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: 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Take Unpublished Poems by August Wilson.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

The Oregon Woman: No Man's Land

With the Perlene, Erin Teal Littlestar Creates the Coven You Didn't Know You Needed

Meet the woman behind Portland's brand-new workspace and social club, a place to hustle, organize, and smash the patriarchy—and then sip some bubbly while crafting.

03/20/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 16–19

What's on deck? The masterminds behind Serial, Japandroids, Indian dance, a variety show co-produced by a cannabis company, Indigo Girls, and a feminist Wikipedia edit-a-thon. That's what.

03/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lauren Kershner

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 9–12

From classical guitar to Brazilian street dance, papier-mâché puppets to summer camp for grown-ups, the weekend is ready for action.

03/09/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lauren Kershner

Poetry

Morgan Parker Turns Beyoncé and Gin-Soaked Olives into Electric Poetry

The New Yorker hits Portland with her new book, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé.

03/07/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 2–5

Circus performers flip omelets onstage, POWFest turns 10, Jens Lekman hits Revolution Hall, Third Angle performs a string quartet in total darkness, and Matilda: The Musical swings (literally) through the Keller. Hello there, March.

03/02/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lauren Kershner

History

This Photographer Captured Prewar Portland’s Lost Grandeur

A new exhibit showcases a time before parking lots.

02/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 23–26

All-lady mariachi troupes, rock-’n’-roll photographers, Pulitzer-winning authors, and holograms. The weekend has arrived.

02/23/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jason Buehrer, and Fiona McCann

Coffee Guide: Hallowed Ground

9 Neighborhood Coffee Shops We Love

No matter your quadrant, the best coffeehouse is the one closest to you.

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Coffee Guide: Standout Shops

16 Places in Portland to Drink Coffee Right Now

From hand-roasted beans to double-decker buses to scene-stealing décor, these destinations are in a class of their own.

02/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, and Rebecca Jacobson

Theater

Oregon Shakespeare Fest Opens with Political Charge and Period Drama

Head to Ashland for Julius Caesar, a modern-day Medea through a Latino lens, and more.

02/20/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 16–19

Edna Vazquez. Swan Lake. Argentine tango. The Northwest's first black comedy fest. Arctic photography. Portland's got it going on.

02/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Jason Buehrer

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 9–12

Listen to Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen gab about Real Housewives, squirm at Portlanders' most embarrassing stories, and take in some Arvo Pärt, adventure films, and contemporary ballet.

02/09/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jason Buehrer, and Lauren Kershner

Comedy

Bridgetown Announces Initial 2017 Lineup—Plus Bonus Patton Oswalt Show

In addition to stand-up stalwarts like Janeane Garofalo, Baron Vaughn, and Karen Kilgariff, Oswalt hits the Schnitz for a special pre-fest show.

02/07/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Playlist

February: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

Like an overstuffed mailbox full of Valentines, Portland’s concert scene is about to explode. Get ready with our playlist.

02/02/2017 By Jason Buehrer and Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 2–5

Warm up your winter with a citywide light festival, a Tuareg-language tribute to Purple Rain, sexy saxophone solos, true crime tales, and Sting.

02/02/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lauren Kershner

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 26–29

From Lizzo to Barney Frank, cat shows to chamber music, this weekend has a little something for everyone.

01/26/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Jason Buehrer

Film Festival

Portland International Film Festival Unveils a Killer 2017 Lineup

The blowout fest turns 40 this year, with a James Baldwin doc, a Paris ghost story, and a film about obituary writing at the New York Times among the highlights.

01/25/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson