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Everyone needs to escape every once in a while. Whether it’s a Great Escape, teleportation, a spider hole, a house on Martha’s Vineyard or Escape Club’s hit single “Wild Wild West,” tonight’s edition of Pop-Up Magazine: The Escape Issue clues you in to all the quiet horrors and gentle conflicts that your fellow human beings go bonkers every day trying to escape. It’s an issue that gives you storytelling as confrontation as much as it gives you blessed release — and tonight’s themes of escape unveil the universality of the human condition at its heaviest, most frustrated and hungriest for freedom.

The Theater at The Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown; Thu., Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.; $39-49. (213) 235-9614, acehotel.com/losangeles.