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.

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

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

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