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.

Wellness: Spell It Out

How Witchcraft Helps Portlander Rhea Wolf Make Sense of the World

Sabrina to Suspiria, witches are having a serious cultural moment right now. But for Wolf, it dates back to her childhood in the Midwest.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wellness: Bust a Move

Cully's Nonprofit Workout Studio Puts Community First

(com)motion brings Portland together with dance parties, karate classes, and body-positive yoga.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: February 2019

The PDX Jazz Fest sweeps the city, Beijing Dance Theater makes its Portland debut, Shane Torres returns to Helium, and Jennifer Egan hits the Schnitz.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Millennials

These Miniature Skeletons Lead Instagram-Perfect Lives

They're literally dead.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 24–27

Travis Scott returns to the Moda, Fertile Ground sweeps the city, BodyVox mashes up dance and film, and Ha Jin reads at Powell's.

01/24/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Music

Pickathon Announces 2019 Lineup

Khruangbin, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Mandolin Orange are headed to Happy Valley this summer.

01/21/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 17–20

From Leslie Odom Jr. to Tayari Jones, Black Belt Eagle Scout to Andy Borowitz, here's what you can't miss this weekend.

01/17/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 10–13

Elton John hits the Moda, a world-premiere play follows an Oregon judge's inspiring story, an all-star percussion ensemble plays Mississippi Studios, and Richard III gets a teenage twist.

01/10/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 3–6

Welcome to the first weekend of 2019. Here's how to start the year strong.

01/03/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 27–30

It's the last weekend of the year. Here's how to make it a good one.

12/26/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, and Allison Place

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: January 2019

Radical Canadian dancers, a London R&B queen, Andy Borowitz, and a quadrumvirate of Portland poets are on the calendar this month.

12/21/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Theater

What Happens When You Put the Stories of Police Officers Onstage?

After tackling racial profiling and police violence, Portland's Red Door Project takes on a new challenge.

12/21/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Hidden Portland: Little Lots

A Peek into Portland's Pocket Parks (and Other Wee Wonders)

This city's mini greenspaces are just a stroll away.

12/21/2018 By James Stevens, Margaret Seiler, and Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 20–23

Spend the shortest days of the year with comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher, Portland band Tents, and witches and vampires.

12/20/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

Arts News

Portland's Tin House to Stop Publishing Its Magazine

The local publishing company's 20th anniversary issue, to be released in June 2019, will be its last.

12/13/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 13–16

The Nightmare Before Christmas gets a live score, Kurt Vile plays the Crystal, and snowflakes and tin soldiers twirl about the stage.

12/13/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

Slow Burn

The Hottest Gift This Holiday Season Is a Robert Mueller Devotional Candle

Let us pray to our Patron Saint of Plea Deals.

12/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 6–9

Gospel Christmas raises the roof, NW Dance Project takes on fables and fairy tales, Blossom plays Mississippi Studios, and "holiday-positive" sketch comedy comes to the Siren.

12/06/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, and Allison Place

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 29–Dec 2

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the universe, the Dandy Warhols play the Crystal, and The Little Prince becomes an opera.

11/29/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 22–25

Sticking around Portland over the holiday weekend? Here's how to fill your calendar.

11/21/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens