What is Pop-Up Magazine? Well…for starters, it’s not a magazine, not really anyway. But if you took the contents of a good magazine — narrative explorations on art, music, comedy, drawings, politics — and exploded them off of the paper and onto the stage, you might have some idea of what Pop-Up Magazine is all about. It’s ‘new media’ in a nutshell, except you won’t find it online, so you can only experience it in person.

This particular iteration is “The Escape Issue,” and there’s a lot to unpack. For starters, there are partnerships with comedian Jordan Carlos (HBO’s Divorce; Black Mirror; WNYC’s Adulting); poet Sarah Kay (Project VOICE); writers Chris Duffy (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas), Clio Chang (Jezebel, The New Republic), and Keri Blakinger (Houston Chronicle); musician Left at London; photographers Lucas Foglia (International Center of Photography, SFMOMA) and Lisette Poole (Time, The Atlantic, The New York Times). And then there’s the original music — a chameleonic soundtrack provided by San Francisco’s own Magik*Magik Orchestra. And the whole experience revolves around “escapes big and small, daring and mundane, physical and mental.”

Thankfully, though Pop-Up Magazine is taking this show on the road, their first two stops are right where it all began: here in the Bay Area. Night one at the Sydney Goldstein Theater is all sold out, but you can still grab tickets to their Oakland show at the Paramount theater on Saturday.

Pop-Up Magazine
Paramount Theater
September 21, 2019
Tickets starting at $38, 7:30pm