtuosity through the lens of situation and setting.
Pianoply will feature soloists Vicky Chow, Stephen Drury, Mabel Kwan, and Marilyn Nonken, performing on a selection of pianos: a 9' Hamburg Steinway, 9' New York Steinway, 7' Fazioli, 6' 7" Bösendorfer, and 7' 6" Yamaha pianos.
The audience will be guided through all of EMPAC's venues--the reverberant warmth of the Concert Hall, the intimacy of the Theater, the detailed crispness of Studio 1 and the enveloping diffusion of Studio 2--to explore the sonic properties of contemporary repertoire performed through particular instruments placed in particular spaces.

The event starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 11. Tickets are $18.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 10 am on Thursday, April 9, 2015 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon on Thursday and must respond by 7 pm that day.

Electric City Couture 2015

Electric City Couture 2015 promo

The Electric City Couture Fashion Show will be back at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs April 25. Tickets are $15 and for sale online now.

Blurbage for this year's show:

The evening will showcase Signature Collections of 5 Regional Designers including Schenectady based special guest 'MA+CH (f. Marika Charles),' an international fashion brand and for the first time ever, a full mens line by Saratoga based 'frittelli and LOCKWOOD' supported by upcycled footwear designer Schenectady based 'The Last Gentleman Co.' The show will have roughly 55 male and female models on the runway. Targeted proceeds from this years show will go to the ongoing restoration work of Historic Universal Preservation Hall. ...
The Electric City Couture mission is to provide a platform to increase awareness for regional fashion designers and fashion support industries to stimulate a regional fashion based economy.

The show starts at 8 pm on Saturday, April 25. It's general seating, first come, first sit, with standing-room overflow.

photo: Lea Sophie Foto

Tour of the Battenkill 2015

battenkill 2010 pelotonThe Tour of the Battenkill returns to Greenwich in Washington County April 18-19. Blurbage:

America's largest one-day Pro/Am cycling race. Racers compete over 65+ miles of rolling terrain on both dirt and paved roads as they travel through the world famous Battenkill Valley. Set in early spring, the race courses includes covered bridges, family farms, and rural villages along the many challenging backcountry roads that traverse Southern Washington County, New York.
The 2014 edition played host to nearly 3,000 amateur and professional cyclists from throughout North America and 15 countries.

The weekend includes an open gran fondo on Sunday for "racers, non-racers, and cycling enthusiasts" in lengths of 23 and 68 miles. Registration is currently open for that race -- it's $45 for the 23-mile version and $110 for the 68-mile version (free for active and retired military members).

photo: A Mengel

The week ahead

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Mary Norris, "Comma Queen" of The New Yorker, will be at the State Museum this week as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (April showers), to film, to groupthink, to the Comma Queen, to classes, to music...

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Stuff to do this weekend


You can catch Nellie McKay twice this weekend -- at The Van Dyck or Helsinki Hudson.

Into every weekend a little rain must fall.

Well, not every weekend -- but this weekend.

April, true to form, is bringing some showers. But that doesn't have to keep you from enjoying your weekend. After the jump, a list of stuff we thought you might like to try.

Got something else planned? Share it in the comments.

And whatever you're up to, keep your umbrella and rain boots handy, and have a fantastic weekend.

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The Decemberists at Brewery Ommegang

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Announced today: The Decemberists are set to play a show at Brewery Ommegang July 26. Tickets go on sale Friday (April 3) -- they're $35 ahead. (There's also a presale starting today for members of the mailing list for promoter Dan Smalls Presents.)

The Decemberists by themselves are a pretty big draw -- they've been playing a string of sold-out shows recently. (Here's a review of a show this week. A giant paper mache whale was involved.) But the show also includes a strong opener -- indie pop act Lucius will take the stage first. They played a sold out show at The Hollow in Albany this past December.

Old Crow Medicine Show
Also announced today: Old Crow Medicine Show will be back at Ommegang July 24. Opener is Sturgill Simpson. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 3 -- they're $40 ahead.

More Ommegang shows this summer
May 22: The Pixies with TV on the Radio
June 13: The Avett Brothers with John Prine - sold out
August 1: Bonnie Raitt

photo: Autumn de Wilde

Tulip Festival 2015 music lineup

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The Kooks

The schedule for this year's Tulip Festival is out. The headliner is the britpop/rock band The Kooks.

A quick scan version of the music slates for both the main and local stages -- along with embedded videos of the acts -- is post jump. As usual, the lineup includes both national and local acts.

As you know, Tulip Fest includes a bunch of events, including the crowning of the new Tulip Queen. Here's the full event schedule.

Tulip Fest is Mother's Day weekend, which is May 9 and 10 this year.

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