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: 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

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: December 2018

Alela Diane plays the Old Church, Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher hit Helium, and NW Dance Project draws inspiration from fables and fairy tales.

11/20/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Comedy

Portlander Katie Nguyen Will School You in Funny

The 30-year-old comedian, a high school teacher by day, tells it silly but straight.

11/20/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

#boxwineboyfriend

This Portlander Is Getting Married to a Boyfriend Made from Boxed Wine

Mazel tov to the happy couple.

11/20/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 15–18

Cat Power plays the Roseland, David Sedaris hits the Schnitz, and two Portland comics writers break down some sex-ed basics.

11/15/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, and James Stevens

Music

‘70s-Era Portland Soul Icons Take the Stage in Historic Concert

The Albina Soul Revue showcases some of the best of the city's musical past.

11/13/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 8–11

France's most famous comedian hits Portland, the Oregon Symphony mashes up Tchaikovsky and Drake, Polaris Dance Theatre muses on politics, and Frankie Cosmos plays the Wonder.

11/08/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

Books

5 Picks for the Portland Book Festival (Formerly Known as Wordstock)

Saturday’s literary event offers a smorgasbord of bookish delights. We’ve narrowed the list for your delectation. 

11/08/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 1–4

Onetime Portlander Susan Orlean comes to Powell's, Mitski plays the Crystal, Russian puppets take the Schnitz, and Shakespeare gets a Harlem twist.

11/01/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, and Allison Place

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 25–28

Dirty Revival brings the funk, Night of the Living Dead gets a live score, Y La Bamba plays Mississippi Studios, and a beauty queen attempts to revolutionize the American government.

10/24/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens