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Science Sticker Symposium! • April 19th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Science Sticker Symposium!  
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: The Only Way to Fly!    

Science is real so I illustrated SIX different stickers to help you spread the word! They involve terrible science puns, and they are fun to color in and then stick wherever you like. They are kind of DIY and kind of not, all at once. Why did I do this? The March for Science is coming up this weekend!

Here, read more about it, and register to march if you wanna:  (SCIENCE MARCH). 

What would cause brilliant, focused, quiet, researching nerds to lift their heads out of their findings and yell “WTF?!?” at the president?

For the last 20-30 years, it’s been increasingly routine for the government to slowly but surely starve scientific budgets, compromise scientific research, and restrict what scientists do. Our new administration not only supports this trend, but is accelerating the process by brazenly and proudly sending the message that climate control doesn’t matter, and science is dumb.

Here are just five key actions taken by the head honcho of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (oops, I mean Mar A Lago, Florida) in his first 100 days:

1.) Scott Pruitt picked for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency – This guy is a climate change denier, has long opposed environmental regulations, and is in the act of suing the EPA for the thirteenth time, this time over Obama’s Clean Power Plan which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity production.

2.) Rick “Bonehead” Perry chosen as Energy Secretary – Another dude who questions weather climate change is real, and he’s in charge of the nukes. Also, this is an extremely science-heavy department, usually run by physicists or engineers that Perry (not a scientist) advocated to eradicate back in 2012.

3.) Rex Tillerson is now Secretary of State – Hey, he’s the former chief of ExxonMobile, a company that has been accused of hiding climate change from its shareholders for years. He’s dismissive on clean energy solutions, and has consistently made big business choices that have stamped Exxon with prize title of “Company with the Second Largest Historical Carbon Footprint of All Time.”

4.) The Trump White House has proposed slashing $1.2 billion from research grants at the National Institutes of Health and other health and education programs this year. This is a cut separate from the $5.8 billion NIH cut Trump is calling for in 2018.

People in power who want to to live fancy should really invest in science because science is the engine of prosperity! SmartPhones, yachts, flying cars and sculptural sound panels don’t happen without LOTS of exploration and innovation.

But more importantly, science does stuff like curing illnesses, it combats climate change, it’s trying to solve global hunger, it’s working on creating alternative fuel sources. To cut funding for science is to cut funding for humanity.

You would think that no matter how money-grubbing and narcissistic some people are, they’d at least pretend to care about things like disease control, extreme weather preparedness and preserving the planet’s finite resources. You know, because then they’d seem cool, but they can’t even do that. They can only see through and act via a transactional lens, where profit is first prize, and people are fodder.

This is why it’s time to speak up for science.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

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

April 26th – Luv Snail Photo Kit

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….

May 17th – Paint-Yer-Own Flower Pot!

 

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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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Heart-Shaped Keepsake Box • March 15th, 2017

TONIGHT! March 15th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Heart-Shaped Keepsake Box  
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: We Love to Drink and it Shows!    

Heart-shaped boxes are here, come get one while supplies last, gussy it up with paint, sparkles and such, and then do with it what you like! This is that time of year where you start reading dumb articles titled “Make the Most of Your Drawers” or “The Golden Rules of Vacuuming” and all that Spring Cleaning riffraff in all the magazines and periodicals. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the earth has tilted, and the vernal equinox arrives on the 20th, meaning you can put away the heavy outerwear, and replace it with “light jackets” for your nightlife galavanting.

That’s why you’re gonna need this heart box. It will help you make the most of everything! It’s the perfect for all seasons, the best size for keeping jellybeans, keys, bandaids, paperclips, tacks, erasers, love notes, any ol’ thing you want. If you don’t want to clutter up your home with it, paint it nice, put a gift, keepsake or gift in there, and give it away!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


UPCOMING CRAFTS, ETC.

March 22nd – 3-D Yellow Submarines!

March 27th – Bet Yer Bottom BINGO!!!! 8pm to 10-ish (However long it takes to play 6 games!) Akbar!

March 29th – Optical Illusion Sand Art!

April 5th – Easter Baskets!

 

Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Painting Craft

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Puzzles • May 18th, 2016

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TONIGHT! Wednesday May 18th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Puzzle Time!   
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: The Gay Bar America Trusts 

If you were to merely pick up a jigsaw puzzle and start working on it, you would find that it would be great for your brain’s skills of dexterity, spatial reasoning and logic. But this is so deluxe because it’s not just a puzzle, it’s a personal puzzle, so YOU are the master of your puzzle! By crafting your puzzle, making it your own, you’ll also be using your brain to enter a meditative consciousness, as well as exercising patience and persistence while socializing with others.

You could make your personal puzzle look like a personal pizza, which may or may not be a drag if you put it together while hungry, but who cares, it’s yours. It’s your puzzle. You could still, technically, eat it.

It’s cardboard, you can color it in with pens or with paint, and it really is up to you. Here are some personal puzzle subjects/suggestions:

  • Secret love note
  • Flight information
  • Portrait of a corn dog
  • Seascape
  • Coaster for Cocktail Time
  • Poem for a good friend
  • Mysterious Tree full of Rabbits
  • Connect-the-Dots (a puzzle inside of a puzzle! Freak Out!)

Furthermore, if complete puzzles are not your thing, make the pieces into a necklace, it’ll look so good. And if you don’t want to solve the puzzle, if putting it together and “not knowing” is your thing right now, well that’s all right with me. There are so many things in this world that we’ll never know, which I fully endorse.

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: Bird Houses, Masks, Metal, Druid Crafts…

 

 

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Assembly Craft, Coloring Craft, Painting Craft

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