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Celestial Sand Art • June 3rd, 2015


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


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…

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.



Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Sand Craft

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DIY Kaleidoscopes • May 13th, 2015


This Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Kaleidoscopes 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials, perfect for getting rid of the curse of work!

You get to make your own kaleidoscope at CraftNight this week, which is very momentous. In this day and age, a kaleidoscope is like “big deal, who cares, whatever.” But these tiny devices offer so much more in a metaphorical and philosophical way. You should come in and make one because they are powerful talismans:

1.) CATHARSIS – Because do you remember looking into a kaleidoscope for the first time as a kid? How do those colorful shapes get in there? What are they made of? How do they change? Why don’t they fall out of the tube?!? Finally, all of these answers will be yours because we have the supplies and you will now know everything.

2.) EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN – Every time you look into a kaleidoscope, it’s different. The little chips get shaken around, you turn the tube, and all the pieces move around to make a cool design, and it’s different every single time. You have no control over what those little chips are going to show you! It’s crazy! But it’s pretty! Let the chips fall where they may!

3.) IT IS WHAT IT IS – So pieces fall away and come together inside this cheap little tube full of simple plastic bits. The oblivious busy world is going to throw you everything ever, and sometimes things will be joyous and sometimes things will suck… but no matter what, the pieces of your kaleidoscope will still come back together and make a new design. This is both beautiful and terrifying. Reflect.

4.) YOU GOTTA START – Deep thoughts aside, a kaleidoscope and all that if offers doesn’t do crap unless you pick it up and aim it toward a light source. This worthless trinket from childhood is cleverly disguised as a powerful symbol for the potential you have at finding and sustaining beauty in your life despite continuous changes and challenges. And yes, I know, there are days, weeks, months or even years that will make you flip off the kaleidoscope and be mad at it, and ignore it and all that… but it’s always there for you when you are ready to pick the darn thing up and see something new.

I’m still in Tahoe, on honeymoon, I’ll be back next week. At the helm this week, bravely steering the craft ship toward certain greatness, is CraftNight Lieutenant, Andrew! He’ll set you up with everything you need to create the pretty pretty tube of colors. Also can I get points for typing the word “kaleidoscope” a bunch of times?

May26th, 8pm, AKBAR >>> Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! 50 cents per card, prizes galore including drink tickets, boozy bottles of spirits, strange and fantastic treats plus a killer grand prize this month!
THE GOLDEN BINGO GRAND PRIZE OMG: CIARA!!!Saturday May 30 – Club Nokia. Doors 8pm – show 9pm ONE PAIR OF TICKETS!!! 
Tickets courtesy of GoldenVoice


See you at the Craft Table, (I’ll be back for May 20th Crafts!)

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Assembly Craft, Multi-Variety Craft

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