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TONIGHT!!! ShrinkRay Glow-in-Dark Crafts! • May 9th, 2018

TONIGHT!!! May 9th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: Shrink Ray Glow-in-the-Dark Crafts!!!

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, sip away the stress!         
*********$3 suggested donation, please! #CraftNight_is_You

Oh I KNOW this announcement is soooo last minute, but CraftNight is 95% ALWAYS every week, so keep showin’ up! I haven’t had time to cut a sandwich in half, things have been bonkertown, but I will be there tonight and ohhhhh this craft is SO FREAKIN’ COOL. So even though I JUST told you about tonight’s craft, you gotta know this one will make your brain do a lil’ square dance in your head, a square dance of delight. 

As if the fact that it SHRINKS before your very eyes isn’t enough, it’s also a GLOW-IN-THE-DARK craft!!! We know it works because we tested it in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavor Pavilion and everyone’s face fell off with total and uninhibited JOY AND FASCINATION. We’re bringing that joy to you because it’s just so great I can’t even stand it.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


MAY MONTH CHIFFON HUMMINGBIRD TIMES!     

Bet Yer Bottom Bingo is on a MONDAY this month! MAY 14th, 2018 • Akbar • 7:30pm • Girls, boys, balls, booze! PRIZES APLENTY!!! >>>> FB Event! 

MAY 16th Craft: Laminated Bookmarks!

MAY 17th Show: Myself and other quality folks are in a live staged-reading of the Beat-era puppet play “Don’t Flee the Scene Salty”, and it happens NEXT THURSDAY NIGHT (May 17th) @ The Actors Company Theatre in West Hollywood! >>> Get tix!

MAY 20th: JP (that’s me) hosts the 2nd Annual Project Q Fundraiser Ball – All proceeds from this event will go towards completing construction of the ProjectQ ‘Hairstream’ self-esteem building mobile salon, and funding the 2018 Tour, in which free haircuts are given to LGBTQ homeless youth. Get tix or donate! >>>> FB Event!

MAY 23rd Craft: Poofy Chickens and Rabbits! (because it’s still SPRING, dang-it!)

MAY 30th Craft, CRAFTIVISM SPECIAL EVENT: CraftNight teams up with Down But Not Out to decorate packets of needed sundries to give out to those in need in our city! Donations for supplies welcome! More info to come!

 

 

 

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Coloring Craft, Heat-based Craft

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Springtime PuffBall-n-Foam Creatures • April 25th, 2018

This Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: Spring Foam-n-Puffball Creatures

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, everyday’s a holiday!         
*********$3 suggested donation, please! #ScrappyNonProfitThanksYou 

I’ve got some NEW varieties of Springtime creatures for you to assemble and decorate for this week! Some of them are ladybugs, some might be chickens, could be a caterpillar or a hare, I’m making sure we have a good variety of items so that you have the very best crack at all the crafting sundries available to you. Pop in and enjoy climate-controlled crafting with a cocktail! 

The temperature keeps doing weird things, and so does the air quality. This is how we do Spring in LA, a fickle fluctuation of hot or cold, windy or still, overcast or clear… and it’ll do that until we hopefully hit “June Gloom” which might arrive anywhere from May to June.

LA Springtime Tips: Don’t put away the fan, or the heater just yet. Keep your water close and your allergy meds closer, buy extra chapstick, neti-pot the hell out of your sinuses, get those tissues with lotion so your nose doesn’t fall off, wear layers and take a light jacket everywhere you go. It is warming up this week, according to the forecast, and pollen counts are not off the charts, but pretty decent, and tiny funky particles are kickin’ up and making the air kinda gross but not unlivable, which means, there’s fun stuff to do this weekend! 

Venture out for some Queer fun! The first, on Saturday, is an all-ages family event, and Grand Park never disappoints when it comes to fun! I’m performing in a line-up of GREAT PEOPLE! The second event I’ve listed here is a 21-and-over event, a fundraiser at the Eagle for Dyke Day! Come on out, have a brew, get some raffle tickets, get spanked, enjoy convening with friends to support our upcoming day in the park! Details below!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


END OF APRIL FUN!     

APRIL 28th at GRAND PARK from 2pm to 3:30 your Craft Captain, JP, is in the Line-Up of presentations for OUR LA VOICES!   It’s a KID-friendly all ages jamboree!!! Miss Barbie Q – Host, D’Lo, Pip Lilly, Kacy Bushemi, Ofelia de Corazon, Steven Reigns, Alexandra Grey, Paul Outlaw, Odious Ari, Asher Yap, Robert Patrick, Julianna (JP)Parr, Billie White Acre WE MADE YOU A THING COME SEE!!!

APRIL 29th it’s the DYKE DAY FUNDRAISER at the EAGLE • $5 Door • Raffles • Prizes • DJ • Beer • BBQ • Friends More info here on FB Event 

 

Posted by on April 23, 2018 in Assembly Craft, EZ Craft

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Terra Cotta Clay Playtime • April 18th, 2018

TONIGHT! Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: Terra Cotta Clay Playtime! 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, livin’ on a cloud!        
*********$3 suggested donation, please! #ScrappyNonProfitThanksYou  

OMG we haven’t had a CLAY NIGHT since I-don’t-know-when!!! Seriously, it’s been a dog’s age, this stuff is SO MUCH FUN! When’s the last time you played with some EARTH?  I’ll give you a smallish blob of clay and you can sculpt it to your heart’s content. It’s air dry, so I’ll have a cardboard tray in which for you to take it home. Once it dries (overnight, or a lil’ longer), you can paint it or preserve it or just start wearing/displaying it immediately!

There will be popsicle sticks and toothpicks for you to use as sculpting tools. You can really do a lot with a popsicle stick or a toothpick when it comes to sculpting. Write a message, carve a shape, hollow out a section, it’s easy. Make an amulet, a mini statue, some beads, a ring holder, a tiny box, a pen holder, whatever you want! I’ll have some idea sheets on hand to get you started.

The moon’s crescent builds, we’re heading toward a bright full moon! It’s traditionally called the PINK MOON because of all the lil’ pink flowers smattering the lowlands during springtime called “ground phlox.”

Consider the ground phlox. It’s a “new and exciting thing” brought about from a dormant, hibernating condition. It survived winter and guess what? SO DID YOU! What’s blooming in your life this spring season? What’s burbling up to the surface, and what shall you do to ensure that you’ll thrive like a wildflower?

For even in an age of illuminated screens and tiny devices dictating our schedules and job stuff and distractions, there is the oldest illuminated guidance of all: the moon. We’ll always have moon to help us track time, as long as it’s circling us, and as long as we’re circling the sun. And this upcoming full moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


APRIL IS ALL UP IN YOUR GRILL!     

THIS FRIDAY/SATURDAY It’s the FINAL run of Pat & Charlie: Solid Gold Lamé Cabaret! Last chance!!! Casita del Campo • April 20th and 21st @ 9pm get your tickets HERE!   Pat & Charlie revive their 1970s variety show but this time in the style of 1980s TV Tour de Force, Solid Gold. New Wave music meets glitter as they and their dancers, “The Precious Metals,” pay homage to leg warmers, bikini suspenders and metallic headbands. Check it out on Facebook for more information! 

APRIL 22nd – CraftNight will be on Duty at WxW: For Women. By Women. A community celebration for LBTQ women and their allies. Visibility and community matter now more than ever. Join us for a day of fun, interactive, LBTQ-centric activities, performances, and much more! Bring yourself + friends + family – everyone is truly welcome. Event Details HERE!

25th 9pm Akbar – Puffball Creatures! A variety of poofy fluffy googly-eyed creative prospects await you!

APRIL 28th at GRAND PARK from 2pm to 3:30 your Craft Captain, JP, is in the Line-Up of presentations for OUR LA VOICES!   It’s a KID-friendly all ages jamboree!!! Miss Barbie Q – Host, D’Lo, Pip Lilly, Kacy Bushemi, Ofelia de Corazon, Steven Reigns, Alexandra Grey, Paul Outlaw, Odious Ari, Asher Yap, Robert Patrick, Julianna (JP)Parr, Billie White Acre

 

Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Freeform Craft

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Springtime Animal Magnets • April 10th, 2018

This Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project:  Spring Animal Magnets!  

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, see what we mean!       
*********$3 suggested donation, please! #NonProfitLife  

Honestly there’s so much happening in April, just scroll down past all this folderol I’m typing and go see for yourself! Meanwhile in the CraftNight rumpus room at Akbar this week, there are the crafts to be had, and you really must have them. One need not travel to the outskirts of the city to witness cute springtime animals romping about, because we have them right here. We’ve got bunnies, and chickies, and lambies, and other supercute creatures for you to build. Display them on your shelves, your dashboards, your bathroom countertops, anyplace you desire. Wherever there is a flat-enough spot, you can put one of these little friends, or you can stick-em on the fridge.

In other news, I’m happy to report that the bees that were swarming and clumping on the side of our abode are gone. They swarmed, protected their queen, and after 48 hours, moved on elsewhere to a place they thought she’d like better. I couldn’t really think when that was happening, I love bees, but when they do that… they freak me out. But now that I’ve read some info about it, I feel flattered that they chose us for a little while. Apparently, the Spring season is bee swarming time!

Also: I directed Pat and Charlie in their latest escapade, their Solid Gold Lamé Cabaret! If things have been feeling too serious, or you want to snort your margarita out your nose from laughing too hard, maybe come see this show. We promise it’s the sassy sparkly diversion you’ve been craving.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


APRIL HAS ALL THE THINGS! COME AND SEE!    

It’s the FINAL run of Pat & Charlie: Solid Gold Lamé Cabaret! Last chance!!! Casita del Campo April 13th and 14th • April 20th and 21st @ 9pm get your tickets HERE!   Pat & Charlie revive their 1970s variety show but this time in the style of 1980s TV Tour de Force, Solid Gold. New Wave music meets glitter as they and their dancers, “The Precious Metals,” pay homage to leg warmers, bikini suspenders and metallic headbands. Check it out on Facebook for more information! 

Sunday April 15th – BET YER BOTTOM BINGO @Akbar • 7:30pm in the front Bar, win BIG BOTTLES O’ BOOZE (Havana Club Puerto Rican Rum, Sipsmith London Dry Gin and other fine spirits) along with other fabulous prizes with boys, girls, balls and a whole lotta laffs!!! 50 Cents a Card! Find out MORE on our FB Page!

18th 9pm Akbar – Terra Cotta Clay Playtime! – Make lil’ sculptures out of reddish brown squishy air-dry clay!

APRIL 22nd – CraftNight will be on Duty at WxW: For Women. By Women. A community celebration for LBTQ women and their allies. Visibility and community matter now more than ever. Join us for a day of fun, interactive, LBTQ-centric activities, performances, and much more! Bring yourself + friends + family – everyone is truly welcome. Event Details HERE!

25th 9pm Akbar – Puffball Creatures! A variety of poofy fluffy googly-eyed creative prospects await you!

APRIL 28th at GRAND PARK from 2pm to 3:30 your Craft Captain, JP, is in the Line-Up of presentations for OUR LA VOICES!   It’s a KID-friendly all ages jamboree!!! Miss Barbie Q – Host, D’Lo, Pip Lilly, Kacy Bushemi, Ofelia de Corazon, Steven Reigns, Alexandra Grey, Paul Outlaw, Odious Ari, Asher Yap, Robert Patrick, Julianna (JP)Parr, Billie White Acre

 

Posted by on April 10, 2018 in Assembly Craft

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RETURN of the Unicorn Pins • April 4th, 2018

This Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project:  Unicorn Pins Yayyyyyy!!!! (Paint yer own!)   

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, get yours today!       
*********$3 suggested donation, we’re a scrappy non-profit alive because of you! xoxo 

When we last saw our wooden lasercut unicorn profiles, they were in a box… somewhere. And then I went out of town, and my poor CraftNight Lieutenants couldn’t find them anywhere, and so the unicorns did not star as the craft for that evening. It was a bit of a SNAFU: Situation Normal: Awol Forgotten Unicorns. You know, like they say in the military.

However, I FOUND THEM! I found the UNICORNS! And they’re FUN, and you can wear one after you paint it and glue gems to it and it will just be the everlovin’ BEST. I mean, this creature has been captivating us since 5th century BCE. Marco Polo thought rhinoceroses were the ugliest unicorns he’d ever seen and was super disappointed. Here’s a direct quote from when he was rooting around in Sumatra (formerly Basma):

“The head resembles that of a wild boar, and they carry it ever bent towards the ground. They delight much to abide in mire and mud. ‘Tis a passing ugly beast to look upon, and is not in the least like that which our stories tell of as being caught in the lap of a virgin; in fact, ’tis altogether different from what we fancied.”

Still, people were drawn to the power and mystique of the majestic unicorn. As late as 1741 you could purchase powdered unicorn horn in jars in London pharmacies. Obviously, we don’t have anything as resplendent as that, but well… they are wooden shapes for painting, and the resplendence is up to you.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


SPRING CRAFT SESSIONS and MORE for APRIL! 

11th – Spring Animal Magnets! 

15th – BET YER BOTTOM BINGO 7:30pm in the front Bar, win BIG BOTTLES O’ BOOZE and other fabulous prizes with boys, girls, balls and a whole lotta laffs!!! 50 Cents a Card! 

18th – Terra Cotta Clay Playtime! 

25th – Puffball Creatures! 

 

Posted by on April 3, 2018 in Jewelry Craft, Painting Craft

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