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.

TBA 2016

Juggling, YouTube Videos, Whispering Children: Notes from TBA 2016

From a spread-eagle performer in a Barbie mask to a newly birthed musical supergroup, here are our highlights from Portland’s high-concept, high-density arts festival.

09/21/2016 By Eden Dawn, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

Classical Music

The Oregon Symphony Mashes Up Hungarian Opera and Chihuly's Glass Art

Bluebeard's Castle kicks off the new SoundSights series, which mixes classical music with work by Northwest visual artists.

09/20/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 15–18

The Portland Biennial says bye-bye, a carnivorous plant hits the stage, Bloc Party returns, and 16 more ways to slay the weekend.

09/15/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Lisa Dunn, and Michelle Porter

Theater

A Portland Company Airs Ireland’s New Plays—and Dark Past

For years, Irish women toiled in church-run laundries. This October, Corrib Theatre puts the drama onstage.

09/13/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 8–11

The inaugural Portland Black Music Festival, a slew of new plays, the return of comedian Shane Torres, and a pop-up art museum at Pioneer Courthouse Square—put your weekend pants on.

09/08/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Kailla Coomes, Michelle Porter, and Fiona McCann

Theater

What Can This Playwright’s Story Say about Guns in America?

In The Gun Show, Oregonian E. M. Lewis digs into five very personal—and political—tales.

09/07/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 1–4

Fireworks and Tchaikovsky. A "truth booth" video confessional. Ages and Ages in a hometown show. A century-spanning collection of black art. Ready to send summer out, Portland?

09/01/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Kailla Coomes

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 25–28

Dance tango in the park, jam to Y La Bamba on the roof, catch some beat-fueled Shakespeare, and head to Hawthorne for a street party. August, we're sending you out in style.

08/25/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lisa Dunn

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 18–21

Hear The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj recount high school horror stories. Hurtle down Mount Tabor in a soapbox. Catch new tunes from Federale. Pick up comics by the pound. It's gonna be a hot one, folks.

08/18/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Lisa Dunn, and Fiona McCann

Music

This Portland Chorus Wants You to Belt Radiohead and Rihanna from the Roof

The OK Chorale, formed earlier this year, is a drop-in pop chorus open to all. On August 22, you're invited to a Revolution Hall rooftop sing-along.

08/18/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Fall Arts 2016

Fall Arts Guide 2016: What You Can’t Miss in Portland This Season

From Amy Schumer to Brian Wilson, Warhol to Wordstock, here are the season’s top tickets.

08/15/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 11–14

Comedian Ian Karmel makes a triumphant return. Dancers take inspiration from zombies. A silent Buster Keaton classic gets a new score. NE Alberta throws a party. We're happy to see you, weekend.

08/11/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Lisa Dunn, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 4–7

Aerialists spinning from the trees. Pink Martini crooning at the zoo. Coney Island photography in the Pearl. Pirouettes (and prima donnas, and Pee-wee, and Prospero) at the park. Ahoy, August.

08/04/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lisa Dunn

AUGUST PLAYLIST

August: A Month of Concerts in 20 Songs

From the frankenfestival that is MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst to a cozy Emily King set, there’s something for everyone this August.

07/28/2016 By Lisa Dunn and Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 28–31

From a Harry Potter midnight release party to a free Ron Funches show to a trio of brand-spankin'-new plays, July is going out with gusto.

07/28/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Forest Flicks

Ride Bikes and Watch Pee-wee Herman on a Giant Inflatable Screen

For the second installment in the Hollywood Theatre's outdoor film series, catch Pee-wee's Big Adventure at Stub Stewart State Park—with a pre-flick guided bike ride.

07/26/2016 By Marisa Russell and Rebecca Jacobson

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 21–24

Outdoor movies. Tons of local music. A madcap opera. Night Vale live. Get your weekend on.

07/21/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lisa Dunn

VISUAL ART

Teletubby Riot Police and Razor-Blade Doughnuts: This Is Freedom

Artist Josh Kline brings his immersive dystopia to Portland.

07/20/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

EAT THIS NOW

Where to Eat This Week: July 20-27

Al pastor tacos at Tight Tacos, boozy Sloshy Pops at New Deal, and playful cocktails at Tastebud are your required eating and drinking for the week.

07/20/2016 By Eat Beat Team

Let's Talk Selfies

Salad and AstroTurf: an Indoor Picnic about Selfie Culture

Is there more to selfies than vanity? Portland artist Leslie Vigeant opens it up to debate.

07/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson