Oh, Boy!

When Japan’s traditional Tango-no-Sekku (otherwise known as Boys' Festival) falls each year on May 5, families hang out koi-nobori (carp banners) to symbolize longevity and perseverance, both desirable traits in sons. They also bring out the heirlooms – swords and elaborate, armored samurai dolls – and display them in their houses.

It’s quite possible that Boy’s Day will get a whole different approach, however, when Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast, Belmar’s premier Japanese kitsch emporium (here’s what we said about it in this year’s Best of Denver issue), hosts its own celebration, tonight, Friday May 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. Boy-specific items will be on sale, and the celebration will also benefit Youth in Action, a Japanese language and culture program for youth, as a fundraiser to send a group of kids to Japan for a month this summer (meet some of them tonight as they serve unique refreshments and graciously accept your donations). And, too, the party will extend up and down the Block 7 area at Belmar, where Flash Gallery/Working With Artists will debut a juried group photography show and Ink Lounge Gallery will host an opening reception for Lead Heads, the 18th Annual Colorado Alliance of Illustrators Members Show, which showcases local illustrators.

Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast is at 445 S. Saulsbury Street, Space E, in Belmar; go to, or call 303-872-7706.

- Susan Froyd

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