Conner began his time with Portland Monthly as an intern, before becoming Arts and Culture Editor in 2019. He derives an unfortunate amount of pleasure from telling people he’s a native Oregonian, and when he’s not writing about the arts, he’s doing things people in their 20s do, like riding his bike and tweeting about actresses. He holds a degree in journalism from Boston University.

Music

Oregon Talent Scores 2022 Grammy Nominations

Japanese Breakfast, Cappella Romana, and a piece commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival score nominations.

11/24/2021 By Conner Reed

Health News

Oregon Lifts Its Outdoor Mask Mandate

Until November 23, the Beaver State was the only one in the US with such a rule.

11/23/2021 By Conner Reed

Film History

Remembering Stand by Me, 35 Years Later

Fans, cast, and crew recall the enduring Oregon-shot classic three and a half decades after its release.

11/23/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Things to Do in Portland This Week: Nov 22–28

Looking for something to do in Portland, Oregon? Here's a list of upcoming Portland-area events, activities, exhibits, shows, and more.

11/22/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘My Baby Don't’ by The Shivas

This bright blast of garage rock from the Portland four-piece could put a smile on the faces of the dead.

11/19/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

The Best Places in Portland to Hear Each Track on Red (Taylor's Version)

Just between us, did the parking garage on NW 12th and Couch maim you too?

11/17/2021 By Conner Reed

Drag

Darcelle Turns 91 with a Plaque from the National Park Service

Darcelle’s 52-year-old Old Town nightclub first joined the National Register of Historic Places last year.

11/16/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Magic’ by Reva DeVito

The latest cut from the Portland R&B singer's upcoming LP is smooth, springy, and irresistible.

11/12/2021 By Conner Reed

Pop Culture Deep Dive

Every Movie Should Be Like Spencer

Pablo Larraín’s transcendent, ridiculous Princess Diana melodrama harnesses the specific power of cinema like few films attempt.

11/12/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Nov 11–17

Hasan Minhaj hits the Schnitz, a Kurosawa film festival rolls on at the Clinton, the in-person Book Festival returns, and more

11/11/2021 By Conner Reed

Books

The Coolest In-Person Events at the 2021 Portland Book Festival

After a five-day virtual fest, PBF will gather downtown for the first time in two years on November 13. Expect nerdy bacchanalia.

11/11/2021 By Conner Reed

Books

Staying Home This Year? Check Out These Virtual Portland Book Festival Events

From Brandon Taylor to Maggie Nelson, these are the must-hit items you can stream from the comfort of your home.

11/08/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Carrot Cake’ by Wynne

This first single from the rising rapper’s upcoming EP is tough, loud, and thrilling.

11/05/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Nov 4–10

‘Frida’ closes, the Cranberries head to the dance studio, Nas heads the Oregon Symphony, and more.

11/04/2021 By Conner Reed

Dance

James Joyce, Dorothy Parker, and the Cranberries Walk Into a Dance Studio

The company’s fall premieres celebrate teenage nostalgia, dinner parties, and fresh faces.

11/03/2021 By Conner Reed

Theater Review

Frida ... A Self Portrait Asks Why We Look in the Mirror

Vanessa Severo’s intriguing one-woman show starts Portland Center Stage's comeback season off on a reflexive note.

11/01/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Charmander’ by Aminé

The bouncy, hyperactive cut from the toast of Portland hip-hop comes complete with a brightly colored, Clifford-cribbing music video.

10/29/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Oct 29–Nov 3

Musings on the future of Chinatown, Scooby Doo improv, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ onstage, the return of the Opera, and more

10/29/2021 By Conner Reed

Events

Queer Horror Returns to the Hollywood Theatre (with a New Webseries to Boot)

Carla Rossi’s beloved LGBTQ+ scare series is back with a new ‘Tales from the Crypt’-style supplement.

10/27/2021 By Conner Reed

Film Review

Dune, a Sci-Fi Classic Inspired by the Oregon Coast, Returns to the Cinema

The Oregon-inspired sci-fi novel has taken failed trips from to page to screen before. This time, it's different.

10/26/2021 By Conner Reed