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.

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 26–29

Sticking around town for Memorial Day? Fill your weekend with Chelsea Wolfe's goth-folk, books about pit bulls, last-chance gallery exhibits, and a Prince double feature.

05/26/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Ramona DeNies

FESTIVAL

A New Festival Memorializes Vanport, Beyond the Flood

At the Vanport Mosaic Festival, former residents of what was once Oregon's second-largest city—destroyed by a 1948 flood—tell their stories.

05/26/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 19–22

QDoc delivers a packed slate of LGBTQ documentaries, soul singer Charles Bradley hits the Crystal, comedian Myq Kaplan heads to Revolution Hall, and an all-star cast takes on A Streetcar Named Desire.

05/19/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, and Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

FREE STUFF

20 Totally FREE Ways to Make This Your Best Portland Summer Ever

Leaving town this summer? Well, OK. But you're gonna miss all this free stuff—from a Nu Shooz show to JAW's three new plays to an actual screening of Jaws (plus so much more).

05/17/2016 By Ramona DeNies, Rebecca Jacobson, and Molly Woodstock

BIKING

Bike McKenzie Pass Right Now—While It's Still Car-Free

The 38-mile scenic bikeway west of Sisters offers panoramic views of central Oregon. And for a few more weeks, it's no motors allowed.

05/17/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 12–15

From a St. Johns street fest with a stellar music lineup to an encore Hump screening to a rangy dance show, here's what you should be doing this weekend.

05/12/2016 By Ramona DeNies, Rebecca Jacobson, and Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

THEATER

In a New Play, a Noirish Detective Battles Anxiety—and Shady Portland Real Estate Deals

Action/Adventure's Hawthorne follows a sleuth as she traces a missing-person case through present-day Portland.

05/12/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 5–8

Bike-themed movies hit the Hollywood, the Oregon Symphony takes on the Back to the Future score, and a slew of art galleries open fresh shows. We're happy to see you, May.

05/05/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, and Jack Rushall

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 28–May 1

From Bombino's entrancing guitar licks to International Tabletop Day to some next-level, one-on-one theater, send out April with a bang.

04/28/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, and Jack Rushall

PERFORMANCE

The Surprising Gender Bending of Drag Queen Cherdonna Shinatra

Seattle's Jody Kuehner is a female-bodied, female-identified dance artist. But when she performs as high-camp clown Cherdonna, people sometimes get confused.

04/27/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

MODERN LOVE

Love, Portland: Dating and Mating, Stumptown Style

Like everything, we do romance our own way in this town.

04/22/2016 Edited by Fiona McCann By Courtenay Hameister, Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, and Ramona DeNies

HOW-TO

How to Maneuver the Murky World of Internet Dating

Dating coach Alma Rubenstein helps you navigate the stars and the swipes.

04/22/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

THE NEXT ROUND

Portland’s 13 Best New Bars

Whether you're into ham and fortified wines or mussels and Belgian beers, there’s a new spot for you.

04/22/2016 By Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 21–24

From feisty newsboys to wisdom from a pizza king to three days of heavy metal, the weekend is here and ready to be seized.

04/21/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Ramona DeNies

COMEDY

Native American Sketch Comedy Group Promises 'Mix of Chippendales and Gallagher'

With social criticism and silliness, the 1491s aim to skewer Indian stereotypes.

04/18/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 14–17

Laura Gibson hits the Old Church, Design Week takes over Rev Hall, 2Cellos rock out, and an economist-turned-comedian promises to make carbon taxes funny. Let the weekend begin.

04/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, and Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

MUSIC

Take Some Blues, Gospel, and Electronic Music on a Walk through Kenton

A new audio tour guides listeners on a musical ramble through the North Portland neighborhood.

04/13/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 7–10

Shook Twins play the Doug Fir, nondancers get their groove on, and the curtain goes up on a slew of new theater productions. Welcome to the weekend.

04/07/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, and Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

BOOKS & TALKS

Tin House's Rob Spillman Talks East and West Berlin, and the Trials of Communist Laundromats

Spillman’s new memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, recounts his early years in bohemian West Berlin and his return to the post-Soviet-era city at age 25.

03/31/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 31–Apr 3

Psych rock sisters, maniacal dance-theater, ninja acrobaticalists, and a loopy stage adaptation of cult classic Road House—hiya, weekend.

03/31/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, and Sylvia Randall-Muñoz