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.  

ANIMATION

Super Animated: Hours of Fun at the NW Animation Fest

We're slap bang in the midst of a slew of animation at Hollywood Theatre. Catch some clips of what's on show this week.

05/05/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Something Wicked This Way Comes

Plus Anthony Doerr, Jane Smiley, Tender Loving Empire, and not that feminist bookstore

04/30/2015 By Fiona McCann

THEATER

Six Reasons We’d Crown Billie Jean King

Including a message for Portland from the one-time tennis champ

04/30/2015 By Fiona McCann

REVIEW

Review: R&B and Race in Stumptown Stages' 'Soul Harmony'

Soul Harmony's world premiere about a Jewish woman's collaboration with a black, male band which gave birth to R&B

04/27/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTUREPHILE

How One Local Musician Connects Portland's Greatest Bands

22 degrees of Dave Depper

04/27/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Benefits, Ballet, and Storm Large

Plus Modest Mouse, Beirut, the Oregon Symphony Gala, and arts in schools.

04/23/2015 By Fiona McCann

ANIMATION

Portland Animator Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’ Heart

The local filmmaker is back in town for the opening of his latest feature, Cheatin’.

04/23/2015 By Fiona McCann

FILM

Portland Teens' Movie on Bullying Selected for Seattle Festival

Sticky notes teach a valuable life lesson in 'To Do:', an animated short film about bullying made by two Portland teens that's premiering in Seattle this weekend.

04/21/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Anthony Bourdain is Portland-Bound!

Plus Cheryl Strayed, Arts Tax winners, Portland Center Stage, and Boom Arts

04/16/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

Poetry and a Proposal at the 28th Oregon Book Awards

Readers, writers, lovers, fighters—there was something for everyone at the 28th Oregon Book Awards.

04/14/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSICAL THEATER

Watch the Birth of Rock-N-Roll on a Portland Stage Near You

A new Portland-penned musical centers on the woman credited with inventing rock 'n' roll. Ahead of the production, rock critic and music writer Greil Marcus is in town to talk about why we should pay attention to Deborah Chessler.

04/13/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Jeff Daniels En Route to Portland

Plus a new program for Portland’s budding playwrights and a new curator-in-residence at Disjecta

04/09/2015 By Fiona McCann

THEATER REVIEW

Review: Memory and Money in Artist’s Rep’s The Price

Two brothers reunite to divest themselves of their dead father’s furniture, but struggle to do the same with their memories (and Artist’s Rep keeps Arthur Miller relevant).

04/09/2015 By Fiona McCann

BALLET

Can Oregon Ballet Theatre Take On Race?

In a talk with Darrell Grand Moultrie, OBT aims to diversify its audience and enter the national conversation about race. Should ballet be about more than beauty?

04/02/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—TEDx, Poetry, and Pigs

Plus a new home for NW Dance project and a training program for wannabe theater folk

04/02/2015 By Fiona McCann

ARTS ROUND-UP

Star Search: Previewing Portland’s Upcoming Arts Season

From opera to Artists’ Rep, we pick five just-announced shows that could make—or break—Portland’s 2015/16 performing arts scene.

03/19/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Fiona McCann

IRISH ARTS

Irish Artists Talk Poetry, PDX, and American Audiences

For St. Patrick's day, two Irish artists now based here—one a poet, the other a theater producer—tell us about the cultural connections between Oregon and Ireland.

03/17/2015 By Fiona McCann

THEATER REVIEW

Artists Rep's 'The Invisible Hand' Packs a Punch

Money and morals make for uneasy bedfellows, as the Artists Repertory makes clear in its Portland premier of Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand.

03/16/2015 By Fiona McCann

FILM FLASH

Women's Film Festival Hits Portland Screens With a Pow

The eighth POWFest hits Portland screens with over 60 films directed by women.

03/12/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOK BUZZ

Author Mitchell S. Jackson Talks Portland, Prison, and Politics

He was a teenage drug dealer in North Portland. Now he’s an award-winning novelist and teacher at NYU. Find out why the PDX native says this city made him who he is today.

03/10/2015 By Fiona McCann