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May 17, 2013

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Who was Thomas Jefferson? Join Salem State University history instructor Anthony Guerriero as he discusses the enigmatic personality of the famous Founding Father who wrote that all men are created equal, yet owned his own slaves and carried on a forbidden relationship with a slave for 38 years. "Thomas Jefferson: An American Paradox" will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Salem. All are welcome; donations will be appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. For more information, call 978-744-0804 or visit www.explorerslli.org.

Enjoy up-and-coming artists' work as Endicott College hosts an exhibit reception for Master of Education Arts and Learning graduates. Tonight's reception, from 4 to 9 p.m., will take place at Van Loan Cyber Cafe at the college, 376 Hale St., Beverly. If you can't make it tonight, don't fret: the show, titled "Art from the Creative Process," is on view through May 26 at the college. For details, visit www.endicott.edu/gps/artsandlearning.

Support youth actors tonight as North Shore Children's Theatre presents "HONK!," a musical journey of the Ugly Duckling, at Collins Middle School, 29 Highland Ave., Salem. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Tickets and information is available at www.northshorechildrenstheatre.org.

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