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.

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

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 4–7

What's on deck? A dance tribute to New Orleans jazz, clowns in (existential) crisis, a post-punk/dark wave fest, and Japanese films galore.

04/03/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, and Fiona McCann

Dance

April Is a Bonanza for Portland Dance Fans

From tap whiz Savion Glover to the strobe-light magic of Parsons Dance, White Bird closes its season with a bang. And that's not all that's set to hit local stages.

03/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 28–31

The country's largest literary conference lands in town, Bombino plays the Star Theater, and Portland Center Stage closes Tiny Beautiful Things.

03/27/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

Books & Talks

Michelle Tea Talks Tarot, Writing Sober, and the Hazards of Memoir

The author and literary organizer hosts a reading at Northeast Portland's Psychic Sister shop this Friday, March 29.

03/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Insider’s Guide 2019: Entertainment

These Are Portland’s Can’t-Miss Shows, According to Drag Clown Carla Rossi

Among them, educational drag nights and imaginary Game of Thrones episodes.

03/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Insider’s Guide 2019: Sports

What Does Glenda Goldwater Love as Much as Art? Baseball.

The bon vivant is a fixture at arts events—and at Hillsboro Hops games.

03/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Essentials

12 Things to See and Do in Portland: April 2019

Laika unleashes Missing Link, Ranky Tanky plays the Newmark, and a world-premiere play about Sacajawea comes to Portland Center Stage.

03/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Animation

This Tiny Chef Makes the Most Adorable Cooking Videos You’ve Ever Seen

Think Julia Child meets Mister Rogers.

03/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

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