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Wooden Safari Stand-Ups • August 1st, 2018

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 at Akbar ’round 9ish to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
Project: Wooden Safari Stand-Ups 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special: fun in a glass!     
*********$3 suggested donation, please!

Heyyyyy it’s the FIRST of August, ever hear of Lughnasadh? Don’t worry, I won’t make you try to pronounce it, but just so’s you know, it’s a big fat holiday marking the beginning of the harvest season! It’s Gaelic, which means, of course, that it historically involved ritual athletic contests, feasting, dance-play, and hiking up large hills and mountains. Today’s rituals include crowning a goat as king of the Puck Festival in Killorglin, County Kerry (Ireland), as well as using butter churns and brandishing old-fashioned weapons.

Now that you’ve been informed, I’ll just let you know that we’re not doing any of that to mark the first of August at CraftNight, we’re just gonna paint some cool wooden safari animals. We have alligators, lions, hippos, giraffes, elephants, snakes, zebras, rhinos, primates, and trees. They are pretty much flat shapes, but they come with a little stand that helps it sit up so that it may be smartly displayed wherever you decide to present it.

If you’re considering starting a woodland wildlife park, consider this your invitation to start your menagerie! Make no mistake, with care and consideration, this is a bona fide actual TOY that is super adorable and durable. If you don’t want to use it as a stand-up, you can glue a magnet to the back and have some fridge decor! These are also lovely enough to festoon wrapped bday gifts… since it seems like everyone and their dog was born in August, you might need more birthday trinkets to give out than usual.

In any case, it’s a longform month, 31 days to be exact, so settle in, and make sure you pencil us in for your leisure activity life-balance roster.

If you dig meteor showers with a new moon (great visability!) the Perseid Meteor Shower will be puttin’ on a show August 11th, 12th, and 13th! It’s pretty much the best of the bunch as far as meteor showers for the western hemisphere goes, so if you want to see something quite lovely, get yourself to the night sky.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

Upcoming CraftNights: August 8th – DIY Paddleball Game, August 15th – Ocean Animal Sand Art, August  22nd, TBA Craft >>> 9pm • Wednesdays • Akbar >>> 4356 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029 >>>>>>


Posted by on July 29, 2018 in Painting Craft

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Birch Disk Magnets! • February 28th, 2018

TONIGHT! Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 from 9pm to midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT! 
****Project: Birch Disk Magnets! 

*******$4 PABST/TECATES • $5 Cocktail Special, a vacation in a glass!   
*********$3 suggested donation, thank you for supporting the arts!  

Birch disks! They’re little rounds cut from tree branches, they’re so natural and made of wood! I have paint, and you can spend some time making one into a magnet! I’m also bringing Mod Podge, so that you can preserve it for posterity. It’s the LAST day of February, with chilly air outside, but warm and comfy fun inside, with people, drinks, music, and of course, Crafts!

And just a lil’ reminder: You can bring your very OWN project that you’re working on to CraftNight! Doing some knitting? Working on your zine? Painting a frame for your bathroom or creating something sweet for someone neat-o? Do it here! Bring your stuff, set up shop and have company while you work! We’re your own little corner of free-spirited enjoyment, a cocktail klatch of conversation, getting to know others, and making stuff while the ambiance percolates around you. It’s designed for both the bold and the shy, and it’s designed with supplies in mind if you don’t have any of your own for which to make a craft. Use our supplies or use ours, either way, we’re excited to see you.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


March 7th – Paint-a-Unicorn Craft

March 14th – Shamrock Bracelets

SUNDAY MARCH 18th at 7:30pm – Bet Yer Bottom Bingo DAYLIGHT SAVINGS EDITION!!!

March 21st – Flowerpot Craft! (Celebrating the Vernal Equinox!)

March 28th – Spring Bird Lacing Craft and AKBAR DOJO! SELF DEFENSE CLASS with Cory Klink! – Event Description:
Bold Alchemy Queer Self Defense brings you the Protect Your Neck class!!! This 1 hour Self Defense class with Cory Klink will teach you how to use every day objects to defend yourself! Bring your favorite high heels, that crazy sharp crystal on your altar, or a good old fashioned baseball bat and learn to use what you have with you if being attached! We will also cover basic kicks, punches, stances and meditation. Students are encouraged to wear what they feel expresses themselves best and feels comfortable to move in. Bold Alchemy is a trauma focused self defense program that aims to empower, arm and heal queer, trans and poc humans. For more information about Bold Alchemy visit or email questions, comments or feedback to


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Wooden Amulet Necklace! • August 2nd, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Wooden Amulet Necklace!
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Treat Yourself! You Deserve It! 

I’m back in town, and ready to make wooden amulet necklaces with you! It’s time to take beads in hand, and paint too, and make/preserve for yourself a totem for the good ol’ summertime. Because now we are August, which means 31 days of hot living, which means you’ve got to look as hot as possible.

We have so much planned, we even have some really exciting extracurricular activities set for you, including helping out with some a community project with the LA Rocks (as in actual, sedimentary, made from the earth’s crust, rocks) and FIGURE DRAWING with Dr. Sketchy!!!

For now, however, we’ll set you up with a wooden shape and the hand drill, and you’ll paint/adorn the center of your necklace, and then fashion its strings with beads, baubles and what-nots from the collection I’ve prepared for you! It’s soooo much funnnn ahhhhh maaaaaa gahhhhhh you will like it. AND I’ll have the air conditioning on, you can be nice and cool, with a cocktail, and your friends, and the night’s gonna be perfect. Did you see the moon? Go look at the moon, then come see us.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


August 9th – BIG ROCK PAINTING PARTY with The Los Angeles Rocks! Paint fun art on rocks and hide around the city to brighten someone’s day! Include inspirational and encouraging messages. Check out their FB Page to learn about inspiring rocks! 

August 16th – Clothespin Note Holders!

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

August 28th – 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 2, 2017 in Jewelry Craft, Painting Craft

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Mardi Gras Disguises • Feb 3rd, 2016


TONIGHT! Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Mardis Gras Masks 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: The Only Way to Fly 

We want you to be prepared for Mardi Gras, which is why we’ve got some clever disguises for you. Wear one of these DIY masks, and next day, your boss can’t accuse you of being the one in the middle of the fray, shaking your moneymaker, showing your bits and drinking with abandon. Paint and decorate it any way you wish, and then get out there, explore the world as another being, as someone or something else, unhindered by the confines of your regular identity.

Because with the disguise you wear, you are free, and no one can tell who you are, or what your job is, or what you love, or how you do your life, or what you’ve got in your wallet. There will be contrition and regret at times, but Fat Tuesday is not one of them. Fat Tuesday is for yelling “F*CK YOOOO!!!!” as loud as possible when they tell you to get off the table. Fat Tuesday is for eating ALL the donuts and being goddamn proud of it.

Mardi Gras is the largest masked party in North America, we don’t want you to miss it. Wear your mask for ritual, for celebration, for the love of art and pageantry and showing off. Wear your mask in order to overturn conventions with style.

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain


Ohhhhh the LOVE-IN!!! • Featuring the LOVE RAFFLE SURPRISE BASKETS • “Phantom of the Paradise” on the Akbar Jumbotron • Snacks • Limited edition magnet badge • Guaranteed Valentine from your Craft Captain • Music • Romance • Bromance • Sisters • Sinners • Love and all of its complicated meanings and feelings


February 17th – Chinese New Year Neon Monkey Door Hangers
February 24th – Princess Ice Castles
March 4th – Adorable Finger Puppets

TUESDAY February 23rd BINGO: Tuesday 8pm to 10pm it’s Bet Yer Bottom Bingo the night of fast and loose chances in your favorite bar with knock-out prizes and big bottles of booze! Boys, Girls, Balls, and that winning feeling!


Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Messy Craft, Painting Craft, Wearable Craft

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TONIGHT! Planes • August 26th, 2015


TONIGHT! Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Wooden Planes 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Something special in the air… 


You need to get away, you need to soar the friendly skies, fly among the clouds and marvel at all the tiny shadows on the earth. Paint the wooden fuselage on your winged dream, hang it from the ceiling and let it inspire your travel plans for the future.

We are just about to September, and I’m not sure how that happened, but we’ll be ready, with corks and paper and glue.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Assembly Craft, Painting Craft

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