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Relaxing Glitter Coloring Sheets • July 6th, 2016


TONIGHT! WednesdayJuly 6th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT
Project: Relaxing Glitter Coloring Sheets    
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Good times in every glass! 

I’m going to play easy listening, and we’re going to settle in with some beautiful shiny glittery coloring sheets.
They have themes, these coloring sheets.
Some of them have foxes on them, some of them are about mermaids, others tell the story of the primeval world.
We’re taking it easy, because the 4th of July weekend was action-packed!

Besides, there’s such an emphasis on “blazing your own trail” and “re-inventing the wheel” and “coming up with your specially voiced plan” and I have every belief that we’re all doing that… but sometimes it’s just nice to not have to run every goddamn thing.
Sometimes it’s nice to chill out in a basic way and relax!

So tonight, there is a decidedly uncomplicated project waiting for you at CraftNight.

Have a cocktail, experience the air conditioning, empty your mind of the day’s kerfuffles, chill out with a chilled beverage, and color inside the lines.  

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

Coming UP in Your Hot Hot City

July Heat Superfun: 

AKBAR this Friday >>>> Jeff Rasul Presents: *****BUMP***** 10PM-2AM $5 Cover
A monthly dance party at AKBAR every second Friday of the month.
DJ Steve Cunningham • Spinning 90’s House and Dance • Hot Go-Go Studs

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

Doors: 7:30 PM• Show: 8 PM • $5 all night
Planet Queer is making its 4th orbit around the Sun! Come celebrate 4 years of Queer performance, art, music, dance and more!


The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre • Jul 21 at 10 PM to 2 AM • literary salon slash party vibes
wine, beer, coffee drinks and kombucha

MONDAY • JULY 26th • AKBAR • Bet Yer Bottom BINGOOOOO!!!!
Theme: MuuMuus and Caftans!

Our balls are getting steamy and tropical this month, and we will have glorious prizes for you!
Patron Cintronge, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, Tijuana Sweet Heat 100% Agave Nectar Tequila, Jim Beam Bonded Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey!!! 50 cents a card, come support the arts and GAMBLE!


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Groundhog Day Paper Dolls • January 27th, 2016


This Tuesday it’s BET YER BOTTOM BINGO (read further below for details)
This Wednesday, Jan 20th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!

Project: Magnets 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: America’s World Class Cocktail 

Groundhog Day is almost upon us, are you ready? Did you order enough baby carrots? Do you have the dip ready? Will there be enough chairs? All of the banks are going to close, the grocery stores are going to close early, it’s a madhouse throughout the city as everyone scrambles for the big day.

We will be ready with some special Groundhog-themed treats (involving Oreos ground into dirt, no less) and we will have Groundhog paper dolls that you color and then cut out and stand up for display purposes. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now, so why not sit down with some pens and crayons and color inside OR outside the lines to make your own very unique Groundhog standee? We have everything you need for blowing off steam, we have cocktails, we have music, we have weird stuff playing on the Akbar jumbo-tron, we’ve got people you’ve yet to meet, we’ve got drinks, and we have this little project. Everything is designed for you to de-stress, unwind and sink yourself into a little haven of joy and ease.

Don’t listen to the purists, who think that coloring stuff isn’t making art, those people are just pissed that they didn’t invent coloring themselves. They should probably relax. Coloring is a meditative process, and the act of spacing out is very creative. When you color, you’re giving your brain the mental equivalent of a playground, a big space to run around in and be free. I think coloring in a Groundhog paper doll is doubly relaxing, because these are creatures that know how to SLEEP. Groundhogs know how to relax. If only those weird guys in Punxatawney would stop DIGGING up the groundhogs to see if they’re making shadows!

I was born on Groundhog Day. If you aren’t busy and wish to come in and give me a hug for turning a year older, I certainly won’t stop you.

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain



THIS TUESDAY January 26th BINGO: Tuesday 8pm to 10pm it’s Bet Yer Bottom Bingo with the big bad prizes you’ve come to love us for, so come on in and try your luck with booze, girls, boys, balls, it’s the best in neighborhood gay bar gambling!
**February 3rd CRAFTNIGHT – Mardis Gras Disguises
Ohhhhh the LOVE-IN!!! • Featuring the LOVE RAFFLE (Mad mad prize baskets), Valentine Snacks, Cute Friends, Hot Strangers and MORE!






Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Collage Craft, Coloring Craft

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Shrinky Dinks: THE SEQUEL • Sept. 23rd, 2015


TONIGHT! Wednesday, Sept 23rd, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Shrinky Dinks THE SEQUEL 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Fall in love with cocktails all over again. 
NEXT TUESDAY SEPT 29th: BET YER BOTTOM BINGO at Akbar 8pm to 10pm • Take a chance on big bottles o’ booze, boys, girls, balls and so much more!  

The Autumnal Equinox IS HERE!!! We are officially IN the Fall season!
This means you will get less flack for wearing a winter scarf and boots even though it’s in the 90s this week. And speaking of this week, LAST week had all of you staying at home, watching the debates and seeking higher ground in case of tidal waves from the earthquake in Chile.

At least, that’s what I think everyone was doing, because it was so quiet, so weirdly and unnervingly quiet on Sunset Blvd. last week that we’re just going to hit the reset button and repeat last week’s craft. I NEVER DO THIS. But I feel that Shrinky Dinks is simply not to be missed. You can’t miss them. It’s criminal to keep yourself from this project. It’s so insanely cool that the three people who made Shrinky Dinks at CraftNIght last week TOTALLY FREAKED OUT. They screamed, they marveled, they were full of joy, they were elated.
I want that for you too, girl.
Seriously, I’ve got jewelry findings so you can make EARRINGS and BRACELETS.
I have templates for you to use if you need to trace.
Here is last week’s post so you can read about how cool this craft is, and believe me, I NEVER repeat Crafts two times in a row, but as a Craft Captain, I believe that this is the most responsible thing to do. Come in and make a pumpkin pendant, a charm bracelet, a choker, a pair of earrings. Make as many as you want, it’s incredible, for $3 the world is your oyster!!!!

Also: we will be serving Brach’s “Carmel Macchiato” flavored candy corn, and “Pumpkin Spice Latte” M&M’s in our quest to help you decide what best way there is to rot your teeth this fall. Join us!

JP Craft Captain

NEXT WEEK’S CRAFT: Your Autumn Leaf Craft!


Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Coloring Craft, Heat-based Craft, Wearable Craft

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Shrinky Dink Jewelry • Sept. 16th, 2015


This Wednesday, Sept 16th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Shrinky Dink Jewelry
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Unleash the Beast 

The Autumnal Equinox will arrive. Once that happens,we will launch a bountiful harvest of artsy-fartsy projects from our cornucopia of crafts! For now, however, in our last week of non-autumn, there is one glaring omission from 2015’s craft roster.

We haven’t made shrinky drinks ALL YEAR!!!
Such a thing must be remedied immediately, and this is the perfect time.
Shrinky Dinks are the ultimate test of a crafter’s faith. They really take you through an emotional journey, one that involves hard work, anticipation, abject horror, and then jubilant celebration. If you don’t know what a Shrinky Dink is, then I think you’d better get in here and make one, because these plastic miracles are game changers for your life.
Not only is it an easy project, but it’s lots of fun, looks dangerous but isn’t, and creates a fine keepsake that will last for years.
I’m going to bring jewelry parts so that you can make a pair of shrink dink earrings.
And I’ll make it possible for you to also make a matching necklace pendant or charm bracelet.
Also: Like Mod Podge, Shrinky Dinks are a “right-on-woman” craft, invented in 1973 by Betty Morris and Kate Bloomberg of Wisconsin. These two home makers and best friends were seeking to make a cool project to do with their sons who were in Cub Scouts. This highly unusual plastic styrene craft trend exploded in the 70s, and then tapered off to a nice mild existence that is kind of unbelievable. Generations of people have grown up without them, but whenever I introduce crafters to shrink dinks for the first time, they freak out yelling “How did I not grow up with this?!?”
I always try to give an understanding nod when this happens.
I’m not kidding about the therapeutic value of shrinky dinks either.
Got problems? SHRINK ‘EM!!!
I mean, you take thin plastic, draw on it, cut around it, put it in the toaster oven, and watch it transform into a durable object… it is the perfect metaphor for shrinking a problem to a size that is manageable. I mean, you can even make shrinky dinks of things you want to work on, a bracelet of “health” charms, for example, a drop of water to remind you to hydrate, a salad leaf to remember to eat your greens. You can make small totems that will act as motivators, reminders of goals, evidence of achievements.
You can really delve with shrinky dinks, they can be as meaningful or as frivolous as you need them to be, so please come in and make yourself or someone you dig a few unique pieces of hand hewn wearable art.
See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

AKBAR >> 8pm to 10pm >> Booze, Boys, Balls, Girls, Prizes, Gambling!!! WOOOOOO!!!!


Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Coloring Craft, Wearable Craft

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Cozy Coloring: Black Velvet Style! • April 2nd, 2014


This Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Black Velvet Posters
$2 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Special: “The Lyla” You’re in a Beauty Contest Every Day of Your Life

April showers indeed, it’s a fine time to come visit our lovely neighborhood oasis, get yourself a glass of warmth, sit down, get cozy, and color a captivating black velvet poster of a LOT of butterflies, or some sea life, an armada of happy faces exploding toward you in apparent benevolence…

I have four sizes of posters and an abundance of themes. I’ve spent some time with them, and they’re all a little bit weird. But they won’t ask much of you at all, it’s virtually impossible for you to color outside the lines with black velvet posters. In fact, to make things more interesting, you might want to try coloring one blind-folded. You see, I’m not sure if it’s going to rain or not, but it’s cold and cloudy, so it’s an opportunity to do an activity that feels like a rainy day. Curl up with your coloring poster and have some “you time.”

While you’re coloring, you may overhear an interesting conversation and end up learning something futuristic, or you’ll hear something unbearable or banal that possibly fortifies your impression of the deplorable, vapid musings of the human race. But then the smell of the wet ground outside will drift in for a moment, or someone will burst into the room shaking raindrops off their coat. Flowers are drinking water, things are being made brighter and clearer for tomorrow. Your city is being made new!

You can walk in between all those raindrops that can’t fall anywhere but down, or you can get drenched. However you want to do it, we’ll be here to welcome you, black velvet style.

See you at the Craft Table,
JP Craft Captain


Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

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