Category Archives: Multi-Variety Craft

Holiday Choices from the Vault! • TONIGHT! • November 30th, 2016


TONIGHT! Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Holiday Choices from the CraftNight Vault! 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Pure Love in Every Glass! 
*** ANNOUNCEMENT: SparkleBlob Holiday show is HERE! “The SnowGlobe of Progress: An Urban Puppet’s Contemplation” starts next week, we need audience, and we also need volunteers, read more at bottom to find out more! 

Hooray, 2016 is almost over, but not without some seriously festive crafts for you to make and take your mind off of the crazy. Last year, there was a shiny, fancy sale, and I scooped up as much holiday stuff as I could, and saved it in the vault until NOW. That means this month is going to be PACKED with fun projects to do that are, yes, holiday oriented. Tonight I’ve got Xmas and Hanukkah choices, as well as some secular stuff if you’re just not into the holiday jamz. It’s all sparkly though, and it’s all very glamorous.

While everyone’s scurrying around trying to shop for this, that and the other, take a moment for yourself, and create a keepsake for you or a loved one that will remind them of you. Nourish your body, your heart, your soul, your desire for a cozy cocktail in the company of gorgeous strangers who are fine with conversation or comfortable silence. The demands on one’s time and energy get quite crunchy this time of year. Make taking a break be a part of your holiday traditions, concentrating on what’s important to you.

Sharing the goodness of life need not involve discount coupons, oppressive party schedules, or recipes you don’t like to make. No one lives outside the walls of existence, it is a hallowed spot in yourself and your mind that belongs to YOU. If you don’t want to go to Uncle Crotchety’s Republican Cookie Bake-Off this year, you don’t have to, just send a nice card, and skip it. If they try to guilt you into going: send a gift basket in lieu of yourself, no one can argue with a good basket. Or… you know, send them an ornament that looks like private parts. That always goes over especially well.

Now then, you like puppets, hot buttered rum, lights, music, song, and Los Angeles, please come see my puppet show. I know I know, how many people beg you to see their puppet show? You lead a rich, full life!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


SparkleBlob Presents
An Urban Puppet’s Contemplation

DECEMBER 9th – 18th in BURBANK!!!  


Direct from Burbank, California, celebrate the tradition of amorphous blobs, robots, and kombucha nog this festive holiday season! Your favorite annual puppet show is back with a story of our sparkling sprawling winter wonder southland in it’s snowiest, flakiest splendor yet! Cozy up to the candy-coated chaos you’ve come to love and expect from Silverlake’s Most Well-Adjusted Family, Tree, and Santa Gorn!

*** Special Show Warning – Look out for flying gelt!

More info about the show HERE

Get Tickets from Brown Paper Tickets right this second HERE 

Wanna volunteer and be an usher or concessions helper? (Volunteers can see the show for free!) Contact:


Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Multi-Variety Craft

Comments Off on Holiday Choices from the Vault! • TONIGHT! • November 30th, 2016

Tags: , , , ,

Assortment Crafts • September 14th, 2017


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


 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!!! 

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…


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

Comments Off on Assortment Crafts • September 14th, 2017

Tags: , , , , , , ,

TONIGHT! KitCrafts! Aug 31st, 2016


TONIGHT! August 31st, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT. 
Project: Kit Craft Crazy!
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Like a Good Neighbor, Akbar is There! 

Unwind, relax, have a moment away from the rat race, and the rats. Unwind your mind with icy cocktails and cool crafts as we bid August a fond farewell and prepare for the next month. I have craft kits galore, they are pretty adorable, very 3-D, featuring woodland creatures, some of them foam, some of them felt, ALL of them darling!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain




Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 3.27.43 PM


 BEACHES IS BACK! FOUR SHOWS ONLY Starting September 8th! 

We had such an enthusiastic clamoring of “Please oh please bring it back” that we DID! Grab a chimichanga, a friend, a drink and then wander downstairs with another drink to catch some captivating, campy FUN! We’ve got it ALL: Music, HAIR, and outfits from 1988! Relive the magic, camp, and queer/lesbian backstory! Dance! Sequins! Tears!

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! 



An early evening craft experience with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, high-end supplies and step-by-step guidance by JP to make a finished project!



Posted by on August 31, 2016 in Multi-Variety Craft

Comments Off on TONIGHT! KitCrafts! Aug 31st, 2016

Tags: , ,

Love + Action • June 15th, 2016


This WednesdayJune 15th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT. 
Project: Love + Action   
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar

Re: The Shooting in Orlando

I cannot find grace, and I cannot find comfort. I’m cracked in half.

Fighting back with love, that’s what monks do, right? Where you breathe in all of the world’s hatred and breathe out something more palatable with every chant?
What if I’m breathing fire?
What if I can’t breathe?
What about smashing things?
What about never stopping crying ever, or being dry-eyed and catatonic with emptiness?
We’re going to address as many feelings as we can at CraftNight this week with varying activities:

1.) Shrinky Dinks = Creative outlet. If you want to make something for yourself, for a friend, for anyone, we will have the supplies for you to do it. It can be about something, it can be about nothing, it’s a shrinky dink, it’s just the most distracting and rewarding craft I can offer at a time like this. If you don’t know what a shrinky dink is, then that’s it: for you, CraftNight this Wednesday is mandatory, you need to know.

2.) Send support: Many organizations have stepped forward to help, and here is the main fund through Equality Florida. I will have resource sheets for you to take home where you can find more ways to help.

3.) Cards and Letters for The Pulse: The Pulse is a community haven. They are in shock and mourning, but at some point, their doors will open again, the people need them. I’ll have pens, blank cards, paper, envelopes and more so that you can make and send healing, queer, sparkly, love-filled messages to The Pulse about how valuable and important they are, and how we stand with them in solidarity.

4.) Letters to Elected Representatives About Gun Control – I will have the letters, I will have stamps, I will have envelopes. Write one, and I will send it for you, or you can send it yourself.

5.) Curl up and watch the Akbar Jumbotron – If you want to cocoon and be in some pillows and hide and be comfy, we’ll have a dark space on the dance floor for you to be cozy and quiet. We will play promisingly distracting things on the screen, and we will have snacks.

6.) Have a cocktail. Sometimes a drink is a useful thing.

7.) Together Time: Akbar is a refuge for eastside queers over 20 years strong. CraftNight has been at Akbar for over 8 years now, we are part of the rainbow coalition, and these colors don’t run. It’s time to be together. Come and get your love.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain



Posted by on June 13, 2016 in Coloring Craft, Heat-based Craft, Multi-Variety Craft

Comments Off on Love + Action • June 15th, 2016

Tags: , , , , , ,

Annual CraftNight LOVE-IN • Feb 10th, 2016


This Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Life without passion is unforgivable. 

• Valentine Scrap-Craft-O-Rama Craft Smorgasbord!
• RAFFLE (prize baskets o fun!)
• “Phantom of the Paradise” film on the Akbar Jumbotron!
• GUARANTEED Valentine from your Craft Captain!
• LIMITED EDITION magnet BADGE (while supplies last!)
• SNACKS! (Sweet and Savory) 

With all of the choices in the world, all of the people to meet, all of the emails to read and ignore, all of the things to do in the big city, the choice is usually to make no choice and take potshots at everything because daring to make something of your own will merely meet with scrutiny and everyone’s callous, spoiled, stagnated, bloviating naval-gazing critiques. Well no more of that, it’s time to kick fear in the teeth this week with LOVE!

I’m reaching out of this monitor, grabbing you by the MIND and asking you some some goddamn questions:





We’re building a world where you can ask these questions with glue, glitter, pens, paper, and valentines.

Visit us to receive your valentine bag, write your name on it, and put it on the ledge. Note the other bags on the ledge, and make valentines for those people you don’t know. Take a risk, have something to talk about in the locker room, make a thing, be a choice, love your humans, we’re all we’ve got.

Also, in case your heart is broken or you’re just feeling misanthropic, ignore everyone and find a dark corner, come and drink your feelings while watching Phantom of the Paradise! This film is director, Brian de Palma’s ONLY musical, and it stars the legendary Paul Williams in all of his flowy blonde-haired glory! Witness this cautionary tale of stolen and perverted artistry, lost love, and Faustian bargains!

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain


Ohhhhh the LOVE-IN!!! • Featuring the RAFFLE SURPRISE BASKETS • “Phantom of the Paradise” on the Akbar Jumbotron • Snacks • Limited edition magnet badge • Guaranteed Valentine from your Craft Captain • Music • Romance • Bromance • Sisters • Sinners • Love and all of its complicated meanings and feelings


February 17th – Chinese New Year Neon Monkey Door Hangers
February 24th – Princess Ice Castles
March 4th – Adorable Finger Puppets

TUESDAY February 23rd BINGO: Tuesday 8pm to 10pm it’s Bet Yer Bottom Bingo the night of fast and loose chances in your favorite bar with knock-out prizes and big bottles of booze! Boys, Girls, Balls, and that winning feeling!


Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Collage Craft, Freeform Craft, Multi-Variety Craft

Comments Off on Annual CraftNight LOVE-IN • Feb 10th, 2016

Tags: , , , , ,