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.


Oregon's Best State Parks for Day Trippers

Five lightning-fast outdoor getaways for afternoon escapes, from disc golf to waterfall trail hikes.

08/01/2013 By Ketzel Levine


Eat Beat Weekly Planner

Our digest of Portland’s top upcoming food and drink events, including baking classes at Two Tarts and Ox's first anniversary specials.

04/16/2013 By Allison Jones

silhouette on fire

Artist Talk: Kara Walker

The controversial art star talks at Reed College on October 2 about her work exploring racism, sexuality, and violence. Her solo exhibit runs through November 18.

09/27/2012 By Randy Gragg Edited by Aaron Scott


The Waiting Game

For one patient embarking on fertility treatments, success. For another, a journey.

09/06/2012 By Ramona DeNies

Fashion News

Tory Burch to Open Portland Store

CFDA winning designer, Tory Burch, opens her first boutique in Oregon next month.

09/05/2012 By Eden Dawn


FLOR Space Opens in the Pearl

Buying a carpet can be intimidating. It requires commitment. It tends to be an investment – an intimate one, and long-term.

09/01/2012 By Kristin Belz

sliding scale

Trombone Shorty Gives Hospital and Zoo a Show

The Grammy nominee regaled young fans at a new children's hospital before taking the Zoo concert stage.

08/31/2012 By Camille Grigsby-Rocca

plant of the week

Hardy Fuchsias for Portland Gardeners

Fuchsias have a reputation for being old-fashioned plants. But as with other old-school flowers, they're making a come-back as gardeners discover their popularity with hummingbirds and pollinators.

08/29/2012 By Kate Bryant

Fashion News

Nicole Richie's Collection for Macy's

The pint-sized boho queen launches a lux looking 70s inspired collection next month for Macy's contemporary department.

08/29/2012 By Eden Dawn

Out and About

Bright Summer Inspirations

You never know when inspiration will strike: see Ellsworth Kelly prints, buy an Arne Jacobsen Swan chair. Belluschi exhibit? Let's see..

08/27/2012 By Kristin Belz


Robert Reynolds, 1942-2012

Longtime Portland culinary mentor Robert Reynolds has passed away, and his passion for life in and out of the kitchen is remembered by friends and colleagues.

08/27/2012 By Karen Brooks

Market Watch

Hurrah for Broccoli Romanesco

Who needs art when we have vegetables?

08/23/2012 By Kristin Belz

Now Hear This

Music Review: The Helio Sequence Negotiations

Helio Sequence: a band born in a Beaverton bedroom, fathered by two music geeks with a hard-core affinity for cerebrally pulsating experimentation.

08/23/2012 By AP Kryza


Tilting at Landfills

Fifth-generation farmer Ramsey McPhillips and a motley crew of neighbors wage a quixotic battle to stop North America’s largest garbage company from growing even bigger in the heart of Oregon's wine country.

08/23/2012 By Aaron Scott


Collective Memory

A new museum at the Oregon State Hospital takes visitors behind the walls and through the history of the enigmatic facility.

08/23/2012 By Emily Grosvenor


Fall Arts Preview: The Collaborative Way

Portland artists routinely team-up to break new ground. We've singled out a half-dozen partnerships for this fall's season preview.

08/23/2012 With Randy Gragg By Aaron Scott


Red Sea

At Alaska’s wild Graveyard Point, a Portland family works to reinvent the salmon business.

08/23/2012 By Tim Sohn


The Path to Indie Rock Glory

As MusicfestNW takes over the city, behold the 21 steps from garage band to glamour.



The Perfect Party

The guests we’d most like at our dinner table this month.



Him, Dandy

This fall’s fashion trend teaches Portland men to look stately without being stuffy.

08/23/2012 By Eden Dawn