Live Storytelling Showcase 'Pop-Up Magazine' Returns to Oakland and San Francisco

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Pop Up Magazine's next issue comes to San Francisco and Oakland on May 10 and 11. (Jon Snyder)

Pop-Up Magazine isn't actually a magazine, but a magazine-inspired, non-fiction storytelling showcase that can only be experienced live. Each "issue" goes on a cross-country tour, with journalists, filmmakers, comedians and photographers telling never-before-told stories that feature animations, illustrations and a live score by Magik*Magik Orchestra. Nothing is uploaded online after—you just have to be there.

The latest issue of Pop-Up Magazine hits stands—er, theaters—this month, with stops at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco on May 10 and the Paramount Theatre in Oakland in Oakland on May 11. The San Francisco show already sold out, but tickets for Oakland are still available. This issue's topics span social issues, arts and culture, travel and weird oddities, and include Indian weddings, Brazilian architecture, the lives of domestic workers, a man's quest to get free Whoppers from Burger King for life and more.

Contributors for the issue include Jon Mooallem, who has covered travel and the environment for The New York Times and other publications; his book, Wild Ones, investigates what humans' relationship to the animal kingdom reveals about us. Mallika Rao, who covers the arts, culture, race and more for the likes of Vulture and The Atlantic, will also present, as well as Chris Colin, who has written about food, culture and travel for The New Yorker and California Sunday Magazine.

Other presenters include documentary filmmakers Denise Zmekhol and Sam Green; photographers Natalie Keyssar and Xyza Bacani; and comedian Mohanad Elshieky.

More details here.