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Prepping for a New York City Shinsai benefit, actors Angel Desai (left), Olivia Oguma, Paolo Montalban, Thom Sesma, Cindy Cheung and Johnny Wu rehearse songs from Pacific Overtures in a Lincoln Center studio. Erin Baiano/Lincoln Center Theater hide caption

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A 'Shinsai' To Aid Japan's Theater Community

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A new exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., explores life at Monticello from the perspectives of the men, women and children owned by Thomas Jefferson. During his lifetime, he kept more than 600 slaves at Monticello. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Inc. hide caption

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