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The All - Inclusive 007.

An ArtNight Buffet.
Welcome to The All-Inclusive! Each month, we'll be highlighting different projects and perspectives from our community! From photos to stories to poetry to video to audio, this newsletter is meant to be a place for ArtNight updates as well as a mini-ArtNight within itself.  

Before we get into The All-Inclusive, a friendly reminder that the next 77 ArtNight is on Friday October 23rd! Please RSVP on our website if you'd like to attend :) It will start at 8PM central time on Zoom. We hope you enjoy the seventh issue of The All-Inclusive! Happy scrolling <3

Updates from Rob

We recently opened the door for feedback through a questionnaire that is sent out to each participant / sharer after the ArtNight. The comments have been truly wonderful. We’ve made some changes based on all of your feedback.

  • The ArtNight is now only 90 minutes - we all have Zoom fatigue by now. 
  • Sharing is now limited to five minutes with two minutes of Q&A - lighter and more compact.
  • The First Friday of Every Month ArtNight is now for people between the ages of 18 to 30 (this is how we did it pre-COVID). We love our “older” audience, and the 77 Project will continue to be for all people over the age of 16. 
  • Our discussions / intro activities are shorter, clearer, less awkward, and more likely to actually connect people. I personally design the breakout rooms instead of leaving it to chance.
  • We’re trying our best to start right on time - help us out and come early!


If you haven’t been to an ArtNight in a while, RSVP on our website at theartnightchicago.com. The next 77 ArtNight will feature Avalon Park, Avondale, and Belmont-Cragin and be on October 23rd at 8:00 PM Central. The November FFEM is on November 6th at 8:00 PM Central.

Art Cetera, the ArtNight podcast, has a few new episodes for you to check out! We also have a shortened segment with Allie Webb called Pensive and Playful where she talks about dating and relationships. We’re adding another weekly segment (name TBD) with Jay Rock who was our latest podcast guest. Art Cetera is on Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts!

Know someone that would be a great sharer, Art Cetera guest, or All-Inclusive feature? Send them to our website and put them in touch with me (Rob) at Rob@theartnightchicago.com.


In this month’s All-Inclusive, we have:

  • Anna-Elise Smith on how she benefits from doodling. 
  • Kevin Medansky on finding good, cheap eats all around the world.
  • Me sharing a recipe.
  • Taylor Schaub is our first featured writer, and every month she’ll be releasing a short piece exploring architecture and humanity. This is Taylor’s third piece in the series.


Enjoy,
Rob 

SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

This is why it's called ArtNight in an email.

The Hyper Doodler
Anna-Elise Smith

I often wish I had more energy throughout the workday, but when work is over and its time to relax I often have too much energy, especially in quarantine. It can be hard for me to sit down and dedicate all of my attention to a movie or lecture. After absorbing the material, I still have some left. And that’s when I start doodling. During the school year, I would draw small caricatures of my professors or what I imagined my friend’s recent date looked like and make my friends giggle with them. But once we were all confined to our homes in March, only two muses remained: my dog Rufus and partner Hank. Then, doodling took on much more meaning for me than before. I spent many nights drawing the dog or man (or both) while a movie played in the background. Studying each of their unique features and attempting to portray it in two dimensions felt like a new way to connect and understand them. If I really messed up on drawing some aspect, it was just something to laugh about at a time when almost nothing was funny.  For me, doodling is a way to express myself, positively release extra energy, memorialize special mundane moments, and most importantly have fun. By sharing these three doodles with you all, I hope you are inspired to try new things and share what you love with others, no matter how silly they are.

   

1. Drawing of Hank Shorney watching a movie, April 2020. 
2. Freestyle drawing of Rufus the dog, drawn in cost benefit analysis class, March 2020. 
3. Imaginative drawing incorporating elements of Rufus and Hank, June 2020.

Biography
Anna is an Associate at The Climate Registry, working to make climate change history. She currently lives in Denver, CO and first attended ArtNight in February 2020. She likes to spend time with her dog in the outdoors, try new recipes, listen to and create music.

Good, Cheap Eats
Kevin Medansky

I have a whole lot of different interests, hobbies, and passions. This includes listening to jazz music; writing and performing short plays; and walking into designer fashion stores, where I take selfies in crazy expensive outfits without ever buying anything.

That all said, what gets me most excited on a day-to-day basis is finding the very best of cheap eats wherever I am. I often spend hours each week researching the best restaurants in the area, and food tourism has become a must for me. Although I definitely appreciate the fancier aspects of more high-brow cuisine, I think it’s often a lot more fun to find an inexpensive, simple, and elegant meal.

Since 2017, I have been tracking all of these locations in a single list on Google Maps, which includes several hundreds of eating establishments. This worldwide compilation of small, local businesses offer a variety of different foods, including the most renowned baguette in Paris (Boulangerie Leroy Monti), the tastiest pho in Toronto (Pho Tien Thanh), the crunchiest french fries in Chicago (Heaven on Seven), the most artisanally crafted donut in Brooklyn (Moe’s Doughs), and the smoothest, butteriest pancake in Amsterdam (Lunchroom Downtown), to name a few.

That said, quarantine has made this hobby a lot trickier than it had been: traveling internationally is virtually impossible, and even traveling within a city may entail serious health risks. Nevertheless, I’m doing my very best to stay safe, order takeout, and support these small eateries however I can!
 

   

1.The first picture is from the edge of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, facing Paris from the west. 
2. The second picture is me slyly breaking the law by taking off my mask for a selfie in the 12th district of Paris, where there just so happens to be the best bakery for Madeleines in the city!
3. And, the third picture is me as the boy from Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.

Biography
Kevin currently lives in Paris, France, where he is studying for his Master’s in Theatre : Écritures et Représentations [Theater: Writings and Representations] at the Sorbonne. He has yet to attend ArtNight, and he loves exploring cities and towns, looking for the very best of the local, cheap eats.

Irish Brown Bread
Rob Klein


  
Photo by Alex Canary


Today, I’m going to walk you through a no proof Irish brown bread. Easy and yummy, we like to eat it with a cream of leek soup. The parentheses tell you in what step to use the ingredient and my comments are in italics. This makes enough bread for a dinner of four people.

Ingredients
1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour (2)
2 tbsp (25 g) white sugar (2)
1 teaspoon baking powder (2)
1 teaspoon baking soda (2)
½ teaspoon salt (2)
1 ½ tbsp butter (3)
2 cups (226 g) whole wheat flour (4)
¼ cup (23 g) quick-cooking oatmeal (4)
1 ½ cups nonfat plain yogurt (5)
1 teaspoon milk, or more as needed (5)

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. Mix all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. If you have a scale, it’s much easier to measure in grams. If you only have measuring cups, remember to aerate your flour and level appropriately. 
3. Incorporate butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender. You can use two knives if you don’t have a pastry blender. 
4. Stir whole-wheat flour and oats into the butter mixture.
5. Gently stir yogurt into the oatmeal mixture. If mixture is too dry to hold together, add 1 teaspoon milk at a time, just until dough holds together; it should not be sticky.
6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead gently about 5 times to form a ball. Place the dough in the center of the prepared baking sheet; cut a large 'X' in the top of the loaf. 
7. Bake in preheated oven until well browned, about 40 minutes; transfer to a rack to cool. Bread can be served warm or cold.

Adapted from: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/220525/irish-brown-bread/

Biography
Rob Klein is one of the co-founders of ArtNight and works as a private chef and music teacher. He lives in Albany Park with his partner Alex. His first ArtNight was in October of 2016. In his free time, you’ll find him exploring ethnic grocery stores, reading books, and researching scents and fragrances.

Leaders Follow 
Taylor C Schaub

In the late nineteenth-century, Chicago-based architect Louis H. Sullivan coined the phrase, “Form ever follows function.” This colloquial mantra carried into the 1900s, becoming the apogee of the modern architecture movement. Modernist architects took it literally by trading ornamental craft for enhanced functional articulation. In the collective attempt to break traditional limitations of letting building embellishments do all the talking, architects resolved to use rational functionality for exploring radical material expression. 
These architects revolutionized their need for reformation, illustrated in their antithetical stark walls and exposed raw materials. Innovative technology and building materials like glass & steel structure begged to remain exposed, exclaiming their newfound dignity in letting the function become also become the form. This contrasts with previous architectural periods that exercised the limitations of past inspiration.

If you know the phrase, “walls talk,” you will be able to empathize with the notion that our buildings outwardly reflect societal shifts. The superfluous ornamentation of some early eras emulated the complexity of nature that we were trying to understand. An important nuance is the vernacular characteristic of these shifts. Outward expressions of space, whether through art, architecture, or experience, begins at a point. This point can be viewed as a reference, pairing the specific cultural or immediate surroundings along with the human need to connect, express, and communicate. When form follows function, or when a human’s environment calls to speak, we become the messengers, crafting form from the materials around us, and ultimately progressing toward a neo-vernacular. 


Biography
Hey, I’m Taylor! Home has always been the Chicagoland area, I currently live downtown and work at a local architecture firm. I first attended ArtNight earlier this year in February. Find me on my bike somewhere in the city, or at home, curiously learning while hanging with my kitty.

      
      


(clockwise from top left)
1. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Designed as a Neo-Classical building (1730-1925), it takes a fresh look at the repetitive columns and democratic symmetry that characterized the original classical period (5th century BCE-4th century CE). (If you’re looking for a rabbit hole to go down, search “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” to see a recent proposal by the current US administration) (Photo: Louis Velazquez)

2. Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago. Built at the tail-end of the Neo-Gothic movement, the cathedral uses staple elements like pointed arches. The embellished columns and buttresses, patterned flooring and stained glass embody natural sequencies found in nature. A reminder of scale. (Photo: Charles Cherney)

3. A basic understanding of the vernacular: doing what you can with what you have. The limitations of material help drive the form of the intended function. Over time, this principle progresses to innovation and expands. (Photo: Pixabay)

4. Crown Hall, IIT Campus, Chicago. Mies van der Rohe was a notorious leader in the overall modern movement. This building exposes steel and glass, on one end letting nature personify the surface, and on the other allowing the function of “school studio” drive the rectilinear shape without complication. (Photo: IIT)

Thank you for tuning into the sixth edition of The All-Inclusive; thank you for reading, and thank you to Anna-Elise, Kevin, and Taylor!

If you'd like to be featured in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out to Rob at rob@theartnightchicago.com - we'd love to learn more about what you're passionate about :)


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