A former intern, Conner served as Portland Monthly's arts and culture editor from 2019 until 2022.

Best of PDX

50 Things to Do in Portland

From markets to movie houses to museums, here's your expert list of the absolute best things to do in this city.

02/03/2023 By Shannon Daehnke, Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Matthew Trueherz

Light a Fire 2022: Extraordinary Executive Director

At Path Home, Brandi Tuck Is Anything but Shy

For Brandi Tuck, executive director of Portland-based Path Home, a college spring break service project turned into a career.

12/30/2022 By Conner Reed

Light a Fire 2022: Young Leader

Yuyan Luo Connects with the Chinese Community for the Division-Midway Alliance

The Portland State grad acts as program assistant and Chinese community liaison for the Southeast Portland organization.

12/29/2022 By Conner Reed

Movers & Shakers

Perfect Party: Winter 2023

From Pinocchio to Ryan Reynolds, here’s who we’re inviting to the dinner table to warm us up this season.

12/21/2022 By Conner Reed

Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Winter 2022 Playlist

Fire tunes from Portlanders old and new to keep the season warm.

12/20/2022 By Conner Reed

Year in Review

The Best Oregon-Made Books, Films, Music, Theater, and Art of 2022

From a Decemberist’s spine-chilling ghost story to a joyful album from an old Portland master, 2022 was the year the arts roared back to life.

12/14/2022 By Conner Reed

Events

The Best Holiday Shows in Portland This Season

‘The Nutcracker’ at Oregon Ballet Theatre, Yuletide drag shows, Pink Martini brings in the new year, and more

12/06/2022 By Conner Reed and Matthew Trueherz

Film

Inside Guillermo del Toro’s Portland-Made Pinocchio

The decade-in-the-making stop-motion spectacle sets Collodi’s classic tale against the backdrop of Fascist Italy. It opens in Portland November 23.

11/23/2022 By Conner Reed

Photo Essay

Portland Is One of America's Great Moviegoing Towns

The Rose City is overflowing with ornate, independent movie houses. We zeroed in on 7.

11/01/2022 By Conner Reed Photography by Michael Novak

Books

The Best Way to Do the 2022 Portland Book Festival

Portland’s annual literary celebration can get overwhelming. Here’s how we’d tackle it if we were you.

10/31/2022 By Conner Reed and Matthew Trueherz

Books

Your Oregon-Made Fall Reading List

Curl up by the fire with new titles from Lidia Yuknavitch, Colin Meloy, Christine Sinclair, and more.

10/26/2022 By Conner Reed and Matthew Trueherz

Film Review

Portland-Made Wendell & Wild Is a Head-Spinning Display of Craftsmanship

The latest dispatch from the minds of Jordan Peele and Henry Selick is an overstuffed, overstimulating feast of delicious stop-motion animation.

10/24/2022 By Conner Reed

Pop Culture Deep Dive

A Knee-Jerk Reaction to Taylor Swift’s Midnights

The superstar’s tenth album descended on an extremely suspecting public when the clock struck 12 last night. Here's how it hit us.

10/21/2022 By Conner Reed

Halloween

Portland’s Best Halloween Entertainment for the Scare-Averse

Not into buckets of blood or strangers chasing you down darkened hallways? Still want to get in on the season's festivities? Look no further.

10/18/2022 By Conner Reed

Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Fall 2022 Playlist

Lush, autumnal tracks from Portlanders including Dead Moon, Rasheed Jamal, Dakota Theim and more.

10/14/2022 By Conner Reed

Film

Where to Watch Horror Movies on the Big Screen in Portland This Halloween

The city's stalwart repertory theaters are ready to bring a chill to your October.

10/12/2022 By Conner Reed

Cinemas

The Hollywood Theatre Gets a Makeover

The iconic Portland cinema’s façade receives a long-awaited renovation.

10/11/2022 By Conner Reed

Film Review

Showing Up Brings Portland to NYFF

Kelly Reichardt’s latest lowkey gem offers a portrait of the artist as a grunt worker.

10/10/2022 By Conner Reed

Feature

Remembering Vampira and Tarantula Ghoul, Oregon’s Scream Queens

Inside the legacies of two Oregon-grown horror hosts.

10/03/2022 By Conner Reed Illustrations by Patrick Leger

Visual Art

The Coolest Gallery Shows in Portland Right Now

A look at some of the Rose City's most exciting visual art, from food by way of Warhol and Hockney, autumnal brushes with the occult, and more.

09/27/2022 By Conner Reed