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

May 12th, 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 Shirley Manson of Garbage about her prom experience. (Check back next Tuesday to see what another of our famous friends has to say about prom.)

Shirley Manson

Shirley Manson

“My school prom was a superdrag. My best friend and I went with two of the lowliest boys on the hotness scale from our class. We felt deeply humiliated, as we’d arrogantly considered ourselves quite a catch. When they came to pick us up, they gave us stuffed beanbag babies. Mine was a gerbil. I wanted to throw it in his face. I wanted a rose or an orchid. What can you do with a gerbil beanbag baby? We went to the prom. The boys avoided all eye contact and conversation with us. They point-blank refused to dance. We went home early and never talked to those boys again. That’s life—never goes quite how you imagine it. Gerbils unite.” —Shirley Manson