A night of true stories, documentary films, photography, and radio from some of our favorite writers, performers, and musicians. Unrecorded, live onstage.

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2/22

SF

Nourse Theater

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2/24

LA

The Theatre at Ace Hotel

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2/28

DC

Lincoln Theatre

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3/2

NYC

The Town Hall

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3/4

Austin

Paramount Theatre

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3/7

Portland

Revolution Hall

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3/9

Seattle

Town Hall Seattle

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A sensation New York Times

Fast-paced, loose, often funny, and wholly unpredictable San Francisco Chronicle

Beautiful Los Angeles Times

Highbrow / Brilliant New York Magazine

Kelly McEvers

SF, LA

Host, NPR's All Things Considered & Embedded

Jon Mooallem

DC, ATX, PDX, SEA

Writer at large, The New York Times Magazine

Rebecca Solnit

SF

Author, Hope in the Dark and Men Explain Things to Me and columnist, Harper’s

Shawn Colvin

ATX

Three-time Grammy Award winner

Vann R. Newkirk II

DC

Writer, The Atlantic, contributing editor, Seven Scribes

Kelley L. Carter

SF, LA, DC, NYC, ATX, PDX, SEA

Emmy Award–winning writer, ESPN’s The Undefeated

Rembert Browne

NY

Writer-at-large, New York Magazine

Wendy MacNaughton

LA

Illustrator and back-page columnist, The California Sunday Magazine

Jazmine Hughes

SF, LA, DC, NYC

Associate editor, The New York Times Magazine

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

SF, LA, DC, NYC, ATX, PDX, SEA

Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and essayist, MTV News

Laurel Braitman

SF, LA, DC, NYC, ATX, PDX, SEA

New York Times bestselling author, writer-in-residence, Stanford School of Medicine

Dan Engber

NYC

Writer, Slate, Wired

Rachel Monroe

NYC, ATX, PDX, SEA

Writer, Texas Monthly, The New Republic

Marin Cogan

SF, LA, DC, NYC

Contributing editor, New York Magazine

Drew Denny

SF, LA

Award-winning filmmaker, multimedia artist

Talia Herman

PDX, SEA

Photographer, The California Sunday Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fader

Skip Hollandsworth

ATX

Executive Editor, Texas Monthly

Stephanie Foo

DC

Producer, This American Life

Nicola Twilley

SF, LA, NYC, ATX, PDX, SEA

Co-host, Gastropod

Cynthia Graber

SF, LA, NYC, ATX, PDX, SEA

Co-host, Gastropod

Pat Walters

SF, LA

Editor, Gimlet Media

Anayansi Diaz-Cortes

NYC

Radio producer, PRI’s The World, NPR’s All Things Considered

Ben & Rhonda Partain

DC, ATX, PDX, SEA

Essayists

Jamie Meltzer

PDX, SEA

Award-winning filmmaker

Matt Largey

SF, DC, ATX, PDX, SEA

News editor, KUT Austin

Tim Hussin

DC, ATX, PDX, SEA

Award-winning documentary filmmaker

Lucas Foglia

NYC

Internationally exhibited photographer

With new original music from

Magik*Magik Orchestra

And more...

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Always amazing Ira Glass

Funny, touching and inspiring Kara Swisher

Go! Jad Abumrad

Highly recommended Michael Pollan

The Pop-Up Magazine Experience

Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine, created for a stage, a screen, and a live audience. Each evening is unique, but here are a few things to look forward to.

Remarkable Storytellers

Some of the country’s most interesting writers, filmmakers, photographers, radio producers, and illustrators share new, true stories onstage.

Stunning Visuals

Stories come to life on a giant screen filled with photographs, films, illustrations, and animations.

A Live Score

Story soundtracks are composed and performed live onstage by Magik*Magik Orchestra.

A Fascinating Audience

Curious, creative people come to see old friends and meet new ones.

A Beautiful Theater

Venues like BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

A Great Party

Performers and audience members swap stories over drinks after the show.

Some Magic Nobody Can Quite Put Their Finger On

It’s kind of hard to explain, but it helps to hear from someone who’s been…

Illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton

I’m transported… Arianna, San Francisco audience

Made my heart ache and my brain reconfigure Mia, Seattle audience

No excuses, just go Noah, Portland audience

It feels so intimate, like you’ve stumbled on the most interesting person in the party Rachel, New York City audience