Monthly Archives: April 2015

Pop-Up Magazine @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel


On Sunday April 18, Pop-Up Magazine brought together 16 storytellers to perform at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown LA.

A live magazine created by the minds behind the California Sunday Magazine, Pop-Up Magazine fuses live stage performance with the styled storytelling now associated with podcasts such as This American Life and Radiolab. Most unique to Pop-Up is that each event is unique in and of itself—performers aren’t announced, nothing is recorded, nothing is filmed. It reiterates and roots itself in the intimacy of live performance, especially in an age in which everything is documented easily and neatly through a screen that fits in your pocket. In this way, the show on Sunday was an experience the attendees, performers, and I shared that will never be relived in the exact same way ever again. It is also for this reason that I hesitate to say too much. Nonetheless…

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The night’s stories took form in different ways, including, but not limited to, music, photography, documentary, and radio. As for content, it ranged from the lifespan of bees, to the history of pain, to Japanese cat cafès. The ebb and flow from hilarious to emotional, to informative, to slightly absurd, made the evening go by smoothly. From 7:30pm to close to 10pm, time flew swiftly across the voices of likes of the Kitchen Sisters, Dana Goodyear, and Alec Soth.

On stage with the storytellers was also the chamber orchestra, Magik*Magik Orchestra, which accompanied the stories and brought certain moments to life so well that it was easy to forget that the music wasn’t pre-recorded. Clear and impeccable in timing, the detail of the chamber orchestra cemented Pop-Ups commitment to the beautifully tangible form stories have the potential to take.

Although Pop-Up describes its performances themes as having no theme, on Sunday evening there was a theme that reverberated behind each story’s specific details, which was the fundamental human ability and need to endure and connect. I’m not going to get too philosophical about it since it is arguable that this ability and need is the reason any story resonates, but it is for this reason Pop-Up Magazine thrives—it blends a variety of media through the voices of some of the best storytellers around and brings to life the human experience in a globally relatable way.

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A few side notes, the show was sponsored by MailChimp, Moo, and GooglePlay and it should be noted that even the advertisements from these sponsors were told through creative storytelling such as animation and photography. Even more fun, at the end of the evening, the hosts invited the attendees to join the performers in the lobby for drink and conversation. Now that’s a Q&A I can get behind.

When I found out Pop-Up Magazine was coming to LA, I knew I’d be going. It’s fresh, innovative in how it presents itself, and wholly unpredictable in the same way. But perhaps what is most interesting about Pop-Up Magazine is despite (or perhaps because of) its alternative take on journalism, its appeal and power comes from its spin on the oldest tradition of them all: oral storytelling. And right now, in such a live and impromptu fashion, no one does it better than Pop-Up.


Top 5 Things to Do in LA This Weekend

Before I moved to Santa Barbara I was born and raised in Los Angeles. And while I love my beachside paradise, I really miss the creative culture scene that consistently thrives in LA. Luckily, my boyfriend and I occasionally take weekend trips down there, and when we do, we love dipping out toes in the local scene. Since I’m actually headed down there this weekend, I thought I’d share with you my 5 top art events to check out this weekend!

Pop-Up Magazine – The Theater at Ace Hotel


Photo Credit: Pop-Up Magazine

When I heard that Pop-Up Magazine was having an event in LA, there was no question about whether or not to go. Pop-Up Magazine is a live-storytelling event that creates one-night-only performances from writers, filmmakers, and other storytelling creatives alike. Each performance is one-of-a-kind and never recorded, making each individual performance a unique yet shared experience among attendees and performers. Created by the brilliant minds at California Sunday Magazine, it’s the best kind of alternative journalism out there. Get tickets soon because they’re bound to sell out! (If you can’t make it, I’ll have a review up next week!)

LA Times Festival of Books – USC

Every year, bookworms in LA make a trip to their mecca—the LA Times Festival of Books. While you can purchase tickets to gain entry to special events, the festival, including outdoor programming, is free. With a variety of activities, plenty of food, and hundreds of authors, including T.C. Boyle, LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, anyone?), New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast, and many more, the festival will be a literary treat.

Mariah Robertson: Photography Lovers’ Peninsula – M+B Gallery


Photo Credit: M+B Gallery

In her first solo exhibition with M+B, artist and photographer, Mariah Robertson took the rules and regulations of photo chemistry into her own hands and rebelled in the most beautiful way. By spilling, mixing, and disrupting darkroom chemicals, Robertson created visceral visuals visitors can enjoy while also sitting on some chic-looking bleachers (which were installed by Robertson, herself). Read more on her creative process with this project by clicking through the link. Exhibit is open until May 2, 2015.

From Pop to the Pit – LA Public Library

This historical photo exhibit celebrates the kaleidoscope that was LA music scene between 1978-1989. Depicting the shift in culture and fashion that took place during those years, the exhibit is bound to inspire you to wear a little more leather and use a lot more hairspray (glitter optional). Exhibit is open until June 28, 2015.

Trust in the You of Now – Space 15 Twenty


Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters

Photographer and artist, Lani Trock, will open her “Trust in the You of Now” installation this weekend in the collaborative Space 15 Twenty. In Trock’s own words, the installation is “a meditation on identity and environment; how the spaces we choose to inhabit shape our sense of self, and how a temporary immersion in nature can facilitate a deepening of that internal connection.” With a focus on flora and comfort, it definitely sounds like the place to spend a chill Saturday. Installation opens tomorrow, April 17.

So there you have it. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means, but these 5 events really stood out as timely and interesting. Let me know what you’re up to this weekend and, if you’re in LA this weekend, let me know if you’ll be going to any of these! Keep it golden!