On the Hunt for Lady Gaga

This weekend was a good one for the ladies. Ladies dominated the box office (the top two movies were the female-led New Moon and The Blind Side). And, now that the weekend is over, a new lady is taking the spotlight: Lady Gaga.



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This weekend was a good one for the ladies. Ladies dominated the box office, with the top two movies being the female-led New Moon and The Blind Side. And, now that the weekend is over, a new lady is taking the spotlight: Lady Gaga.

Her songs are everywhere. (When was the last time you went out without hearing “Poker Face?”) So is she, putting in appearances everywhere from Saturday Night Live to the VMAs to Sunday’s American Music Awards — always in her trademark costume-party-couture outfits. And people are only going to devote more attention to her this week, now that she’s released a new EP, The Fame Monster.

Yet while she’s no stranger to press, few articles mention that Lady Gaga is actually a local. She’s from Yonkers. She was accepted to Julliard, but instead went to the Convent of the Sacred Heart and later NYU, and while she was there she was Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. And that’s pretty much all you’ll find out about her experiences in the Hudson Valley. If anyone has an insight as to what her Westchester life was like, I’d love to hear it. Did she ride the Metro-North in her bubble dress? Did she ever record demos at the Galleria like Mary J. Blige did? Did she ever perform burlesque in Westchester? (And if so — where?!) Inquiring minds want to know.

In the meantime, you can see her American Music Awards performance here, in which she wears a nude-looking leotard, breaks bottles and glass walls, and plays a flaming piano.
 

You can also read reviews of The Fame Monster at:

They all seem pretty positive. What do you think of Lady Gaga? Did you have any local run-ins with her? Let me know in the comments.

 

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Marisa LaScala

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Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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