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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


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


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Fusion Beads!!! • January 17th, 2018

This Wednesday, JANUARY 17th, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: FUSION BEADS

*******Only the most delicious and delectable drink specials at the bar!
*********$3 donation for supplies, purty pleeze!  

Fusion beads are here for YOU in YOUR TOWN this week! What the heck’s a fusion bead? It’s a tiny plastic cylinder, and together with other tiny plastic cylinders, you arrange them on a special peg board and then it gets IRONED to make a cool picture! It is a rollicking good project, and the PERFECT time of year to do a heat-based craft.

Because you really can’t turn back with fusion beads, once they’re fused, that’s it! If only New Year’s resolutions were so easy, you just iron’em out and it’s perfect, instant change, no more work. And that’s just it, really… a craft that reminds you of the decisions you’re making and not making, choosing and figurer-outering as moments flow through reality. It’s mindful and melty, and oh so vibrant!

Come in and FUSE your intentions for the rest of the year.
FUSE your resolve to eat more vegetables.
FUSE your love of eating with your love of traveling
FUSE cocktails and crafts this Wednesday with joy and ease

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


JAN 21st • Akbar • 7:30pm to 10:30pm • BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!!WINTRY WEATHER EDITION We’re skating on thin ice with the BEST deal in town for your gambling whims, fat boozy wintry wonder prizes for your slush fund! >>>RSVP HERE!!! 

JAN 24th – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

JAN 31st – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

FEB 7th –  Dr. Sketchy figure drawing class at 8pm, followed by Valentines for POLITICIANS (Craftivism) at 9pm!

FEB 14th – Special Event! The Great CraftNight LOVE-IN (Prizes! Treats! Love!)



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TONIGHT! Maize Pin! • November 8th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at Akbar from 9pm to midnight or later it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!

*****$3 Donation Please 
******$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Hungry? We’ve got Drinks! 

Days are shorter, nights are longer, it’s the perfect weather for meeting new friends or looking up old friends and spending time with both. It’s a bonus night where, if you show up, you’ll not just get a sumptuous bead craft depicting maize, but also an owl pennant that says “Happy Harvest” and instantly makes you smile because it’s so powerful. Both of these items are so engaging and without pretense, that you’ll forget your analysis and embrace their cuteness. They do that.

Next week, there’s some Queer Self Defense, Hand Turkeys, Bingo, and Raucous Pie Party Plans, so check out the lower part of this bulletin to see what’s in store for your month of November goodness.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


NOVEMBER 15th @Akbar:

9pm – CraftNight HAND TURKEYS!

NOVEMBER 19th: SUNDAY 7pm @Akbar • Bet Yer Bottom Bingo Facebook Event Details HERE

NOVEMBER 22nd: NO CRAFTS! Akbar’s Annual Dance Party: PIE!!! Facebook Event Details HERE


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TONIGHT! Owl Banner! • November 1st, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at Akbar from 9pm to midnight or later it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!

*****$3 Donation Please 
******$4 Drink specials! Akbar: GO DODGER BLUE!!!  



We have it playing at the bar, and if your nerves are on edge, come in and watch the game while sipping a COCKTAIL! And we’re celebrating a certain bird this month, but not the bird you’re imagining… it’s an owl, and it’s on a lil’ banner/pennant type thing, perfect for hanging on your door, or wherever else you need a Fall Reminder. I’ve got all the sparkly gee gaws to go with it, you just gotta make one!

Because it finally feels like FALL!

I’d type more, but I’m watching the game, eeeeeeeek! LET’S GO DODGERS! CLAP CLAP clapclapclap!

See you at the Craft Table, JP Craft Captain




NOVEMBER 15th: HAND TURKEYS (An Annual CraftNight Tradition)

NOVEMBER 22nd: NO CRAFTS! Akbar’s Annual Dance Party: PIE!!!


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Clothespin Noteholder Magnet Craft! • August 16th, 2017

This Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Clothespin Noteholder Magnets!  
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: The Bar of Your Heart!

Notes notes notes, little pieces of paper all over the place and nothing to control it!
Whatever will you do?
However shall you survive?
Never fear, CraftNight is here, with a remedy for wayward papers! Come on in, paint up your clothespin, apply a magnet, and voila: notes organized!

NOW THEN: A lot of hate has been bubbling to the surface of our nation, in a way that is terribly discouraging. Please come in and use your Akbar, your CraftNight. We are a location specializing in tolerance and acceptance. Akbar is a space of love, and very reasonably priced cocktails.

We’re a fabulously queer community hub, and we’ll not let the vile dumbness of hatred and bigots seep into our sequins, no we will not. We are not strangers to this battle, and we’re doubling down to stick up for ourselves and each other. Because the shit storm isn’t on the way, it’s not coming, it’s here.

The Southern Poverty Law Center lays out some of the solemn details of how the radical right was more successful in entering the political mainstream last year than half a century. Also, check out Dr. Walter D. Greason’s compiled materials from a class he taught on collective racial violence that can help us understand the danger that Charlottesville represents.

We have creativity, we have impact. Our numbers are huge, and our voices are LOUD. CraftNight has been rocking our first amendment rights with Protest Poster Painting Parties and other forms of Craftivism. Stay tuned for us to supply you with continued ways to unite for social justice and the planet at large.

But mainly we offer respite: an air-conditioned intermission from the 24-hour news tickers tickering tenacious tensions. Come in and have a cocktail, some art therapy, some goodness.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


August 23rd – 8pm  FIGURE DRAWING with with DR. SKETCHY!!! Back to the Future Themed! then CraftNight will start at 9pm, and the craft is paint-a-statue! 

August 28th – Muu Muu Themed Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!!! 8pm to 10pm • Six games of boys, girls, balls, debauchery and PRIZES!!!!

August 30th – National Parks Craft! It’s time for Craftivism, we’re focusing on the national parks, because we need to protect our wildlands for now and future generations! Details coming sooooon!

Annnnd in case you’re reading… Gothtober is accepting applications. 



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