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DIY Kaleidoscopes • May 13th, 2015


This Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Kaleidoscopes 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials, perfect for getting rid of the curse of work!

You get to make your own kaleidoscope at CraftNight this week, which is very momentous. In this day and age, a kaleidoscope is like “big deal, who cares, whatever.” But these tiny devices offer so much more in a metaphorical and philosophical way. You should come in and make one because they are powerful talismans:

1.) CATHARSIS – Because do you remember looking into a kaleidoscope for the first time as a kid? How do those colorful shapes get in there? What are they made of? How do they change? Why don’t they fall out of the tube?!? Finally, all of these answers will be yours because we have the supplies and you will now know everything.

2.) EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN – Every time you look into a kaleidoscope, it’s different. The little chips get shaken around, you turn the tube, and all the pieces move around to make a cool design, and it’s different every single time. You have no control over what those little chips are going to show you! It’s crazy! But it’s pretty! Let the chips fall where they may!

3.) IT IS WHAT IT IS – So pieces fall away and come together inside this cheap little tube full of simple plastic bits. The oblivious busy world is going to throw you everything ever, and sometimes things will be joyous and sometimes things will suck… but no matter what, the pieces of your kaleidoscope will still come back together and make a new design. This is both beautiful and terrifying. Reflect.

4.) YOU GOTTA START – Deep thoughts aside, a kaleidoscope and all that if offers doesn’t do crap unless you pick it up and aim it toward a light source. This worthless trinket from childhood is cleverly disguised as a powerful symbol for the potential you have at finding and sustaining beauty in your life despite continuous changes and challenges. And yes, I know, there are days, weeks, months or even years that will make you flip off the kaleidoscope and be mad at it, and ignore it and all that… but it’s always there for you when you are ready to pick the darn thing up and see something new.

I’m still in Tahoe, on honeymoon, I’ll be back next week. At the helm this week, bravely steering the craft ship toward certain greatness, is CraftNight Lieutenant, Andrew! He’ll set you up with everything you need to create the pretty pretty tube of colors. Also can I get points for typing the word “kaleidoscope” a bunch of times?

May26th, 8pm, AKBAR >>> Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! 50 cents per card, prizes galore including drink tickets, boozy bottles of spirits, strange and fantastic treats plus a killer grand prize this month!
THE GOLDEN BINGO GRAND PRIZE OMG: CIARA!!!Saturday May 30 – Club Nokia. Doors 8pm – show 9pm ONE PAIR OF TICKETS!!! 
Tickets courtesy of GoldenVoice


See you at the Craft Table, (I’ll be back for May 20th Crafts!)

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Assembly Craft, Multi-Variety Craft

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Jointed Knights! • April 8th, 2015


TONIGHT!!! April 8th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Jointed Knight!  
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials, cocktails for your countenance!   

Game of Thrones is coming up, the latest season. Knowing such a thing, I jumped at ordering us some brave cardboard-foily knights with jointed limbs! You can assemble them according to recommendation, or do what is not recommended and still get something fabulous! You can develop your own armor for your clan and make banners for it, march around the house while drinking flagons of ale, watching HBO!

Weirdly, upon arrival, I noticed that each kit comes with decor for your knight, and ALL of the kits come with red crosses.

Now… it is historically accurate if you consider the crusades and all of that business going on back in the day, but it doesn’t really fit with the Game of Thrones “fantasy medieval” aesthetic. No matter, we think you can include and edit your project however you like.

You can shorten  your cross so that it’s more of a “International Red Cross” foreign aid knight, or leave it off, or use it, it’s really up to you, but just so you know, CraftNight is not religious in any shape or form. CraftNight is CraftNight, so you know, make your own kind of music, sing your own special song.

EXTRA CRAFT: Tissue paper flowers for the upcoming WEDDING RECEPTION! From this point until the April 22nd, every CraftNight will be making tissue paper flowers for the festivities (in addition to that week’s craft of course)! You’re invited to help us out! Come and volunteer your hand at an old art!

April 26th >>> Your Craft Captain is getting married, come to the reception at AKBAR!!! Bring your friends and celebrate Lesbian LOVE! There will be karaoke from 8 to 10, dancing, drink specials, lesbian antics, entertainment and legally wedded bliss. 8:30pm until 1:45am Woooo!!!!
APRIL 27th, 8pm, AKBAR >>> Bet Yer Bottom Bingo!!! Big Bottles of Booze and other prizes, it’s your night of 50 cent bingo cards and a chance to win EXCITING ITEMS!!!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on April 8, 2015 in Assembly Craft

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