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.

Cycling Stories

How Women on Bikes Have Raised Hell Throughout History

Tessa Hulls travels back to the early days of cycling to tell stories of pioneering women, trans, and femme riders.

03/21/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 21–24

Bring on spring with Laura Gibson, Kenyan superheroes, feline supervillains, Vince Staples, and soccer-inspired art.

03/20/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 14–17

Tiffany Haddish hits the Keller, Linda Austin debuts a new dance solo, Peter Rock reads at Powell's, and Metric plays the Crystal.

03/13/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

Film

A New Film Documents the Daily Work of Abortion Providers

In Our Bodies, Our Doctors, Portlander Jan Haaken sets out to demystify a little-seen corner of medical care.

03/07/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 7–10

Ali Wong hits the Keller, the Portland Film Festival kicks off, Laura Veirs plays Polaris Hall, and Bag & Baggage revamps The Winter's Tale.

03/06/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 28–Mar 3

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside reunite, Shane Torres returns to town, Tiny Beautiful Things opens at Portland Center Stage, and slam poet Andrea Gibson hits the Wonder.

02/27/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

Spring Road Trips: Oregon Outback

The Oregon Outback Offers Up Otherworldly Views and Healing Hot Springs

Seeking total solitude? Look no further.

02/26/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Mannheimer, and Benjamin Tepler

The Essentials

12 Things to See and Do in Portland: March 2019

Noname plays the Crystal, Tiffany Haddish comes to the Keller, and twisty plays take the stage at Artists Rep and Third Rail.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Spring Up

6 New Projects Shaking Up Portland's Arts Scene

From a brick-and-mortar outpost for Baby Ketten Karaoke to the Hollywood Theatre's refurbished pipe organ, here's what to know right now.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Music

A New Concert Creates a Sonic Snapshot of Portland

With creaking pine trees and sizzling power lines, Third Angle’s Habitat explores the soundscapes of the city.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Cannabis: Soak It Up

Our 10 Favorite New Cannabis Products, Shops, and Events

From unicorn pipes to exploding edibles to weed perfume, here's what we're loving right now.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Marty Patail

Cannabis: Women & Weed

A New Accelerator Pushes for Gender Parity in the Cannabis Industry

The Initiative sets out to boost women-led weed businesses.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Cannabis

Cannabis Is Booming in Oregon. But What Has Surprised Industry Insiders?

Here are three dispatches from our quickly evolving cannabis community, plus our favorite new ways to soak up the scene.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Mannheimer, and Marty Patail Illustrations by Vance Lump

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 21–24

Sharon Van Etten plays the Crystal, Dani Shapiro reads at Powell's, Pedro the Lion returns, and Hand2Mouth unveils an immersive play with a score by beloved children's musician Red Yarn.

02/20/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Jackson Main

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 14–17

A new podcast festival arrives, Marlon James stops by Powell's, Maz Jobrani hits the Aladdin, and David Bowie alums reunite at Revolution Hall.

02/13/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 7–10

Michelle Obama comes to the Moda, Ezza Rose plays the Doug Fir, zombies invade a sleepy Oregon town, and the Winter Light Festival illuminates the city.

02/07/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 31–Feb 3

Buckle up for papier-mâché puppets from Chile, acrobatic dance from Canada, new tunes from Portland supergroup Eyelids, and paint-splattered portraits inspired by 1960s jazz music.

01/31/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Editor's Note

A Tarot Skeptic Gets Her Cards Read

And finds some inspiration in divination.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wellness

Want to Feel Better?

Portland’s party-starting dance teachers, massage therapists, modern-day witches, labyrinth walkers, and psychedelic guides have ideas. It’s a wild world of wellness out there.

01/29/2019 Edited by Rebecca Jacobson Photography by Nicolle Clemetson

Wellness: Couldn't Hurt

Bargain Massages, Therapy Bunnies, and 9 More Ways to Feel Better

Portland serves up a dizzying buffet of options for improving your mind, body, and soul—or at least an hour or two of your day.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Casey Jarman, Amy Martin, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler