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Conversation Heart Caterpillars • February 1st, 2017

This Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Sno S’more Character! 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Living Unboring! 

Today I’m just gonna write something that CNN, The NY Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, NPR, or the Wall Street Journal didn’t. You can read this, and know that it’s got nothing to do with all those other things you might’ve been scrolling with red worried eyeballs for the last week and a half. Far from sticking my head in the sand about current events, there is such a thing as burnout, so last week and this week, we’re having mellow self care craft projects for our CraftNights.

It’s going to be Valentines Day soon, and on the 8th (see below) we’re going to do some political Craftivism, so I thought you might want this week for some mellow “Conversation Caterpillar” time. It comes with conversation hearts, hence it’s provocative name. Whether it’s fake or real or invented by Hallmark or wolves or corporations or nuns, Valentine’s Day is a holiday about LOVE so who cares where it came from! Get out of your own way and make a keepsake for someone cool, like the hat-wearing burrito lady, or the polite mumbly dude who always sells you your daily coffee beverage.

I don’t care if they think you’re in love with them when you’re not, just skip away emphatically if they try to smooch you. There are people suffering from far more things than drudgery in this world, if you can make just one person feel special, treated with respect, and like they matter… that’s just the thing that can fuel the momentum to help a person gain the vim and vigor to go do the things they’ve got to do.

A Conversation Caterpillar, (though it may fill you with anxiety for fear of causing inundation with a human being that might try to become your life partner after receiving one from you) is an opportunity to let other people sharing the earth with you know that they are valued and appreciated. We need more of that, and less selfish churlish bloviating.

This craft may have parts that are a genuine pain-in-the-ass to glue together, it might take awhile for parts to dry. This is good, because your irritation will be about that and not about other external factors swirling around in your periphery. Working out frustrations on a craft will enable you to focus on getting a good night’s sleep, and then you’ll wake up, and go kick some ass the next day.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Upcoming Craftivism:

February 8th: The Annual CraftNIght Love-In!!! Help send valentines to Jerry Brown and other politicians fighting for the issues we care about, and also help us send Mike Pence some really kinky sexy valentines that are really glittery and queer!

April: Protest Poster Painting Party #2 where we prepare for the TAX DAY MARCH.


MORE Things: 

FEBRUARY 8th: CRUISE at The Eagle – Just down the street from Akbar and CraftNight is another watering hole you’ll want to visit! There’ll be lip-syncing contest hosted by Tony Soto • Spankings and play from Backroom Mistresses, Bootblackers, DJ tunes, maybe take your bartender a Conversation Caterpillar made at CraftNight!  >>>Facebook Link

FEBRUARY 10th: QUEER PROM at the Sweat Spot! – We could all use a little more LOVE right about now given the current political climate and walking into an unknown future. Join us at Queer Prom to raise spirits, glasses & money for a local charity we will choose as a community. $15 Tickets
Tickets available at: http://queerpromla.brownpapertickets.com/

FEBRUARY 23rd: sSISTERSs: An Experimental Musical – A new punk musical about three sisters who may or may not be witches. Trapped in the drawing room of an old Victorian house, they take on famous triads in a psychedelic, stream-of-consciousness trip through time that explores shifting ideas of sisterhood. Who gets to be seen as a sister, and why? With a live band, haunting three-part harmonies, and throwbacks to the secret rituals of girlhood, sSISTERSs explores memory, family, mortality, queer feminist identity, and the struggles of being a woman artist.
Written and Directed by Gina YoungFacebook Link! 

 

Posted by on February 1, 2017 in Assembly Craft, EZ Craft

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3-D Haunted House Craft! • Oct. 19th, 2016

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TONIGHT! Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: 3-D Haunted House Craft! 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Rise Up, Move Ahead! 

Build your own little purple piece of real estate at CraftNight tonight, it’s 3-D Haunted Houses!!! Assemble it yourself, lots of foam pieces AND lots of EXTRA foam pieces I’ve gathered from craft travels. I’ve got eyeballs, witches, cats, bats, ghosts and MORE! You can really dress this up, makes a great table centerpiece or place to hide your hide-a-key, or part of the fascinator you’ve always wanted, or throw it in the city fountain and watch it float!

Halloween is on the horizon, don’t be caught without decorations, most notably, the aforementioned one above that is a LOT of fun to make! Halloween decor is the best, because it’s not smarmy, overly sentimental, too scrumply, or outrageously expensive. Some of it comes with complicated wiring, electronics, fog, or lights. It’s the time of year where green scaly hands and snot are in fashion! The more discombobulated you can make your guests with frightful accents, the better! This is also the time for weirdo food items, stuff’s allowed to be atrocious and delicious at the same time. What’s more, at the end of this month, you can basically knock on ANYONE’S door at night, say “Trick or Treat” and they give you candy… or a rock… or cough drops… hopefully candy. Tonight we’ll have some candy in a candy dish that, if you want, we can teach you how to make at CraftNight LAB next week on the 26th. It’s special. Read below for more info.

Also next week at 9pm it’s BYOPumpkin carving, so get ready for that, get your pumpkins together, and come on over where we’ll have knives, tarps and candles! Who let’s you get drunk and play with knives? CraftNight!!!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


 

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Visit www.gothtober.com which is our way of sharing the Autumn season with you! We host 31 days of online art treats, a new one revealed with each day! You don’t have to go anywhere or do anything, it’s viewable on your phone, your desktop, your tablet, YAY!

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October 26th 7pm – 9pm @Akbar – CRAFTNIGHT LAB!!! Ticketed Event Craft Workshop with Food and Special Treats! Project: Lighted Fright House Candy Dish >>> Learn More Here!

9pm – Midnight or later @Akbar – B.Y.O.P. Pumpkin Carving! (We supply the tools, you supply the squash, or you can order one from us and we’ll have it ready for you)

 

 

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3-D Halloween Lanterns! • Oct. 5th, 2016

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TONIGHT! Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Halloween Lanterns with Optional battery candle for purchase! 
$3 Donation Please (if you want a battery-operated tea light, that’s another buck!) 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Solutions for a Small Planet 

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-3-22-23-pmThe light begins to wane ever slowly every fall. Though we are quite a few weeks away from Daylight Savings, here could be they way for you to avoid the Headless Horseman while making your way through the darkened thicket on your way home.

Make yourself a 3-D Halloween Tissue LANTERN! It’s a luminous and darling craft for your Halloween decor collection 2016!!! I have battery-operated tea lights for sale that you can put inside your DIY Halloween decoration to create a colorful and eerie glow.

Your kit features cardboard frames, tissue paper sheets in autumn colors and sheets of acetate to make them sturdy and stable. These lanterns are perfect for hanging from the porch on fright night or for using as party centerpieces for your evening dinner soiree.

Includes tissue paper squares and acetate sheets, and I’ll have all kinds of foam decorations, gems and other goodies for you to embellish your lantern to your heart’s content.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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Visit www.gothtober.com which is our way of sharing the Autumn season with you! We host 31 days of online art treats, a new one revealed with each day! You don’t have to go anywhere or do anything, it’s viewable on your phone, your desktop, your tablet, YAY!

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October 17th at Akbar it’s BET YER BOTTOM BINGO HALLOWEEN STYLE!!!! >>> 8pm to 10pm at Akbar • Creepies, Crawlies, Drinkies, Prizies, Numbers, Balls, Cuties, Crazies, you don’t want to miss this one, it’s oh so sinister, bone-chilling, spine-tingling FUN!!!

October 19th 9pm Akbar – 3-D Foam Haunted Houses – A Fan favorite!

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October 26th 7pm – 9pm @Akbar – CRAFTNIGHT LAB!!! Ticketed Event Craft Workshop with Food and Special Treats! Project: Lighted Fright House Candy Dish >>> Learn More Here!

9pm – Midnight or later @Akbar – B.Y.O.P. Pumpkin Carving! (We supply the tools, you supply the squash, or you can order one from us and we’ll have it ready for you)

 

 

Posted by on October 12, 2016 in Assembly Craft

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Assortment Crafts • September 14th, 2017

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This Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT. 
Project: Assortment Crafts! Coloring or assemblage! 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Akbar, for Successful Living!
>>>CraftNight LAB coming up September 21st! Earlier! Fancier! 12 Spots Available! Keep Reading… 

Variety is important to your creativity routine. Doing different crafts keeps your interest peaked and your mental and physical faculties SHARP! That’s why I’m offering up more treasures from the vault in September.

  • I’ve got some NEW coloring sheets I found that will turn your mind inside out with their exciting complexity!
  • There are also 3-D felt kits that are truly wondrous! The box makes the kit look like some tiny little thing, when in actuality, the project is the size of a small pillow! Amaze!
  • Also I’ve got some scratch canvases, some black velvet mini posters for coloring, and really just a lot of cool stuff.

September is the last month before we begin the last quarter of the year, so let’s savor these last weeks of summer before the equinox kicks in, as the tomato harvest dwindles, and the apples are at their tastiest. The lowriders have returned to cruise Whittier Boulevard, nocturnal urban skunks galumph up and down Echo Park’s neighborhood street curbs, and the churro man in Boyle Heights fries and distributes churros as he whistles the same tune his grandfather used to whistle.

CraftNight would like a moment to welcome the Rams back to LA, and their first game was just terrible, but whatever. If you don’t care about football, CraftNight would also like to welcome the brand new spire on Wilshire Grand Center, making it a whole 81 feet taller than the US Bank Building! If you don’t care about football or buildings, continue reading below, maybe something will catch your eye.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


 

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JUST IN TIME FOR IN FALL: CRAFTNIGHT LAB SEPTEMBER 21st ***12 TICKETS ONLY!*** 
 Starting 7pm, a FANCY early evening VIP craft experience with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, high-end supplies and step-by-step guidance by JP to make a beautiful fall owl note valet with felt flowers!  Find out more HERE!!! 

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SEPTEMBER 26th 2016 • AKBAR • 8pm to 10pm >>>> BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!! Six fifty cent sessions of Girls, boys, fall season balls, numbers, gambling, excitable yelling, cocktails, music, mirth! Tell us you’re on the way…

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Feminist Acting Class starting this Friday at the Womens Center for Creative Work
Feminist Acting Class is a series of experiments to determine if the form of an acting class can be made feminist, in addition to the content. Part art project, part intellectual experiment and part dynamic physical practice, Feminist Acting Class wants to expand the roles for women, transgender and nonbinary people in theatre and the way that we approach these roles. Taught by Gina Young: queer feminist playwright, director and performer whose work has been seen all over the US and Europe!
More Info

 

 

Posted by on September 13, 2016 in Assembly Craft, Multi-Variety Craft

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TONIGHT! Star Foam Door Hanger! September 7th, 2016

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TONIGHT! September 7th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT. 
Project: Star-shape door hanger!
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Live in your world. Play in ours!

We give away TONS of free information to social media sites, public spaces, and other places that have cookies, cameras, satellites, bugs, biometrics and god knows what else. NOT TONIGHT!!!! Keep people out or keep yourself in with a Star-shaped door hanger made by YOU at CraftNight!

CraftNight supports your right to have secret meetings, political thoughts, artistic ideas, experimental labs, subversive dance studios, wild sex dungeons, basically: exploring on your own time in your own space to be anything you want however you want to do it without anyone intruding on that process!

We have the doorknob hangers, they are foamy, friendly and fantastic. We will also have all the things for you to glue to it, so very many things! Lots of it is shiny, all of it is colorful.

Hang up your doorknob sign. Retreat into a space of your own and just be a person. You should support your fellow person’s wish to also not be monitored by you, and everyone else in the world. You can write “Come on in” or “Get the hell outta here and don’t bother me!”
It’s a step in the right direction, it costs 1/500th of the price of the new iPhone 7 and works a zillion times better.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

 

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


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BEACHES IS BACK! STARTING TOMORROW SEPT 8TH!!! 

LA Weekly chose us as a PICK OF THE WEEK!

It was 1988. The LA Dodgers were the World Series Champions, Rob and Fab of Milli Vanilli were exposed as lip syncing meatheads, and Presidential Candidate, George Bush kept repeating “Read my lips: No new taxes!”

And then Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler made a movie about friendship, feelings and farewells that made us all laugh, cry and drink!

ALLSTAR CAST: Linda Pinda, Nancy Kissam, Mike Rainey, Matt Stevens, & Josh Fielstra on keyboard!

Directed by Julianna (JP) Parr <<<< That’s ME, your Craft Captain, OMG!

CAVERN CLUB THEATER at Casita del Campo!

Learn more and get tickets NOW! 

 


COMING TO YOU  IN FALL: CRAFTNIGHT LAB SEPTEMBER 21st ***LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!*** 
An early evening craft experience with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, high-end supplies and step-by-step guidance by JP to make a beautiful fall owl centerpiece with felt flowers!  

 

Posted by on September 7, 2016 in Assembly Craft, EZ Craft

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