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.

Pop Culture Deep Dive

HBO Max’s The Other Two Is a Perfect TV Comedy

The long-gestating second season of the showbiz joke machine more than justifies the wait.

09/03/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Smaller Monsters’ by Worthington

Brace yourself for fall with a lush cut from the long-lost late-90s Portland/Walla Walla indie rockers.

09/03/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Sept 2–8

May we offer you a women-led film festival, some outdoor laughs, or a drag paint-and-brunch in these trying times?

09/02/2021 By Conner Reed

Performance

16 Months Later, Darrell Grant’s Jazz Opera on Gentrification Hits the Stage

Originally slated to premiere last April, ‘Sanctuaries’ will run September 7–9 outside the Memorial Coliseum.

09/01/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘...Better Than Being in Love’ by Parisalexa

The rising star’s foggy self-love anthem is a perfect salve for our late-August doldrums.

08/27/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Aug 26–Sept 1

Pedalpalooza winds down, the Agnès Varda Film Fest soldiers on, and Laurelhurst Park remains the city's premier comedy venue.

08/26/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

10 Can't-Miss Shows Coming to Portland This Fall

John Waters, Hasan Minhaj, and Perfume Genius are coming to town—plus, local favorites like the Portland Book Festival and Time-Based Art Festival return.

08/24/2021 By Conner Reed

Film

35 Years Later, Stand by Me Is Still the Ultimate Oregon Movie

Rob Reiner’s classic Stephen King adaptation remains the peak of Beaver State cinema, even in 2021.

08/23/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

Song of the Week: ‘Phases’ by Quickly, Quickly ft. Sharrif Simmons

The rising Portland lo-fi producer delivers a vibrant opener to his debut album ‘The Long and Short of It.’

08/20/2021 By Conner Reed

Visual Art

A New Exhibition Wrestles with the Meaning of Monuments

Converge 45’s ‘Prototypes,’ which opens August 25, attempts to chart a path forward after last summer’s statue-toppling.

08/20/2021 By Conner Reed

Eat This Now

11 Breakfast Sandwiches to Get You out of Bed

Start your day off with one of these delights between bread.

08/20/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Conner Reed, Julia Silverman, and Margaret Seiler

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Aug 19–25

Kickstand Comedy hits Laurelhurst, Babe: Pig in the City hits Cinemagic, Converge 45 ruminates on public monuments, and lots more.

08/19/2021 By Conner Reed

Pen Pals

Dear Stranger Is Inviting Oregonians to Talk About Climate Change

The Oregon Humanities letter writing project is accepting climate-themed letters now through October 4.

08/18/2021 By Conner Reed

Interview

James Patterson Talks His New, Portland-Set Thriller

The 74-year-old discusses his new Beaver State thriller, getting dinner with the Clintons, and his upcoming collaboration with Dolly Parton.

08/13/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Aug 12–18

A music festival, a documentary film fest, a Missy Elliott bike ride, and more. Want to stay cool? Consider popping into a gallery or a movie theater.

08/12/2021 By Conner Reed, Cami Hughes, and Nick Campigli

Coronavirus

Portland Arts Venues Consider Vaccine Mandates

Movie theaters, concert halls, museums, and theater companies consider requesting proof of vaccination as COVID restrictions rear back.

08/11/2021 By Conner Reed and Nick Campigli

Film

Inside the Clinton Street Theater’s Agnès Varda Festival

Galvanized by a poster project that took off this spring, the Clinton Street Theater will screen five films and host a number of Varda-centric events.

08/10/2021 By Conner Reed

Film

Is That ... a Decemberists Needle Drop in the New Suicide Squad?

James Gunn’s new superhero flick may be the first to ever feature the lyric, “Like a Rimbaud to Baudelaire before.”

08/06/2021 By Conner Reed

Local Artists

ILY2 Hosts Monthlong Retail Residencies in Portland’s West End

The snug space on SW Oak lets artists sell their wares and share their performances.

08/06/2021 By Conner Reed