Afternoon of Conversation to Feature Common and Pop-Up Magazine

  • June 7th 2019

The Aspen Ideas Festival will welcome a cultural icon and activist, Common, and the internationally acclaimed “live magazine,” Pop-Up Magazine, to the Afternoon of Conversation on Wednesday, June 26 at 2:30 PM. The afternoon is the Festival’s signature half-way event, gathering all attendees at the Benedict Music Tent. Nothing will be streamed or recorded; the audience must be there to experience it.

The Afternoon of Conversation is open to the public. Find it on our schedule and purchase a ticket.

Common, an Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Grammy award-winner, will open the afternoon in conversation with Arthur Brooks, the President and Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at the American Enterprise Institute. They will discuss Common’s recent book, Let Love Have the Last Word, which explores love as an action and a tool for self-betterment, and healing humanity.  

Pop-Up Magazine (“a sensation”—New York Times) will appear for the first time at the Festival with their Spring 2019 Issue show. The touring "live magazine" is created for a stage, a screen, and a live audience. Contributors will tell vivid, multimedia, nonfiction stories, accompanied by illustration, animation, photography, and an original score performed onstage by their musical collaborators, Magik*Magik Orchestra.

The Spring 2019 Issue at the Aspen Ideas Festival will feature performances from writers Vann R. Newkirk II (The Atlantic), Francesca Mari (The California Sunday Magazine, Texas Monthly), and Rowan Jacobsen (A Geography of Oysters); filmmakers Veena Rao (The New York Times Op-Docs) and Sophia Nahli Allison (Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab); photographer Xyza Bacani; comedian Mohanad Elshieky; and audio producer Robin Amer (USA Today’s The City) and opera singer Emily Birsan. This show will conclude Pop-Up Magazine’s national Spring ’19 Issue tour, which included stops in the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, LA, NYC, and D.C.

The Pop-Up Magazine team say that “the Spring 2019 Issue will change the way we think about memory; bring you along on the world’s craziest car ride; tell a story of life away from home for domestic workers; attempt to bring a flower back from extinction; and much, much more.”

Common will also perform an intimate concert on the evening of the 26th at 7:00 PM in the Harris Concert Hall with “Common Presents: Let Love... An Expression of Art, Words, & Song.”

Common and Pop-Up Magazine join more than 300 thinkers and leaders who will participate in the 15th annual Aspen Ideas Festival this June in Colorado, where speakers and attendees will engage with many of the most pressing challenges facing our world today. The Festival is an experience for the curious: bringing together the people leading their industries for in-depth and often intimate conversations about today’s most critical issues.

The Festival is presented by the Aspen Institute and co-hosted by The Atlantic.

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