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.

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

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 11–14

Kyle Craft! Wicked! Ten Tiny Dances! Portland Sketch Comedy Fest! Sun Ra Arkestra! The weekend is ready and waiting.

07/10/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Brendan Nagle, and Conner Reed

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 4–7

Buckle in for blues on the Waterfront, clowns at CoHo Theatre, sandwich art at Carnation Contemporary, and Tom Cruise at Cartopia.

07/02/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Brendan Nagle, and Conner Reed

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 27–30

Janeane Garofalo! Tacocat! Pussy Riot masks! Chamber music galore! Send out June with a bang.

06/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Conner Reed, and Brendan Nagle

Essentials

12 Things to See and Do in Portland: July 2019

Pussy Riot masks, sandwich sculptures, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and sketch comedy galore—here’s what you can’t miss this month.

06/25/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Books

Molly Gloss’s New Short Story Collection Takes On Elvis, Earthquakes, and Space Rangers

Unforeseen, out July 16, assembles 17 engrossing tales by the longtime Portland author.

06/25/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

History

125 Years Ago, Hundreds of Climbers Undertook a Mass Ascent of Mount Hood

And on the summit, they founded the Mazamas alpine club.

06/25/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 20–23

Live Wire turns 15, the Portland Gay Men's Chorus marks Stonewall's 50th anniversary, Esther Povitsky hits Helium, and Kim Stafford reads at Powell's.

06/20/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Brendan Nagle, and Conner Reed

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 13–16

Kyle Kinane! Low-budget theater! Polar bears! Jewish Film Fest! Pride! Team Dresch! Ready, set, weekend.

06/12/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Brendan Nagle, and Conner Reed

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 6–9

The Portland Art Museum journeys back to turn-of-the-century Paris, indie horror hits the Hollywood, the Ponderosa Lounge turns 50, and letterpress poetry lands on bus benches across the city.

06/05/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Brendan Nagle

Television

Here's the Trailer for Netflix's New Portland–Filmed Series About Teenage Shoplifters

In Trinkets, three high school students bond over their shared addiction to stealing.

05/31/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Music

Sleater-Kinney Drops New St. Vincent–Produced Single

"Hurry On Home" is fierce and danceable, with a cheeky lyric video directed by Miranda July.

05/30/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 30–June 2

From Pure Bathing Culture to Hawaiian cowboys, Pedalpalooza to Into the Woods, the weekend is ready and waiting.

05/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Brendan Nagle

Bikepacking

Here's How It Looks to Bike 364 Miles Across Oregon on (Mostly) Dirt Roads

The Oregon Outback, which runs from Klamath Falls to the Columbia River, is the state's most hallowed bikepacking route. It's tough, gorgeous, and even delivers surprise ice cream at mile 271.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Editor's Note

The Best Way to Experience Portland Is on Two Wheels

Riding a bike transformed the way I see this city.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Free Wheeling

The Portlander's Guide to Having More Fun on Your Bike

From scenic bike trails to cycling tips to Pedalpalooza's most offbeat and fun group rides, here's our guide to making the most out of your two wheels. 

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: June 2019

Anderson .Paak plays Edgefield, the Portland Art Museum travels back to turn-of-the-century Paris, and Melissa Villaseñor brings her crackerjack impressions to Helium.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson