It hasn't been a long time since she came around. But Lady Gaga is back in town.
According to people with knowledge of the project, the singing superstar arrived on a private jet at Eppley Airfield on Tuesday night and spent part of Wednesday filming something in Sarpy County, possibly a music video. Roads surrounding the filming site at 108th Street and Capehart Road, in Richfield, Neb., were closed and onlookers were kept out of the area.
Angela Lewis, a teacher at Springfield Elementary School, saw road closure signs go up Tuesday near her home and thought crews may be preparing to pave the gravel road.
But to her dismay, she got Lady Gaga instead.
“She's kind of weird,” Lewis said.
Sarpy County Sheriff's Capt. Dan Williamson confirmed that the Gaga crew had gotten permits to close several roads around the perimeter of the set.
At 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Tara Gloe of Richfield woke up to a crew “zooming down” the gravel road next to her house.
The set had a rural feel, with filming taking place during the hottest part of the afternoon on the unpaved road, with tall cornstalks on each side.
Reporters were not allowed anywhere near filming. But from a distance, you could see a woman on the set wearing a large black wide-brimmed hat with a veil. Some kind of metallic material embellished the top of her black outfit, which showed bare shoulders, though her arms were covered. The outfit stretched to the ground — it was either pants or a long gown. It appeared to be a typical Gaga costume, though not exactly what you'd want to be wearing when it was 100 degrees with a heat index of 103.
Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, last performed in Nebraska at the sold-out Monster Ball Tour on St. Patrick's Day at the Qwest Center Omaha, now CenturyLink Center Omaha.
She also was in Omaha in December for Christmas weekend, visiting boyfriend Luc Carl and his family, who still live in the Sarpy County suburb of Springfield. At that time, fans spotted her buying seafood at Shucks Fish House & Oyster Bar and hanging out at the Max, a downtown club. She also rented the Papio Bowl for a private party.
Since then, celebrity tabloids have reported rumors that she and Carl were no longer a couple, although the rumors appear to be untrue. Reports of alleged Gaga sightings also periodically make the rounds among area Twitter and Facebook users.
Although members of the crew would not confirm Wednesday what music video was being filmed, or if it was a video at all, residents nearby said they found out that Gaga was coming to the neighborhood a few days ago.
Gloe said her landlord had told her that Lady Gaga would be in town for a few days.
Lewis, the Springfield Elementary teacher, said she learned about Lady Gaga's visit from her boyfriend, who is a coach at Platteview High School.
The high school provided accommodations for the Lady Gaga crew Wednesday, said principal Angela Simpson. They fed the crew members breakfast, lunch and dinner — and shared their air conditioning.
Simpson said Springfield Elementary will host the crew for the next two days.
“The district office has known for several days,” Simpson said. “We're just being a host to something a little different.”
World-Herald staff writer Josefina Loza contributed to this report.
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