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TONIGHT! Easter Baskets! • April 5th, 2017

TONIGHT! April 5th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Easter Baskets! 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Gurrrl, come-n-get-it! 

Do you like it elegant or rustic? Are you a little bit country, or a little bit rock-n-roll?

Lemme tellya ’bout a little chipwood basket offering I’ve got tonight that is so adorable I jus’ wanna scream in an octave too high for my throat, throw my hands in the air all mad-about-it, then collapse down on the ground crying. This is a triumph moment for CraftNight, because usually I see these dumb little baskets and I notice them too late and they are TOO EXPENSIVE for me to justify purchasing them for our weekly gathering. And I want to kick myself for AGAIN not having the foresight to order them.

But this year is different. This year, I vowed that I’d start looking in January, and my determination won me some cheap-ass baskets for us to paint! And they’re just really really CUTE!!! You’ll also get some pastel-colored grass bits, and a cute little egg that goes with it, making tonight’s craft even MORE value-packed than it usually is. Embellish these cutie hampers with ribbons, pipe cleaners, and all sorts of creative decor to fit your whim!

For those of you who eschew or poo-poo the Easter holiday for it’s reliance on a certain designated stigmata-encumbered individual’s life-and-times, do not worry! Easter can just be about ovums, because I’m sure you’ve noticed the baby ducklings at your local park, or the multitude of spring flowers brought forth by the season’s mighty rains? Maybe you’ve just had to fortify yourself with many allergy and sinus medications like myself, to prevent yourself from turning into a giant snot ball? It is… like… totally Spring.

Celebrate spring with a chipwood basket, this is your seasonal calling, an opportunity for which to decorate a sassy receptacle to keep all of your spare jellybeans.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


CraftNight at Yuri’s Night under Space Shuttle Endeavor!!! >>> Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart and 1st Female Private Space Explorer, Anousheh Ansari, will speak. SparkleBlob will be running the VIP Area, our relaxed, specialized spot for cooling your jets while you watch the space cadets! Your evening will be filled with astronauts, dancing, drinks, and all things space. Get tickets here:

April 12th – Protest Poster Painting Party #2 >>> Taxes and Science! FaceBook Event Here, please RSVP! 

April 19th – Luv Snail Photo Kit

April 24th – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo! • Akbar • 8pm – 10pm • Numbers, balls, boys, girls, prizes galore!

April 26th – Bus Craft! I know you want a 3-D paper bus, who doesn’t?


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Heart-Shaped Keepsake Box • March 15th, 2017

TONIGHT! March 15th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Heart-Shaped Keepsake Box  
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: We Love to Drink and it Shows!    

Heart-shaped boxes are here, come get one while supplies last, gussy it up with paint, sparkles and such, and then do with it what you like! This is that time of year where you start reading dumb articles titled “Make the Most of Your Drawers” or “The Golden Rules of Vacuuming” and all that Spring Cleaning riffraff in all the magazines and periodicals. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the earth has tilted, and the vernal equinox arrives on the 20th, meaning you can put away the heavy outerwear, and replace it with “light jackets” for your nightlife galavanting.

That’s why you’re gonna need this heart box. It will help you make the most of everything! It’s the perfect for all seasons, the best size for keeping jellybeans, keys, bandaids, paperclips, tacks, erasers, love notes, any ol’ thing you want. If you don’t want to clutter up your home with it, paint it nice, put a gift, keepsake or gift in there, and give it away!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


March 22nd – 3-D Yellow Submarines!

March 27th – Bet Yer Bottom BINGO!!!! 8pm to 10-ish (However long it takes to play 6 games!) Akbar!

March 29th – Optical Illusion Sand Art!

April 5th – Easter Baskets!


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Protest Poster Painting Party • January 18th, 2017

This Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Protest Poster Painting Party  
FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Sponsored by Akbar! 
$4 Drink specials from Akbar: We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We Didn’t Come Out of the Closet for This Shit!!!  

CraftNight gets UPPITY!!!!
There are THREE HUGE Demonstrations in Los Angeles this week!
We invite your beautiful brave butt to Akbar to Help Make Protest Signs for the upcoming rallies for yourself and others!
Come and paint and drink while supplies last!!!!

Here is the FB Event Page, please RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough supplies on hand.

Exercise your first amendment rights to be seen and heard:

**** Rally to Save Roe – Thursday, January 19 at 5:30 PM NCJW | LA Council House 543 N Fairfax. Los Angeles, 90036

**** United Against Hate Inauguration March Los Angeles – Friday Jan 20 at 11 AM – 6 PM • Olympic/Figeroa [LA Live]

**** Womens March Los Angeles – Saturday, January 21 at 9 AM Pershing Square

We will have poster board, paints, brushes, example slogans, and handouts about:
1.) Why public protest is important and useful
2.) What your rights are during a peaceful public protest
3.) Information on the organizations holding demonstrations and the issues they represent
4.) Guidelines on further types of activism

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

Upcoming Crafts and Events:

January 25th Craft: Winter Birdhouse Thermometer Kit!
February 1st Craft: Conversation Caterpillar Craft!
February 8th Craft: CraftNight’s Depraved Valentine Party!!!

Wednesday January 30th • 8pm • Bet Yer Bottom Bingo! ~~~~ The Winter Hearth Edition. We kickoff the year with numbers on balls, cozy and toasty,  just the way you like it! Win big bottles o’ booze and other goodies!


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TONIGHT! Paint a Seasonal Figurine! • December 14th, 2016


TONIGHT! Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Paint a Seasonal Figurine! 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Laughin’ it, Livin’ it, Lovin’ It!  
*** LAST WEEKEND OF SHOWS: Our SparkleBlob Holiday show is HERE! “The SnowGlobe of Progress: An Urban Puppet’s Contemplation” made TimeOut and KCRW’s lists!!! We’ve got home made hot buttered rums, baked goods, snow globes and oh yeah, a SHOW!!!  

Come on over and paint a little snowperson, or a Santa, or a reindeer! Every week, CraftNight strives to deepen community ties and create a lil’ arty enclave for you to express yourself through making fun and easy projects. Cozy on over and sip a cocktail, let us discuss glitter and googly eyes, puffballs and pipe cleaners.

You may have no idea how you strengthen CraftNight by dropping in, but believe me, you are part of the web of relationships that connects us! Our bar on the corner has been here almost two decades, on New Year’s Eve, it’s our 20th Anniversary! As we bring 2016 to an end and begin preparations for the next trip around the globe together, it’s all about connection. Besides having opposable thumbs, being there for one another in our especially annoyingly human way is one of the top reasons why being human is cool.

We have a biggie-stinky-hurkin’ wheelbarrow of manure to shovel in 2017, and it’s not a one person job. There’s no time for lone wolves. Time to ask for help, time to be strong enough to ask for help, and we have to take care of each other, be visible and active, practice reciprocity and learn lessons from each other.

Interdependence is the new Independence. And cookies. Really a lot of cookies.

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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Wooden Painty Person Thingy • November 9th, 2016


TONIGHT! Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Painty Wooden Person Thingies 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Because life’s complicated enough

Is it killing you, or making you stronger?

I tellya, I’m a lone wolf when it comes to disappointment, I hole up, read things, sleep on the floor under a blanket fort, live off of strange frozen items… I take time to metabolize what’s given me.

When I thought about doing CraftNight tonight, my inner hermit cringed, because I’m a little bit like a broken porcupine right now, possibly a bit stabby, I’m overwhelmed to the point of a grouchy, taciturn countenance.

But then I remember that I actually like people, and I really like you, and I hope I see you so that we can give each other hugs.

CraftNight was there when Gore lost, it was there for Obama’s win. CraftNight has been through death, destruction, and tragedy. And this is why CraftNight will be here for you this evening. Because art.

The creative act is the opposite of the destructive act. CraftNight is art activism. Over the span of 14 years CraftNight has encouraged thousands of people to connect with themselves and each other by making stuff with their hands.

I purchased extra glitter glue today, I got extra sparkles and letter beads, and I got these super strange blank wooden “person” thingies. You can make yours into a cat or a unicorn or whatever. Come in and live with presence, give yourself a moment.

Akbar’s CraftNight rumpus room will be a mellow place for you to relax and space out, not have to make too much conversation, and melt into a painty project while you have a delicious cocktail.

We have a planet to save, and a terrifyingly insane to-do list to get started on… but not tonight.

Tonight, we’re just gonna do things nice and easy.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain



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