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Schooner Craft! • May 10th, 2017

 

TONIGHT! Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Schooner Craft!
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Live in Your World, Play in Ours

Ah the joys of the high seas, the wind in your hair, the spray of the ocean hitting your face as your craft bobs up and down on the waves of adventure! This is the time to set sail for destinations unknown, to board your schooner with a bag of lemons (avoid scurvy!) and an earthenware bottle of homemade rum, sing yo ho ho and wear fun little ripped up knickers and shoes with buckles on them.

If you fancy this lifestyle, or just dream of sailing the seven seas, this is a treasure to behold! It’s a fully operational lil’ BOAT with working sail that you can play with in the bathtub, or even set in the sink, or the river, or the lake! It floats! Um… it also features a red and white striped sail, and an optional embellishment featuring a skull and cross bones with a heart-shaped eyepatch.

So cast your fate to the wind, create your ship and then use it to boldly go where you’ve never gone before, this is such an impressive little kit, you’re gonna like the way it looks, I guarantee it.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

JP LEADS A WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY! – Artists Lead & Create Change: Make a Difference with Your Art, Your Voice, & Your Preferred Medium 2:15 – 3:30pm at the WeHo Libary • It’s all part of the West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference check it out!

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

May 17th – Paint-Yer-Own Flower Pot!

May 24th – World Famous “Mystery Craft” Night! 

May 19th – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! 8pm – 10pm • 6 Games • Boys, Girls, Balls, FTW!!!!  

May 31st – TBA 

 

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Assembly Craft, Freeform Craft

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Bus Craft! • May 3rd, 2017

This Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Bus Craft!
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Come Alive! You’re in the Akbar Generation! 

Ah, the joys of public transportation! We made Snail photoframe kits last week in an effort to slow things down, you know, like a snail. This week we’ll step up our pace and honor the BUS.

It’s a paper bus craft, I’ll have markers on hand so you can develop your own transit company, and I’ll have plenty of sparkles and crafty bits you can use to decorate your ride.

Some of you really don’t love the bus, and yeah, the bus is not always fabulous. But that’s kind of why the bus rocks. Traveling by bus is traveling with an “open sensibility” in that you’ve just got to know that just about anything can happen. There’s no controlling farts, people grooming themselves, people talking out of their faces to themselves or others or who knows, people sometimes have their headphones or even their speakerphones turned up intolerably loud.

Undeniably, when you’re on the bus, it’s all about “us” and not about you. Because you’re carpooling, you’re contributing to cleaner emissions, it’s even safer on a bus than being in a car. You’re helping stop pollution and making the city more walkable and bikable, and you’re part of the city’s mood, the pulse of our together-lifeforce. It’s a civic-minded way to get from one place to the other. Our city isn’t getting smaller or less congested, public transportation is the future, so let’s start by appreciating our BUSES and our BUS DRIVERS!!!!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

May 10th – Ship Craft! Saiiiiiiilin’ takes me awayyyyy to where I’m goin….

May 17th – Paint-Yer-Own Flower Pot!

May 24th -TBA

May 19th – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! 8pm – 10pm • 6 Games • Boys, Girls, Balls, FTW!!!!  

May 31st – TBA

 

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Luv Snail! • April 26th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Science Sticker Symposium!  
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: The Gay Cheers!

Patience isn’t “in.”

Worldwide, pushing and shoving has always been more popular. It’s more acceptable to honk your horn, cut in line, get it to go, take the shortcut, read the summary and text rather than call. I take comfort that despite all this rushing around at maximum speed, slower speeds prevail.

In honor of process and change that cannot always be observed, we’re going to embrace the virtue of patience by making a snail picture frame craft kit. It’s outrageously easy to do this craft, its simple theme contradicts the project’s inherent potential that only you can unlock.

So much has been going on, it’s just good to turn the “busy” knob down and have us coast for a moment and move slowly… like a snail. I like to think that snails are really on the level.

When one’s mindset gears down, sincerity seeps in, and a direct approach to existence bubbles up to the surface. “Fear of Missing Out” falls away, and the general feeling of satisfaction can be glimpsed. You are breathing, grass is growing, the planet is spinning: see if you can tap into those ancient default settings we learned of when consciousness became our bag.

Everything may feel hectic, all corners and distractions in your mind, in the world and on the news, yet here you are existing on the planet, you are doing that with no effort, despite it all. 

Large and tiny problems will come and go, and you’re going to outlast those things until you don’t. So perhaps give yourself some snail time, bestow upon yourself a leisurely nugget of uniquely uncomplicated bliss.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

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

May 3rd – Bus Craft! I know you want a 3-D paper bus, because public transportation ROCKS!

May 10th – Ship Craft! Saiiiiiiilin’ takes me awayyyyy to where I’m goin….

May 17th – Paint-Yer-Own Flower Pot!

 

Posted by on April 24, 2017 in EZ Craft

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Science Sticker Symposium! • April 19th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Science Sticker Symposium!  
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: The Only Way to Fly!    

Science is real so I illustrated SIX different stickers to help you spread the word! They involve terrible science puns, and they are fun to color in and then stick wherever you like. They are kind of DIY and kind of not, all at once. Why did I do this? The March for Science is coming up this weekend!

Here, read more about it, and register to march if you wanna:  (SCIENCE MARCH). 

What would cause brilliant, focused, quiet, researching nerds to lift their heads out of their findings and yell “WTF?!?” at the president?

For the last 20-30 years, it’s been increasingly routine for the government to slowly but surely starve scientific budgets, compromise scientific research, and restrict what scientists do. Our new administration not only supports this trend, but is accelerating the process by brazenly and proudly sending the message that climate control doesn’t matter, and science is dumb.

Here are just five key actions taken by the head honcho of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (oops, I mean Mar A Lago, Florida) in his first 100 days:

1.) Scott Pruitt picked for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency – This guy is a climate change denier, has long opposed environmental regulations, and is in the act of suing the EPA for the thirteenth time, this time over Obama’s Clean Power Plan which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity production.

2.) Rick “Bonehead” Perry chosen as Energy Secretary – Another dude who questions weather climate change is real, and he’s in charge of the nukes. Also, this is an extremely science-heavy department, usually run by physicists or engineers that Perry (not a scientist) advocated to eradicate back in 2012.

3.) Rex Tillerson is now Secretary of State – Hey, he’s the former chief of ExxonMobile, a company that has been accused of hiding climate change from its shareholders for years. He’s dismissive on clean energy solutions, and has consistently made big business choices that have stamped Exxon with prize title of “Company with the Second Largest Historical Carbon Footprint of All Time.”

4.) The Trump White House has proposed slashing $1.2 billion from research grants at the National Institutes of Health and other health and education programs this year. This is a cut separate from the $5.8 billion NIH cut Trump is calling for in 2018.

People in power who want to to live fancy should really invest in science because science is the engine of prosperity! SmartPhones, yachts, flying cars and sculptural sound panels don’t happen without LOTS of exploration and innovation.

But more importantly, science does stuff like curing illnesses, it combats climate change, it’s trying to solve global hunger, it’s working on creating alternative fuel sources. To cut funding for science is to cut funding for humanity.

You would think that no matter how money-grubbing and narcissistic some people are, they’d at least pretend to care about things like disease control, extreme weather preparedness and preserving the planet’s finite resources. You know, because then they’d seem cool, but they can’t even do that. They can only see through and act via a transactional lens, where profit is first prize, and people are fodder.

This is why it’s time to speak up for science.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

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

April 26th – Luv Snail Photo Kit

May 3rd – Bus Craft! I know you want a 3-D paper bus, because public transportation ROCKS!

May 10th – Ship Craft! Saiiiiiiilin’ takes me awayyyyy to where I’m goin….

May 17th – Paint-Yer-Own Flower Pot!

 

Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Coloring Craft, EZ Craft

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Protest Poster Painting Party #2! • April 12th, 2017

April 12th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Protest Poster Painting Party #2: TAX MARCH!  
FREE TO THE PUBLIC (Donations Welcome) please RSVP on the FB invite so I can have enough materials!   
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Gay by Birth, Fabulous by Choice!   

Yep, we have to get off our asses again.

Come on, we made it easy for you, we have brushes, paint, music and cocktails, that’s some MOMENTUM if I ever saw any! Just walk in and make your signs for the upcoming tax and science marches, because fairness in taxation is mandatory for us (so it should be mandatory for the president), and also, science is real.

I do not EVEN want to hear that you’re tired and exhausted already, it hasn’t even been 100 days. A lot of CRAP has happened already, much of it completely nightmarish and unacceptable, which is why you can’t just stay at home eating triscuits and hiding under the covers. We’ve come too far to go back, we must push forward with everything we’ve got, we’ve got to give these bozo clowns in office a fight.

CraftNight will continue to reliably create and communicate pro-democratic happenings and messages in the form of “Craftivism” to keep the energy up and our visibility consistent and strong. CraftNight’s weapon of choice is ART, pushing back against current efforts to mislead the public, disregard accepted norms, and centralize power.

The conservative republican agenda doesn’t care about art or culture, but art is integral to our society, providing the inspiration and free-thinking that inspires change. Art is one of the protective factors against authoritarianism!!! So finish your triscuits, get out from under the covers, put on your outside pants, and join us for a night of poster painting, cocktail drinking, and getting ready to fight for what you stand for on April 15th (TAX MARCH) and April 22nd (SCIENCE MARCH). 

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

PS – I know many of you are also donating funds, supporting local orgs, volunteering, making calls, signing stuff, making/doing your own art to protest and tell our government they’re “doing it wrong” thank you for kicking butts!


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

April 19th – Luv Snail Photo Kit

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

April 26th – Science Sticker Crafts! Cut-n-Color your own! Science!

May 3rd – Bus Craft! I know you want a 3-D paper bus, because public transportation ROCKS!

May 10th – Ship Craft! Saiiiiiiilin’ takes me awayyyyy to where I’m goin….

 

Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Messy Craft, Painting Craft

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