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Flower Pot Craft • TONIGHT! May 24th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Flower Pot Craft!
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: We Bring Good Things to Life!  

Flower pots are on the docket for tonight, your very own terra cotta fantasy come true. There will be lots of paint, lots of gems, lovely bits and baubles for you to contentedly adhere to your finished gardening container. It’s a pretty deluxe setup, I’ve been giving you the extremely easy craft kits lately, this one’s a nice mixture of both structure and freeform, I feel like it’s a “two cocktail project” to be sure. I’ll hand you a flower pot, and then you pick out a brush, the colors you want to paint with, and the decor you want to glue to it once the paint has dried. This is an excellent “gift craft” in that once it’s complete, it’s the perfect gift for you or someone special.

It’s a gardening celebration! We’ve had such a great rainy season, it seems only right to coax forth vegetation and encourage growth. I mean, what’s May for, anyway? Soon it will be the halfway mark of the 12-month session we call a year… which feels incomprehensible to me. Let’s savor this 5th month, enjoy the breeze, the flowers, the swirling clouds and long light of extended days. Let’s plant some seeds and watch them grow!

The #ResistMarch is June 11th, BE PREPARED!!! I’m leading FOUR special CraftNight sign salons with The City of West Hollywood! Find out ALL the information here, the next two are June 2nd and 3rd, read below to find out more!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


May 29th – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! 8pm – 10pm • 6 Games • Boys, Girls, Balls, FTW!!!!

May 31st – End of May Craft Project! 

CraftNight at Lesbians to Watch Out For OPENING NIGHT! >>> June 2nd • 7 – 9pm • Long Hall at Plummer Park
Were you there in ’90s?
It’s a flashback to lesbian / queer activism & organizing in ’90s LA and WeHo … Avengers! Arrests! Street Resistance! Sexy Clubs! Bars & Zines! Queer Bands & Performance! >>> CraftNight hosts Protest Poster and Button Making! / Music from EZ Tiger /  Vintage Stickers plus Zines ++ / Classic footage from ACT Up Women, ‘Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too’ ++ / Refreshments/mocktails :: Learn More and RSVP 

CraftNight at One City One Pride Day of History • Saturday, June 3 • 11am – 5pm: Come before, during or after the Stuart Timmons LGBTQ History tour and make your own protest sign! City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 >>> More info on this and ALL Events happening during One City One Pride

June 7th, Akbar • 9pm – June Pride Craft!

CraftNight at the DYKE MARCH • FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 6PM: 
The annual Dyke March begins at 6pm with a special protest sign-making workshop, followed by a march down Santa Monica Blvd. at 8pm. Confirmed speakers include: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Patrisse Cullors and janaya khan (#blacklivesmatter), Sue Dunlap, Lynn Harris Ballen and Judy Sisneros, and the City Council. Location: Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial, 8447 Santa Monica Blvd.

CraftNight Protest Poster Workshop at DYKE DAY!!! • Earnest Debs Park in East Los Angeles • Saturday, June 10 at 12 PM – 6 PM >>> The annual picnic in the park! Trees and grass and lots of room to spread out your most radical picnic spread! We will have DJ’s, light programming throughout the day, food trucks, a selfie station and more! This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY LGBTQIA event!


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Grab Bag Craft! • TONIGHT! May 17th, 2017


TONIGHT! Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Grab Bag Craft!
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Let’s get one thing straight- We’re not! 

Embracing the element of surprise, we’re going with GRAB BAG CRAFTS tonight! This means I have a variety for you to choose from, and the choice you make is the project for the night! Because honestly, the Craft Vault is getting a tad cluttered, we need to bring some of these classic crafts into the light and give them a chance to shine.

And FYI: In time for the #ResistMarch coming up for Pride in June, I’m leading FOUR special CraftNight sign salons with The City of West Hollywood! Find out ALL the information here, our first one is May 22nd at the Abbey (details below.)

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


CRAFTNIGHT SPECIAL EVENT MAY 22nd at The Abbey from 5pm to 9pm: Join me at City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, The Abbey Food and Bar, as we celebrate Harvey Milk Day with an artist-led protest signmaking workshop so you can be prepared for the #ResistMarch on June 11! In TRUE CraftNight style, we’re ready to rile things up, here are the details, please RSVP because I want to have enough supplies for the night: CRAFTNIGHT/WEHO FACEBOOK EVENT Our Guest Artist for the evening is Lori Meeker, painter, fabricator, costume designer dynamo!!!

May 24th – Paint-Yer-Own Flower Pot!

May 29th – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! 8pm – 10pm • 6 Games • Boys, Girls, Balls, FTW!!!!

May 31st – End of May Craft Project! 

June 7th, Akbar – June Pride Craft!  


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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:


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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



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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




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 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!



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