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Valentines for Politicians • February 8th, 2017

This Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Valentines for Politicians! 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: The Spirit of Silverlake Style!  

Usually we have the “CraftNight Love-In” and believe me, there will be LOTS Of love, but it’s a little different this year. Come in and make a valentine for someone you love… but also, if you want to, I’ve made a series of valentines for our elected officials. Because while some of them are doing their best to give Lady Liberty black eye after black eye in the name of greed and avarice, some of our politicians are doing their best to keep Ms. Freedom in the ring.

I’ll have addresses/info and valentine sample scripts for:

1.) Elected officials who have made a public and principled stand against the current administration’s dangerous and hateful policies – let’s tell ’em thank you.

2.) Politicians who can be wishy washy and need some reminders from us of what’s at stake – they need to wake up and fight for us.

3.) Those in power who have been proven to be overtly racist, homophobic, misogynist, rapacious, eugenicist, contemptible people – they must be called out, they must be taken to task.

ALL of these valentines are cute as the dickens… they just have um… different words attached to them, as seen here in this example I’ve posted. Some of the valentines are mean, but… you know, making sweeping general unconstitutional bans that strand desperate people at airports for over 20 hours without food, and then maybe later down the line cause them to lose their lives… well, that’s not just mean, that’s absence of human decency.

So, in between writing checks, making all the phone calls, getting into local politics, and stockpiling green beans in the basement and preparing crops for your apocalypse garden… come in and make a valentine. It’s your first amendment right to say what you want to say, exercise that free speech muscle!

Because this is Craftivism. We’re fighting for America with glue sticks, paper scraps, and sparkles, come in and make your voice heard, I’ve got stamps.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Upcoming CraftNights:

Feb 15th – Snowflake Necklace – Are people calling you a sensitive snowflake? Let’s wear our winter jewelry, be snowflakes, and make an AVALANCHE to crush the alt-right menace!  

Feb 22nd – Winter Wishes Keepsake Box – Who loves the sun? Not us, it’s still winter! Keep small treasures in this gorgeous lil’ box!

March 1st – Snow Person Action Figure – Sliding down the mountainside on a S’more, no less!

CRAFTIVISM APRIL: Protest Poster Painting Party #2 where we prepare for the TAX DAY DEMONSTRATION.


MORE Things: 

FEBRUARY 8th: CRUISE at The Eagle – Just down the street from Akbar and CraftNight is another watering hole you’ll want to visit! There’ll be lip-syncing contest hosted by Tony Soto • Spankings and play from Backroom Mistresses, Bootblackers, DJ tunes, maybe take a friend a homemade political craftivism valentine made at CraftNight!  >>>Facebook Link

FEBRUARY 10th: QUEER PROM at the Sweat Spot! – We could all use a little more LOVE right about now given the current political climate and walking into an unknown future. Join us at Queer Prom to raise spirits, glasses & money for a local charity we will choose as a community. $15 Tickets
Tickets available at: http://queerpromla.brownpapertickets.com/

FEBRUARY 23rd: sSISTERSs: An Experimental Musical – A new punk musical about three sisters who may or may not be witches. Trapped in the drawing room of an old Victorian house, they take on famous triads in a psychedelic, stream-of-consciousness trip through time that explores shifting ideas of sisterhood. Who gets to be seen as a sister, and why? With a live band, haunting three-part harmonies, and throwbacks to the secret rituals of girlhood, sSISTERSs explores memory, family, mortality, queer feminist identity, and the struggles of being a woman artist.
Written and Directed by Gina YoungFacebook Link! 

 

Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Scrapping/Coloring Craft

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Magnets! • January 20th, 2016

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TONIGHT! 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: Hands on your hips, a smile on your lips, spirit in your heart, we’re ready to start! 

It occurred to me that CraftNight really has a LOT of magnet backings. This means we’re rolling up our sleeves and making DIY magnets for your refrigerator or wherever else in your life needs a magnet. Magnets are great, they let you do so much without any constraints. Here you have an object that affixes another object (usually paper) to a surface temporarily. Temporary as in NO commitment as in FREEDOM and no hassles and your life and YOUR choices. How great is that?

When you hand a piece of paper to someone, they have NO IDEA how long it was kickin’ around on your fridge before you finally got around to giving it to the recipient. The meaning and purpose of your busy and engrossing life is affirmed and bolstered by the magnet’s quiet fortitude. This means you should make some magnets at CraftNight as soon as possible to get started living a wildly unencumbered actuality that will enable you to blossom and excel.

We have flat, colorful foam and beads and shapes for which you can form your magnet. Here are some magnet ideas:

1.) Puppy Face Magnet
2.) Magnet that says “NOW” to remind you of what you need to do NOW. Maybe another one that says “SHEESH.”
3.) Bring a small photo and make a frame around it and boom it’s a magnet!
4.) Your own magnet poetry kit
5.) All bad words, just all of ’em
6.) Exquisite corpse magnets, lots of heads, torsos and feet: interchangeable!
7.) Annoying slogans or meaningful um, quotes.
8.) Foods: Donut, hot dog, sushi, noodles
9.) Giant capital letters (this seems to be trending)
10.) Squids, Owls, Deer, Birds, Llamas, Otters, Monkeys, Lemurs, Pandas, Bisons, Eagles, Ponies, Sharks, Lobsters, Cows, and Ducks

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain

WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS  

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NEXT WEEK 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!

*January 27th CRAFTNIGHT – Groundhog Day Paper Dolls
**February 3rd CRAFTNIGHT – Mardis Gras Disguises
***February 10th CRAFTNIGHT – ANNUAL CRAFTNIGHT LOVE-IN!!!!
Ohhhhh the LOVE-IN!!! • Featuring the LOVE RAFFLE (Mad mad prize baskets), Valentine Snacks, Cute Friends, Hot Strangers and MORE!

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Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Assembly Craft, Freeform Craft, Multi-Variety Craft

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‘Merican-Themed Plant Holder • June 26th, 2013

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This Wednesday the 26th of June 2013 from 9pm until midnight or later at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: ‘Merican-Themed Plant Holder
$2 Donation Por Favor
$4 Cosmopolitan Drink Special! The Akbar Cosmo: The Taste of Freedom.
NOTE: NO CRAFTS NEXT WEEK!!!! Instead, there will be a DANCE PARTY!!!! Ring in the long weekend! (See you the following week July 10th with a sweet watermelon craft!)  

I’m a big fan of patriotic novelties, and this one is truly strange, dare I say even too good to be true. Coming to you this week, a piéce de résistance never before attempted, it’s The Craft Stick Flag Planter. 

Knowing what I do about the need for a CONSTANT reminder that you live in AMERICA, I do believe the problem is now solved, and here is the preamble reflecting my intense and eager enthusiasm:

We the CraftNight, in order to form a more perfect planter, establish craft sticks, insure self-adhesive foam pieces, provide space for a small plant, promote the general bar chair, and secure the joy and ease of crafting and creativity to ourselves and our dexterity, do ordain and establish this revolution for the United Crafts of America.

Display your national values and strong sense of purpose, becoming deeply rooted in the American way! Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives or Liberals,  all win with this plucky square receptacle that will absolutely preserve your independence and spirit, while maintaining US industry and enterprise.

After this week you will have a souvenir that not only shows an appreciation for Old Glory, but it ALSO doubles as a place to put a small plant, like a cute little succulent, a spider plant or a tiny fern. A groovy little plant hanging out in your home is a keen reminder of summer, which is now here.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

PS – If you aren’t all that into the jingoistic flavor of a patriotic plant holder, remember to do the ANOTHER truly American thing: exercise your freedom and renounce nationalism by BURNING the flag (or flag-themed plant holder) closest to your heart!

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Posted by on June 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

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