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Wooden Amulet Necklace! • August 2nd, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Wooden Amulet Necklace!
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Treat Yourself! You Deserve It! 

I’m back in town, and ready to make wooden amulet necklaces with you! It’s time to take beads in hand, and paint too, and make/preserve for yourself a totem for the good ol’ summertime. Because now we are August, which means 31 days of hot living, which means you’ve got to look as hot as possible.

We have so much planned, we even have some really exciting extracurricular activities set for you, including helping out with some a community project with the LA Rocks (as in actual, sedimentary, made from the earth’s crust, rocks) and FIGURE DRAWING with Dr. Sketchy!!!

For now, however, we’ll set you up with a wooden shape and the hand drill, and you’ll paint/adorn the center of your necklace, and then fashion its strings with beads, baubles and what-nots from the collection I’ve prepared for you! It’s soooo much funnnn ahhhhh maaaaaa gahhhhhh you will like it. AND I’ll have the air conditioning on, you can be nice and cool, with a cocktail, and your friends, and the night’s gonna be perfect. Did you see the moon? Go look at the moon, then come see us.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

August 9th – BIG ROCK PAINTING PARTY with The Los Angeles Rocks! Paint fun art on rocks and hide around the city to brighten someone’s day! Include inspirational and encouraging messages. Check out their FB Page to learn about inspiring rocks! 

August 16th – Clothespin Note Holders!

August 23rd – 8pm Early Start time FIGURE DRAWING with with DR. SKETCHY!!! Back to the Future Themed! CraftNight will start at 9pm, and the craft is paint-a-statue! 

August 28th – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!!! 8pm to 10pm • Six games of boys, girls, balls, debauchery and PRIZES!!!!

August 30th – National Parks Craft! It’s time for Craftivism, we’re focusing on the national parks, because we need to protect our wildlands for now and future generations! Details coming sooooon!

Annnnd in case you’re reading… Gothtober is accepting applications. 

  

 

Posted by on August 2, 2017 in Jewelry Craft, Painting Craft

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Kan Koozies! • July 26th, 2017

This Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Kan Koozies!
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Your Cocktail Runneth Over! 

CraftNight Lieutenant, Jazz, will be at the help this week, hosting a freaky, foamy night of KAN KOOZIE KRAZY!!! What the heck’s a kan koozie? It’s one o’ those cylindrical enclosures you put on your canned beverage to keep it cool while you walk around at the beach, the campfire, the backyard soirée!

Because it’s not hot yet. I mean… the temperatures we’ve seen around here are warm, yah, sure they are, but August and September are nigh, and THAT, my friend, that is some summertime madness. That’s when everyone breaks out the Raymond Chandler quote about how hot it is, when parking lot fights happen more frequently and more angrily, cats PANT. When it reaches that apex, you just wish you could peel your skin right off your bod to escape the concrete-reflecting fiery heat.

Decorate your kan koozie and impress everyone at your next social event. No one will tell you to your face that they’re jealous of the custom job you’ve done on your new piece of gear but they are extremely envious and wish they were you, believe me. They will seethe quietly and roll their eyes pretending they don’t care, but really they’ll be eating their hearts out. Because you’ll be beating the heat all handmade style, flaunting your glittery, bauble-laden, googly-eyed, beaded brazen masterpiece of an ice cold beverage.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain (be back next week!)


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

More CraftNights on the horizon, every Wednesday at Akbar 9pm: July 19th, 26th, and August 2nd!

Annnnd in case you’re reading… Gothtober is accepting applications. 

July 31st – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! 8pm – 10pm • 6 Games • Boys, Girls, Balls, Win like a WINNAHHHH!!! More details? Here they are. 

  

 

Posted by on July 25, 2017 in Freeform Craft

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Summer Smörgasbord! • TONIGHT! July 19th, 2017

TONIGHT! This Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Summer Smörgasbord
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Class in a Glass! 

The cavalcade of many craft choices continues! As you know, CraftNight is just about EVERY week, and while many of you show up to do the craft, I sometimes have leftovers. I save the crafting leftovers so that we can have these exciting summertimes of MANY choices!

As you know, usually I tote ONE project for the evening, but this entire month of July is dedicated to a variety of summertime choices that will please everyone! Take advantage of the exciting selection offered! I’m also putting out some newly acquired sparkly bits and pieces that you’re sure to take pleasure in using, I’ll see you tonight if you’re into it.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

More CraftNights on the horizon, every Wednesday at Akbar 9pm: July 19th, 26th, and August 2nd!

Annnnd in case you’re reading… Gothtober is accepting applications. 

July 31st – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! 8pm – 10pm • 6 Games • Boys, Girls, Balls, Win like a WINNAHHHH!!! More details? Here they are. 

  

 

Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Multi-Variety Craft

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Summer Variety! • TONIGHT! July 12th, 2017

This Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Summer Variety!
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: High Performance Delivered

Elysian Park alone has had FIVE fires since June 30th, that’s a lot of fires!

We’ve entered fire season early, the June gloom has given way to parched skies warming tiny bundles of tinder in the forests just waiting to combust into trouble. When it’s like this, I feel like hosing off my brain, as if my thoughts are akin to the dry and flammable kindling of the southland’s thirsty hillsides.

To help this sizzling seventh month along, the crafts this week continue to be selections from the vault. You must understand: 15 years of CraftNight means, effectively, 750 nights of hosting crafts every single week. There have been leftover supplies from time to time, I don’t throw them away. I save them for summertime! This meansI have a sweeping assortment of projects for you to choose from, from old classics, to wonderful weirdness!

Will you make a clothespin airplane? A princess castle? Will you decorate a doorknob hanger? Do let’s find out! Cool off that rainless brain of yours, bring it in from outside, give it something creative to do, along with some shade and a refreshing cocktail. Treat your cerebellum oblongata to a night of delicious diversion.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

It’s Cruise at the Eagle July 12th, did you know? Check it! 

More CraftNights on the horizon, every Wednesday at Akbar 9pm: July 19th, 26th, and August 2nd!

Annnnd in case you’re reading… Gothtober is accepting applications. 

July 31st – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! 8pm – 10pm • 6 Games • Boys, Girls, Balls, Win like a WINNAHHHH!!!

  

 

Posted by on July 12, 2017 in Multi-Variety Craft

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Fusion Beads El Niño Style • January 6th, 2016

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FIRST CRAFTNIGHT OF 2016!!! Wednesday, Jan 6th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Fusion Beads!
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Your Cup Runneth Over!   

It is the first CraftNight of 2016 and we begin our 14th year. We’re starting the year with fusion beads, because it’s a warm craft for a cold night! Fusion beads literally fuse when you heat them with an iron, which is super cool, and a super reminder of fusing your intentions for the new year. I keep asking people what their new years resolutions are, and they keep telling me they don’t have any, and I’m like… what are you… THREE YEARS OLD?

COME ON, if anyone is going to be easy on yourself about failing to meet a resolution, it’s YOU! I mean omigod, TRY. Like, I know we live in a society where no one wants to make a commitment or a choice or have to do ONE thing at a time. You can’t play mini golf if you are also at the movies, it’s a gold-plated conundrum. Those of us who are lucky enough to suffer from “fear of missing out” experience a tidal wave of choices and channels and apps and options paralyzing the brain with an overload of data. It’s hard to even pick a goal, much less stick to it.

Platitudes and proverbs about the new year can seem like empty rhetoric, a nothing-something that most of us can’t even really hear any longer. This means there’s this societal knee jerk reaction to making new years resolutions because they are uncool, they require WORK. You might fall short of your own expectations if you make a half-hearted goal and give it a lukewarm attempt at fruition. It’s totally cliché to make resolutions in January for the new year, but clichés are annoying because they are almost always TRUE. So what does it all mean?

It means that you are never going to eat that bologna sandwich unless you decide to take the bologna out of the package. Every lasagna has to start with a noodle. Wearing shoes involves putting them on your feet. These are not monumental goals for most, but they are intentions that are made real more often than you might think. People are wearing shoes Lasagnas are being stacked, baked and eaten. Bologna is being freed from its constrictive packaging.

This is why we’re doing fusion beads this week, because you can’t turn back once you decide to fuse them. It’s a meditation on process and permanence. It’s plastic beads, so it’s cheap and colorful and fun and seems innocuous, but trust me, your subconscious will thank you.

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain

JANUARY’S WINTRY WEATHER 

January 13th- Wooden Bead Necklaces 

January 20th – DIY Magnets EXTREME 

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 – Groundhog Day Paper Dolls

February – Get ready for Mardi Gras, CraftNight’s Valentine LOVE-IN Party, and Chinese New Year! 

 

 

Posted by on January 5, 2016 in Heat-based Craft

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