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Paint-a-Flower Pot!!! • March 21st, 2018

This Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: Paint-a-Flower Pot!!! 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, just for YOU!     
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  

It’s SPRING!!! The Vernal Equinox is HERE and we’ve got raindrop showers on the way, let’s get ready with some FLOWERS! I’ve got some sweet terra cotta pots for you to paint, put gems on ’em, decorate woooo! You can decide if you want to put a starter plant in your newly decorated container or begin from seed. It’s the time of year where you should smell like dirt… even just a little bit.

So yah, Persephone, the daughter of Demeter and Zeus is BACK! Dusting off all that charcoal sediment from hangin’ with smoldering hubby down in Hades, she’s here with flower power, and we’re just so glad to see her! She’ll return to being Queen of the Underworld later. Right now, she’s all about the blooms. The earth sings with new growth, the air swirls with pollen, Orion guards the night skies. The many daring birds, all the dutiful bees, every bug you know is ready to party.

Spring forever appears
the soothing music part
of lyrics unspoken.
It thaws the frozen fears,
mends the wounded heart
that Winter has broken.
~Aarno Davidson

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


SPRING CRAFT SESSIONS 

March 21st – Flowerpot Craft! (Celebrating the Vernal Equinox!)

March 28th – Spring Bird Lacing Craft and AKBAR DOJO! SELF DEFENSE CLASS with Cory Klink! RSVP here on the FB Event! 
Bold Alchemy Queer Self Defense brings you the Protect Your Neck class!!! This 1 hour Self Defense class with Cory Klink will teach you how to use every day objects to defend yourself! Bring your favorite high heels, that crazy sharp crystal on your altar, or a good old fashioned baseball bat and learn to use what you have with you if being attached! We will also cover basic kicks, punches, stances and meditation. Students are encouraged to wear what they feel expresses themselves best and feels comfortable to move in. Bold Alchemy is a trauma focused self defense program that aims to empower, arm and heal queer, trans and poc humans. For more information about Bold Alchemy visit boldalchemy.com or email questions, comments or feedback to boldalchemy.coryklink@gmail.com

 

Posted by on March 20, 2018 in Painting Craft

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Fusion Beads!!! • January 17th, 2018

This Wednesday, JANUARY 17th, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: FUSION BEADS

*******Only the most delicious and delectable drink specials at the bar!
*********$3 donation for supplies, purty pleeze!  

Fusion beads are here for YOU in YOUR TOWN this week! What the heck’s a fusion bead? It’s a tiny plastic cylinder, and together with other tiny plastic cylinders, you arrange them on a special peg board and then it gets IRONED to make a cool picture! It is a rollicking good project, and the PERFECT time of year to do a heat-based craft.

Because you really can’t turn back with fusion beads, once they’re fused, that’s it! If only New Year’s resolutions were so easy, you just iron’em out and it’s perfect, instant change, no more work. And that’s just it, really… a craft that reminds you of the decisions you’re making and not making, choosing and figurer-outering as moments flow through reality. It’s mindful and melty, and oh so vibrant!

Come in and FUSE your intentions for the rest of the year.
FUSE your resolve to eat more vegetables.
FUSE your love of eating with your love of traveling
FUSE cocktails and crafts this Wednesday with joy and ease

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


WINTER SESSION 

JAN 21st • Akbar • 7:30pm to 10:30pm • BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!!WINTRY WEATHER EDITION We’re skating on thin ice with the BEST deal in town for your gambling whims, fat boozy wintry wonder prizes for your slush fund! >>>RSVP HERE!!! 


JAN 24th – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

JAN 31st – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

FEB 7th –  Dr. Sketchy figure drawing class at 8pm, followed by Valentines for POLITICIANS (Craftivism) at 9pm!

FEB 14th – Special Event! The Great CraftNight LOVE-IN (Prizes! Treats! Love!)


 

 

Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Assembly Craft

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TONIGHT! Holiday Figurine Painting! • Dec 6th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at Akbar 9pm – midnight (or later) 
****Project: Paint a holiday figurine thingy!   

*****$3 Donation Please 
******$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Everything you want in a bar and MORE! 

Use the brush of your feelings to paint the questions into your heart! OR, if that’s too much this holiday season, just come to CraftNight and paint a holiday figurine, I’ll have supplies at the ready for you! The color of truth can emerge in emotions, but the color of truth can also just frickin’ be on HOLD while Los Angeles is burning, yeesh!

I think tonight is a FINE time to have a cocktail or three! As the end of the year is still rife with surprises, it’s just not always comforting knowing that anything can happen. This is where we go into high distraction mode. Take a load off, get into a lil’ painting project while making friends, listening to music in our cozy watering hole here in Silverlake.

Tonight’s craft is a smallish unpainted figurine, seasonal in nature, quite charming, you can paint it all one color, or paint it ALL the colors!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


DECEMBER IS HERE!  

DECEMBER 13th: Ye Olde CrafteNighte Crafte Faire! Come to Akbar and get a hot cider with whiskey, then make a vulva ornament with the Audre Lorde Health Center, then shop for presents made by local vendors and THEN take a short walk to CRUISE at the Eagle and drink more and shop more!

It’s all part of our little two bars, one night, extravaganza! Ye Olde CrafteNighte Crafte Faire FB Info 

BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!! December 17th • Akbar • 7pm to 10pm >>> FB LINK

 

 

Posted by on December 6, 2017 in Painting Craft

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Wildlife Circus Bonanza • July 20th, 2016

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This WednesdayJuly 20th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT. 
Project: Wildlife Circus Bonanza    
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Akbar, the Freshmaker! 

The colors are bright, the drinks are fresh, the ambience is accepting and welcoming, the night is perfect for a summertime outing, we will be waiting for you!

I’ve got for you:
6 Picnic Lion Kits
6 Carousel Horse and Giraffe Kits
8 Paper Bag Animal Kits: Owl, Fox, Bear, Raccoon
8 Mini Plate Owl Kits: 4 of them Purple, 4 of them Orange/Yellow

I’ve been in a complex head space this year, brain tied in knots mulling over the madness of humanity mixed with the hope of human possibility.

I’ve been asking myself, is it worth the incremental gains, to keep doing this CraftNight thing, fighting the collective malaise of our time and chipping away at big-city cynicism and self-centeredness every goddamn week one googly eye, one puffball, one drop of glue at a time?

The answer is yes.

Because sitting inside a Sisyphean mindset of hopelessness and resignation just isn’t going to do a single cotton-pickin’ thing. And no, it’s not a cakewalk, but no one said that hope is free, and no one said we get to eat rose petals, fried pickles, and honey all day long.
In the words of Albert Camus, “Life in the face of pain is the ultimate revolt.”

Therefore, please come to CraftNight and share with us but a moment of your revolt, your freedom, your passion.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

****JULY THANGS: 
AKBAR MONDAY, JULY 18th >>> IAN MACKINNON & TRAVIS WOOD present • PLANET QUEER: 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

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! Get the details HERE

SORORITY: The MONEY Edition 
The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre • Jul 21 at 10 PM to 2 AM • literary salon slash party vibes
wine, beer, coffee drinks and kombucha
 >>>> Readings and scenes from PROVVIDENZA CATALANO, AMANDA-FAYE JIMENEZ, KAIT SCHUSTER, INEZ PARRA, MALICE, PACO, RICH YAP, MEGAN AUSTER-ROSEN, ARIEL SHEPHERD-OPPENHEIM, SUJEY LEE COLON + MIA MALDONADO, and ASHLEY GRAHAM from san francisco!
GET TICKETS NOW!


MONDAY • JULY 25th • AKBAR • Bet Yer Bottom BINGOOOOO!!!!
Theme: MuuMuus and Caftans! More info on FB Event Page HERE! 

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 July 18, 2016 in Assembly Craft

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Celestial Sand Art • June 3rd, 2015

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This Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Celestial Sand Art   
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials, because a closed mouth gathers no cocktails… 
[Extra Info about class with JP and CraftNight’s upcoming capers at the bottom of this transmission]

Like sand through the hourglass, these are the days of our crafts. I love sand art, I love love love it, and we have some remarkable mandala-type thingies for you to make this week in the shape of the sun or the moon. These self-adhesive boards merely require you to peel back paper to expose the sticky side where you then sprinkle colored sand. It’s like a very grainy paint-by-number. They’re round, which means they look especially new age.

Round art is inherently subversive because it just doesn’t fit into the uniformly accepted and practical square frame. We often make 3-D art, or dimensional strangely-shaped crafts at CraftNight, but not a lot of our crafts are unabashedly round. While these mandalas are offering an observably mellow and meditative theme centered around the cosmos, it cannot be denied that round art is sometimes just a glorious pain in the ass. Round art insists. Round art will not politely exist with all the other stuffy wonders on the wall in a neat and respectable tableau. That’s why you should come in and try your hand at sprinkling colored sand, it’s trouble-making at it’s most benign.

Speaking of trouble-making, i’s officially Gay Pride Month, which means it’ll be pretty festive around here. We’ll begin June with the sun and the moon sand art pieces, and next week we’ll have rainbow necklaces for everyone to assemble. Get ready!!!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

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SIZZLING SUMMER SYMPOSIUMS

JUNE 11th: ARTIST BLOCK TALK WITH JP (that’s me) at Echo Park Film Center! I’m an artist and I know things and I have advice about artist blocks, and making stuff! Come get knowledge and treats! More info FB Event

COMING UP IN SUMMER>>>> CraftNight Campfire Resort at Akbar!!! All of the camping, none of the nature! Huzzah! As soon as the summer solstice hits, it’s campin’ time! Get ready…

ONE MORE LEEEETLE THING…
Lesbians in scrubs! Jesus-worshipping meth heads! Racial segregation! Live singing and dancing! Wait, what? That’s right, take everything you love about Orange Is the New Black and put it to music, and you’ve got Orange Is the New Musical: The UnauthorizedParody! Extended for one night only—Saturday, June 13, in Downtown Los Angeles—this bawdy, hilarious tribute features a cast of 30 incredible performers, a live band, more than 15 original songs that you’ll be humming for days.

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Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Sand Craft

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