Goodnight, NYC! – Pop-Up Magazine

Thank you for coming to our show tonight!

Hey, NYC!

Thanks for spending the evening with us. This email is a little thank you gift of sorts, full of links from our contributors—more articles, audio stories, photo essays, films, and other ephemera from the talented people you saw on our stage tonight. Click to your heart’s content (heh, get it?) below.

Thanks so much,
The Pop-Up Magazine team

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From our contributors

Michelle Buteau (“Meet Cute”) told another surprising love story on this This American Life episode about rom-coms. She also elaborated on her struggles with her husband’s Dutch name on 2 Dope Queens.

Maybe you missed Chris Colin’s (“Have It Your Way”) last story in Pop-Up Magazine—it may have featured a Patsy Cline song performed by a drag queen—but you can at least read the California Sunday Magazine version here. He’s also written about freedom, forest bathing, and the Irish village still holding onto Obama’s presidency.

Check out Jason Concepcion (“Damn Yankees”) on The Ringer’s NBA Desktop, offering up a range of basketball-related commentary. He also co-hosts a podcast called Binge Mode that has recently been taking an exhaustive look at Game of Thrones.

Mohanad Elshieky (“How’s Your Day Going?”) has a talent for turning harrowing incidents into comedy. Like this one about a confrontation with the Border Patrol on a bus (he’s now suing the government with the help of the ACLU), or on the trials and tribulations of being an immigrant in the U.S. in general.

Listen to Hrishikesh Hirway (“Cookie Exploder”) explode the songs of Sylvan Esso, The Roots, Moses Sumney, Solange, and St. Vincent. He’s also really into The West Wing.

Natalie Keyssar (“The Squad”) has been documenting what’s happening in Venezuela for years, including for our sibling publication, The California Sunday Magazine. You can keep up with her work on Instagram.

In addition to writing thoughtful and moving stories for The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere, Jon Mooallem (“Dream Weaver”) recently launched a podcast called Walking that’s already a cult favorite. Each episode is him, going for a walk. That’s it. It’s great.

Mallika Rao (“Love & Bollywood”) has profiled the likes of Hasan Minaj and Salman Rushdie. She’s also written essays about Thanksgiving turkey and raita, and an elegy for the strip-mall restaurants of Dallas.

This isn’t the first time that Denise Zmekhol (“Skin of Glass”) has documented her home country of Brazil. Take a look at her film Children of the Amazon, about the children of rubber tappers, who harvest wild rubber trees, and how their community joined the non-violent resistance movement to protect the rainforest they live in.

Thanks to the very talented artists and illustrators who helped make tonight’s show beautiful: Carolyn Figel (“Damn Yankees”), Case Jernigan (“Dream Weaver”), Francesco Muzzi (“Have It Your Way”), Nataly Menjivar (“Meet Cute”), Tim Peacock (“How’s Your Day Going?”), Viplov Singh and Svabhu Kohli (“Love & Bollywood”), and Oriana Koren and Reina Takahashi (“Cookie Exploder”). If you couldn’t stop grooving during those Bollywood dance numbers, check out more mesmerizing work from AATMA Performing Arts. And finally: thank you to composer Taylor Joshua Rankin (“Cookie Exploder”), and an extra special thanks to our incredible musical collaborators, Minna Choi and the Magik*Magik Orchestra!

If you enjoyed tonight’s show, please spread the word to your friends in other cities! We have one more show in Washington D.C. this tour, and we’d love to have your crew in our audience. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or at

The Pop-Up Magazine team

A special thanks to tonight’s sponsors

This evening, our sponsor CHANEL shared a story about its founder. A visionary who invented her own legend, Gabrielle Chanel continues to inspire women today. Discover more at

You’ve been introduced to Anne-Christine Hertz and the BikeAround technology in tonight’s show, and now you can watch the film Riding to Remember and read a piece that tells her story in full. This is part of Google’s “Search On” series that tells inspiring stories of people using technology to solve big problems.

If you’re interested in learning more about BikeAround or would like to help a loved one try it out, you can sign up for a demo here.

Thanks to our media and community partners

WNYC Studios presents Adulting, a new podcast where comedians Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos figure out how to be adults. It’s time to grow up. Together. Listen on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Photograph by Alex Welsh