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Tonight! PAINTY PAINT! • June 13th, 2018

TONIGHT: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: Pride Paper Craft!

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, it’s heating up, cool down with a beverage!       
*********$3 suggested donation, please! 

The colors of the rainbow will be on FULL DISPLAY tonight, ready for you to paint a project of your choosing. It’s GAY PRIDE MONTH so we’re embracing HUES. I’m talkin’ about the colors you see in the world, the colors you see in yourself, the colors of your friends, lovers, families. Come in and get a brush and touch color, bring color to life in the spirit of the rainbow of the things you hold dear from the past, the present, the future.

Because there’s something to be said for appreciating and eyeing color, but it’s another to make color, to use it. When you interact with a spectrum of your own creating, access to knowing attaches you to the world. Touching colors brings heart to seeing, because you’re part of it, you really really are! You can paint in solid colors, or add patterns, or paint a specific scene, object, or message. Perhaps you’ll give someone the keepsake you’ve made, or you’ll keep it for yourself.

As you paint, and if you can, see if you can free what’s been asleep at your core. Maybe it’s just annoyance at traffic, maybe it’s the scone you didn’t eat because you’re trying not to eat too many scones, perhaps it’s words you wanted to say but kept to yourself, all of these things are profound and worth exploration. We have big things and small things, we’re people… there are a lot of us, and it’s complicated.

If you have developed a callus over some part of your thinking, see if you can squeak some of those squashed or hidden emotions to the surface… with paint. It doesn’t have to be a big ol’ thang, it can be imperfect and silly or even kinda bratty. Whatever it is, challenge yourself to make it be real, an unfolding of your heart into the life you’re living.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

 

Posted by on June 13, 2018 in Painting Craft, Uncategorized

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Paint-a-Flower Pot!!! • March 21st, 2018

This Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: Paint-a-Flower Pot!!! 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, just for YOU!     
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  

It’s SPRING!!! The Vernal Equinox is HERE and we’ve got raindrop showers on the way, let’s get ready with some FLOWERS! I’ve got some sweet terra cotta pots for you to paint, put gems on ’em, decorate woooo! You can decide if you want to put a starter plant in your newly decorated container or begin from seed. It’s the time of year where you should smell like dirt… even just a little bit.

So yah, Persephone, the daughter of Demeter and Zeus is BACK! Dusting off all that charcoal sediment from hangin’ with smoldering hubby down in Hades, she’s here with flower power, and we’re just so glad to see her! She’ll return to being Queen of the Underworld later. Right now, she’s all about the blooms. The earth sings with new growth, the air swirls with pollen, Orion guards the night skies. The many daring birds, all the dutiful bees, every bug you know is ready to party.

Spring forever appears
the soothing music part
of lyrics unspoken.
It thaws the frozen fears,
mends the wounded heart
that Winter has broken.
~Aarno Davidson

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


SPRING CRAFT SESSIONS 

March 21st – Flowerpot Craft! (Celebrating the Vernal Equinox!)

March 28th – Spring Bird Lacing Craft and AKBAR DOJO! SELF DEFENSE CLASS with Cory Klink! RSVP here on the FB Event! 
Bold Alchemy Queer Self Defense brings you the Protect Your Neck class!!! This 1 hour Self Defense class with Cory Klink will teach you how to use every day objects to defend yourself! Bring your favorite high heels, that crazy sharp crystal on your altar, or a good old fashioned baseball bat and learn to use what you have with you if being attached! We will also cover basic kicks, punches, stances and meditation. Students are encouraged to wear what they feel expresses themselves best and feels comfortable to move in. Bold Alchemy is a trauma focused self defense program that aims to empower, arm and heal queer, trans and poc humans. For more information about Bold Alchemy visit boldalchemy.com or email questions, comments or feedback to boldalchemy.coryklink@gmail.com

 

Posted by on March 20, 2018 in Painting Craft

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Unicorn Pins! • March 7th, 2018

This Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: Unicorn Pins 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, not necessarily nutritious, but SO delicious!    
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  

You’re an international person of mystery and intrigue, and even those who have never met you will be drawn to you… because you’ll brandish your self-painted unicorn pin upon your attire and spellbind every soul who gazeth in your direction. True, some may sneer, but only to feign their desperate jealousy, their envy and avarice amplified by your golden, unconcerned countenance.

These flat wooden silhouettes are not the entire unicorn, but rather just the head:

We’ll hand you one, paint it with stripes, dots, anything! Embellish with gems or glitter and MORE, and then we’ll put a pin-back on it and voila, you’ve got quite the beautiful unicorn pin, Prêt-àPorter! 

Human beings have been fascinated by unicorns since forever ago, the Greeks filed them under Natural History (not mythology) because they absolutely believed unicorns were real, alive and frolicking somewhere in India. Since then, we’ve learned some things, calmed down a little and decided that well… okay FINE. Unicorns probably aren’t real… but we’re open to being proven wrong! A unicorn’s blessing is said to give you the power to succeed at any endeavor you attempt! Unicorns are signifiers of the ideals of hope and change!

When you wear unicorn fashion, you’re saying that you’re into certain things. It means you’re into whimsical notions. It also means you’re into the rare and unique and exquisite. Unicorns are capable of just about anything. Nothing says “body glitter” and “sparkly nail decals” like unicorns, fighting darkness, and bleak, oppressive regimes with experimentation, innovative ideas, and LOTS of froofy colors. Come in and get one, make it yours for March, and then let it be your totem for powering you up to clean the house, rock a new hairstyle, flirt with abandon, endless possibilities!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


AKBAR WINTER-to-SPRING CRAFT SESSIONS, ETC.   

March 14th – Shamrock Bracelets

SUNDAY MARCH 18th at 7:30pm – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo DAYLIGHT SAVINGS EDITION!!!

March 21st – Flowerpot Craft! (Celebrating the Vernal Equinox!)

March 28th – Spring Bird Lacing Craft and AKBAR DOJO! SELF DEFENSE CLASS with Cory Klink! RSVP here on the FB Event! 
Bold Alchemy Queer Self Defense brings you the Protect Your Neck class!!! This 1 hour Self Defense class with Cory Klink will teach you how to use every day objects to defend yourself! Bring your favorite high heels, that crazy sharp crystal on your altar, or a good old fashioned baseball bat and learn to use what you have with you if being attached! We will also cover basic kicks, punches, stances and meditation. Students are encouraged to wear what they feel expresses themselves best and feels comfortable to move in. Bold Alchemy is a trauma focused self defense program that aims to empower, arm and heal queer, trans and poc humans. For more information about Bold Alchemy visit boldalchemy.com or email questions, comments or feedback to boldalchemy.coryklink@gmail.com

 

Posted by on March 2, 2018 in Multi-Variety Craft, Painting Craft

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Birch Disk Magnets! • February 28th, 2018

TONIGHT! Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: Birch Disk Magnets! 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, a vacation in a glass!   
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  

Birch disks! They’re little rounds cut from tree branches, they’re so natural and made of wood! I have paint, and you can spend some time making one into a magnet! I’m also bringing Mod Podge, so that you can preserve it for posterity. It’s the LAST day of February, with chilly air outside, but warm and comfy fun inside, with people, drinks, music, and of course, Crafts!

And just a lil’ reminder: You can bring your very OWN project that you’re working on to CraftNight! Doing some knitting? Working on your zine? Painting a frame for your bathroom or creating something sweet for someone neat-o? Do it here! Bring your stuff, set up shop and have company while you work! We’re your own little corner of free-spirited enjoyment, a cocktail klatch of conversation, getting to know others, and making stuff while the ambiance percolates around you. It’s designed for both the bold and the shy, and it’s designed with supplies in mind if you don’t have any of your own for which to make a craft. Use our supplies or use ours, either way, we’re excited to see you.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


AKBAR WINTER-to-SPRING CRAFT SESSIONS, ETC.   

March 7th – Paint-a-Unicorn Craft

March 14th – Shamrock Bracelets

SUNDAY MARCH 18th at 7:30pm – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo DAYLIGHT SAVINGS EDITION!!!

March 21st – Flowerpot Craft! (Celebrating the Vernal Equinox!)

March 28th – Spring Bird Lacing Craft and AKBAR DOJO! SELF DEFENSE CLASS with Cory Klink! – Event Description:
Bold Alchemy Queer Self Defense brings you the Protect Your Neck class!!! This 1 hour Self Defense class with Cory Klink will teach you how to use every day objects to defend yourself! Bring your favorite high heels, that crazy sharp crystal on your altar, or a good old fashioned baseball bat and learn to use what you have with you if being attached! We will also cover basic kicks, punches, stances and meditation. Students are encouraged to wear what they feel expresses themselves best and feels comfortable to move in. Bold Alchemy is a trauma focused self defense program that aims to empower, arm and heal queer, trans and poc humans. For more information about Bold Alchemy visit boldalchemy.com or email questions, comments or feedback to boldalchemy.coryklink@gmail.com

 

Posted by on February 28, 2018 in Painting Craft

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Snowman Box Etc. • January 31st, 2018

TONIGHT! Wednesday, JANUARY 31st, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: Snowman Box and MORE! 

*******Drink Specials for your face! Tasty Times!   
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  

I have these adorable but no-frills snowman boxes that are kind of TOO EASY to make. This means an extra side project will also be offered, because honestly, in the time you have to make this craft, you won’t even be halfway through your vodka soda, or redbull, or whatever you’re drinking!

 

2018 marks the 16th year of CraftNight in service, and tonight will be a Full Blue Moon Winter Session, so I’m quite giddy about that! Let us celebrate kinship and having January togetherness while making snowman boxes when it’s been weirdly hot outside! Maybe if we make enough snowman boxes, winter will come back and be cold!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


WINTER SESSION 

FEB 7th –  Dr. Sketchy figure drawing class at 8pm, followed by LA Rock Painting! LA Rocks!!!

FEB 14th – Special Event! The Great CraftNight LOVE-IN (Prizes! Treats! Love!)

FEB 18th – Bet Yer Bottom BINGO!!! Gambling, Winning, Singing, Drinking, Dabbing, Dotting, Laughing!

FEB 21st, FEB 28th – YES THERE WILL  BE CRAFTS YAHHHHHH!!!! We’re relentless and forever, we’re CraftNight. 

 

Posted by on January 31, 2018 in Painting Craft

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