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Necklaces of Success • August 17th, 2016


TONIGHT! Wednesday August 17rd, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!
Project: Necklaces of Success
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Stock up on Cocktails for the Back to School Season! 

We’ve got necklaces necklaces, that’s what we’ve got! I separated bead clusters into lil’ kits, and you can pick which one you want! The pieces are bright and plasticky and will delight your inner ferret (you know, bright shiny objects, OOOOH PRETTY!). To accompany the candy-like baubles in your personal necklace kit will be even MORE colorful kickshaw to pick from on the counter of craft smorgasbord supplies!

I do declare, should you make and wear a necklace at CraftNight, your creation will undoubtedly act as an external arbitrary force affecting human affairs! You WILL get the promotion, your ice cream WILL stay ensconced in its cone, love letters and accolades will pile up at your door! SUCCESS! Come in and make a thing!

CraftNight is your friendly, weekly, arty opportunity to get to know yourselves and others through casual creative pursuit. But were you aware that CraftNight works under the umbrella of an arts non-profit called SparkleBlob? Underneath that umbrella are other happenings throughout the year, and our next endeavor approaches for the fall season, it’s called Gothtober.

The Gothtober Countdown Calendar is a curated time-release flash-based online museum of 31 works of art by 31 different contributors. The official run of the show is from October 1st to the 31st, a new piece being revealed with each day of the month.The best way to see what it is though, is by visiting it!

Gothtober is looking for contributors, and applications are open until August 29th! We’re looking for recipes, comics, tiny weird short films, music, slideshows, animations, crafts, performance, and whatever else you can think up! It’s kind of like entering a film festival, but the content is multimedia.

Every age group and every level of experience is welcome to be a part of this annual collection of virtual treats, and we’re always looking for new blood. Find out more below:

Visit the Official Gothtober Calendar

Visit the Gothtober FAQ

Apply for Gothtober TODAY!


See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Coming Up in August I’m Hosting BET YER BOTTOM BINGO August 29th, 2016 • 8pm to 10pm • ELECTRIC MUUMUU BOOGALOO II 
BOOZE PRIZES: George Dickel and Virginia Black whiskeys, Patron XO Cafe Incendio, and a big ol’ bottle of Ketel One Oranje!!! Delicioso!!! SIX Action-Packed GAMES of Girls, Boys, Balls, Booze! We’ll be wearing fancy baggy muumuus to offset the high temperatures!

Gurl, go see it! The final installment of SORORITY: SUMMER OF LOVE MUSCLES, MONEY and MOLLY. Last show till Winter!

Tea House Music Night with Arshia Haq of Discostan, Nora Keyes & Nausea Filmmaker, artist, and DJ Arshia Haq will play a set of North African psych, trance, and folk 45 records in the tea house. Aliens L.A with Josef Kristofoletti and Rachid Bouhamidi on view. Special Performances by Nora Keyes and Nausea: (Andrew Dalziell)

Sam Pancake’s (almost) one-man show featuring character monologues, storytelling and songs (featuring Sir Steven Wishnoff on the piano) performed in the intimate, air-conditioned, alcoholic-beverage allowing Cavern Club Celebrity Theatre nestled within the bowels of the historic Casita Del Campo Restaurant in Silverlake CA.

PIPES in the PARK 
A few of of our crafters happen to be hot, talented BAG-PIPING individuals! Some of them make up the totally amazing and wonderful PASADENA PIPES. Enjoy pipe band performances from the Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums Grade 3 band and the Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band Grades 3 and 5, as they prepare for competition at the Pleasanton Highland Gathering and Games on Labor Day weekend.


Posted by on August 17, 2016 in Assembly Craft, Freeform Craft, Jewelry Craft

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Spring Bead Season • May 4th, 2016


This Wednesday April 27th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Spring Beads, Spring Beads! 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: You’re gonna like the way you look, we guarantee it.  

Springtime is bead time, where you adorn yourself with the things that you like, the stylish trappings of who you are. A great place to stop in and make for yourself a bauble, a fancy trinket, a treat for your wrist or a beaded headband for your mind, a place to make all of this on Wednesday is Akbar. I’m breaking out the beads, and beads are deep. Beads are more than colorful or pretty, beads are us.

Beads have been around a looooooong time! People used them for currency! They were also used as anti-stress devices, you could hold onto your beads and think about your life. This bead technique still works today. Beads are used for devotional praying, and they make great game pieces if you make a home made board game! Beads are so cool that we’re pretty sure the reason we as humans developed language is because we wanted each other’s beads. We built systems of language based on economic bead wants and needs. The oldest beads are about 72,000 years old, which means that when you wear a bead, you are wearing the first self help device known to humans. But beads didn’t just help one, they helped everyone!

Beads were around before farming, before language, before tools and shelter. Beads helped us develop social technology! Working with beads is mega primal, you’ll be like “Why does this feel so natural for me?” Come on into CraftNight and do some social technology with us, your ancient ancestors would be so proud!

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain


*** SPECIAL EVENT*** FRIDAY/SATURDAY MAY 6th and 7th Beaches the Musical! Directed by yours truly! If you like historic gay enclaves with hot waiters serving you piping hot Mexican food and cocktails, if you like underground queer theaters, shoulder pads, wigs, drag, beards, lesbians, nurse hats, laughter, and music, it’s pretty much everything you need in one evening: TICKETS HERE! It’s all at Casita del Campo’s Cavern Club Theater! Dinner and a show!


BET YER BOTTOM BINGO • AKBAR • 8pm to 10pm • Six Action-Packed Games! • Girls, boys, balls and prizes for our big winners!!!! 50 Cents a card!!!



Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Assembly Craft, Wearable Craft

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Halloween Necklace! • Sept. 29th, 2015


TONIGHT! Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Halloween Necklace! 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Silverlake’s best Address 
CURRENTLY ON VIEW is up and running! See the world’s only countdown calendar to the days of Halloween, brought to you by SparkleBlob (which also powers CraftNight and other arty things…)  

Mother Nature has been roasting and toasting us this Halloween season, enough to make you want to freeze one’s caramel apple and put it on your face to cool down. My goodness these temperatures have been soaring. Meanwhile, we’re going to have the A/C on full blast, and we’ll be playing fun stuff on the Akbar Jumbotron, serving some snacks to go with your drink special, and we will be making Halloween necklaces.

Human beings have been wearing necklaces ever since we figured out how to string stuff together. Necklaces made of stones, animal fangs, teeth, feathers, claws, shells, etc. still hang on wearers buried in ancient tombs. Necklaces stood for status, or royalty, nowadays people wear them for fashion, or for sentimental value, religious reasons, or to make a statement. So we’re giving you an opportunity to make STATEMENT JEWELRY tonight.

Feelin’ tough? Feelin’ pretty? Feelin’ haunted or depraved, strange and eerie? Feelin’ Fun? Are you feelin’ like a Halloween monster goddess? Are you a high priest or an art wizard? Are you the ultimate Halloween romantic?

A good necklace is an accent piece for a well-dressed person, just like a ring or a scarf or necktie or a good set of cufflinks. You’re not going to wear your Halloween necklace everyday, you’ll mix it up with your other pendants and the like. But this is special. This is your message to the masses, worn around your neck to advertise your individuality.

There’s one time of year where you can really overcrowd your look with bizarre accoutrement, so get into it, we dare you. Adorn yourself distastefully, put together a necklace that helps complete or create your fall fashion look.

JP Craft Captain

NEXT WEEK’S CRAFT: More Halloween Treats! 

Oct. 27th Bet Yer Bottom Bingo: Tuesday • Akbar • 8 to 10pm • COSTUME CONTEST in addition to our usual session of gambling fun! Win big bottles o’ booze, and enjoy our night of boys, girls, balls and other prizes!
Oct. 28th – Craftnight’s BYOPumpkin (or order one through CraftNight!) A night of long knives and scared squash! A CraftNight Halloween FAVORITE!


Posted by on October 14, 2015 in Assembly Craft

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Necklace Envy • Camp CraftNight • June 25th, 2014


This Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Necklace Envy 
$2 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Special: “The Lyla” • Do what tastes right. 
**** Special Note: Wanna sell some ART at the SparkleBlob Art Action? Make a little dough and support CraftNight, along with SparkleBlob’s other programs! Now accepting submissions through July 15th!

Ahhhh Summer is HERE!

RIGHT NOW we have a plan for you to look fahhhhhhbulous with your new necklace you’ll make here at CraftNight. We have cocktails, we have air conditioning, we have music and fun and enough artsy fartsy necklace supplies to make your mind explode. If you’re going to be wearing that summer dress or that hawt muscle shirt, you’ve got to accessorize! As part of our summer program, Camp CraftNight is here to help you with your summer couture. Once you start attending those summer pool parties with your home made necklace, you’ll be the envy of the crowds, and maybe someone will purchase a piña colada in your honor, just for you.

Summertime means it’s time to get that bizarre suntan on your face from wearing sunglasses! It’s time to chase down the popsicle truck at 8:30 at night! The arrival of summer solstice means that EVERYONE is wearing sandals! Skimpy outfits are everywhere, and everything smells like BO, skin, deodorant, sunscreen, bay rum, or fruity body wash!

It’s time for fruit and tiny little pretzel sticks and salads and endless snacking, and margaritas, and forgetting what time it is because the days are so long! It’s time for grilled veggies, beaches, bonfires, time for baseball games, fireworks, iced  coffee and banana creme pie. It is officially the season of leisure, and even though some of you are working too hard, please try to find us, we are your oasis. 

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Assembly Craft, Painting Craft

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