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

Portland-Born Smash ‘I Can’t Wait’ Turns 35

The plastic-disco thumper by Nu Shooz was an early MTV staple.

04/01/2021 With Conner Reed

News

Oregonians Remember Beverly Cleary

‘I’m just so sad. I think she becomes a little piece of you, and all of a sudden that little piece is gone, yet carries on, and I'm so grateful for what she's contributed. She brought a lot of joy to our family.’

03/27/2021 By Conner Reed

Music

The New Guard in Portland Music

A who's-who of the talents pushing Stumptown's sound forward

03/25/2021 By Conner Reed

Television

11 Shows with Portland Connections You Can Stream Right Now

Easy-access TV with roots in the Rose City, from a Nickelodeon classic to a slice of David Fincher neo-noir

03/17/2021 By Conner Reed

Movie News

Netflix to Release a Documentary about Bend’s ‘Last Blockbuster’

It's like Gone Girl, but if Netflix were Amy and Nick.

03/11/2021 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Pop Culture Worth Your Time: Mortal Kombat, Melissa McCarthy, and More

The content in our queues, from a promising new HBO trailer to a trip down SNL memory lane.

03/11/2021 By Aurora Biggers, Margaret Seiler, Gabriel Granillo, and Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Pop Culture Worth Your Time: Smash, Coming to America, and More

The content in our queues, from an NBC cult classic to Eddie Murphy in the ’80s

03/04/2021 By Margaret Seiler, Gabriel Granillo, Conner Reed, and Katherine Chew Hamilton

PIFF

What to Watch at the 2021 Portland International Film Festival

A daring short, a radiant family drama, a ruthless black comedy, and more.

03/03/2021 By Conner Reed and Fiona McCann

Essay

Why Josie and the Pussycats Still Works 20 Years Later

The 2001 box office bomb has become a cult classic. Its respect for the aspiring pop stars at its center might be why.

03/02/2021 By Conner Reed

Television

First Teaser for Third and Final Season of Shrill Drops

Season 3 hits Hulu May 7.

02/25/2021 By Conner Reed

Profile

19-Year-Old Portland Rapper Daniyel Is the Next Big Thing

With a viral music video under his belt and a project about 82nd Avenue in the pipeline, Daniyel is poised to take Portland hip-hop by storm.

02/25/2021 By Conner Reed

Film

5 Essential Northwest Films—According to Steve McQueen, Gus Van Sant, and Others

The recipients of the 2021 Cinema Unbound Awards share their favorite PNW titles, from Blue Velvet to First Cow.

02/24/2021 By Conner Reed

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Hollywood

An art-deco movie palace, vegan doughnuts, and Sandy Boulevard's "Green Mile" for the cannabis-inclined

02/22/2021 By Conner Reed

Booze

7 Amazing To-Go Cocktails from Portland Bars

You can get boozy drinks to-go now. Here are our favorites.

02/19/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Gabriel Granillo, Aurora Biggers, Conner Reed, and Fiona McCann

Music

5 Can't-Miss Shows at the 2021 PDX Jazz Festival

The virtual festival runs February 18–27 and will feature livestreams from Portland to Brooklyn to Cuba.

02/17/2021 By Gabriel Granillo and Conner Reed

Media News

Shoutout Aims to Fill a Void in Portland's LGBTQ Coverage

“We can’t let people with lifetimes of activism and work be forgotten. You need somebody with a pot of glue to put things together."

02/16/2021 By Conner Reed

News

Portland Got Snow and We Took Pictures

We sent our editors out to capture the frozen fun.

02/12/2021 By Portland Monthly Staff

Streaming Events

Notable Portlanders Detail Their Bad Dates in Valentine's Day Virtual Event

Bad Dates will be cohosted by Portland Monthly’s own Eden Dawn.

02/12/2021 By Conner Reed

Performance

5 Things to Stream at the 2021 Fertile Ground Festival

All of this year’s pieces will be available on-demand through February 15.

02/09/2021 By Conner Reed