Turning Japanese

Curious about how to perfectly prune your bonsai? Ever wonder what it takes to make a taiko drum? Japan America Society of Colorado will have the answers to those questions and many more at today’s Harvest Moon Festival, a seasonal gathering celebrating Japanese culture and traditions. Along with information sessions on plants and percussion, the event will feature booths by local kimono, antique and anime retailers, a fashion show, and appearances by local Gothic Lolitas in full-on frilly regalia.

“We want to give people a chance to experience a myriad of Japanese culture, old and new,” says Dilek Eccles, executive director of JAS of Colorado. The Harvest Moon Festival will run from 1 to 8 p.m., with Pacific Mercantile selling refreshments throughout the day; the Taiko Society of Colorado Springs will hold a live drumming performance to close out the festivities. The free, all-ages festival will be at the Eron Johnson Antiques Warehouse, 389 South Lipan Street; for more information, call the JAS at 303-592-5364 or go to www.jascolorado.org.
Sat., Oct. 15, 1-8 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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