Fiona McCann is Editor-in-Chief at Portland Monthly, where she has written about memoryhouselessness, profiled writers and artists, interviews senators, and reported on sexual misconduct allegations among other things. In previous lives, she was an Arts and Features Writer for the Irish Times, the editor at social news agency Storyful, edited and wrote for Time Out guides in Argentina, and worked for Reuters, Buenos Aires. She runs, bakes, reads, does other people’s jigsaw puzzles, and once reached Queen Bee without cheating. 

PORTLAND BUCKET LIST

Are You a Real Portlander?

Have you sprinted up Tabor? Gone commando at the World Naked Bike Ride? Consumed *all* the beer? Take our quiz to find out if you’re (nearly) native—or just got off the bus.

12/11/2015 Edited by Marty Patail With Karen Brooks, Ramona DeNies, Allison Jones, Fiona McCann, Rachel Ritchie, and Benjamin Tepler

AVANT GUARD

The Art of Miroslav Lovric

By day, Miroslav Lovric is a security guard at the Portland Art Museum; by night, he’s a painter inspired by the masters he guards. See some of the work in his "Soul Catchers" series in our slideshow.

12/10/2015 By Fiona McCann With Images Courtesy Miroslav Lovric

MUSIC

What's It Like to Sing With the Portland Gay Men's Chorus? (Hint: Pretty Awesome)

The Portland Gay Men's Chorus is back for its annual holiday spectacle, replete with lights, dancing, and 120 singers radiating holiday cheer. Four chorus members dish on why they're a part of it all.

12/09/2015 By Fiona McCann

THEATER

Meet ZooZoo's Hilarious Cast of Animal Characters

Imago's beloved production ZooZoo is ending its successful run with a last Portland hurrah before setting off for a final tour. Here's our sneak peek at its awesome, anthropomorphic cast.

12/07/2015 By Fiona McCann With Images Courtesy Imago Theater

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

7 Local Gifts for the Arts Aficionado

Books, tickets, records, and art! We've got all you need for the culture buff in your life.

12/03/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Listen to the Decemberists Playing Tunes From Their Beds

Portland’s online festival Bedstock is back with a line-up of over 40 musicians and writers, playing tunes and reading books from their beds for sick kids.

12/01/2015 By Fiona McCann

COMEDY

Ian Karmel Talks Off-Limits Jokes and Old Portland Nostalgia

He has Portlandia, Chelsea Lately, and Conan appearances under his belt, and now PDX comic Ian Karmel has a new album out on Kill Rock Stars. We caught up with Karmel to find out what's so funny about Portland.

12/01/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

Meet Cheryl Strayed’s New Literary Love

Margaret Malone’s new debut short story collection People Like You has already been hailed by a slew of literary luminaries. We caught up with the Portland author to talk about big writers and little worlds.

11/25/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Listen to the New Typhoon Remix Right Here Right Now

Portland’s populous (12 members, give or take) indie rock band Typhoon has teamed up with longtime friends, collaborators, and occasional roommates My Body for a new three-track EP. And we’ve got the first one right here!

11/23/2015 By Fiona McCann

ICYMI: A YEAR IN THE ARTS

The Books, Albums, and Moments that Defined Portland Culture in 2015

A look back at a year full of romantic proposals, laughs, and big-budget productions

11/23/2015 By Fiona McCann

'TIS THE SEASON

9 Shows and Stage Spectaculars to Make the Holidays Last All Month Long

Behold, our roundup of festive events to carry you through the jolly season.

11/23/2015 By Fiona McCann

VISUAL ART

What Kind of Art Is Portland Producing?

Michelle Grabner has until the year's end to visit artists all over the state who want to be part of the 2016 Portland Biennial. She tells us what she’s looking for—and what she’s found out about art in Oregon.

11/16/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Welcome to Front Row

We’re launching our new one-stop site for venue schedules, tickets, playlists, interviews, and music scene coverage.

11/12/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

Wordstock: What We Thought

We came, we queued, we loathed it, we loved it: Portland Monthly's arts team—and some festival attendees—give their verdict on this year’s festival.

11/10/2015 By Fiona McCann and Ramona DeNies

FILM FESTIVAL

Dan Savage Returns With 11th HUMP! Festival

HUMP!, the Pacific Northwest’s amateur dirty film festival, is back for its 11th year. We spoke to festival creator Dan Savage about Tinder, sex trends, and why he’s giving thanks to Apple.

11/03/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS AND TALKS

Writer John Irving on Religion, Reading, and Returning to Portland

He appeared at the first Wordstock, and ten years later he’s back for its relaunch. We spoke to the World According to Garp author about his new book, Portland, and what he’d like to say to Shakespeare.

10/29/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSICAL THEATER

Cuba Libre: Two Critics Weigh In on One Sizzling Show

A Portland production of Broadway scale, with a budget of $600,000 and 21 performers: Cuba Libre has all the ingredients. Does this Artists Rep show pull it off?

10/27/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Fiona McCann

THE ESSENTIALS

October's Pop Culture Hot List

A book about swimming and coming of age in Portland, some big-riffed rock songs, and several stately beasts: We've got the books and albums you can’t miss this month.

10/22/2015 By Fiona McCann

RAP

Is Shakespeare Getting a Bad Rap? Not if MC Lars Has His Way

MC Lars does literary rap (think of it as a nerdcore subgenre). He's in town next week to share the flow of Poe and why rapping about beat poets is a natural fit.

10/22/2015 By Fiona McCann

LIGHT A FIRE 2015

Inspiring Creativity: Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

The Portland cultural institution curates the best of regional contemporary art.

10/20/2015 By Fiona McCann