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THE SUMMER OF EVEL (KNIEVEL)

GRIFF WILLIAMS' PERSONAL COLLECTION OF EVEL KNiEVEL EPHEMERA

reception & short film screening July 24, 5-8:30PM

Featuring live score by Kelley Stoltz & JUSTIN FRAHM

  • Location: THE THING Quarterly:  447 O'Farrell St.  SF, CA 94102
  • Date/Time: Thursday July 24, 5-8:30PM
  • Screening and Perfomance:  7:00PM with live score by Kelley Stoltz & Justin Frahm
  • Evel Cocktail:  A special Wild Turkey cocktail (Evel's drink of choice)
  • Seating:  Blankets for seating and cuddling provided by Nipomo
  • Viewing Dates:  Collection will be on display from July 24th to August 29th

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel's famous attempt to jump Idaho's Snake River Canyon.  We were blown away when we discovered that Gallery 16 owner, artist, and racountour Griff Williams was a cousin of the 1970's Motorcycle Daredevil.  Our minds were even further blown when he revealed his collection of Evel ephemera, some of which was given to young Griff by his cousin Evel.  The collection includes home movies of the Snake River jump, hospital x-rays of Evel's injuries, and the original blueprints of Evel's famous Skycycle. We immediately knew that this information must be shared with a larger public... which is to say, you. And so we have brought it to our Bookshelf Collection Series.

Also of equal interest and excitment are the two 8mm home movies shot by Griff's mom and dad.  The filmic time capsule is comprised of moments from Griff's life as a young boy growing up in 1970's Montana.  The home movie also contains footage of Evil's failed jump of the Snake River and other moments with young Griff and Evel.  These two 9 min. films will be be scored and played with live synth and electronic accompanyment by the Bay Area's astounding Kelley Stoltz and Justin Frahm.  An evening not to be missed...unless you are on vacation.

 


About The Bookshelf Collection Series: 
The series began a few years ago when Luke Bartels of Woodshop built some shelves for our office.  We liked them so much that we decided to use them mainly to put other people's collections on them.  Past collection contributors have included Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem, Nathan Lynch, Allison Smith, David Korty, No Age, and the Kronos Quartet.

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DAVID KORTY: CERAMICS

Cocktail hour HOSTED BY THE THING & ATELIER DION

THURSDAY, JUNE 26TH, 5-7:30PM, SAN FRANCISCO

We know your Thursday evening plans usually include dinner in the Tenderloin.  Why not come by The Thing beforehand to see our new installment of The Bookshelf Collection Series, featuring seven beautiful ceramic pitchers by David Korty and co-hosted by Jay and Rie Dion, the amazing duo at Oakland-based ceramic studio Atelier Dion

HERE'S WHAT WE'LL HAVE GOING ON:

 

  • Delicious cocktails served in special Atelier Dion cups - we make 'em, you drink 'em.  Select cups will be available for sale.
  • Backroom tables for playing "Mr. Natural" (with ceramic dice hand-made by Atelier Dion for David Korty's issue 23)
  • David Korty's stunning pitchers (not to be confused with pictures)


THE DETAILS:

Where:                THE THING Quarterly:  447 O'Farrell Street, SF, CA 94102
When:                 Thursday, June 26th, 5-7:30PM
Viewing Times:  Monday - Friday, 11AM - 5PM      

The Bookshelf Collection Series began a few years ago when Luke Bartelsof Woodshop built some shelves for our office.  We liked them so much that we decided to use them mainly to put other people's collections on them.  Past collection contributors have included Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem, Nathan Lynch, Allison Smith, Kronos Quartet, and No Age.


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June 10, 2014 10:15:42 AM PDT

GIVEAWAY: ISSUE 23 - DAVID KORTY

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SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION & GIVEAWAY

David Korty has produced SEVEN SPECIAL EDITION ISSUES.  Each one contains:

- Six hand-made ceramic dice (hand-dyed a magnificent yellow by David himself)
- Custom dice-carrying bag (with neon drawstring and unique drawings by David)
- Instructions for the game "Mr. Natural"

These special editions are available on our website for $150 (subscribers get 20% off), but we are GIVING AWAY one set.  You have until Sunday, June 15th to enter to win in one of two ways:

1. INSTAGRAM:  Take a picture of a Mr. Natural player (selfies accepted), write the corresponding Mr. Natural alias in the text, and tag @thethingquarterly and #iammrnatural. 

2.  EMAIL:  Send a picture of a Mr. Natural player and corresponding alias to us at  support@thethingquarterly.com

All photos will appear on our tumblr(take a look for some inspiration). 

LEARN THE RULES (BELOW), PLAY THE GAME, TAKE A PICTURE. 

The winner will be chosen on Monday the 16th.  Good luck!

 

MR. NATURAL RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS

Game accommodates as many players as can comfortably sit around a table.

EQUIPMENT
1.    Six standard dice.
2.    An alias.
3.    A piece of paper and a pen or pencil to record the score.

OBJECTIVE
Be the first player to score 10,000 points to win the game.
 
If you are still trying to think of the perfect alias, don't worry — you can change your name as many times as you see fit during the game, as long as you do so at the start of your turn.

GAMEPLAY
1. Begin each turn by rolling all six dice. Once the scoring dice are counted, set those dice aside and roll the remaining dice again. Continue rolling and scoring until no scoring dice are left to roll.

2. Each player must first score at least 550 points in one turn to "get on the board" (begin listing and adding up points).

3. Once a player has reached the initial 550 points, the minimum score for a turn is 350 points.  After a player has reached 350 points in a single turn, they may conclude their turn. Or, the player can continue rolling until all six dice have scored points.

4. If, in a single turn, all six dice have scored and been set aside, the player can then choose to roll all six dice again. However, if this roll produces no scoring dice, all points earned in that turn are forfeited.

5. A player’s turn is also forfeited if one of the dice rolls off the table.

SCORING
A roll of a single 5 is worth 50 points.

A roll of a single 1 is worth 100 points.

A roll of three of the same number at once on three separate dice is worth that number multiplied by 100. For instance, three 2's are worth 200, three 3's are worth 300, three 4's are worth 400, and so on. 
-An exception to this rule is a roll of three 1's, which is worth 1000
points.

If four or more of the same number are rolled at once, the first three dice are scored as above. After that, each additional die is worth that score again. For instance, four 4's are worth 800, five 5's are worth 1500, and six 6's are worth 2400.

A roll of three pairs will score 1000 points. This is known as a Boxcar. A player who rolls a Boxcar must score the dice this way, regardless of the numbers on the dice.

If a player rolls two pairs and two singles without rolling a lone 1 or 5, they’ve rolled a Nothing. In this instance, the player must try to make a third pair by rolling the remaining dice not already in a pair. For instance, let's say the player rolls two 2's, two 3's, a 4 and a 6. The player must pick up the die that rolled the 4 to try to roll a 6 or pick up the die that rolled the 6 to try and roll a 4. If the player is able to roll the lone dice and complete three pairs, they earn 1000 points.

If a player rolls a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 on a single roll, then congratulations — you've rolled a Mr. Natural, worth 1500 points.

GOOD LUCK!

 
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TOMORROW NIGHT: TUESDAY JUNE 10TH

7 YEARS OF THE THING + Sneak peak of our new book: HATTERY - SAN FRANCISCO


PRESENTED BY THE HATTERY IN SAN FRANCISCO,  THE EDITORS AND FOUNDERS OF THE THING QUARTERLY, WILL ROGAN AND JONN HERSCHEND, WILL PRESENT 7 OF THEIR FAVORITE ISSUES AND DISCUSS THE HISTORY OF THE THING AND THEIR FORTHCOMING BOOK WITH CHRONICLE BOOKS: THE THING THE BOOK.

OUR FRIENDS AT PARK LIFE WILL HAVE A POP-UP SHOP. 


When:  Tuesday , June 10, 7-8:30PM
Where:  Hattery, 414 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94107
What:  A discussion and pop-up store with Park Life
Why:  Because it has been 7 years
What else:  This event is $10  (enter THINGPALS as coupon code for 40% off)
RSVP:  at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seven-years-of-the-thing-quarterly-tickets-11390261579
 
 

 

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June 6, 2014 3:50:33 PM PDT

ISSUE 23 - DAVID KORTY - AVAILABLE NOW

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HERE IT IS: ISSUE 23 - DAVID KORTY

Issue 23 by visual artist David Korty is now available as a single back issue. Here at THE THING, we have been diligently field testing this issue, and are pleased to report that, in addition to being extremely beautiful, it yields maximum fun.  Here's what it contains:

- Six hand-made ceramic dice (made by Oakland-based ceramic studio Atelier Dion)
- A custom dice-carrying bag
- Instructions for the game "Mr. Natural"

The game “Mr. Natural” has spread quickly through LA, David's hometown, taught by one friend to another and passed along accordingly. lt is a wonderful game - similar to other folk games like Farkel, 10000, or Boxcar, but with its own special twists.  In David's words:  “There is virtually no end to the observations and epiphanies, the highs and the lows, the triumphs and the defeats, one might encounter during a 'Mr. Natural' binge."

 

TWO WAYS TO GET ISSUE 23:

1.  INDIVIDUAL ISSUE: $65

Mailed directly to your door via FedEx from the THE THING Quarterly's San Francisco headquarters. 

2.  ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION: $240

Subscribe now and start with this issue by David Korty:
In addition to receiving four surprise packages in the mail each year, subscribers receive:
  • The best deal on the new issues (i.e. subscribers recieved John Baldessari's issue for $60 as part of their subscription.  The issue is sold individually for $90)
  • 20% off all available back issues and some projects
  • 1st dibs on invitations to THING events (like our 24-hour residency with No Age this past May)
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OFFICIAL LAUNCH:  ISSUE 23 DAVID KORTY: MAY 31 - LOS ANGELES

Hello friends and subscribers! 

Issue 23 by David Korty is out the door and will soon arrive at subscribers' doorsteps everywhere.  The issue is a secret until subscribers have it in hand, but we can reveal three things:

    1.  We are officially launching the issue with a party in David's hometown (Los Angeles) on
May 31st at Night Gallery.

    2.  The issue is something that warrants a tournament, and that's what is happening at this         launch party.  This tournament will start with 25 players and, through a process of                         elimination, conclude with a final showdown and a $200 cash prize for the winner.

    3.  This tournament does not involve any form of intense physical activity. But it does involve a     stroke of good luck and in fact, you may feel wiser, happier, and more natural (hint) after taking     part.

Tournament seats have already filled up, but come out, have a beer, and spectate.  It will be a fun time!

 

LAUNCH PARTY DETAILS:

When:  Saturday, May 31, 7-10PM
Where:  Night Gallery, 2276 East 16th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90021
What:  A tournament and party
Why:  Because a tournament is only natural (hint)
What else:  The event is Free and open to the public! 
RSVP:  associate_editor@thethingquarterly.com

Come out, have a beer, play a game.  We hope to see you there!

 
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Issue 23 Wrapping PartyFriday May 16 5-8PM                         

+ SPECIAL GUEST DJ'S Andy Cabic (of Vetiver) & Kelley Stoltz

+ 447 O'Farrell Street in the Tender Loin!

+ Prepare for mind blowing wrapping techniques

 

Hello Friends,

We will be wrapping David Korty's issue 23 on Friday May 16th at THE THING Quarterly HQ in SF.  There is plenty happening that evening around SF and the East Bay.  So we invite you to come by,  have a beer, wrap an issue (or watch the wrapping) and listen to the selections of local musicians Andy Cabic (of Vetiver) and Kelley Stoltz, who will be spinning a little bit of everything in order to induce a wrap-like vibe. 

When:  Friday May 16,  5-8PM
Where:  THE THING Quarterly Office 447 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
What:   Wrapping Party for issue 23 by David Korty
Why:  It's like an opening except there's something to do
What else:  Make it part of the night, so that it goes like this:

    1. ARTMRKT, at Fort Mason All Day
    2. THE THING Quarterly wrapping party!  In the Tenderloin!  5-8PM
    3. Principal, The SFAI Graduate Exhibition at 5th and Mission at the old Mint  6-9PM
    4. UC Berkeley MFA Exhibition the Berkeley Art Museum:  6-8PM
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