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: 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

Best Bars 2018: The Next Round

Portland's 15 Best New Bars

Natural wine in every neighborhood. Wild cocktails from hotshot bartenders. A real Irish pub. Cheers, Portland.

08/14/2018 By Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 9–12

Shabazz Palaces play the Doug Fir, Barack Obama and Joe Biden do some bromantic sleuthing, massive murals pop up across town, and the Stumptown Improv Fest turns five.

08/09/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Top Shops

Portland’s 9 Finest Cannabis Dispensaries

From converted firehouses to Scandinavian-chic spots, here are the city’s top shops—newcomers welcome!

08/03/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler

PDX Planner

Portland by the Season: Can't-Miss Stuff for Every Time of Year

From summer swims to winter film fests, here's how to fill your calendar.

08/03/2018 By Portland Monthly Staff

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 2–5

Aerial dancers twirl from the trees, a photo exhibit peeks into '70s-era Chicago nightclubs, The Music Man gets a feminist twist, and a new book digs into FIFA corruption.

08/01/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 26–29

Summer Cannibals play Mississippi Studios, Portland Opera travels to the underworld, and mermaids parade down the waterfront. It's July's last hurrah.

07/26/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 19–22

PDX Pop Now! brings free shows to AudioCinema, the Portland Queer Comedy Fest showcases LGBTQ stand-ups, and the Portland Opera takes on Cinderella.

07/19/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Natasha Tandler, and Emily Davis

Music

R&B Phenom Chanti Darling Invites Portland to the Dance Floor

On his debut LP, Chanticleer Trü blends electro-soul, boogie-funk, and house, anchoring it all with his classically trained voice.

07/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: August 2018

What's on deck this month? Junk sculptures, heterodox hip-hop, and a Parisian comedy of manners by a Canadian living in North Portland.

07/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 12–15

The Mississippi Street Fair returns, first-rate authors read their work al fresco, sketch comedy takes over the Siren Theater, and Wye Oak plays Revolution Hall.

07/12/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Musical Mayhem

ODOT Made a Playlist to Soundtrack Your Summer Traffic Hell

And we've got one for those embracing alternative transportation options.

07/09/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 5–8

From Tyler Thrasher's crystallized cicadas to Portland rapper Karma Rivera's clever rhymes, here's how to keep summer going strong.

07/05/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 28–July 1

Risk/Reward showcases genre-busting performance, Ural Thomas & The Pain play Mississippi Studios, and photographer Clifford Prince King explores life as a queer black man.

06/27/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler