A Streetcar Named Wired? The Real Inspector Horse & Hound? In San Francisco, periodicals are leaping off the page and onto the stage with Pop-Up Magazine. Last night at Davies Symphony Hall, the 7th "issue" was performed before a privileged and proactive audience— the 2,740 available tickets sold out in around half an hour.
The men and women on stage were not actors, or even “well-known literary performers,” but the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, a technology writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, an illustrator whose work has appeared in The New York Times, an international correspondent for Vanity Fair, and… you get the point.
Pop-Up Magazine is journalism, performed. In each issue, contributors who have made careers out of writing, producing radio, taking photographs, or making documentary films present “short moments of unseen, unheard work” before a live audience.