Digital editor Rebecca Jacobson oversees Portland Monthly's website and helms the magazine's social media platforms. She also contributes print stories—about the arts, cannabis, mermaids, and more—and edits the occasional feature package.

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 as Stage & Screen Editor at Willamette Week, where she also covered heroin kingpins-turned-barbers and little-known scraps of local history. Her WW 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.

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: June 2018

Pop star Frankie Simone drops her debut EP, Soweto Kinch plays genre-crossing jazz, and Masha Gessen talks straight about Trump and Putin.

05/22/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Visual Art

A New Residency Lets Portland Artists Go Wild in 3-D

The collaboration between Form and ADX gives artists access to a 3-D foundry and tools galore.

05/22/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Lab Life

This Portlander Creates Super-Fun Science Videos for Kids

Lindsey Murphy—aka “Crazy Aunt Lindsey”—makes DIY experiments fabulous.

05/22/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 17–20

From Laura Veirs to Bill Nye, sketch comedy to LGBTQ documentaries, here's what's on deck.

05/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 10–13

Tommy Pico brings electric poetry to Powell's, Courtney Marie Andrews sings melancholic melodies, BodyVox bounds through a NoPo warehouse, and craft cannabis takes over Revolution Hall.

05/10/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 3–6

Bike films, protest art, a world-class pianist, and LeVar Burton reading aloud—we've got a good few days ahead, Portland.

05/03/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Theater

Oregon's Hailey Kilgore Scores Tony Nomination for 'Once on This Island'

In her Broadway debut, the 19-year-old is up for best actress in a musical.

05/01/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Woman Up!

Pump Iron, Bust a Move, and Meditate at Portland Monthly’s Woman Up!

In its second year, our weekend of wellness and empowerment will show you all kinds of ways to move, groove, and generally improve your current level of fun.

04/27/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 26–29

From a Tetris-inspired dance show to Jorja Smith, wildly talented teenage ballerinas to hypnotic Portland poet Anis Mojgani, here's what to do when the sun disappears.

04/26/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

The Oregon Woman: 2018

These Extraordinary Oregon Women Are Transforming Our State (and World)

From a guitar-wielding 26-year-old to a veteran of 1970s underground feminism, Oregon’s most compelling forces are female.

04/24/2018 Edited by Rebecca Jacobson Photography by NASHCO PHOTO

The Oregon Woman: Bookshelf

10 Best New Books by Oregon Women

From dystopian fiction to poetry inspired by Frank Ocean, add these volumes to your shelf.

04/24/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

The Oregon Woman: Playlist

11 Best New Songs by Oregon Women

Raspy rock, dance pop, and motormouth hip-hop fuel this must-blast playlist.

04/24/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Oregon Woman: Into Their Own Hands

Meet Judith Arcana, a Pioneer of '70s-Era Underground Abortion Work

Before Roe v. Wade, a group called Jane served Chicago women. Arcana, now a writer living in Portland, was part of that clandestine network.

04/24/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: May 2018

From an exploration of black hair to a poetic tribute to Janet Jackson and nacho cheese, here's what you can't miss this month.

04/24/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 19–22

Soul'd Out! James Comey! Frankie Cosmos! TEDxPortland! Sloane Crosley! What a bounty, folks.

04/19/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Beardly Beauty

Behold the Most Fabulously Decorated Beards in the World

From glitter to googly eyes, this Portland duo turns facial hair into a work of art.

04/12/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 12-15

Young composers reimagine the work of Elliott Smith, Andrea Gibson brings slam poetry to the Wonder, and Oregon Ballet Theatre digs into gender stereotypes.

04/12/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Comedy

Hannibal Buress Talks Prom, Sobriety, and Spin Class

The stand-up comic and Broad City fave swings through Portland on April 15. We caught up with him ahead of the show.

04/10/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 5–8

A ninja shape-shifts into a cat, drag queens set out to save democracy, Sama Dams drops new tunes, and Hamilton wraps up its Portland run.

04/05/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 29–Apr 1

We've got dreamy guitar rock, a house party of a book, geolocated tweets, and a bunch of pianos to rocket you into April.

03/29/2018 By Sarah Hutchins, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler