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RETURN of the Unicorn Pins • April 4th, 2018

This Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project:  Unicorn Pins Yayyyyyy!!!! (Paint yer own!)   

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, get yours today!       
*********$3 suggested donation, we’re a scrappy non-profit alive because of you! xoxo 

When we last saw our wooden lasercut unicorn profiles, they were in a box… somewhere. And then I went out of town, and my poor CraftNight Lieutenants couldn’t find them anywhere, and so the unicorns did not star as the craft for that evening. It was a bit of a SNAFU: Situation Normal: Awol Forgotten Unicorns. You know, like they say in the military.

However, I FOUND THEM! I found the UNICORNS! And they’re FUN, and you can wear one after you paint it and glue gems to it and it will just be the everlovin’ BEST. I mean, this creature has been captivating us since 5th century BCE. Marco Polo thought rhinoceroses were the ugliest unicorns he’d ever seen and was super disappointed. Here’s a direct quote from when he was rooting around in Sumatra (formerly Basma):

“The head resembles that of a wild boar, and they carry it ever bent towards the ground. They delight much to abide in mire and mud. ‘Tis a passing ugly beast to look upon, and is not in the least like that which our stories tell of as being caught in the lap of a virgin; in fact, ’tis altogether different from what we fancied.”

Still, people were drawn to the power and mystique of the majestic unicorn. As late as 1741 you could purchase powdered unicorn horn in jars in London pharmacies. Obviously, we don’t have anything as resplendent as that, but well… they are wooden shapes for painting, and the resplendence is up to you.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


SPRING CRAFT SESSIONS and MORE for APRIL! 

11th – Spring Animal Magnets! 

15th – BET YER BOTTOM BINGO 7:30pm in the front Bar, win BIG BOTTLES O’ BOOZE and other fabulous prizes with boys, girls, balls and a whole lotta laffs!!! 50 Cents a Card! 

18th – Terra Cotta Clay Playtime! 

25th – Puffball Creatures! 

 

Posted by on April 3, 2018 in Jewelry Craft, Painting Craft

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First Craft of the Year!!! • January 10th, 2018

JANUARY 10th, 2018 DOORS OPEN EARLY 7pm!!!! 
****8pm Special Workshop by Linda Santiman and Lauren Costine  

*****9pm Sign-making and cocktail-drinking continues!!! 
******$3 donation for supplies, purty pleeze!  
>>>>RSVP HERE! (Help us figure out how many supplies to bring!)<<<<<<

New Year and bet your bippy that we’re comin’ in HOT!!! It’s a Protest Poster Painting Party for the upcoming Los Angeles Womens March! Come on in without a THING and we’ll give you all the supplies to make yourself seen and heard when you go downtown to holler!

Our sign painting salons get kinda crowded, so we’re opening at 7pm (take advantage of Akbar’s lovely happy hour prices) for earlybird access to make your sign. We know last year was a total shit show, and we know it’s just gonna keep coming at us, this is why Linda and Lauren will be teaching a one-hour workshop at 8pm called “Resistance – How to be an Activist Without Losing Your Mind.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m really into THE TRUTH. And truth is at a premium. Whatever your feelings about the GOP and the President, information is being distorted, and it’s hard to keep a level head. The role of a free press in our democracy is vital, it’s our watchdog on behalf of the public’s interest, let us not be asleep at the wheel about this. There is a lot of messed up stuff about this weird country, but our First Amendment Right is one of the best things we ever did for ourselves.

WHY do we protest? Does it make a difference? YES IT DOES. Progress is slow, politics is frustrating, tedious, and a major pain in the ass, it takes forever. We are pushing the papers, we’re making the calls, and we’re doing the work. But we’re also THE PEOPLE, and we are the ones who will also be voting, and our discontent must be VISIBLE. Those who are elected serve us, our elected officials need a goddamn reminder that we are awake and watching.

We also need to get out there for ourselves, for each other, in solidarity. We do have power, and a great way to remember that is by seeing just how many of us are willing to spend our hard-earned leisure time continuing to protest the dumbness that is the current GOP.

So this week I’m offering you the most FUN way to work on your discontent. Get your butt in here and make a sign, we need you.

There will be treats, there will be paint, there will be cocktails, handouts, education, camaraderie, cohesion, and resolve!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


WINTER SESSIONS  

JAN 17th – Dr. Sketchy figure drawing class at 8pm, Winter Snow Craft at 9pm!


JAN 21st • Akbar • 7:30pm to 10:30pm • BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!!WINTRY WEATHER EDITION We’re skating on thin ice with the BEST deal in town for your gambling whims, fat boozy wintry wonder prizes for your slush fund! >>>RSVP HERE!!! 


JAN 21st – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

JAN 31st – Crafts 9pm • Akbar • Winter Sessions Craft TBA

FEB 7th – Valentines for POLITICIANS (Craftivism)

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


 

 

Posted by on January 5, 2018 in Painting Craft, SPECIAL EVENT!

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TONIGHT! Holiday Figurine Painting! • Dec 6th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at Akbar 9pm – midnight (or later) 
****Project: Paint a holiday figurine thingy!   

*****$3 Donation Please 
******$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Everything you want in a bar and MORE! 

Use the brush of your feelings to paint the questions into your heart! OR, if that’s too much this holiday season, just come to CraftNight and paint a holiday figurine, I’ll have supplies at the ready for you! The color of truth can emerge in emotions, but the color of truth can also just frickin’ be on HOLD while Los Angeles is burning, yeesh!

I think tonight is a FINE time to have a cocktail or three! As the end of the year is still rife with surprises, it’s just not always comforting knowing that anything can happen. This is where we go into high distraction mode. Take a load off, get into a lil’ painting project while making friends, listening to music in our cozy watering hole here in Silverlake.

Tonight’s craft is a smallish unpainted figurine, seasonal in nature, quite charming, you can paint it all one color, or paint it ALL the colors!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


DECEMBER IS HERE!  

DECEMBER 13th: Ye Olde CrafteNighte Crafte Faire! Come to Akbar and get a hot cider with whiskey, then make a vulva ornament with the Audre Lorde Health Center, then shop for presents made by local vendors and THEN take a short walk to CRUISE at the Eagle and drink more and shop more!

It’s all part of our little two bars, one night, extravaganza! Ye Olde CrafteNighte Crafte Faire FB Info 

BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!! December 17th • Akbar • 7pm to 10pm >>> FB LINK

 

 

Posted by on December 6, 2017 in Painting Craft

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Clothespin Noteholder Magnet Craft! • August 16th, 2017

This Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Clothespin Noteholder Magnets!  
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: The Bar of Your Heart!

Notes notes notes, little pieces of paper all over the place and nothing to control it!
Whatever will you do?
However shall you survive?
Never fear, CraftNight is here, with a remedy for wayward papers! Come on in, paint up your clothespin, apply a magnet, and voila: notes organized!

NOW THEN: A lot of hate has been bubbling to the surface of our nation, in a way that is terribly discouraging. Please come in and use your Akbar, your CraftNight. We are a location specializing in tolerance and acceptance. Akbar is a space of love, and very reasonably priced cocktails.

We’re a fabulously queer community hub, and we’ll not let the vile dumbness of hatred and bigots seep into our sequins, no we will not. We are not strangers to this battle, and we’re doubling down to stick up for ourselves and each other. Because the shit storm isn’t on the way, it’s not coming, it’s here.

The Southern Poverty Law Center lays out some of the solemn details of how the radical right was more successful in entering the political mainstream last year than half a century. Also, check out Dr. Walter D. Greason’s compiled materials from a class he taught on collective racial violence that can help us understand the danger that Charlottesville represents.

We have creativity, we have impact. Our numbers are huge, and our voices are LOUD. CraftNight has been rocking our first amendment rights with Protest Poster Painting Parties and other forms of Craftivism. Stay tuned for us to supply you with continued ways to unite for social justice and the planet at large.

But mainly we offer respite: an air-conditioned intermission from the 24-hour news tickers tickering tenacious tensions. Come in and have a cocktail, some art therapy, some goodness.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

August 23rd – 8pm  FIGURE DRAWING with with DR. SKETCHY!!! Back to the Future Themed! then CraftNight will start at 9pm, and the craft is paint-a-statue! 

August 28th – Muu Muu Themed 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 15, 2017 in Assembly Craft, Painting Craft

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TONIGHT!!! Rock Painting PARTY!!! • August 9th, 2017

TONIGHT!!! Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: ROCK Painting Party with The Los Angeles Rocks! 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Your kiss is on our list! 

So there are these people in your town who paint sweet messages or images on rocks and place them in spots around Los Angeles. Tonight, you’ll do the same! Come on in and paint/preserve your rock and then leave it somewhere in the city (according to the Los Angeles Rocks official guidelines) and share it with us where you left it!

Share photos of rocks you’ve painted here and on Instagram & Twitter ~ @The_LA_Rocks

That’s pretty much all there is to it, I’ll have lots of fun glittery, googly arty bits for you to decorate and paint with, quite a compelling jamboree to attend.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

August 16th – Clothespin Note Holders!

August 23rd – 8pm  FIGURE DRAWING with with DR. SKETCHY!!! Back to the Future Themed! then CraftNight will start at 9pm, and the craft is paint-a-statue! 

August 28th – Muu Muu Themed 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 9, 2017 in Painting Craft

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