The week before last, I won tickets through an Instagram giveaway to a show called Pop-Up Magazine. I had never heard of it before, but I am always up for trying something new, especially cultural events. The event was last Wednesday, and I loved it.
The show is described as a magazine performed live. I didn’t quite know what this meant, but it’s basically live stories told through documentary films, animations, and poetry. The coolest thing about this is that none of it is recorded; the only way to hear the stories is to be there.
Some of the stories that really stuck with me were about the survivors of an Ebola epidemic around 20 years ago, about a taco restaurant that gave patrons free tacos for life if they got the shop’s logo as a tattoo, and about a woman who goes to work every day – but it’s really a home for adults with memory issues and she’s a patient there.
I had no clue what to expect but I enjoyed it. I went with my friend Molly and it was my first time at the Ace Hotel, the LA venue. It was beautiful. The performers stay after the event to hang out with the audience, but I went home since I’d woken up at 4:45 that morning and I was very tired. I highly recommend keeping an eye out on their website to see when they’ll be coming to your city.