The All - Inclusive 006.

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 September 18th! 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 sixth issue of The All-Inclusive! Happy scrolling <3

Updates from Rob

Two weeks ago we debuted the 77 Project: an ArtNight series that seeks to unify the 77 community areas of Chicago. We're aiming to build relationships with community organizations and encourage sharers and participants from all over the city. This month, we’ll be featuring Ashburn, Auburn Gresham, and Austin. The next 77 Project ArtNight is September 18th. The October FFEM will be on October 2nd.

We are always looking for sharers so please connect us to your friends and community! We’re taking a slightly different approach to sharing and will now be individually coaching people through their sharing experience. Many people who have expressed an interest in sharing have told us that they don't know what exactly what they want to talk about. Now it will be easier than ever to showcase what you love.

Mayank and I took a little break from Art Cetera - the ArtNight podcast - to get the 77 up and running, and now we’re back! On Art Cetera, we highlight how our passions help us build relationships. We released a new episode today. Allie Webb talks about dating and why you should ask the questions you might be hesitant to ask. Allie will also be our first featured weekly guest where she’ll talk about the marvelous world of romantic relationships. We’ll be releasing one 10-15 minute episode with Allie every week along with our one hour, bi-weekly episode. Art Cetera is on Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts!

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

  • Tom Poole discussing the use of drones in agriculture
  • 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 second piece in the series.



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

Day in a Life of a Drone Pilot 
By Tom Poole (instagram: @tdpoole)

It was another drive from Stuttgart, Arkansas to Poplar Bluff, Missouri in the summer of 2019. I didn’t know why, but I decided to use Apple Maps in navigating me through the “Natural State”. Compared to Google Maps, it had its own agenda. I crossed wooden bridges, dilapidated small towns, and packs of wild dogs that evening while listening to my true crime podcasts to keep me further away from sleep’s door. There was a curious desire to park, walk around. Feel the energy that these snapshots the rural U.S. provided. Yet, time was of the essence as I had another cornfield to survey! (Dorky to say am I right?)

Waking up from my hotel bed in a new set of work clothes, I set to preparing a slew of batteries and other essential equipment. What was meant to be a morning of surveying turned into a whole day with Murphy’s Law being thrown into full force. Underneath the southern sun, mosquitoes nipped as I rebooted software and hardware, each time losing more patience. It didn’t further help when the nearby crop duster asserted its dominance, taking low altitude turns in my area of survey. By the time I finished, the sun would soon set over corn and rice fields. I would later camp out at a Walmart parking lot before driving through the Twilight Zone to St. Louis for an early morning flight. This unintentional Pigpen cosplayer boarded his flight with hopes of a shower soon.  

Tom lives in Chicago, IL, and works as a part-time consultant for food and agriculture organizations while working on his MBA at the University of Illinois. His first ArtNight actually was one of the very first in Champaign-Urbana (circa 2017)! Catch him doing road trips, jamming at live concerts, or searching for comfort food!   


(clockwise from top left)
1. The bird and I getting ready to fly! Did you know Arkansas has alligators?
2. Google Maps is for business, Apple Maps is for memories
3. Crop dusters fly low and sudden. Drone pilots beware!  
4. Just another gas station in the rural U.S.!

Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Rob Klein

Photo by Alex Canary

Today, I’m going to walk you through a five-ingredient avocado chocolate mousse. This recipe was taught to me by my uncle, Cary. I promise you won’t even know there’s avocado in it. The parentheses tell you in what step to use the ingredient and my comments are in italics. This recipe makes one serving. Scale accordingly.

½ oz dark chocolate bar (70%-80%) melted (1)
½ ripe avocado (2)
½ tbsp cocoa powder (2)
1.25 tbsp honey (2)
1 graham cracker crushed (3)

1. Break chocolate bar into small pieces and put in small pan. Melt over low heat. Some people like to use a double burner, but I would only use that if I’m making confectionary since the indirect heat will prevent fat from blooming.
2. Place avocado, cocoa powder and honey into food processor. Add in melted chocolate. Pulse until totally smooth and airy.
3. Crush graham cracker and garnish. I like to layer the graham cracker between the layers of the mousse.

Rob Klein is one of the co-founders of ArtNight and works as a private chef and music teacher. He lives in Northbrook with his mom and rabbit named Rex. 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. 

Taylor C. Schaub



(photos clockwise from top left)

1. Colonnade – A reminder of our own embodied impermanence. The columns will fundamentally experience their own decay, whether it is through becoming stylistically antiquated or weathering to elements. (Photo by Taylor Schaub)
2. Plants – Getting eye-level with the detail of my plants. Adding softness and reciprocity to my spaces. (Photo by Taylor Schaub)
3. Baroque Ceiling – The dense detailing in a precisely symmetrical configuration elicits a range of emotions. Paintings show similar message-bearing artwork through a more literal medium. (Photo by Daniel Posthuma)

The spaces we inhabit throughout the day harness unspoken nuances. These nuances silently invite us in acknowledging potential voids, or perhaps, value. Particularly in our times of vulnerability buildings can serve more than just as a place for shelter. 

Consider the potency of the baroque-era. Shrouded amongst the shadows of archetypal velvet folds, sat the solemnness of disease and war that cradled society’s fate. The stability to be recognized in a colonnade might have nodded toward a melancholic idea of impermanence. The longing to transcend worldly sufferings saw hopes of promise in the murals of angels graced upon the walls of hollow corridors.  

Today, in an existence enmeshed between the demands of commerce and technology, we may seek refuge from rigidity by simply appreciating the wash of warm, fleeting light touching a blank wall. We may incline to resolve the gaps within our workday by filling our homes with plants, softening the coldness and consistency we are otherwise accustomed to repeating each day. With invasions of headlines and emails received over an afternoon, coming home to a minimalistic space could help us approach internal peacefulness. 

The intimacy in which we communicate with our spaces will continue to render for us an image of who we inherently are. Through continually learning ourselves again, we can simultaneously learn to appreciate the witness and friendship that is innate our buildings. Serenity is available in accepting what is revealed through examining the human-spatial experience. 

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.

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

In last month’s edition, Hannah Mira Friedland’s image was mistakenly captioned. The caption was supposed to be “An example of a mosaic address plaque. Source: Nutmeg Designs”

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

Sweater weather is around the corner! Many virtual hugs,
- Mayank, Rob, and the ArtNight Team

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