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Hot Season Pinwheel • July 18th, 2018

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at Akbar ’round 9ish to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: Hot Season Pinwheel

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, something to talk about!      
*********$3 suggested donation, please!

The 18th is National Hot Dog Day, National Sour Candy Day, and Nelson Mandela International Day! I thought you might want to celebrate accordingly with your very own wind-powered-color-your-own hot season pinwheel! The pinwheel comes with its own colorful stick, so you can run around like a fairy godmother, granting wishes, or, if the hot weather turns everyone and everything cantankerous, you can just sweetly beat the crap out of any obstacle that stands in your way.

These are “jumbo” pinwheels: impressive, grand and ostentatious! A sweet breeze will really make this thing put on a show! I’ll have all the decorative items available at your leisure, you can deck this thing out and attend garden parties with glamorous aplomb. The temperature here in our lovely metropolis is in the high 80s, which SOME people call hot. I’ve been calling it hot… but I know that’s not actually hot, I’m being dramatic. What we’ve been experiencing lately is a dainty hot, where you can still turn on the grill or function as a normal human being. We had a little preview in early July to show us what’s truly on the menu for upcoming months.

And because I know what’s coming, let me just say to you: Guuuurl, you’re gonna need a pinwheel. Because when August and September hit Los Angeles, the other shoe drops and EVERYTHING is cancelled. You will feel like you need a forklift to spatula your body up and out into the world to get stuff done.

A decorative pinwheel will tell you where the breeze is, should the fates be courteous and send us one. It will also remind you of a time when you had the energy to make a pinwheel, evoking those cooler days, remembering that this too shall pass.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

Upcoming CraftNights: July 25th – Keychain Fob Magic, August 1st – Wooden Safari Stand-Ups, August 8th – DIY Paddleball Game >>> 9pm • Wednesdays • Akbar >>> 4356 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029 >>>>>>


Posted by on July 13, 2018 in Assembly Craft, Coloring Craft

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Summer Suncatchers! • June 27th, 2018

ThisWednesday, June 27th, 2018 at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: Summer Sun Catchers! 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, taking you to the next level!        
*********$3 suggested donation, please!
>>>>>> SPECIAL OFFSITE CRAFTIVISM July 4th w/Planet Q see below bulletin to RSVP! 

How’s your soul’s place in the fabric of things? Well, we’ve got sun catchers at CraftNight because it’s officially SUMMER and while things are gonna get hot, crafts are going to be cool as always. These lil’ clear plastic keepsakes are of various themes, and you fill them in with suncatcher paint, wait for them to dry, and then you hang them up in front of a window and it’s just lovely.

It’s that time of year when Los Angeles comes ALIVE. It’s time for pool parties, cookouts, tank tops, flip flops, stargazing, tan lines, hammocks, and all the summer lovin’ you can handle. Step into that summer light and shine. Allow light and warmth to find you, let’s get into expansion, sunshine, life with fervor. Because you’re wild and free, forget about someday, that shit’s just air and moonbeams, you’ve got now, let’s have some goddamn fun.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

JULY 4th >>> WEDNESDAY >>> 12 to 5 *** Haircuts, hot dogs and HELP! CraftNight will supply information on what you can do about helping families being detained at the border. Postcards for you to mail to reps, and ways to donate and help.

Border Angels is an all volunteer, non profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border.



CraftNight EVERY Wednesday 9pm Akbar >>>> July 4th (Civil Rights Stickers Illustrated by your Craft Captain), MORE CRAFTS coming up July 11th, 18th, 25th!

Bet Yer Bottom BINGO JULY 15th at Akbar at 7:30PM it’s SUMMER LOVIN’ BINGOOOOOO!!! Take a chance on gambling, we’re the ones you wanna see!


Posted by on June 26, 2018 in Painting Craft

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Craft Surprise Times • TONIGHT! July 5th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, June 5th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Surprise! 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: It’s as Good as Everyone Told You!   

1.) Is there CraftNight tonight? – YES! 

1.) Does your Craft Captain know what tonight’s craft is? – NO! 

3.) Will the craft be fun, no matter what it is? – YES!

I’ve been out of town, and many things have happened since I saw you, and you know what? I’d really like to see you tonight, if you have the time. Having arrived in town only recently, I don’t have an exact plan for the craft we are doing, but such a thing isn’t even a hiccup in the certainty of being able to provide for you a craft experience that will be gladly satisfactory.

It’s HOT outside, and the forecast shows that the week will only get hotter. Why not treat yourself to a cocktail, some crafts, a bit of air conditioning, some camaraderie in a lovely queer-friendly atmosphere, summer nightlife, under the waxing gibbous that is our little ol’ moon?

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain



Posted by on July 5, 2017 in Mystery Craft!

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Necklaces of Success • August 17th, 2016


TONIGHT! Wednesday August 17rd, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!
Project: Necklaces of Success
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Stock up on Cocktails for the Back to School Season! 

We’ve got necklaces necklaces, that’s what we’ve got! I separated bead clusters into lil’ kits, and you can pick which one you want! The pieces are bright and plasticky and will delight your inner ferret (you know, bright shiny objects, OOOOH PRETTY!). To accompany the candy-like baubles in your personal necklace kit will be even MORE colorful kickshaw to pick from on the counter of craft smorgasbord supplies!

I do declare, should you make and wear a necklace at CraftNight, your creation will undoubtedly act as an external arbitrary force affecting human affairs! You WILL get the promotion, your ice cream WILL stay ensconced in its cone, love letters and accolades will pile up at your door! SUCCESS! Come in and make a thing!

CraftNight is your friendly, weekly, arty opportunity to get to know yourselves and others through casual creative pursuit. But were you aware that CraftNight works under the umbrella of an arts non-profit called SparkleBlob? Underneath that umbrella are other happenings throughout the year, and our next endeavor approaches for the fall season, it’s called Gothtober.

The Gothtober Countdown Calendar is a curated time-release flash-based online museum of 31 works of art by 31 different contributors. The official run of the show is from October 1st to the 31st, a new piece being revealed with each day of the month.The best way to see what it is though, is by visiting it!

Gothtober is looking for contributors, and applications are open until August 29th! We’re looking for recipes, comics, tiny weird short films, music, slideshows, animations, crafts, performance, and whatever else you can think up! It’s kind of like entering a film festival, but the content is multimedia.

Every age group and every level of experience is welcome to be a part of this annual collection of virtual treats, and we’re always looking for new blood. Find out more below:

Visit the Official Gothtober Calendar

Visit the Gothtober FAQ

Apply for Gothtober TODAY!


See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Coming Up in August I’m Hosting BET YER BOTTOM BINGO August 29th, 2016 • 8pm to 10pm • ELECTRIC MUUMUU BOOGALOO II 
BOOZE PRIZES: George Dickel and Virginia Black whiskeys, Patron XO Cafe Incendio, and a big ol’ bottle of Ketel One Oranje!!! Delicioso!!! SIX Action-Packed GAMES of Girls, Boys, Balls, Booze! We’ll be wearing fancy baggy muumuus to offset the high temperatures!

Gurl, go see it! The final installment of SORORITY: SUMMER OF LOVE MUSCLES, MONEY and MOLLY. Last show till Winter!

Tea House Music Night with Arshia Haq of Discostan, Nora Keyes & Nausea Filmmaker, artist, and DJ Arshia Haq will play a set of North African psych, trance, and folk 45 records in the tea house. Aliens L.A with Josef Kristofoletti and Rachid Bouhamidi on view. Special Performances by Nora Keyes and Nausea: (Andrew Dalziell)

Sam Pancake’s (almost) one-man show featuring character monologues, storytelling and songs (featuring Sir Steven Wishnoff on the piano) performed in the intimate, air-conditioned, alcoholic-beverage allowing Cavern Club Celebrity Theatre nestled within the bowels of the historic Casita Del Campo Restaurant in Silverlake CA.

PIPES in the PARK 
A few of of our crafters happen to be hot, talented BAG-PIPING individuals! Some of them make up the totally amazing and wonderful PASADENA PIPES. Enjoy pipe band performances from the Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums Grade 3 band and the Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band Grades 3 and 5, as they prepare for competition at the Pleasanton Highland Gathering and Games on Labor Day weekend.


Posted by on August 17, 2016 in Assembly Craft, Freeform Craft, Jewelry Craft

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TONIGHT!!! Crafter’s Delight! • August 10th, 2016


TONIGHT! Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!
Project: Crafter’s Delight!
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: Be All You Can Be

Crafter’s Delight this evening, I have some very special crafts, but I don’t have a LOT of them. If you drop in, you might just get one, they are seriously rad. I’m using rad genuinely without a hint of irony, I am excited about these, they are enviable.
They are a bit 3-D, special edition kits, I purchased them in a whirlwind of excitement and impulse. There are multiple parts. They are simple to make, but very satisfying. It’s a mystery, isn’t it?

I hope it peaks your interest, because it’s so worth it to come and see what you’ll get.

We’re in for a joyful evening of music, cocktails, crafts, and hopefully, if we get the DVR working right… some Summer Olympics! Hawt Bods, twirling, running, winning, losing, crying, laughing, oh the spectacle of it all!

See you at the Craft Table,
JP Craft Captain

Later in August BET YER BOTTOM BINGO August 29th, 2016 • 8pm to 10pm
SIX GAMES of Girls, Boys, Balls, Booze! It’s Electric MuuMuu Boogaloo 2 because it’s not gonna get any cooler, so we are hopping on the muumuu train again!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain




Posted by on August 10, 2016 in Assembly Craft

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