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.

Free Wheeling: Mountain Biking

Two Years In, Portland’s Mountain Bike Park Is a Hit

Gateway Green welcomes shredders of all skills.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Free Wheeling: Rides

3 Can’t-Miss Portland Bike Rides

From mellow riverside cruises to gravel grinds, here are some of the best routes the area has to offer.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Free Wheeling: Safety

Been Off Your Bike? Here Are 4 Easy Steps to Get Back in the Saddle.

Among them: how to maximize tush comfort

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Free Wheeling: History

Think Portland Is Obsessed with Bikes Today? Meet the Wheelpeople of 1890s Stumptown.

The dream of the 1890s is alive in modern bike culture.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Summer Adventures: Biking

How to Pack for Your First Two-Wheeled Adventure

A seasoned local bikepacker shares her top tips.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Summer Adventures: Biking

3 Heart-Pounding Oregon Bikepacking Routes

From high desert landscapes to bucolic riverside campsites, the best way to explore this state is on two wheels.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 23–26

Sticking around town for the long weekend? We've got you covered.

05/22/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Festivals

5 Events You Can't Miss at This Year's Vanport Mosaic Festival

From a walking tour to watercolors to documentaries about Mulugeta Seraw and the 2017 MAX attack, here's what to catch at the fourth annual fest.

05/22/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 16–19

Hannah Gadsby brings her stand-up to the Newmark, Michael Pollan tells psychedelic tales at the Keller, Julia Jacklin plays Mississippi Studios, and bikey films hit the Hollywood.

05/15/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 9–12

Ezra Furman! Mermaids in Coos Bay! The Lost Boys live! Shannon Shaw! Robot nannies! Bring it, weekend.

05/08/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 2–5

Say hello to May with LGBTQ documentaries, Kiese Laymon, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, and intricate crochet portraits.

05/01/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 25–28

Flock of Dimes and Madeline Kenney play Mississippi Studios, Josh Keyes paints a beastly city, and TEDxPortland takes on cannabis, ice cream, and more.

04/24/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, and Fiona McCann

The Oregon Woman 2019

6 Amazing Oregon Women-Led Projects

From serious documentaries to full-contact football to sex education, here are six local projects changing the game.

04/23/2019 By Sarah Mirk, Margaret Seiler, Ryan Ashby, Kelly Clarke, and Rebecca Jacobson

Homelessness: Viewpoints

What Don't We Understand About Homelessness in Portland?

We spoke to a shelter worker, someone who has lived on our streets, a cop, nonprofit directors, and more to find out.

04/23/2019 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Ramona DeNies

Dance

Don’t Listen to Dance Snobs—Tap Still Matters

The Portland Tap Dance Fest chugs into year 4, bringing improv battles, decades of history, and legendary tappers along with it.

04/23/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: May 2019

Shannon Shaw plays Mississippi Studios, Hannah Gadsby comes to the Newmark, Pure Bathing Culture drops a new record, and a mermaid lands in Coos Bay.

04/23/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 18–21

From grizzly bear tales to a cannabis-fueled film fest, Soul'd Out to the Jefferson Dancers, this weekend is ready to deliver.

04/17/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 11–14

From Mdou Moctar to ghostly dance, plastic flamingos to Prometheus, here's what's on deck.

04/10/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, and Fiona McCann

Music

Legendary Portland Singer Shirley Nanette Brings Sequins and Soul to Holocene

At 71, the dynamo entertainer returns to the stage to perform her 1973 album, Never Coming Back, in its entirety.

04/09/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson