Digital Editor Rebecca Jacobson corrals Portland Monthly's digital content, helms the magazine's social media platforms, and contributes arts coverage.

Before joining the magazine in January 2016, she spent time in Berlin reviewing blood-splattered theater, chasing after mayhem-battling mimes, and tracking down her distant Jewish ancestors. She worked for several years as Stage & Screen Editor at Willamette Week, where she also covered heroin kingpins-turned-barbers and little-known scraps of local history. Her WW 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: May 25–28

From the Vanport Mosaic Festival to Rodriguez, Nate Bargatze to the Ukeladies, here's how to fill the long weekend.

05/24/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Meagan Nolan

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 18–21

Comedian Amy Miller returns to town, LGBTQ docs hit the screen, the UFO Festival celebrates all things extraterrestrial, and Aminé and the Last Artful, Dodgr play the Crystal.

05/17/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Meagan Nolan

Books

A New Portland Project Blows Up the Bookshelves

De-Canon puts the spotlight on writers of color.

05/15/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Forest Park: Great Trails

Eight Essential Forest Park Hikes

First timer? Super athlete? Arborist? We've got a trail for you.

05/15/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Rebecca Jacobson, and Brian Barker

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 11–14

A street fair in St. Johns, funky electro dance beats at the Doug Fir, animated films at the Hollywood, and 19th-century posters at the Pittock—pull out your calendar and make some plans.

05/11/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lauren Kershner

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 4–7

From Yaa Gyasi to a live-action Point Break, the Magnetic Fields to mountain biking in Mongolia, it's finally May. (Yay!)

05/03/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Lauren Kershner, and Fiona McCann

Audio Star

How Studying Design Turned Roman Mars into a Pathological Optimist

The 99% Invisible host talks hostile architecture, self-driving cars, and the beauty of Portland's flag.

05/02/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 27–30

The Tempest meets Cuban operetta, Joseph plays the Crystal, spoken-word poets vie for top lyrical laurels, dance hits the big screen, and Patti Austin pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

04/27/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Meagan Nolan

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 20–23

Solange headlines Soul'd Out, Marc Maron takes the mic, the XX plays the Coliseum, and powerhouse shows about race and Rodney King hit the stage. Also? Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice are in town.

04/20/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Meagan Nolan

The Other Oregon: Beyond Bend

Drive to Bend—and Keep Going! A Guide to the Best of Central Oregon

You didn’t drive all the way just to stay in town.

04/17/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Lauren Kershner, and Margaret Seiler

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats 2017: 30 Portland Dishes That Will Break Your Mind—But Not Your Budget

Family-style Korean stews. Mood-altering chicken and jojos. A world of dumplings and $1 sushi delivered by a tiny train. Time to eat your way, wallet intact, across the city's rollicking food scene.

04/17/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 13–16

Canadians stage a sing-along at the Aladdin, Kyle Kinane hits Helium, Laura Gibson plays a hometown show, OBT celebrates the earth, and the Portland Art Museum closes the curtain on Rodin.

04/13/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Meagan Nolan, Lauren Kershner, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 6–9

Mitski, a robot chorus line, opera's greatest hits, refugee tales, a dystopian antiwar novel, and some "sorbet-colored smut." In other words, a good time to get out of the house and do something.

04/06/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lauren Kershner

Geeking Out

Freak Dolls, Fan Art, and a Family Tree: A New Exhibit Digs into Geek Love

Why did Katherine Dunn’s novel develop such a devoted cult following? A Lewis & Clark show could have the answers.

03/30/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 30–Apr 2

Saddle up for improv with a side of pie, Regina Spektor, a history of the universe, comedian Ali Wong, a deep dive into the wild world of wine fanaticism, and modern dance set to Elliott Smith.

03/29/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lauren Kershner

Theater

How One Portland Playwright Found a Patron—and a Five-Year Salary

Andrea Stolowitz—whose Berlin Diary runs at CoHo in April—will be funded by WillaKenzie Estate's Ronni Lacroute.

03/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 23–26

A new Blitzen Trapper "musical event," secrets of human evolution, Jain, British anarchism, Beyoncé vs. microwave ovens, and pottery aplenty. Sounds about right.

03/23/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lauren Kershner

The Essentials

From Lidia Yuknavitch's New Novel to a Berlin Quest-Turned-Portland Play, April's Pop Culture Hot List

The singers, books, and play you can't miss this month.

03/20/2017 By Fiona McCann and Rebecca Jacobson

Theater

Take Unpublished Poems by August Wilson. Add Musical Theater. What Happens?

The result is UniSon, getting its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

03/20/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson