Pop Up Magazine at the Curran San Francisco on Thursday, February 1, 2018 (Photo: Erin Brethauer)

Pop-Up Magazine is a live, touring “magazine” that combines music with storytelling, and it’s coming back to the Paramount Theater in Oakland on May 10. The Oakland show will feature stories from Jenée Desmond-Harris, Davy Rothbart, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Oakland musician Fantastic Negrito, and more.

If you’re still not sure what you’ll be in for, senior story producer Anita Badejo understands the confusion. “It can be even hard for us to explain sometimes because there’s not really anything like it,” she says.

“One of the best descriptions I can give about the show is that it’s kind of like a concert, a play, a podcast, a comedy show, a magazine, and a movie all wrapped into one. If you like any one of those things you will like our show.”

According to Badejo, the show specializes in showcasing stories that take a turn people weren’t expecting, or take something that people are already very familiar with and turn it on its head. The stories are accompanied by original music from house band Magik*Magik Orchestra.

Pop Up Magazine at the Curran San Francisco on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Photograph by Erin Brethauer

Because of the surprise aspect, Badejo can’t tell us too much about the stories in the upcoming show, but she gave us a couple of hints. “The stories in this show really just span such a range of time periods — from the 18th century to the present day — subject matter, moods, tones. Some are definitely going to make you cry, some are going to make you laugh. They’re all going to make you think a lot.”

Fantastic Negrito will be performing unreleased music from his album that’s coming out in June. Desmond-Harris is telling a story about a San Francisco sex institute in the ’70s. Rothbart’s story is about stories that come from prison and become Hollywood movies.

“I think people should just come prepared to have their thoughts provoked to be entertained, to be inspired and to feel things, because that all happens during the course of the show,” Badejo says.

Pop-Up Magazine
Paramount Theater
May 10, 2018
7:30pm, $38