City Paper is not for tourists
Silver Jews frontman David Berman and recently deceased artist Jeremy Blake might have met in D.C., as both hail from area ’burbs, but they didn’t. They might have crossed paths at the Whitney Museum in New York—Berman worked there as a guard; Blake showed work there in a Biennial—but no, not there, either. There’s not a saga to tell about the meeting of these two minds: Blake asked Berman to write a poem for him to use for his psychedelic video work, and Berman said no way. Berman finally relented, though, giving Blake some stuff he’d already written; that work serves as the base for Sodium Fox, a trippy video portrait of Berman and one of Blake’s last works. Not long after that piece, Blake took his own life by walking into the Atlantic Ocean. What things Berman might have to say in honor of Blake during his lecture “An Evening With David Berman” aren’t entirely clear; his own life and work, however, offer plenty of points of conversation. Berman speaks at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. (202) 639-1770.