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TONIGHT! Dr. Sketchy THEN Paint-A-Statue! • August 23rd, 2017

**8pm to 10pm – Dr. Sketchy’s Figure Drawing Class with models in BACK TO THE FUTURE GARB!!! [more info] 
***9pm to midnight or later it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
****Project: Paint-a-Statue!!!

*****$3 Donation Please 
******$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Serving Up Class in a Glass for Your Ass! 

It is indeed time for confederate statues to GO, maybe just leave the horses, and remove the riders? It’s all about statues and nature for the rest of September over here at CraftNight.

I’ve got darling little figurines of both jungle life AND marine life, which is just as well, because holy crap! We need to remind people that NATURE IS IMPORTANT, by golly!!! Come in and paint a plaster facsimile of the choices I’ve procured for you: Hippos, Lions, Monkeys, Elephants, Fish, Dolphins, Whales, Frogs and maybe even a wayward unicorn, kitten or grasshopper, if you’re lucky!

Because I know there are too many terrible things going on in the world right now, but the National Parks turn 101 years old this Friday. And the reason that such a thing is important is that OMG it’s a miracle our monuments have lasted this long, and now these places are in very real danger. The American Antiquities Act was created in 1906 to keep buttheads from stealing ancient native artifacts from archeological sites. In more recent history, presidents have used the act to keep greedy jerks from destroying the land with bulldozers, commercial development and pollution.

In the words of my good friend, Roz Helfand

“The head of the Department of the Interior is filling his staff with mining and logging industry people. The country’s at a moral crossroads regarding how we think about environmental stewardship and long term health vs. short term jobs and convenience.”

The White House is reviewing 27 monuments set aside for conservation. These are OUR public lands and waters, you’re going to look at this list and FREAK OUT. The Giant Sequoia groves are up for review. The Mariana Trench is up for review. It’s not okay. This week and next are dedicated to learning more about what we can do to help protect and preserve these places from the oil, mining and timber industries. And of course this week and next are also dedicated to camaraderie, good times, good vibes, strong cocktails, creative energy, and being fabulous.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


August 28th – Muu Muu Themed Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!!! 8pm to 10pm • Six games of boys, girls, balls, debauchery and PRIZES!!!! BREAKFAST MACHINE RAFFLE INCLUDED in evening shenanigans! [more info]

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!

September will have MORE Dr. Sketchy, a special workshop from the Red Cross, LA Rocks, Fall Bet Yer Bottom Bingo, and LOTS of CRAFTS!

Also there’s under SIX days left to apply for The Gothtober Countdown Calendar… Gothtober is accepting applications. 



Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Painting Craft

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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


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




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


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.

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



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



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


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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