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.

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

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