Pop Goes the Magazine

Live magazine pops into Austin for special one-night-only experience

Live magazine pops into Austin for special one-night-only experience

Cord Jefferson Pop-Up Magazine
Journalist and TV writer Cord Jefferson will be performing as part of Pop-Up Magazine. Pop-Up Magazine/Facebook

Pop-Up Magazine, a unique event featuring multimedia stories from some of the nation's best writers, returns to Austin on February 21. Billed as a "live magazine," Pop-Up combines writers, radio producers, photographers, filmmakers, and illustrators for a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience.

Each show throughout the seven-city tour features a different lineup of creatives, and performances are not recorded, making this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Entitled "The Winter Issue," each performer will tell a never-before-heard story accompanied by original photography and illustrations, animation, and an original score performed live by the Magik*Magik Orchestra. 

"The stories will touch on everything from a lifelong friendship between two 100-year-old World War II army nurses to a choose-your-own-adventure story to a close look at the crisis in North Korea," said Pop-Up Magazine of the stories.

The February 21 lineup will feature pieces by National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder; podcast hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings (Gimlet's "The Nod"); Daniel Alarcón (The King Is Always Above the People); Albert Samaha (BuzzFeed News); Brittany Spanos (Rolling Stone); Cord Jefferson (The Good Place, Master of None); filmmaker Veena Rao (The New York Times Op-Docs); Grammy award-winning musician Adriana Quesada; among many more.

Afterwards, guests are invited to gather around the bar to mix and mingle with fellow audience-goers as well as performers and Pop-Up Magazine producers. (Speaking of producers, the California-based Pop-Up Magazine does come with some Austin ties. Among the producers is former KUT producer and MapJam founder Haley Howle.)

Tickets for the February 21 performance at Hogg Auditorium are $29 and are on sale now