Arts editor Rebecca Jacobson steers Portland Monthly’s arts and culture coverage in print and online, and she manages the magazine’s internship program. She edits the occasional feature package and also contributes stories on cannabis, Portlanders with offbeat internet projects, and new and potentially dubious forms of yoga.

Before joining the magazine in January 2016, she spent time in Berlin reviewing 24-hour theater productions, chasing after mayhem-battling mimes, and tracking down her distant Jewish ancestors. She worked for several years at Willamette Week, where her cover story about a ghost-obsessed YouTube star was named best arts feature at the 2015 AltWeekly Awards.

Raised in Portland, Rebecca studied history at Brown University before ditching New England for a year of independent research in Malawi. These days, she can be found on her bike, in the woods, or eating (and often making) baked goods.

Film

A New HBO Doc Chronicles a Pre-Roe Abortion Underground

‘The Janes,’ out June 8, shows how a group of young women in Chicago took health care into their own hands. The film features Portlander Judith Arcana.

05/27/2022 By Rebecca Jacobson

Art

Come On In at PICA Is a Disorienting Trip inside Our Own Bodies

Choreographer Faye Driscoll’s intimate audio-based exhibition turns visitors into private performers.

12/10/2021 By Rebecca Jacobson

Theater

‘An Assembly’ Builds a Play with 12 Strangers and a Stack of Notecards

The final installment in 600 Highwaymen's ‘A Thousand Ways’ series forges tender bonds between total strangers.

11/18/2021 By Rebecca Jacobson

TBA

A Public Procession High-Steps Through Boise-Eliot

In ‘Let ’im Move You: Intervention,’ jumatatu m. poe and Jermone ‘Donte’ Beacham bring Black queer performance to historically Black neighborhoods.

10/01/2021 By Rebecca Jacobson

TBA

At TBA 2021, Holland Andrews Gives Tender Micro-Concerts Over the Phone

At TBA 2021, erstwhile Portlander Holland Andrews performs one-on-one micro-concerts.

09/27/2021 By Rebecca Jacobson

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 21–24

White Bird celebrates an old master, Nicole Byer comes to town, and Lisa Jarrett's hair-centric show closes at the Ori.

11/20/2019 By Conner Reed, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Kiva Hanson

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 7–10

The Portland Book Festival returns, BodyVox tackles Shakespeare with Death and Delight, and Cherokee Nation member Brenda Mallory opens a new show at Upfor.

11/07/2019 By Conner Reed, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: November 2019

Carla Rossi clowns around, Sleater-Kinney shreds at the Crystal, and national treasure Nicole Byer hits Helium.

10/23/2019 By Conner Reed, Fiona McCann, and Rebecca Jacobson

Candy Coated

Katie Marks’s Ceramics Are Playful, Colorful, and (Often) Rimmed in 22-Karat Gold

From vases to bongs, the Portland ceramicist's wild creations sell out as fast as she can make them.

10/16/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson Photography by Christopher Dibble

Theater

At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Wigs Are Serious Business

Bouncy bouffants, soaring “hair sculptures,” handlebar mustaches, and beyond—and upwards of 100 each season.

10/16/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 10–13

Shaking the Tree updates Euripides, OBT's season opener closes, and buzzy Brooklynite Hank Willis Thomas kicks off his new show at PAM!

10/10/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Kiva Hanson, Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, and Olivia Wolf

The Essentials

12 Things to See and Do in Portland: October 2019

Ta-Nehisi Coates in town, OBT roars into its 30th anniversary season, Teicher levels up on tap dance, and All Jane brings the laughs.

09/23/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Fall Arts 2019

The Ultimate Fall Arts Guide 2019

Fall serves up drag royalty, radical dance, and searingly political arts.

08/27/2019 Edited by Rebecca Jacobson

Fall Arts

The Ultimate Falls Arts Guide 2019

Fall serves up drag royalty, radical dance, and searingly political arts. Here's your guide to the busiest season of the year.

08/27/2019 Edited by Rebecca Jacobson

Fall Arts 2019: Essentials

20 Can’t-Miss Portland Shows in Fall 2019

From Thom Yorke to Margaret Atwood, dystopian dance to symphonic hip-hop, here’s what you have to catch this season.

08/27/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Fall Arts 2019: Profile

The Life of Drag Legend Darcelle Is Becoming a Musical

That’s No Lady is a song-fueled story of overcoming the odds to find love and acceptance amid sequins, feathers, and bawdy jokes.

08/27/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: August 8–11

Mustachioed meditations from Marc Maron, belly laughs from Stumptown Improv Festival, art from trash in Glean and Footloose! Bring it, weekend.

08/07/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Brendan Nagle, and Conner Reed

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 25–28

Broken Social Scene! Mermaids! Chamber opera! A. A. Bondy! Witches! The weekend is ready to rumble.

07/24/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Brendan Nagle, and Conner Reed

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: August 2019

Pickathon returns to Pendarvis Farm, Michelle Wolf plays Helium, Lost Lander drops a new album, and Lents hosts its fifth annual Chicken Beauty Contest.

07/24/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 18–21

From PDX Pop Now to the Portland Queer Comedy Fest, highland dance to Dutch accordion divas, here's your weekend hit list.

07/17/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Brendan Nagle, and Conner Reed