FORT GREENE – Pop-Up Magazine, a “live magazine” show produced “for a stage, a screen, and a live audience,” returns to BAM next month for an evening of multimedia stories told alongside visuals and an original score.
Founded in San Francisco by Doug McGray (Editor-in-Chief), Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom (Executive Editors) in 2009 as a “hobby” with a group of creative friends—writers, artists, photographers, radio producers, and filmmakers—Pop-Up Magazine presents stories accompanied by illustrations, photos, and films on topics ranging from pop culture, politics, science, tech, business, food, and more. The shows have grown into a national touring event, bringing unique stories to various cities across the country.
With three issues produced a year—Winter, Spring, Fall—and a format similar to a “classic general-interest magazine,” the shows are not recorded so if you miss a live production, you won’t be able to catch it anywhere else.
The Fall 2018 issue launches next month, with ten shows taking place in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, Toronto, Washington DC, and a stop in Brooklyn on Thursday, September 27.
This will be the fourth time Pop-Up Magazine is staged at BAM. It debuted in Fort Greene at the BAM Harvey Theater in 2015 and moved to the larger BAM Howard Gilman Opera House for subsequent shows.
BAM hosted the Winter 2018 issue/show of the live magazine earlier this year, featuring stories from Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings (co-hosts of The Nod), photographer David Guttenfelder (National Geographic), writers Sloane Crosley and Albert Samaha (BuzzFeed News), and filmmaker Erin Lee Carr. Topics from the Winter issue included the lifelong friendship between two 100-year-old WWII army nurses and a look into the North Korean crisis.
Topics for next month’s show in Brooklyn will include the changing of small-town America, a terrorist rehabilitation facility, the ethics behind being mean to a robot, reviving a flower from extinction, thirst traps, and more. Contributors will include writers Rebecca Skloot (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks), Ann Friedman (New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, co-host of Call Your Girlfriend), Ed Yong (The Atlantic), Emily Dreyfuss (Wired), Jason Parham (Wired), Marc Bamuthi Joseph (playwright, /peh-LO-tah/), Ro
Following each show, contributors and producers mingle with the audience at an after-party. Original soundtracks are composed for many of the stories and are performed live onstage by Magik*Magik Orchestra, Pop-Up Magazine’s house band.
Visit popupmagazine.com to learn more.
Pop-Up Magazine, 2018 Fall Issue
Thursday, September 27 at 7:30pm
BAM, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
Tickets $36 to $76