J-Pop Culture

You're going to need a costume for your costume to attend tonight's Nan Desu Kan New Year's Eve Costume Ball. "Imagine your character is going to homecoming," says NDK spokeswoman Jinnie McManus of the cosplay-attracting end-of-year bash.

NDK is known for its large-scale Japanese animation convention, which draws thousands of J-Pop fans and video-gamers to Denver for seminars, talks and performances each fall, but tonight's gala is all about the intimate party. The dressed-to-the-nines soiree begins at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street, and features a casino, low-priced food and drink specials and resident NDK DJ Bullock spinning Top 40 jams through the midnight ball drop. "Ball royalty" will be chosen by a panel of cosplay experts, and anyone interested in entering can come to the hotel starting at 6 p.m. to get an entry picture taken in the Costume Ball photo booth.

A cash bar, separate from the main room, will be available to those looking to grab a drink, but this New Year's Eve bash focuses on creating a safe and fun environment for all ages. Tickets, $15 to $20, can be purchased at www.ndk.org; a portion of the night's proceeds will go to WeHeartJapan, a charity organization helping quake and tsunami victims.
Sat., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., 2011

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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