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

Song of the Week: ‘Formwela 10’ by Esperanza Spalding

One of 13 musical prescriptions on the jazz musician's latest LP, ‘Formwela 10’ is a lush, strange delight.

10/15/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Oct 14–20

A LAIKA exhibit hits OMSI, PCS opens its new season, the Portland Black Music Expo returns, and more

10/14/2021 By Conner Reed

Culture

Prominent Portland Artists Name Their Favorite Local Creators

We asked some of the Rose City's brightest which Portlanders have helped them through the pandemic.

10/11/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘That River’ by Margo Cilker

This rustic slice of Americana from the Eastern Oregon singer-songwriter boasts a gorgeous vocal melody and an intriguing amount of muscle and blood.

10/08/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Oct 7–13

A pair of horror double features, Freddy Krueger onstage, brainy below-the-belt comedy, and more.

10/07/2021 By Conner Reed

Film

Todd Haynes’s New Velvet Underground Doc Opts for Immersion over Handholding

The Portland director discusses his first documentary, which throws the uninitiated headlong into the ’60s downtown art world—to invigorating effect.

10/05/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Shimanchu’ by Floating Room

Sweet alt-rock disguises a biter pill on the lead single from Maya Stoner’s upcoming EP.

10/01/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Sept 30–Oct 6

The Symphony returns, TBA winds down, an Iranian vampire classic comes to the Clinton, and more

09/30/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Body of Water’ by Dolphin Midwives

The Portland producer’s latest places her in conversation with avant-pop freaks like Björk and FKA twigs.

09/24/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Sept 23–29

Japanese Breakfast comes to the Crystal, Oregon Contemporary opens a new show, a ’90s fringe classic screens at the Hollywood, and (much) more.

09/23/2021 By Conner Reed

Books

The Portland Book Festival Announces Star-Studded 2021 Lineup

National names like Brandon Taylor and Maggie Nelson will join local heavy-hitters like Willy Vlautin and Emilly Prado for a hybrid virtual/in-person bonanza.

09/22/2021 By Conner Reed

Culture

On This Day in Portland Art History...

Autumn is a fruitful time for the arts. Here are some key fall-month high points in Stumptown's history.

09/20/2021 By Conner Reed Illustrations by James Heimer

Coffee

I Can’t Stop Thinking About the Dutch Bros. Guy’s Rage Against the Machine T-Shirt

Which machine are you raging against, brother? Starbucks?

09/17/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Michael Corleone’ by Fountaine

On this cut from his July album ‘South of Nowhere,’ the Portland emcee packs Pacino-worthy passion into an endlessly replayable two-and-a-half minutes.

09/17/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Sept 16–22

TBA kicks off, Back Fence returns, Herbie Hancock comes to town, and more

09/16/2021 By Conner Reed

Museums

How Did Portland Become an Art City with So Few Art Museums?

For a city with a creative reputation, we're scant on honest-to-goodness museums.

09/15/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Fall 2021 Playlist

Lush, autumnal tracks from Portlanders including Elliott Smith, Esperanza Spalding, The Shivas, and more.

09/14/2021 By Conner Reed

TBA

What to Watch Out for at the 2021 Time-Based Art Festival

On our TBA radar this year: a waterlogged drag clown, an over-the-phone musical performance, and more.

09/13/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Pastel Concrete’ by MAITA

The Portland indie band explores the bewilderment of Santa Monica over driving drums.

09/10/2021 By Conner Reed

Television

Beth Ditto Will Star with Susan Sarandon in a Country Music TV Drama

Gossip girl enters her Connie Britton era??

09/10/2021 By Conner Reed