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.

Wise Up: Do It Yourself

5 Places in Portland to Get Your DIY On

Screen-printing to shoe cobbling, soapmaking to soldering, here are the city’s best places to make something with your hands.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Humanity in Perspective

How a Class Designed for Low-Income Portlanders Changed One Mind—and Life

Mary Thompson grew up in the foster system and didn’t graduate from high school. Now she’s on a course to a writing career.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Get Smart

7 Places in Portland to Exercise Your Brain

From literary seminars to an underground grad school, here are the city’s best places to stretch your mind.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 10–13

The Beach Boys get around (round, round, get around), the Oregon Symphony rocks out to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Late Night Action closes up shop, and local filmmakers show off their chops.

11/10/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Jason Buehrer

The Long Play

PODCAST: Casey Jarman Talks Death, Grief, and Randy Newman

The Portlander has just published his first book, Death: An Oral History, which includes interviews with a death row warden, a scientist who advocates for "the psychedelic hospice," and his own mom.

11/07/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 3–6

Catch a roller derby smackdown, pack up the covered wagon for some Oregon Trail–inspired theater, heed the call of Siren Nation, cake yourself in glitter for PWR BTTM, and go on a literary frenzy at Wordstock.

11/02/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jason Buehrer, and Fiona McCann

Playlist

November: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

From glitter-glam pop-punk to hard-core symphonic play-alongs, November’s music scene gives Portland a lot to be thankful for.

11/02/2016 By Jason Buehrer and Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 27–30

It's the Halloweekend. From cemetery tours to an oral history of death—with some vaudeville acrobatics for good measure—here's how to keep it spooky.

10/27/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ko Ricker, Webb Wright, Jason Buehrer, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 20–23

Pirouetting poltergeists, retro video games, effervescent pop-punk, psychological thrillers, robot gardeners in outer space, razor-sharp standup, and many more ways to fill your weekend.

10/20/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ko Ricker, and Fiona McCann

Comedy

Why W. Kamau Bell Is Luxuriating in Sadness

The comedian tells us the question he'd ask Obama, what his five-year-old daughter thinks of Trump, and why visiting Portland is like going back to an ex-girlfriend’s house.

10/17/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 13–16

Catch Bryan Cranston in Beaverton, dance tango all over town, groove to Sade with comedian Bri Pruett, peek into the studios of local artists, and boogie down at an Explode Into Colors reunion concert.

10/13/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Jason Buehrer

Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2016 Light a Fire Winners

Celebrating the nonprofits that make Portland a better place to live, love, give, and grow.

10/10/2016 Edited by Marty Patail By Kelly Clarke, Claire Colby, Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Lisa Dunn, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Regina Winkle-Bryan

Light a Fire 2016: Inspiring Creativity

Artists Repertory Transforms Its Home into an Incubator for the Future of Local Theater

While still producing shows that give you “all the feels.”

10/10/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Long Story Short

This Portland Podcast Gives a Megaphone to People of Color in the Food Industry

On Racist Sandwich, Soleil Ho and Zahir Janmohamed dive into food, race, and lemon bars.

10/10/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 6–9

Wildly athletic dancers and grisly fairy tales, Andy Warhol prints and runway shows. Get out there.

10/06/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Jason Buehrer

Playlist

October: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

From the ferocious and danceable music of Peaches to the simple sound of RY X, October promises killer music nearly every day.

09/29/2016 By Lisa Dunn and Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 29–Oct 2

Trevor Noah. Lydia Loveless. A smut-filled theater festival. Jonathan Safran Foer. A symphonic spin on David Bowie. Ready for this?

09/29/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Regina Winkle-Bryan, and Jason Buehrer

Performance

Pocahontas to Cher, Anthony Hudson Goes Looking for Tiger Lily

Best known as drag clown Carla Rossi, the Portland performer digs into his experiences as a "faggy little half-white city Indian in a small town."

09/28/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 22–25

German films, Wanda Sykes, a Portland-set crime novel, Latin jazz, Art Garfunkel, a landmark August Wilson play—fall is here.

09/22/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Regina Winkle-Bryan, and Michelle Porter

Meet Your Maker

Portlander Kurt Mottweiler Crafts Crazy-Cool Analog Cameras

Gizmodo likens his work to “mysterious nautical equipment.”

09/21/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson