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Pasta and Bean Mosaics • June 29th, 2016


This WednesdayJune 29th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT. 
Project: Pasta Bean Mosaics    
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: The good life at a great price, guaranteed! 

Consider the lowly bean, and the lowly noodle.
Perhaps you’ve just been eating them mindlessly in a distracted way, but have you been really thinking about these food items carefully?
Perhaps you’ve just slurped ramen noodles into your face without a single thought about who made them, where they came from, and what they do for society.

You can keep walking past legumes and starches, or you can pause, and you can see these objects differently for a night, maybe even see them as ART.

Pasta and beans are usually unremembered, but not THIS night.

This won’t be the first time we’ve made mosaics with pasta and beans, and it won’t be the last. But even as I type this, in my studio, right behind me is a portrait of me that my friend, Kendra, made about 10 years ago, and it is one of the coolest things I own, and I cherish it. It’s not so much that it’s me, but the fact that she calmly sat there and put together a bunch of tiny, dried, perishable shapes together to make a visual idea.

I hope that pasta and bean mosaic-making interferes with your mind, and that your summer is enhanced by the experience.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

Coming UP in Your Hot Hot City

JULY 3rd AKBAR 2pm: BEARS IN SPACE 7th Anniversary w/DJ Harvey!!!!

4th of July FIREWORKS (will be everywhere… but also here!) 
KJLH 4th of July Fireworks at Exposition Park Check it OUT 
Family fun, music and fireworks!! Food trucks, carnival rides and info booths!
Music Stages: Timothy Bloom, Joshua Ledet, Gourdan Banks, Andrew Gouche and Band of Brothers, Rory Darvel and the Ultimate Tribute to Prince, Shaun B, Zeia King and N’Sessions, Markees Williams and Divine Destiny and so much more!
It’s FREE and Open to the Public!!!!!

PARTY at the AUTRY (Start of the Summer series!) 
Autry Museum’s popular summer dance series, Thursday evenings July 7–August 18. All ages welcome, reservations recommended
6:00 p.m. Tacos and drinks available for purchase
6:00–8:00 p.m. Galleries and Autry Store open
6:30 p.m. Music begins
7:30 p.m. Complimentary dance lesson led by Enio Cordoba



Posted by on June 29, 2016 in Assembly Craft, Collage Craft

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Flower Power Recipe Holder • May 7th, 2014


This Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Flower Power Recipe Holders 
$2 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Special: “The Lyla” • For fast fast fast relief!

Mother’s Day is around the corner! This craft is highly malleable, you can give it to Mom or whoever sang “Itsy Bitsy Spider” to you 40,000 times when you were small and requested it endlessly. Or give it to whoever kept you from eating the second caterpillar. Or give this gift to whoever picked you up at the party and didn’t say a word, just got you home safe while your mind tried to comprehend how making a typewriter out of leaves and mud isn’t practical. This flower power recipe holder is a way to say “Thank You” to that person, a person who has had your back for a long time, knows who you are and, like many people: enjoys cooking and eating.

Because what bonds us like FOOD? That whole “breaking bread” thing is super real, food and love are linked, like it or not. Sharing and social exchange was born out of our ancestors having an abundance of food from hunting and farming, and sharing it. This repeated sharing had our bodies harboring a gut-brain connection (hormones, hippocampus, memory) connecting our last really good meal with survival. And this is why even TODAY when you smell “HillBilly Surprise” if that was a specialty made for you when you were little and you loved it, you STILL respond to it like it was yesterday and you want it, no matter how many people are like “REALLY?” It means survival, it means love. Look at your favorite meal, look at someone you love and your dopamine levels rise, it’s crazy.

Index cards will be on hand to write some recipes, then you clip it to the recipe holder you just made and BLAM-O, instant fabulous gift. For instance, you could pack a jar full of dried beans and spices and then give the recipe for what to do with all of it (chili? drunken beans? BBQ beans?)  and tie the recipe holder thinger to it and it’s a pretty cool gift. This little kit is super simple to assemble, and if you don’t like the whole “recipe holder” thing, it can also hold a photo, a note, a name card, you name it!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


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