Pop-Up Magazine

Pop-Up Magazine


San Francisco



San Francisco



Los Angeles

The Theatre at Ace Hotel


New York

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House


Washington, D.C.

Warner Theatre



Hogg Auditorium


New Orleans

Civic Theatre

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

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

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
Photographs by Jon Snyder

Always amazing Ira Glass

Funny, touching and inspiring Kara Swisher

Go! Jad Abumrad

Highly recommended Michael Pollan