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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, August 8

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Artist Mary Coble poses next to hospital curtains emblazoned with outlines of superheroes and blood donation campaign slogans such as "Be a hero" and "Don't be a wuss; donate blood."
Photo by Lauren Landau
Artist Mary Coble poses next to hospital curtains emblazoned with outlines of superheroes and blood donation campaign slogans such as "Be a hero" and "Don't be a wuss; donate blood."

Aug. 9: Stooges Brass Band
The Stooges Brass Band plays at Artisphere in Arlington tomorrow night at 8:30. The musicians blend traditional New Orleans brass with hip-hop and funk for a contemporary sound that is all their own. Local funk band The Good Thing will also perform.

Aug. 8-10: Deferral
If you can’t make a blood donation, make art. At least, that’s the idea in Deferral, a performance piece created by Mary Coble in response to what she calls a “discriminatory” and “outdated” policy. She says, “The FDA’s policy states that men who have sex with other men are not allowed to donate blood.” You can see the protest art through Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, where several gay men will use red thread to stitch the outlines of superheroes on to hospital curtains, while Coble uses her own blood to paint messages in Morse code. “To get a full view of the performance you’ll have to go to the second floor and peer over the balcony,” Coble says. The artist says she hopes the bird’s-eye view will make visitors consider a position of privilege.

Music: “B1 Written in Blood (Instrumental)” by She Wants Revenge

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