Back in 2005, Stefani Germanotta, a singer-songwriter living on the Lower East Side with an all-expenses-paid apartment (thanks to her dad), was scheming with her friend DJ Brendan Jay Sullivan about how to become the next big thing. She paid her “struggling artist” dues by performing as a go-go dancer and singing at clubs like Mercury Lounge and The Bitter End. Three years later, we’d come to know Germanotta better as Lady Gaga. Sullivan recalls his days with Gaga before she became a huge pop star in his debut memoir, Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, the Lower East Side, and the Prime of Our Lives. Tonight, Sullivan, along with comedian and writer Dave Hill, Elna Baker (author of the memoir The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance), and others will discuss their memories of the L.E.S.
Tue., Sept. 3, 7 p.m., 2013