THE THING Quarterly
David Shrigley Travel Wallet, Issue 19, photo by Michael O'Neal

End of summer sale >  various issues and projects 20% off >  ends August 31 >  get them and put them to use

 


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July 29, 2014 11:29:04 AM PDT

WE MADE A BOOK. PRE-ORDER NOW FOR 20% OFF

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Photograph by Daniel Dent

WE MADE A BOOK

It comes out SEPTEMBER 23RD and WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK OF BOOKS.  FOREVER!

PRE-ORDER Now for 20% off

HERE'S HOW:
  • Go here: THE THING THE BOOK
  • Add The Book to your shopping cart
  • Use the 20% off discount code: bookish
  • Your book will ship on September 23, 2014
  • THIS 20% SPECIAL ENDS FRIDAY AUGUST 8
The book hits the shelves on September 23, 2014 and will retail for $40, but you can pre-order it at a discounted rate now.

 

HERE'S WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT

THE THING THE BOOK
  • A MONUMENT TO THE BOOK AS OBJECT
  • EACH TRADITIONAL ELEMENT OF A BOOK - FROM ENDPAPERS TO RIBBON BOOKMARKS TO PAGE NUMBERS - HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO A DIFFERENT ARTIST TO USE AS A PERSONAL EXHIBITION SPACE
  • FEATURES INTERVENTIONS AND PROJECTS BY OVER 30 OF TODAY'S MOST AMAZING ARTISTS, WRITERS, FILMMAKERS AND DESIGNERS
  • PUBLISHED BY CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • RETAILS FOR $40
  • CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:  Gwen Allen, Tauba Auerbach, John Baldessari, Martin Creed, Mark Dion, Anthony Discenza, Kota Ezawa, Harrell Fletcher, Ryan Gander, Sam Green, Jonn Herschend & Will Rogan, Matthew Higgs, Andrew Hultkrans, Chris Johanson, Miranda July, Starlee Kine, Andrew Leland, Jonathan Lethem, MacFadden & Thorpe, Mike Mills, Rick Moody, Dave Muller, Laurel Nakadate, Tucker Nichols, Trevor Paglen, Lucy Pullen, Ed Ruscha, Leslie Shows, David Shrigley, Molly Springfield, Sara VanDerBeek, Anne Walsh, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Wentworth
  • IT CAN BE USED AS A COASTER FOR YOUR DRINK IF NONE HAPPEN TO BE AROUND
  • IT CAN BE USED TO PROP OPEN A WINDOW
  • IT WILL NOT MAKE YOU SAD
 

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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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Photo by Lenny Gonzalez

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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Photo by Lenny Gonzalez

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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Photos by Lenny Gonzalez

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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