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.

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 15–18

Belt Bowie tunes, listen to spooky campfire tales, jam to ADULT at the Doug Fir, celebrate Pride, catch Man of La Mancha at the Keller, or trek out to Dufur for What the Festival.

06/15/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Meagan Nolan, and Anyi Wong-Lifton

Beer Guide 2017: Fresh Pints

Portland's 8 Best New Spots to Drink Beer

From experimental one-offs to dreamy patios, here are our favorite places for a pint right now.

06/12/2017 By Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Meagan Nolan, Margaret Seiler, and Kelly Clarke

Long Story Short

Una the Mermaid Is Portland's Most Magical Sea Nymph

She's also the organizer of the Portlandia Mermaid Parade, which returns for its third year July 28.

06/12/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 8–11

Hip-hop violinist Damien Escobar plays the Aladdin, an all-lady cast takes on Oscar Wilde, Ira Glass hits the Schnitz, Michael Ian Black does standup at the Doug Fir, and the Portland Jewish Film Festival turns 25.

06/08/2017 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, and Meagan Nolan

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 1–4

Wonder Woman Day! Maya Rudolph's Prince cover band! Pedalpalooza! A David Bowie dance tribute! Chris Gethard! The Mountain Goats! Hello there, June.

06/01/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Meagan Nolan

Om Base

The 6 Stages of Buddha Bud Yoga

What happens when you pair weed with warrior pose? Things get weird.

05/31/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

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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

8 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

PoMo Picks

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