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

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

Music

She Shreds Turns 5 with a Blowout Anniversary Show

The pioneering Portland-based magazine—the world's only print publication devoted to women guitarists and bassists—puts on a killer concert featuring Nai Palm, Black Belt Eagle Scout, and more.

10/22/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 18–21

From Kamasi Washington to Phoebe Robinson, Mercury Rev to Ukrainian puppet theater, it's an epic weekend ahead.

10/18/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, and James Stevens

Light a Fire 2018: Best New Nonprofit

This Portland Nonprofit Transforms Homeless Youth into Filmmakers

At Outside the Frame, street kids take charge of their own stories.

10/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Essentials

11 Things to See and Do in Portland: November 2018

Tom Hanks and Abbi Jacobson come to town, Tank and the Bangas play the Roseland, and the Oregon Symphony mashes up Tchaikovsky and Drake.

10/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Photography

This Jewish Photographer Captured Life in a World War II Ghetto

Nearly 300 photos taken by Henryk Ross land in Portland.

10/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Long Story Short

This Banana Slug–Eating Survivalist Will School You on Wilderness Skills

Nicole Apelian says those mustard-colored monopods are delicious.

10/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 11–14

Cameron Esposito hits Revolution Hall, Australian acrobats walk on each other's heads, Chanti Darling plays Holocene, and a new exhibit showcases Japanese art.

10/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens

Theater

Portland Center Stage's New Artistic Director Wants Theater for Everyone

Freshly arrived from Kansas City, Marissa Wolf takes the reins at the city's largest theater company.

10/09/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 4–7

Oh Sees, sexy theater, German films, drag queens, and bendy acrobats are on the agenda.

10/04/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Allison Place

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