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.

Event Calendar

Things to Do in Portland This Week

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

08/11/2022 By Conner Reed and Matthew Trueherz

Visual Art

The Coolest Gallery Shows in Portland Right Now

A look at some of the Rose City's most exciting visual art, from protest photos to provocative paintings, swimsuit lamps, and more.

08/10/2022 By Conner Reed

Television

This Oregon Couple (and Their Goat) Star in a New Discovery+ Series

Chad, Cate, and Frankie make for lovely company on episode three of animal-centric docuseries ‘The Bond.’

08/05/2022 By Conner Reed

Pop Culture Deep Dive

A List of Things Less Gay Than Beyoncé’s Renaissance

The superstar’s seventh album is a glittering tribute to queer dance music through the ages, making it a hell of a lot gayer than, say, a bachelorette party at Darcelle's.

08/01/2022 By Conner Reed

Audio

Bill Oakley’s Space: 1969 Is an Absurd, Rewarding Sci-Fi Romp

The Natasha Lyonne-starring “audiobook” imagines an alternate future where Kennedy was never assassinated.

08/01/2022 By Conner Reed

Real Estate

Every Portland Suburb in a Nutshell

Beaverton to Wood Village, Camas to Wilsonville.

07/26/2022 By Julia Silverman, Matthew Trueherz, Conner Reed, and Dalila Brent

Interview

Denial Presents a Compellingly Low-Key Vision of Post-Revolution Portland

The latest book from author/screenwriter Jon Raymond depicts transformative climate action ... and then whatever comes next.

07/22/2022 By Conner Reed

Movie Theaters

How the Clinton Street Theater’s New Owners Are Bringing It into the Future

The 107-year-old Southeast Portland punk palace is getting a light makeover—but its spirit is staying the same as ever.

07/19/2022 By Conner Reed

Events

20 Totally FREE Things to Do in Portland This Summer

Music, movies, plays, and more: you can catch ’em all for an unbeatable price at these in-city events.

07/12/2022 By Matthew Trueherz, Michelle Harris, and Conner Reed

Pop Culture Deep Dive

Mid-Year Pop Culture Report

From Big Thief to Marcel the Shell to a kinetic new take on Chekhov, these are the pop culture nuggets that have spoken to us most directly.

07/08/2022 By Conner Reed

Best of PDX

The Ultimate Portland Bucket List

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

07/06/2022 By Shannon Daehnke, Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Matthew Trueherz

Performance

How I Learned to Hula-Hoop from Cirque du Soleil Artists

In Portland for their production of ‘Alegría,’ the world's greatest contortionists face their toughest challenge yet.

06/29/2022 By Conner Reed

Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Summer 2022 Playlist

From Portugal. the Man to Yeat to Pink Martini, give this list of summer songs from Portlanders—old and new—a spin this season.

06/24/2022 By Conner Reed

Concerts

McMenamins Has Launched a New Concert Series in Forest Grove

Imagine Edgefield on Xanax and you're most of the way there.

06/17/2022 By Conner Reed

Juneteenth

Here’s Where to Celebrate Juneteenth in Portland

From parades to a bike ride to a Black book festival, here’s where to go and what to do to commemorate the holiday in the Rose City.

06/16/2022 By Dalila Brent and Conner Reed

Theater

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble Is Transporting Chekhov to the Arctic

This ‘Cherry Orchard’ shifts the Russian playwright's setting to the Arctic.

06/16/2022 By Conner Reed

Music

The 1985 Kate Bush Classic Resurrected by Stranger Things Is the Song of the Summer

Resurrected by Stranger Things, the 1985 jam has been heard all over Portland–from Fred Meyer to Providence Park and beyond. Have you noticed?

06/15/2022 By Margaret Seiler and Conner Reed

Dance

Northwest Dance Project's Latest Brings Little Women to Life

The contemporary dance company's summer premieres will include a Greta Gerwig-inspired ode to the Louisa May Alcott tale.

06/09/2022 By Conner Reed

Pride

Portland’s Pride Guide 2022

What’s new for the LGBTQ?

06/08/2022 Edited by Conner Reed Illustrations by Dorothy Siemens

Pride

What Does the Future Look Like for Darcelle’s?

Checking in on what lies ahead for the standby Old Town drag club.

06/08/2022 By Conner Reed