Category Archives: Painting Craft

Suncatchers • January 24th, 2018

This Wednesday, JANUARY 24th, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: SUNCATCHERS

*******Drink Specials for your face! Yummy Yummy!  
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  

The wispy high-up twirling clouds and gorgeous blue sky are just bringin’ it so much that we gotta make sun catchers! I have all this stuff to do, but I just want to feel that brisk wind in my face, watch my scarf whirl in the wintry wind as I hurry to and fro with errands aplenty! But I guess I could take a break, yeah, I guess I could do that and make a sun catcher at CraftNight in the rumpus room at Akbar.

I suppose I could have a delicious beverage and saunter over to where paint and supplies are waiting for me, and I could wax creative. I could be that  cold season character, I could build camaraderie with strangers and let out a lusty guffaw over my mini-plastic-flagon of spirits. I could reach out to a hearty band of souls on a chilly night, offering my fellowship and goodwill.

It’s National Compliment Day, and it’s National Peanut Butter Day, so already those are some pretty good topics of conversation. It wouldn’t require much effort to start talking about such things. It’s also Beer Can Day and Belly Laugh Day, one cannot lose with those good days of observation taking up squares on the calendar. Do not be hindered by the hurdles of the day, they are gone, and all that awaits you is a bevy of high-quality experiences manufactured onsite under our roof at the corner of Sunset and Fountain.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


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

FEB 7th –  Dr. Sketchy figure drawing class at 8pm, followed by LA Rock Painting! LA Rocks!!!

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

FEB 18th – Bet Yer Bottom BINGO!!! Gambling, Winning, Singing, Drinking, Dabbing, Dotting, Laughing!

FEB 21st, FEB 28th – YES THERE WILL  BE CRAFTS YAHHHHHH!!!! We’re relentless and forever, we’re crafts. 


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First Craft of the Year!!! • January 10th, 2018

JANUARY 10th, 2018 DOORS OPEN EARLY 7pm!!!! 
****8pm Special Workshop by Linda Santiman and Lauren Costine  

*****9pm Sign-making and cocktail-drinking continues!!! 
******$3 donation for supplies, purty pleeze!  
>>>>RSVP HERE! (Help us figure out how many supplies to bring!)<<<<<<

New Year and bet your bippy that we’re comin’ in HOT!!! It’s a Protest Poster Painting Party for the upcoming Los Angeles Womens March! Come on in without a THING and we’ll give you all the supplies to make yourself seen and heard when you go downtown to holler!

Our sign painting salons get kinda crowded, so we’re opening at 7pm (take advantage of Akbar’s lovely happy hour prices) for earlybird access to make your sign. We know last year was a total shit show, and we know it’s just gonna keep coming at us, this is why Linda and Lauren will be teaching a one-hour workshop at 8pm called “Resistance – How to be an Activist Without Losing Your Mind.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m really into THE TRUTH. And truth is at a premium. Whatever your feelings about the GOP and the President, information is being distorted, and it’s hard to keep a level head. The role of a free press in our democracy is vital, it’s our watchdog on behalf of the public’s interest, let us not be asleep at the wheel about this. There is a lot of messed up stuff about this weird country, but our First Amendment Right is one of the best things we ever did for ourselves.

WHY do we protest? Does it make a difference? YES IT DOES. Progress is slow, politics is frustrating, tedious, and a major pain in the ass, it takes forever. We are pushing the papers, we’re making the calls, and we’re doing the work. But we’re also THE PEOPLE, and we are the ones who will also be voting, and our discontent must be VISIBLE. Those who are elected serve us, our elected officials need a goddamn reminder that we are awake and watching.

We also need to get out there for ourselves, for each other, in solidarity. We do have power, and a great way to remember that is by seeing just how many of us are willing to spend our hard-earned leisure time continuing to protest the dumbness that is the current GOP.

So this week I’m offering you the most FUN way to work on your discontent. Get your butt in here and make a sign, we need you.

There will be treats, there will be paint, there will be cocktails, handouts, education, camaraderie, cohesion, and resolve!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


JAN 17th – Dr. Sketchy figure drawing class at 8pm, Winter Snow Craft at 9pm!

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 21st – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

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

FEB 7th – Valentines for POLITICIANS (Craftivism)

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



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TONIGHT! Holiday Figurine Painting! • Dec 6th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at Akbar 9pm – midnight (or later) 
****Project: Paint a holiday figurine thingy!   

*****$3 Donation Please 
******$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Everything you want in a bar and MORE! 

Use the brush of your feelings to paint the questions into your heart! OR, if that’s too much this holiday season, just come to CraftNight and paint a holiday figurine, I’ll have supplies at the ready for you! The color of truth can emerge in emotions, but the color of truth can also just frickin’ be on HOLD while Los Angeles is burning, yeesh!

I think tonight is a FINE time to have a cocktail or three! As the end of the year is still rife with surprises, it’s just not always comforting knowing that anything can happen. This is where we go into high distraction mode. Take a load off, get into a lil’ painting project while making friends, listening to music in our cozy watering hole here in Silverlake.

Tonight’s craft is a smallish unpainted figurine, seasonal in nature, quite charming, you can paint it all one color, or paint it ALL the colors!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


DECEMBER 13th: Ye Olde CrafteNighte Crafte Faire! Come to Akbar and get a hot cider with whiskey, then make a vulva ornament with the Audre Lorde Health Center, then shop for presents made by local vendors and THEN take a short walk to CRUISE at the Eagle and drink more and shop more!

It’s all part of our little two bars, one night, extravaganza! Ye Olde CrafteNighte Crafte Faire FB Info 

BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!! December 17th • Akbar • 7pm to 10pm >>> FB LINK



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Dr. Sketchy, then Color a Calavera! • October 18th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, October 18th at Akbar: 
8pm to 10pm DR. SKETCHY “IT” Halloween Figure Drawing! (see link below: SO MUCH FUN!!)

9pm to midnight or later it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
****Project: Color-Your-Own Calavera! (skull)  

*****$3 Donation Please 
******$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Give an Ice Cube it’s moment of glory!

Come on in at 8pm if you want to do some figure drawings, then stick around for our wonderful night of painting beautiful lasercut calavera shapes!

See you at the Craft Table, JP Craft Captain


GOTHTOBER 2017 Visit and see 31 works by 31 different contributors, each day a new one revealed! Works by Akbar bartenders, Kimberly Kim, and Jennifer’s pup “The Stig” on the horizon! It’s all online, you don’t have to go anywhere or do anything, watch from your phone, your tablet, your desktop!



#5 >>>Oct 18th 9pm to 11pm – Dr. Sketchy returns with a really fun and CREEPY Life Drawing Assignment: Stephen King’s IT! Get tix and RSVP HERE. CraftNight also begins at 9pm with somethin’ halloweenie!

#6 >>> Oct 22nd – Sunday 7pm Bet Yer Bottom Bingo HALLOWEEN STYLE!!! A rotten, putrid, haunted evening of depraved behavior and boozy rewards! FB Event HERE!

Oct 11th – Haunted Lasercut skull shape painting project! Oct 25th – CraftNight’s Annual PUMPKIN CARVING Festival! Reserve a Pumpkin or BYOP!!!


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Dr. Sketchy 8pm • Suncatcher Craft 9pm • Sept 20th, 2017

This Wednesday, September 20th at Akbar: 
8pm to 10pm DR. SKETCHY “Turkish Delights” Figure Drawing! (see link below: SO MUCH FUN!!)

9pm to midnight or later it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
****Project: FALL Equinox Sun Catchers! 

*****$3 Donation Please 
******$4 Drink specials! Akbar: See What We Mean

It’s FALL!!! Right now, you have the most Autumn enjoyment before you: the most pumpkin spice everything, the most football, the most fall clothing, the most harvest vegetables, the most haunted houses and scary movies and pumpkin patches, the most bonfires, the most colorful leaf changes, the most county fairs, and the most fall food recipes. ‘Tis the beginning of seasonal autumnal splendor, a time of both abundance and wistfulness. Is Autumn a beginning or an ending? Can it be both? The daylight hours shrink, the darkness becomes more prevalent, yet there is also a spark. A glimmer of your creaturely nature may cause you to pause and say “I do believe I’m connected to it all!”

For pondering just that type of thought process, and to connect you with the seasonality of being human, we have really excellent Fall Suncatchers! You get one corny cartoony style one, and another hipster style geometric one! You also get a suction cup for hanging your craft in the window! This is lowbrow stained glass (plastic), it’s very uncomplicated, you’ll paint these with special suncatcher paint I ordered especially for this night! It’s easy and painty, you can talk and do this at the same time, it’s not a concentration breaker!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


September 20th • 8-10pm • Dr. Sketchy’s LA is BACK with “Turkish Delights” *** Live Model Figure Drawing & Cocktails*** Featuring:
Caramel Knowledge and Jenn Aguilar ***** TICKETS: **** $12 advance, $15 at the door ••• 
Facebook Public Invite:

SEPT 24th SUNDAY!!! – Bet Yer Bottom BINGO on a SUNDAY?!? Yes! Special Limited Edition Weekend Event! 

SEPT 27th CRAFT – Fall Leaf Necklace! 

OCTOBER 2017 – Halloween Crafts BEGIN!!! 


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