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A Hard Look at Monticello: The National Museum of African American History breaks ground this month, but it won’t be complete until 2015. Still, its scholarly work has already begun. Its first show—-now up at the National Museum of American History—-is “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty,” which looks at the views of the third president and the slaves who lived and worked at his plantation. Jacqueline Trescott has more details.

RIP: Lance Hayden Krump, the marketing manager at Studio Theatre, has died, the company writes on TheatreWashington. A memorial takes place this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Studio Theatre.

Angrier Birds: Governor Martin O’Malley wants Maryland to charge a 6 percent tax on paid downloads, the Examiner reports.

Today on Arts Desk: The crazy Portrait Gallery lawsuit.