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Paper Bag Puppets • September 5th, 2018

TONITE! Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at Akbar ’round 9ish to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Craft Project: Paper Bag Puppets

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special: You Deserve a Break Today! 
*********$3 suggested donation, please!

It’s after Labor Day, and we’re letting go of Summer kicking and screaming. Tonight we’ll make paper bag puppets, a classic activity, a way to be a friend and invent a friend in very few steps with much payoff. Paper bag puppets are great because they are compact, in that you can fold them up and take them anywhere.

Puppets are dorky, disarming, strange, dismissed… and still somehow, even in the 21st century, compelling, intriguing, heartwarming, ancient and intrinsic. Puppets have been around for thousands of years. Something primal in us just “gets” puppets. A paper bag can carry your lunch… or it can become a dear paper friend!

You never know when a paper bag puppet will come in handy for that job interview, or that Tinder date, or standing in line for tickets at the Wiltern. Puppets can be a buffer, an extension of ourselves, the imagined aspect of who we’d like to be: more confident, less critical, less distrusting, more understanding, more loving, less afraid. Make your puppet, put yer hand in it, and let it be bratty, let it say things you wouldn’t, let it be good.

And speaking of BEING GOOD, I wanna ask you to donate to Project Q US Tour Fundraiser if you have a buck or two or ten. For the entire month of October, Project Q will be on the road with their trusty ‘Hairstream’ giving free haircuts to LGBTQIA+ homeless youth across America. Help them get to these smaller cities, find out more and please >>>> Donate Now!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS: Sept. 12th: Printing Press Crafts, Sept. 19th: Sassy Apple Frame Craft, Sept 26th: Halloween Bracelet Craft, October>>>> HALLOWEEN CRAFTS ALL MONTH PLUS SPECIAL EVENTS and SURPRISES!!!!

UPCOMING SHOW SEPT 20 – 22nd@ Casita del Campo!: Time for the most sparkly, gay, naughty sexy epic journey with giant WIGS and all music from 1989! See it again or for the first time! Directed by yours truly, this tour de force of sequins, crying while walking, queer-undertones and shoulder pads is a gift you should give to you and yours this fall season. This is our LAST RUN, come get a chimichanga and a show! >>> MORE INFO and TIX HERE

UPCOMING BINGO: Sept 23rd at Akbar 7:30pm >>> Bet Yer Bottom Bingo brings you MuuMuus and Caftans Tiki-Time Fall Fantasy! We’re giving summer the ultimate farewell by wearing MuuMuus or Caftans and bringing in that Fall Feeling with fun prizes, booze awards and MORE! FB Event Here!

CrafNight! 9pm • Wednesdays • Akbar >>> 4356 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029 >>>>>> www.craftnightlosangeles.com

 

Posted by on September 5, 2018 in Assembly Craft, Multi-Variety Craft

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Popsicle Stick Bird Bath • August 29th, 2018

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at Akbar ’round 9ish to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
SPECIAL EVENT>>> SELF DEFENSE CLASS w/Cory Klink starts at 8pm!
Craft Project: Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special: Your Complete Castle of Cocktails!
*********$3 suggested donation, please!

I’m BAAAAAACCCKKKK!

After three weeks of galavanting all over Europe, I am pleased to report that I’m relaxed, tan, and EXCITED TO SEE YOU!!!

Now remember, we’ve got QUEER SELF DEFENSE CLASS with Cory Klink at 8pm! Here’s more info, please come support this amazing martial arts teacher and learn some valuable techniques keeping yourself prepared and safe in our big crazy world of even crazier humans.

What craft do I have for you this week? I was thinking about the BIRDS and how they get hungry. We’ll be making bird feeders out of popsicle sticks! It’s easy as pie, I have a diagram for you and all the required popsicle sticks to make this work. It kind of looks like a lil’ raft, but then you build upward with your sticks so that it makes a cool box-type structure, and you’ll tie some yarn to it so it can hang from a tree or the rafters, or wherever birds like to hang out.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

UPCOMING: Sept 5th: Paper Bag Puppets, Sept. 12th: Printing Press Crafts, Sept. 19th: Sassy Apple Frame Craft, Sept 26th: Halloween Bracelet Craft, October>>>> HALLOWEEN CRAFTS ALL MONTH PLUS SPECIAL SURPRISES!!!!

CrafNight! 9pm • Wednesdays • Akbar >>> 4356 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029 >>>>>> www.craftnightlosangeles.com

 

Posted by on August 27, 2018 in Assembly Craft, Multi-Variety Craft, Painting Craft, SPECIAL EVENT!

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DIY PaddleBall Game • August 8th, 2018

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at Akbar ’round 9ish to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: DIY PaddleBall Game

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special: Your ticket to Sassytown!  
*********$3 suggested donation, please!

Still at the first half of the last of the summer months, we find ourselves in August. Above average temperatures prevail! The great solar wheel turns its magnifying glass toward us ants and ROASTS us to a crisp, and we hope all goddesses presiding over agriculture will not kill off all the tomatoes. Shark Week is hiding in the month of August somewhere… but who knows when it will attack?!?

What to do with a month like August? Keep on keepin’ on, and thus, we bring you DIY paddleballs.

If you want to paddle, well, we got you one, and you can make it look like whatever you want! Comes with a ball and a string to flex those motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The paddle ball (U.S. Patent 1,529,600) was created in the 1920s and is a classic toy that captured the hearts and minds of America! The original model depicted a cowboy playing paddle ball while riding on a bucking bronco, which would be hard to manage, I’d imagine. You can paint such a scene on the back of your paddleball game, or someone’s name, or a mouse eating a snake, or a certain politician’s face, or whatever you like!

Here’s a GREAT clip from House of Wax showing some paddle ball prowess if I ever saw any:

Paddleball is a game of physical skill and dexterity, and it is a beloved toy of historical importance, so I’ll wholeheartedly agree that having one around helps add merit to one’s living quarters or place of work. Stop typing, writing, office-ing, and give the paddleball a coupla whirls and suddenly you’re reminded that being a person is just incredible, and you should make sure to do more person things, and less dumb/workie things, when possible.

It’s August, and there’s so much more of it ahead, make sure you visit us, we’ll keep the ice cubes cold.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

Upcoming CraftNights: August 15th – Ocean Animal Sand Art, August  22nd, 29th, September 5th, 12th TBA Crafts! >>> 9pm • Wednesdays • Akbar >>> 4356 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029 >>>>>> www.craftnightlosangeles.com

 

Posted by on August 5, 2018 in Coloring Craft, Multi-Variety Craft

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Wooden Safari Stand-Ups • August 1st, 2018

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 at Akbar ’round 9ish to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: Wooden Safari Stand-Ups 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special: fun in a glass!     
*********$3 suggested donation, please!

Heyyyyy it’s the FIRST of August, ever hear of Lughnasadh? Don’t worry, I won’t make you try to pronounce it, but just so’s you know, it’s a big fat holiday marking the beginning of the harvest season! It’s Gaelic, which means, of course, that it historically involved ritual athletic contests, feasting, dance-play, and hiking up large hills and mountains. Today’s rituals include crowning a goat as king of the Puck Festival in Killorglin, County Kerry (Ireland), as well as using butter churns and brandishing old-fashioned weapons.

Now that you’ve been informed, I’ll just let you know that we’re not doing any of that to mark the first of August at CraftNight, we’re just gonna paint some cool wooden safari animals. We have alligators, lions, hippos, giraffes, elephants, snakes, zebras, rhinos, primates, and trees. They are pretty much flat shapes, but they come with a little stand that helps it sit up so that it may be smartly displayed wherever you decide to present it.

If you’re considering starting a woodland wildlife park, consider this your invitation to start your menagerie! Make no mistake, with care and consideration, this is a bona fide actual TOY that is super adorable and durable. If you don’t want to use it as a stand-up, you can glue a magnet to the back and have some fridge decor! These are also lovely enough to festoon wrapped bday gifts… since it seems like everyone and their dog was born in August, you might need more birthday trinkets to give out than usual.

In any case, it’s a longform month, 31 days to be exact, so settle in, and make sure you pencil us in for your leisure activity life-balance roster.

If you dig meteor showers with a new moon (great visability!) the Perseid Meteor Shower will be puttin’ on a show August 11th, 12th, and 13th! It’s pretty much the best of the bunch as far as meteor showers for the western hemisphere goes, so if you want to see something quite lovely, get yourself to the night sky.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

Upcoming CraftNights: August 8th – DIY Paddleball Game, August 15th – Ocean Animal Sand Art, August  22nd, TBA Craft >>> 9pm • Wednesdays • Akbar >>> 4356 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029 >>>>>> www.craftnightlosangeles.com

 

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Keychain Fob Magic • July 25th, 2018

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at Akbar ’round 9ish to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: Keychain Fob Magic 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, the wave of the future!      
*********$3 suggested donation, please!

“Where are my keys?” You said NEVER AGAIN after making a beautiful and envied keychain fob at CraftNight! This thing is a boon to anyone who misplaces their keys anywhere, because you can design it to be the most flamboyant, vivid, eye-catching keychain this side of the Rio Grande. Misplaced keys will be a thing of the past!

This is a multi-variety keychain craft involving assemblage of decorative bead combinations AND drawing/scrapping together something to put inside the lil’ picture frame thingy that comes with it. It’s a two-parter, easygoing and as complicated or as simple as you make it. Save your keys or someone else’s keys (makes a great gift) with this peppy lil’ handmade souvenir of practicality!

I know it’s summer, I know your brain is all befuddled with BBQs, beaches, and diversions that are ever so much more enticing than the administrative tasks required to keep living. Drag your addled, overheated self to our bar and give yourself a much deserved break!

This craft is a quiet, relaxing playground for your mind, fostering a cocktail-laden, air-conditioned escape hatch from the scurrying timelapse-frenzy of the urban lifestyle.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

Upcoming CraftNights: August 1st – Wooden Safari Stand-Ups, August 8th – DIY Paddleball Game, August 15th – Ocean Animal Sand Art, August  22nd, TBA Craft >>> 9pm • Wednesdays • Akbar >>> 4356 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029 >>>>>> www.craftnightlosangeles.com

 

Posted by on July 24, 2018 in Assembly Craft, Coloring Craft, Jewelry Craft, Multi-Variety Craft

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