Bowery Presents and 826NYC Present: The Prom You Were Promised

May 5th, 2009

We know what you’re thinking: How can I relive my own prom and help a good cause at the same time? That’s easy. Just break out your black-tie duds on May 21st and head directly to Music Hall of Williamsburg to celebrate 826NYC’s The Prom You Were Promised, featuring DJ sets by Vampire Weekend, Pat Mahoney—of LCD Sound System—and Hercules and Love Affair. All proceeds benefit 826 NYC. And to get you in the spirit, we asked some famous friends about their prom experiences. (Check back each Tuesday before May 21st to see what they say.)

(Photo: Mary Rozzi)

Feist (Photo: Mary Rozzi)

“I went to a small alternative high school in Canada that had maybe 120 students total. So grad, as we call prom in Canada, was a very small affair: The school reserved a few tables at a restaurant in the suburbs, the teachers gave speeches and gave out hand-painted diplomas to the, maybe, 15 of us who were graduating that year. I rented a red-velvet-with-satin-trim evening gown from a vintage place in town, and I dyed my hair fire engine red. My date, Geoff Gervitz, and a few friends and I bailed after dinner and drove to the laser-tag place in the strip mall, played laser tag for an hour and then went home. Feist