Tomorrow night, the Aladdin Theater hosts Pop-Up Magazine—a pretty phenomenal-sounding show that, after selling out in Los Angeles and San Francisco, will make its first-ever stop in Portland.
The idea behind Pop-Up Magazine is great: Each show is "a live magazine, created for a stage, a screen, and a live audience." With an astounding array of guests—and with each guest presenting something unique—Pop-Up Magazine offers a different lineup for each show. And each show is a one-off, one-time-only experience: The shows are not recorded and are not photographed. If you go to a Pop-Up show, you really go—because that one night is the one time that anyone's going to experience it.
Via the Los Angeles Times' story about Pop-Up's "particular brand of storytelling":
"It's ephemeral," says Pop-Up founder Douglas McGray. "There's an appeal in seeing something so fleeting. You look around the room and don't see a single phone light glowing. Afterwards, of course, they all light up and everyone starts tweeting. But there's a moment when everyone comes together and watches and listens that's really kind of magical." (Via.)
The transitory nature of the thing is only one of the things that sets Pop-Up apart. There's another hook: McGray & Co. line up great talent. Past Pop-Ups have included the likes of Susan Orlean, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Michael Pollan, and Jon Ronson, among others. And tomorrow night, Portland's show will feature Found Magazine's Davy Rothbart, the New York Times Magazines' Jenna Wortham, Another Round podcasters Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu, filmmaker Sam Green, live music from the Magik*Magic Orchestra, and more—including Portland locals. (The guest I'm most excited to see? Writer Jon Mooallem, whose astounding book Wild Ones changed the way I think about animals, nature, and people.)
Haha, whoa, SETTLE DOWN ERIK. I went on for a while there. I am pretty excited about this show!
ANYWAY, THE POINT: I've got a pair of tickets to give away to tomorrow night's show. If you want to enter to win 'em, email me no later than 4 pm today, Monday October 19, and make sure the subject line of your email is "Pop-Up." I'll pick a winner at random and email them back to let them know they've won. Have at!
Pop-Up Magazine, Tues Oct 30 at 7:30 pm, Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, $24-45.