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Protest Poster Painting Party • January 18th, 2017

This Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Protest Poster Painting Party  
FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Sponsored by Akbar! 
$4 Drink specials from Akbar: We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We Didn’t Come Out of the Closet for This Shit!!!  

CraftNight gets UPPITY!!!!
There are THREE HUGE Demonstrations in Los Angeles this week!
We invite your beautiful brave butt to Akbar to Help Make Protest Signs for the upcoming rallies for yourself and others!
Come and paint and drink while supplies last!!!!

Here is the FB Event Page, please RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough supplies on hand.

Exercise your first amendment rights to be seen and heard:

**** Rally to Save Roe – Thursday, January 19 at 5:30 PM NCJW | LA Council House 543 N Fairfax. Los Angeles, 90036

**** United Against Hate Inauguration March Los Angeles – Friday Jan 20 at 11 AM – 6 PM • Olympic/Figeroa [LA Live]

**** Womens March Los Angeles – Saturday, January 21 at 9 AM Pershing Square

We will have poster board, paints, brushes, example slogans, and handouts about:
1.) Why public protest is important and useful
2.) What your rights are during a peaceful public protest
3.) Information on the organizations holding demonstrations and the issues they represent
4.) Guidelines on further types of activism

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Upcoming Crafts and Events:

January 25th Craft: Winter Birdhouse Thermometer Kit!
February 1st Craft: Conversation Caterpillar Craft!
February 8th Craft: CraftNight’s Depraved Valentine Party!!!

Wednesday January 30th • 8pm • Bet Yer Bottom Bingo! ~~~~ The Winter Hearth Edition. We kickoff the year with numbers on balls, cozy and toasty,  just the way you like it! Win big bottles o’ booze and other goodies!

 

Posted by on January 17, 2017 in Freeform Craft, Messy 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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Mini Birdhouses on Parade • May 25th, 2016

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Notice: TONIGHT IS BINGO at Akbar from 8pm to 10pm!!! (details at the bottom of this transmission)  
This Wednesday May 25th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!

Project: Mini BIrdhouses!  
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Cocktails, not politics! 

I can already hear you saying “What the heck am I gonna do with a mini birdhouse?!?”
I don’t have all the answers, but I do have some answers.
The best thing about fun is that fun doesn’t care.
Fun doesn’t do utilitarian purpose, uniformity, and obligation.
Crafts are fun because they’re not practical.
A mini birdhouse is a mini revolution, because it’s just sitting there serving NO PURPOSE.
The American way is to work hard, never take vacations, pretend we’re never in pain, and have moxie in the very worst of times.

BREAK THE CHAIN AND MAKE A MINI BIRDHOUSE!
Take some well earned time, and leisure the hell out of it.
We can’t be constantly be producing functional product and content, we have to have space and quiet and pockets of B-track songs running through our heads.
Over and over we’ve learned that periodical maintenance is the key to longevity, with machines, with public works projects, with the mind, and with the body. You can’t build a state-of-the-art anything unless you take time to chill the hell out.

We were meant to spend some time and think about things and paint useless items while sipping beverages in the company of each other’s finery. Keeping the stiff upper lip and always winning the game burns you out, changing gears and exploring other ways of creating fulfillment is totally valid.
Make America Craft Again.

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain

MAY MADNESS!  

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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!!!

FUTURE ART THANGS: Masks, Metal, Druid Crafts…

 

 

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Painting Craft

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Pet Rocks! • March 30th, 2016

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TONIGHT: Bet Yer Bottom BINGO!!!! 8pm to 10pm it’s boys, balls, girls, prizes, a ramblin’ gamblin’ good time at Akbar!
TOMORROW: Wednesday March 30th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!

Project: Pet Rocks!
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Where hospitality meets you at Sunset and Fountain

Access your igneous, your sedimentary, your metamorphic self by making a PET ROCK at Akbar this Wednesday! Rocks are everywhere! We never notice them, they never get the glory and the prestige they deserve, but all of that changes this week. Rocks may seem indestructible, but in fact, they change over hundreds of years, a process we never get to see, because you know… we don’t last as long as rocks.

It has taken eons for these rocks to get to their smooth round shape, yet it will take you probably less than an hour to paint one of these rocks! Your interaction with your rock will be but a pitstop in it’s centuries-long existence. Once you get yourself to a rock and paint it, the rock will endure, as a paper weight, as a doorstop, as an attention-getting sculpture on a bookshelf, it will persist, and be a pet rock, for many years. It may even become a family heirloom! It will be your pet, your friend, your advisor during tough times, a comfort in it’s steadfast, reliable continuation.

It is rare to have a pet that will outlive you. Some people like tortoises or parrots, they have long lifespans, but none of them beat the rock. Pet rocks are quiet, friendly and inexpensive. You never have to change the cedar chips in the cage, or replace newspaper or even take a pet rock for a walk, they are just that easy to take care of, and they will never pee on the rug.

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain

COMING UP:   

April 6th – Monster Sand Art! Fierce!
April 13th – Finger Puppets! Fabric Fun in your FACE!
April 20th – Spring Grab Bag Crafts! Surprise Packet Love!
April 27th – Egg Carton Creatures!

 

 

Posted by on March 29, 2016 in Collage Craft, 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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