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: June 21–24

Naked cyclists swarm the city, the Decemberists play Edgefield, a new show riffs on the Donner Party, and Andrea Bocelli serenades the Moda Center.

06/21/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Summer Eats: Fun in the Sun

11 Amazing Ways to Savor Summer in Portland

Garden bowers. Yacht-side patios. Slurping banana pudding milkshakes and swilling beers with llamas. We’ve got ideas.

06/19/2018 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Rebecca Jacobson, Sam Pape, Benjamin Tepler, and Sarah Williams

The Essentials

12 Things to See and Do in Portland: July 2018

Jazz in the Chinese Garden, outdoor movies galore, a sketch comedy bonanza, and the beautiful portraits of Borderland—summer’s got plenty in store.

06/19/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Film

In a New Film, a Father and Daughter Go Off the Grid in Forest Park

Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace chases a real-life Portland mystery.

06/19/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 14–17

Genre-crossing jazz saxophonist Soweto Kinch plays the Jack London, SlimFast meets murder at Profile Theatre, classic cars come to the Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Zoo kicks off a season of alfresco concerts.

06/14/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Gravel Grinding

This Beautiful Ride along the Deschutes Is the Perfect Intro to Bikepacking

Looking to ease into two-wheeled, off-road travel? This mellow gravel trail offers dramatic canyon views and bucolic riverside campsites.

06/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 7–10

Calexico plays Revolution Hall, Corey Pein reveals the horrors of Silicon Valley, the Jewish Film Fest returns, and fancy 3-D projection mapping comes to the opera.

06/07/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 31–June 3

Godspeed You! Black Emperor play the Wonder, Imago braces for nuclear fallout, queer black artists meditate on flowers, and two local authors kick campfire cooking up a notch.

05/31/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Film

Watch the Rollicking Trailer for the New Oregon-Set Western The Sisters Brothers

Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riz Ahmed go full Wild West.

05/24/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 24–27

Sticking around town for the long weekend? Portland delivers with ballet, sketch comedy, concerts by Bon Iver and David Byrne, and much more.

05/24/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Camping Guide: Wild Country

5 Northwest Backpacking Trips to Take Right Now

Lace up those boots—high-alpine lakes, wildflower-lined trails, and hand-operated cable cars are waiting.

05/22/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Benjamin Tepler

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