What to Pop: Last night, my wife and I attended our first Pop-Up Magazine, a night of storytelling, music, video, and memorable moments. I had heard these shows were great. And my expectations were exceeded. If you’re in SF, DC, Portland, LA, Toronto, or Chicago, don’t miss out on the Fall issue of Pop-Up Magazine.

+ What to Concert: Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear consists of Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward. They are a modern soulful/folk music duo from Independence, Mo. Oh, and Ruth is Madisen’s mom. So awesome. I recently saw the mom and son (and their band) open up for The Record Company at the Fillmore in SF. It was one of the best all around shows I’ve seen in a long time. The Record Company’s Chris Voss has ridiculous command over anything with strings. If you have a chance to see this tour, do it.

+ What to Book: Time travel, love, humor, and a difficult father-son relationship. Elan Mastai’s debut novel All Our Wrong Todays has all the makings for a page turner. And it is one.