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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. 

  

 

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Flower Pot Craft • TONIGHT! May 24th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Flower Pot Craft!
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: We Bring Good Things to Life!  

Flower pots are on the docket for tonight, your very own terra cotta fantasy come true. There will be lots of paint, lots of gems, lovely bits and baubles for you to contentedly adhere to your finished gardening container. It’s a pretty deluxe setup, I’ve been giving you the extremely easy craft kits lately, this one’s a nice mixture of both structure and freeform, I feel like it’s a “two cocktail project” to be sure. I’ll hand you a flower pot, and then you pick out a brush, the colors you want to paint with, and the decor you want to glue to it once the paint has dried. This is an excellent “gift craft” in that once it’s complete, it’s the perfect gift for you or someone special.

It’s a gardening celebration! We’ve had such a great rainy season, it seems only right to coax forth vegetation and encourage growth. I mean, what’s May for, anyway? Soon it will be the halfway mark of the 12-month session we call a year… which feels incomprehensible to me. Let’s savor this 5th month, enjoy the breeze, the flowers, the swirling clouds and long light of extended days. Let’s plant some seeds and watch them grow!

The #ResistMarch is June 11th, BE PREPARED!!! I’m leading FOUR special CraftNight sign salons with The City of West Hollywood! Find out ALL the information here, the next two are June 2nd and 3rd, read below to find out more!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

May 29th – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! 8pm – 10pm • 6 Games • Boys, Girls, Balls, FTW!!!!

May 31st – End of May Craft Project! 

CraftNight at Lesbians to Watch Out For OPENING NIGHT! >>> June 2nd • 7 – 9pm • Long Hall at Plummer Park
Were you there in ’90s?
It’s a flashback to lesbian / queer activism & organizing in ’90s LA and WeHo … Avengers! Arrests! Street Resistance! Sexy Clubs! Bars & Zines! Queer Bands & Performance! >>> CraftNight hosts Protest Poster and Button Making! / Music from EZ Tiger /  Vintage Stickers plus Zines ++ / Classic footage from ACT Up Women, ‘Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too’ ++ / Refreshments/mocktails :: Learn More and RSVP 

CraftNight at One City One Pride Day of History • Saturday, June 3 • 11am – 5pm: Come before, during or after the Stuart Timmons LGBTQ History tour and make your own protest sign! City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 >>> More info on this and ALL Events happening during One City One Pride

June 7th, Akbar • 9pm – June Pride Craft!

CraftNight at the DYKE MARCH • FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 6PM: 
The annual Dyke March begins at 6pm with a special protest sign-making workshop, followed by a march down Santa Monica Blvd. at 8pm. Confirmed speakers include: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Patrisse Cullors and janaya khan (#blacklivesmatter), Sue Dunlap, Lynn Harris Ballen and Judy Sisneros, and the City Council. Location: Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial, 8447 Santa Monica Blvd. http://bit.ly/DykeMarchWeHo

CraftNight Protest Poster Workshop at DYKE DAY!!! • Earnest Debs Park in East Los Angeles • Saturday, June 10 at 12 PM – 6 PM >>> The annual picnic in the park! Trees and grass and lots of room to spread out your most radical picnic spread! We will have DJ’s, light programming throughout the day, food trucks, a selfie station and more! This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY LGBTQIA event!

 

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Multi-Variety Craft, Painting Craft

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Protest Poster Painting Party #2! • April 12th, 2017

April 12th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Protest Poster Painting Party #2: TAX MARCH!  
FREE TO THE PUBLIC (Donations Welcome) please RSVP on the FB invite so I can have enough materials!   
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Gay by Birth, Fabulous by Choice!   

Yep, we have to get off our asses again.

Come on, we made it easy for you, we have brushes, paint, music and cocktails, that’s some MOMENTUM if I ever saw any! Just walk in and make your signs for the upcoming tax and science marches, because fairness in taxation is mandatory for us (so it should be mandatory for the president), and also, science is real.

I do not EVEN want to hear that you’re tired and exhausted already, it hasn’t even been 100 days. A lot of CRAP has happened already, much of it completely nightmarish and unacceptable, which is why you can’t just stay at home eating triscuits and hiding under the covers. We’ve come too far to go back, we must push forward with everything we’ve got, we’ve got to give these bozo clowns in office a fight.

CraftNight will continue to reliably create and communicate pro-democratic happenings and messages in the form of “Craftivism” to keep the energy up and our visibility consistent and strong. CraftNight’s weapon of choice is ART, pushing back against current efforts to mislead the public, disregard accepted norms, and centralize power.

The conservative republican agenda doesn’t care about art or culture, but art is integral to our society, providing the inspiration and free-thinking that inspires change. Art is one of the protective factors against authoritarianism!!! So finish your triscuits, get out from under the covers, put on your outside pants, and join us for a night of poster painting, cocktail drinking, and getting ready to fight for what you stand for on April 15th (TAX MARCH) and April 22nd (SCIENCE MARCH). 

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

PS – I know many of you are also donating funds, supporting local orgs, volunteering, making calls, signing stuff, making/doing your own art to protest and tell our government they’re “doing it wrong” thank you for kicking butts!


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

April 19th – Luv Snail Photo Kit

April 24th – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo! • Akbar • 8pm – 10pm • Numbers, balls, boys, girls, prizes galore!

April 26th – Science Sticker Crafts! Cut-n-Color your own! Science!

May 3rd – Bus Craft! I know you want a 3-D paper bus, because public transportation ROCKS!

May 10th – Ship Craft! Saiiiiiiilin’ takes me awayyyyy to where I’m goin….

 

Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Messy Craft, Painting Craft

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TONIGHT! Easter Baskets! • April 5th, 2017

TONIGHT! April 5th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Easter Baskets! 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Gurrrl, come-n-get-it! 

Do you like it elegant or rustic? Are you a little bit country, or a little bit rock-n-roll?

Lemme tellya ’bout a little chipwood basket offering I’ve got tonight that is so adorable I jus’ wanna scream in an octave too high for my throat, throw my hands in the air all mad-about-it, then collapse down on the ground crying. This is a triumph moment for CraftNight, because usually I see these dumb little baskets and I notice them too late and they are TOO EXPENSIVE for me to justify purchasing them for our weekly gathering. And I want to kick myself for AGAIN not having the foresight to order them.

But this year is different. This year, I vowed that I’d start looking in January, and my determination won me some cheap-ass baskets for us to paint! And they’re just really really CUTE!!! You’ll also get some pastel-colored grass bits, and a cute little egg that goes with it, making tonight’s craft even MORE value-packed than it usually is. Embellish these cutie hampers with ribbons, pipe cleaners, and all sorts of creative decor to fit your whim!

For those of you who eschew or poo-poo the Easter holiday for it’s reliance on a certain designated stigmata-encumbered individual’s life-and-times, do not worry! Easter can just be about ovums, because I’m sure you’ve noticed the baby ducklings at your local park, or the multitude of spring flowers brought forth by the season’s mighty rains? Maybe you’ve just had to fortify yourself with many allergy and sinus medications like myself, to prevent yourself from turning into a giant snot ball? It is… like… totally Spring.

Celebrate spring with a chipwood basket, this is your seasonal calling, an opportunity for which to decorate a sassy receptacle to keep all of your spare jellybeans.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

CraftNight at Yuri’s Night under Space Shuttle Endeavor!!! >>> Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart and 1st Female Private Space Explorer, Anousheh Ansari, will speak. SparkleBlob will be running the VIP Area, our relaxed, specialized spot for cooling your jets while you watch the space cadets! Your evening will be filled with astronauts, dancing, drinks, and all things space. Get tickets here: http://www.la.yurisnight.net/

April 12th – Protest Poster Painting Party #2 >>> Taxes and Science! FaceBook Event Here, please RSVP! 

April 19th – Luv Snail Photo Kit

April 24th – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo! • Akbar • 8pm – 10pm • Numbers, balls, boys, girls, prizes galore!

April 26th – Bus Craft! I know you want a 3-D paper bus, who doesn’t?

 

Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Messy Craft, Painting Craft

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