Digital editor Rebecca Jacobson oversees Portland Monthly's website and helms the magazine's social media platforms. She also contributes print stories—about the arts, cannabis, mermaids, and more—and edits the occasional feature package.

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 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.

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

Storytelling

What's It Like to Be a Woman in Tech in 2017?

Six women—from computer animators to software engineers—give an insider peek into the tech industry.

01/24/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Pets: Vets

Five Portland Vet Services You Need to Know

From emergency care to animal massage, here’s where to take your terrier (or tarantula).

01/23/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Festival

6 Shows to See at the 2017 Fertile Ground Festival

Need some help navigating the annual bonanza of new, locally produced performance? Here are three solid bets and three wild cards.

01/19/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 19–22

Roxane Gay. Louis C. K. DeVotchKa. Rent. Rodin. The largest dog show in the West. Portland is finally thawing out—and bursting with cures to your cabin fever.

01/19/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Jason Buehrer

Comedy

France's Most Famous Comedian Brings His English-Language Act to Portland

After intensive prep, Gad Elmaleh—"the Jerry Seinfeld of France"—embarks on a national stand-up tour.

01/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 12–15

Do-si-do to Appalachian string music, watch Northwest history unfurl onstage, take a romp through the post-Communist world of punk rock, and behold the lipstick-smeared zaniness of YouTube star Miranda Sings.

01/12/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Lauren Kershner

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 5–8

Gape at DIY taxidermy, belt Bowie's greatest hits, take in some subversive cinema, and catch Imago's puppet-filled fairy tale before it closes.

01/05/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Playlist

January 2017: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

If you haven’t settled on a resolution (or already broken it), you might find inspiration listening to some of the musical maestros coming through town this month. From Dar Williams to DeVotchKa, check out our playlist for January.

01/04/2017 By Jason Buehrer, Ko Ricker, and Rebecca Jacobson

Performance

Bri Pruett on Dating, Small-Batch Granola, and Why She's Leaving Portland

The longtime local comedian brings back her solo show, Stellar, before she abandons us for Los Angeles.

01/04/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 29–Jan 1

Good riddance, 2016. Here are some guaranteed good ways to spend the last weekend of the year, from comedy extravaganzas to kung fu movie marathons to a last-chance visit to the Portland Art Museum's Andy Warhol blowout.

12/28/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Jason Buehrer

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 22–25

Portland is in full-blown Christmas mode, from holiday light shows to sing-alongs to gingerbread acrobats. Embrace it—as they say, it only comes once a year.

12/22/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ko Ricker, and Webb Wright

Dance

In Tahni Holt’s New Work, Dancers of Many Ages Collide

The highly conceptual Portland choreographer unveils a new, intimate piece for six women.

12/20/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Winter Relaxation: Survival Guide

13 Secrets of Winter Relaxation Every Portlander Must Know

From cheap massages to board games to cuddly kitties, here’s how to survive the season.

12/20/2016 By Eden Dawn, Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Molly Woodstock, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 15–18

David Bazan remixes Christmas classics into melancholy ditties, Tig Notaro hits Revolution Hall, retired superheroes take to the trapeze, and the Siren Theater puts on some festive comedy.

12/15/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Ko Ricker

Happy Holidays!

13 Portland Holiday Events to End the Year on a High Note

Be ye Santa or Scrooge, there’s something for you this holiday season.

12/13/2016 By Webb Wright, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 8–11

Hundreds of tubas, pirouetting sugarplum fairies, competitive carolers, aliens and vampires, and tiny Texas towns. Prepare to get weird this weekend.

12/08/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Ko Ricker

Theater

Imago Theatre Unveils a Steampunk Fairy Tale Filled with Puppets

Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, La Belle was three years in the making. The result? Elaborate automata, shadow play, and trip-hop tunes.

12/05/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 1–4

Amy Schumer packs the Moda Center, Michael Chabon hits Powell's, John Waters is at the Aladdin, and Japanese cinema takes over the Whitsell. Welcome to December.

12/01/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Ko Ricker

Playlist

December: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

The Handsome Family, Pere Ubu, Justin Townes Earle, and more prove that Portland music hasn’t been completely taken over by sugarplum fairies, singing Christmas trees, and surly elves.

11/29/2016 By Jason Buehrer and Rebecca Jacobson