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.  

STORYTELLING

Pop-Up Magazine Is Portland-bound

A magazine performed live? A show with real-life stories? San Francisco's Pop-Up Magazine is coming to Portland, and we’ve got the lowdown on what it’s all about PLUS tickets to give away!

10/13/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Bitch Media’s New Writers Fellowships

Plus Artists Rep's ambitious new musical, Cuba Libre, extends its planned run ahead of opening night.

10/08/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Dream of the '70s: Portland’s Ultimate Punk Rock Playlist

Veteran Portland rocker Mark Sten has written a new book documenting Portland’s punk apex in the late seventies and early eighties. We put together a Sten-inspired playlist in homage.

10/08/2015 By Fiona McCann

SUSTAINABILITY

5 Steps to Transform Your Home into an Eco-Friendly Abode

There's no place like a green home!

10/05/2015 By Fiona McCann

LOCAL DESIGN

Meet Portland's Hottest Makers of the Moment

From stylish modern macrame to museum-quality vintage poster restoration, Portland's creative class keeps getting cooler.

10/05/2015 By Kelly Clarke, Rachel Ritchie, Zach Dundas, and Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Translation Project

The Bard is getting an update in a new OSF project to translate his plays into contemporary modern English.

10/01/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

This is What Happens When You Strip a Piano to Its Elemental Parts

Classical pianist Jennifer Wright has found a new instrument—an old piano, stripped to its bare parts, played with everything from shot glasses to wire brushes.

10/01/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Loch Lomond, Third Angle, and More

Loch Lomond's new tune, Third Angle's green move, RACC's Fellowship Award winners and a shout-out for the elfishly-inclined...

09/24/2015 By Fiona McCann

TBA FESTIVAL

The Good, the Bad, and the Cous Cous: Our TBA Recap

We laughed. We cried. Our patience was tested—and often rewarded. There were dances in folk shoes, in forests, and with food, meditations on the end of men and some serious soundscapes. With another TBA behind us, our critics offer their verdicts.

09/22/2015 By Fiona McCann, Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Megan Haverman, and Brandon Staley

SHOP LOCAL

Portland's Best Bookstores that Aren't Powell's

Find your personal page paradise with our guide to the city's under-the-radar literary hideaways—plus a few record shops to further your analog bliss.

09/21/2015 By Fiona McCann

HAVANA NIGHTS

The Ambitious Cuban-Themed Musical a Portland Company Hopes to Take to Broadway

A group of Cuban American talent—a musician, a producer, a director, a writer, a choreographer, and an actor—brings the story of Jorge Gómez to the Portland stage.

09/21/2015 By Fiona McCann

SHOP LOCAL

9 Only-in-Portland Places to Shop for Quirky Gifts and Goodies

From vintage dresses to a taxidermied mouse in a cowboy hat, these eclectic shops invite your urban scavenging.

09/21/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News: Patti Smith and A Major Real Estate Bummer for Local Artists

Get your Patti Smith tickets stat! Plus Towne Storage Building's closure, a free Cuban music concert, a new playwright commission, and a toy sale at Portland Children's Museum.

09/17/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Kraftwerk Brings Music Non Stop to Portland

Music, multimedia, video, and theater: Kraftwerk is bringing it all to the Keller for a 3D spectacle.

09/17/2015 By Fiona McCann

VISUAL ART

Portland Artist Makes Headlines for Painting Donald Trump in Menstrual Blood

A Portland artist has become a viral phenomenon after a portrait she painted of Donald Trump set fire to the Internet.

09/16/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

Patrick deWitt vs. Europe: Even Stevens

The author of The Sisters Brothers talks Paris, Portland's politeness, and the joy of terrible clichés. He reads at Broadway Books on Tuesday, July 12.

09/15/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Win Tickets to Ben Folds at the Roseland

The smooth-voiced, piano-playing singer-songwriter is back with a new album—in collaboration with a chamber music ensemble—and plays at the Roseland Theater on September 15.

09/10/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Wordstock's Kick-Ass Literary Line-Up

Plus a chance to sing with the Portland Opera, two local theater companies bag national awards, and a brand new Divers video to kick–start your weekend.

09/10/2015 By Fiona McCann

TIME BASED ART

Your Essential Ten-Day Guide to Portland's TBA Festival

Overwhelmed by the plethora of performances? Bamboozled by the endless art? We’ve got you covered with our day-by-day itinerary for the ultimate TBA experience.

09/10/2015 By Fiona McCann, Ramona DeNies, Megan Haverman, and Brandon Staley

BOOKS

Franzen and Rushdie and Jong, Oh My! See them in PDX this Month

There's a slew of high profile, heavy hitting writers in town this month for readings. Wondering which to attend, and whether you're a natural fit for team Joy or team Jonathan? We can help.

09/08/2015 By Fiona McCann