Fiona McCann is a senior editor at Portland Monthly, where she steers the magazine’s arts and cultural coverage as well as the On the Town blog. When not out seeking her cultural hits in high and low places—she’s as likely to be found at a symphony concert as in a mosh pit, at a ballet performance as in a comics store—she creates and edits plump and colorful feature packages on such diverse topics as love and sex, pets and children, and Portland’s eternal love of pop culture. Since joining the magazine in 2015, she’s also covered school board challenges, sportswear upstarts, and a kick-ass Tetris tournament.  

In her past life, she was an Arts and Features Writer for the Irish Times, an editor at social news agency Storyful, edited and wrote for Time Out guides in Argentina, and worked for Reuters, Buenos Aires.  

Arts News

Dance Presenter White Bird Launches New Speaker Series

The Portland institution invites audiences to join intimate conversations with some of its longtime collaborators. First up: Judith Jamison and Ronald K. Brown.

03/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

From Lidia Yuknavitch's New Novel to a Berlin Quest-Turned-Portland Play, April's Pop Culture Hot List

The singers, books, and play you can't miss this month.

03/20/2017 By Fiona McCann and Rebecca Jacobson

The Oregon Woman: Tough Love

Portland Women's March Organizer Margaret Jacobson on Why Change Won't Come Easy

Meet the de facto spokesperson for a new wave of local feminism.

03/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Dispatch

Wildfang Foments a Feminist Revolution

The Portland clothing boutique proves fashion can get political—and make a difference.

03/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Independent TV

XRAY.fm Comes to a Television Near You

Portland's indie radio station launches XRAY TV on March 11, promising original series and footage curated by local artists.

03/09/2017 By Fiona McCann

Film

A New Movie Brings Portland’s Star Burlesque Performers to the Big Screen

Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe comes—fully sequined—to town. Director Jon Manning talks feminism, filmmaking, and a cure for loneliness.  

03/02/2017 By Fiona McCann

Public media

Portland Community Media Is Reborn as Open Signal

In its bright, newly renovated quarters, Open Signal offers public access to media equipment and education, with a focus on social impact.

02/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 23–26

All-lady mariachi troupes, rock-’n’-roll photographers, Pulitzer-winning authors, and holograms. The weekend has arrived.

02/23/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jason Buehrer, and Fiona McCann

The Essentials

From a New Shins Album to a Blitzen Trapper Musical, March's Pop Culture Hot List

The album, book, musical event, and poetry collection to know this month

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Dance

With Fresh Talent and Energy, Oregon Ballet Theatre Makes a Big Leap

OBT was all but pronounced dead near the start of the decade. Now, very much alive, it forges ahead into a bold, ambitious future.

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann Illustrations by Nick Iluzada

Coffee Guide: Hallowed Ground

9 Neighborhood Coffee Shops We Love

No matter your quadrant, the best coffeehouse is the one closest to you.

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood Theatre's Airport Cinema Opens February 23

PDX travelers can soon watch short movies by Oregon filmmakers. For free. Squeeeee!

02/16/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 16–19

Edna Vazquez. Swan Lake. Argentine tango. The Northwest's first black comedy fest. Arctic photography. Portland's got it going on.

02/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Jason Buehrer

Portland Music

A New Elliott Smith Podcast Hits Your Earbuds

Say Yes: An Elliott Smith Podcast promises interviews with Jack Black, Gus Van Sant, and Anderson Cooper as well as a previously unheard conversation with the late Portland singer-songwriter himself.

02/03/2017 By Fiona McCann

Politics

How Trump's Travel Ban Affects Two PSU Students

At Portland State University, a former student from Syria is separated from his loved ones. Another just prays he'll be allowed to finish his degree.

02/02/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Visual Art

This PAM Exhibit Puts African American Art Front and Center

Constructing Identity features more than 80 artists, with work from the 1930s till now.

02/02/2017 By Fiona McCann

First Thursday

Turn Your Protest Sign into Art in a New Portland Gallery Show

Wieden & Kennedy calls on Portlanders to donate their protest signs for a new exhibit, We the People, opening Thursday, February 2.

02/01/2017 By Fiona McCann

Activism

PDX Protests: Hundreds Rally against Trump's Immigration Order

Hundreds of demonstrators assembled at PDX International Airport to protest Trump's action blocking nationals from seven Muslim-born countries, among them volunteer lawyers offering assistance to those in need.

01/30/2017 By Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, and Zach Dundas

Comics

Happy 25th Birthday, Image Comics!

The recent Portland transplant celebrates its birthday with signings all over town.

01/25/2017 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

PDX Jazz Festival to the Last Artful, Dodgr: February’s Pop Culture Hot List

The album, festival, show, and book you need to know this month.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann