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.

Books & Talks

Women's Rage Is Transforming America, Says Rebecca Traister

In her new book, Good and Mad, the journalist argues that female fury is exactly what our country needs right now.

10/02/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 27–30

Send out September with Japanese Breakfast, steamy dance routines, musings on mortality, Haley Heynderickx, and the seventh annual All Jane Comedy Festival.

09/26/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 20–23

Big names swing through town, including DeRay McKesson, Lily Tomlin, and John Prine. Plus: new work by Latinx playwrights, The Color Purple, and a STRFKR anniversary.

09/20/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Letter Man

How One Portland Designer Creates Entrancing Typography

Recently transplanted from Cape Town, Jordan Metcalf rewrites the alphabet.

09/18/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 13–16

Angel Olsen plays the Newmark, John Cameron Mitchell gives live Hedwig commentary, W. Kamau Bell hits the Aladdin, and TBA comes to a close.

09/13/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Music

Tribal Rhythms Meet Riot Grrrl on Black Belt Eagle Scout's New(ish) Album

Portlander Katherine Paul's Mother of My Children gets a big-label release.

09/12/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: October 2018

Kamasi Washington plays the Crystal, Rebecca Traister hits Powell's, Oregon Ballet Theatre tackles aquatic romance, and Pop-Up Magazine returns to Revolution Hall.

09/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Visual Art

An Oregonian Keeps the Art of Palestinian Embroidery Alive

Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim just took home a major prize from the National Endowment for the Arts.

09/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Beer

Portland’s Original Homebrew Shop Turns 100

F. H. Steinbart celebrates a century of fermentation.

09/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Arts News

Tom Hanks and Abbi Jacobson Are Coming to Portland

The stars will hit town in November for the Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock), alongside such authors as Rachel Kushner, Jonathan Lethem, and Lauren Groff.

09/07/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 6–9

Felted food sculptures, a stacked evening of stand-up, the War on Drugs at the Keller, and an Oregon-penned Western—the fall arts season is here.

09/06/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

TBA 2018

Our Top 6 Picks for TBA 2018

Terrorist drag, groovy chaos, a sitcom baking fiasco, and some joyous J-Setting: It can only be the Time-Based Art Festival.

09/06/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 30–Sept 2

From Margaret Cho to Superorganism, resistance-themed cabaret to the Oregon Symphony at the zoo, here's how to crush your long weekend.

08/30/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Straw Awe

You Can Now Wear a Reusable Stainless Steel Straw around Your Neck

Portland company Dräenk wants you to "embräece the plastic straw ban."

08/23/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 23–26

Head to a night market in the Jade District, catch a classic film on a downtown rooftop, and take in an earful of local music, from Wild Ones to Moorea Masa to Pure Bathing Culture.

08/23/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Theater News

Portland Center Stage Announces New Artistic Director

Marissa Wolf will head up the city's largest theater company, taking over from longtime leader Chris Coleman.

08/22/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 16–19

Portland trio Sávila celebrates its debut album, soapbox cars scream down Mount Tabor, Crush Bar becomes a 'living dreamworld,' and Punch Brothers and Andrew Bird play the Oregon Zoo.

08/16/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Fall Arts

20 Can't-Miss Portland Shows in Fall 2018

From Young Fathers to aquatic romance, Ukrainian puppets to Drake v. Tchaikovsky, here's what you have to catch this season.

08/14/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Music

8 Projects and People Giving Life to Portland Music

An old-school radio mainstay. A record label that gets DIY bands national buzz. An all-local streaming service. Get to know a few vital forces of our sonic scene.

08/14/2018 By Tiara Darnell, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Sam Pape

Music

10 Portland Bands You Need to Hear Right Now

From hip-hop phenoms to sweet-voiced doom rockers, these are the musicians soundtracking our city in 2018.

08/14/2018 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Sam Pape, and Benjamin Tepler