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Autumn Necklace Craft • Sept 27th, 2017

This Wednesday, September 27th at Akbar: 
9pm to midnight or later it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
****Project: Autumn Leaf Necklace

*****$3 Donation Please 
******$4 Drink specials! Highwalkin’, fastlivin’, evergivin’, coolfizzin’ Akbar!
OPENING THIS FRIDAY: Pat & Charlie’s Solid Gold Lamé Cabaret (read more below)

Farewell summer, it went by in a flash! And now it’s time to flash some Autumn beauty this Wednesday by taking some time to gift yourself something special: a necklace made by you!  A cheerful happy-faced leaf is the centerpiece of this head-turning strand of shiny plastic beads: your red-carpet-ready choice for pumpkin season. It makes a statement wherever you go, a brilliant addition to any ensemble.

Because is it winter? NO!
Is it spring? NO!
Is it summer? HELL NO!
It’s FALL, dammit, let it be known! Inspire and delight your friends, visit the apple farm, gather round the bonfire, complain about the government together, take a knee, fight for healthcare! Do it while sporting your spectacularly crafted cardboard leaf pendant and fetching shiny yellow satin cord, you might just catch the attention of  someone kinda special.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, EVENTS and MOARRRR!!! 

 

Opening THIS FRIDAY 9pm: Pat & Charlie: Solid Gold Lamé Cabaret directed by JP Craft Captain you can get tix and more information about this high impact adventure here. 

Oct 4th • 7:45pm – 8:45pm • CraftNight brings you QUEER FISTS OF FURY • Self Defense Class with Instructor, Cory Klink! Work on your balance, self discipline, and confidence while learning to protect yourself! Find out more and RSVP Here

Oct 4th • 9pm – midnight or later • CRAFTNIGHT • Attack of the Halloween Plush Pillow! – That’s right, a terrifying personal pillow in the shape of a ghost, pumpkin or bat! It comes with a super easy sewing kit, stuffing, and felt pieces for gluing!

Oct 11th – Haunted Lasercut skull shape painting project!

Oct 18th 9pm to 11pm – Dr. Sketchy returns with a really fun and CREEPY Life Drawing Assignment: Stephen King’s IT! Get tix and RSVP HERE. CraftNight also begins at 9pm with somethin’ halloweenie!

Oct 22nd – Sunday 7pm Bet Yer Bottom Bingo HALLOWEEN STYLE!!!

Oct 25th – CraftNight’s Annual PUMPKIN CARVING Festival! Reserve a Pumpkin or BYOP!!!

 

Posted by on September 26, 2017 in Jewelry Craft, Wearable Craft

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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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Birch Disk Amulet • June 1st, 2016

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TONIGHT! WednesdayJune 1st, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Birch Disk Amulet for YOU!  
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Akbar Cocktails, the taste of Silverlake! 

Today is my wife’s birthday! She’s coming to CraftNight! Pop in and give her a hug!
Coral was just in the mountains, she has just returned home.
To ease her back into the LA city lifestyle, we’re doing a birch disk craft that you can paint and wear around your neck.
It looks super rustic, you can either paint stuff on it, or just glue things to it, a super easy craft, you should do it, yeah.
Let the forest be your guide, dance with the mammal inside your mind.
Get in touch with the leaves and the sap and the branches, it’s almost summer!

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain

JUNE IS HERE!  

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THIS SATURDAY It’s DAYLIGHT CRAFTNIGHT at the ART OUT!!! Read More!!!

Saturday, June 4 at 1:00 pm in West Hollywood Park it’s a FREE public event!!! 

Bring the kids and the babies and anyone who likes parks, music, poetry, crafts, performance and fun, all in a queer-friendly environment for your fancy sunshine picnic !

 

Posted by on June 1, 2016 in Painting Craft

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Wooden Bead Jewelry Necklaces • January 13th, 2016

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Wednesday, Jan 13th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Wooden Bead Jewelry Necklaces
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Tastes great, less filling!   

Last week we fused our intentions with fusion beads. There’s nothing like heated plastic to make you feel accomplished and ready for 2016! Now we’re up for another Wednesday, and it’s time to make wooden bead necklaces that you paint yourself. This is a pretty straightforward craft, there are beads here in many shapes and sizes, some of them rounder, some of them more flat, there are many different kinds. They are raw wood, which means, if you want to sass them up, you’ve got to paint them! Lucky for you, we do have paint, and brushes, and all the stuff you need to create the color scheme you want for your bead necklace.

To paint a bead is to have a moment. Crafting is designed to slow you down and make you contemplate those everyday things you might not notice: a new pair of socks, a cup of tea that is the perfect temperature, the perfect fluffy brilliance of some clouds you noticed when you were walking into the grocery store. The minutia of life particles that pass you by can be forgotten so easily, this bead-painting journey I’m offering is an opportunity to pay attention to some life. Paint a bead that reminds of you of your dish soap. Paint a bead that reminds you of the friend that wrote you a poignant email. Paint a bead that resembles the weird overpriced teddy bear you saw at a department store.

Paint a story, paint your truth and then wear your truth. You have a lot of stuff going on, and it’s all interesting and weird and ghastly and meaningful and a goddamn gift, that’s right. And if someone asks you about the trippy beads you’re wearing that you painted yourself, you can look them square in the eye and say “This one reminds me of an overpriced teddy bear I saw” and they’ll say “OMG what?” next thing you know, the two of you are talking, and we have HUMAN CONNECTION. Or… they think you are a total crackpot and they steer clear of you forever and that, my friend, is also a gift, that’s right.

Share some paint, share some beads, share your stories, share despair, triumph, hopes, and dreams. It’s at CraftNight, waiting for you, a little Wednesday thing.

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain

JANUARY’S GOT THE GOODS  

January 20th – It’s DIY Magnets EXTREME, a custom curiosity explored by you and everyone who joins us!

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 11, 2016 in Assembly Craft, Painting Craft

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Rainbow Necklace • June 10th, 2015

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This Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Rainbow Necklace 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials, you’re in good hands with Akbar
[Attend an Artist Block Talk with JP THIS THURSDAY! Also other things! [info below]

Just in time for LA PRIDE is our oh so posh and showy RAINBOW NECKLACE KIT that you MUST have. Darlin’ it’s that time of year, where you gotta flaunt your queer. Honey, these colors don’t run, we will be waiting for you with all hues blazing so that you can create your very own bejeweled adornment for the high holidays of LGBTQ visibility, activism and kickass celebration!

I certainly hope you’re planning your outfit, you don’t want to be a colorless blah out there on Santa Monica when party weekend hits.  In the name of legal equality and social acceptance, you’d be so classy to put on something sassy or brassy in honor of those who fought before us, and those who are fighting now. This means if you CAN be visible this month, DO IT.

Here’s the parade info, in case you wanna get a nice tan and give a cheer to some fine upstanding queers this weekend!

Parade Day/Time: June 14th, 11am
Parade Starts: Crescent Heights and Holloway, moves westward
Parade Ends: Santa Monica and ends at Robertson.
Bathroom spots: Crescent Heights, Sweetzer, La Cienega, Palm, and Robertson

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

JUNE 12th: DYKE DAY in ELYSIAN PARK! Free, all-ages, inclusive DYKE EVENT! Find out more!

SPONSOR BILL COLE!!! You know the beautiful blue-eyed door fellow at Akbar? He’s stern but ever so amiable? That’s Bill Cole, and he’s doing the AIDS Walk San Francisco. Please send some cash toward his campaign! 

COMING UP IN SUMMER>>>> CraftNight Campfire Resort at Akbar, Bears in Space, Bingo… oh it’s a great month!

 

Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Assembly Craft

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