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.

Winter Fitness

The Portlander's Ultimate Guide to Fitness and Wellness

Forge ahead into Resolution Season with bracing new workouts, self-care destinations, martial arts options, all the yogas, sanctioned nudity, and a license to chill.

12/28/2017 Edited by Rebecca Jacobson

Fitness: Ride On

This Group Aims to Get More Women of Color on Bikes

Molly Sugar, founder of Friends on Bikes, talks bike camping, spandex, and doughnuts.

12/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Fitness: Gonna Make You Sweat

9 Portland Gyms & Fitness Studios to Know

Squats and burpees? Spin bikes and club vibes? Old-school kettlebell swings and snatches? No matter your style, this city has something for you.

12/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Molly Woodstock, Kelly Clarke, and Fiona McCann

Fitness: Stretch the Rules

11 Yoga Classes You Didn't Know Existed

From goats to doom metal, Portland yoga ventures far beyond standard styles.

12/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Fitness: Surf's Up

Why Surfing the Oregon Coast Is So Addictive

Alex Morris, a longtime surfer and owner of Portland's Cosube surf shop, breaks it down.

12/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Fitness: Shake Your Groove Thing

7 Portland Dance Classes to Take Right Now

From hoop dance to Afro-contemporary, our city serves up a seriously sweaty slate of options.

12/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Essentials

12 Things to See and Do in Portland: January 2018

Photographer Pete Souza makes us nostalgic for the Obama days, the Oregon Symphony mashes up Brahms and Radiohead, and Oliver Twist gets a hip-hop spin.

12/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 28–Jan 31

It's the last weekend of 2017. Pressure's on.

12/27/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Eleanor Van Buren, and Hannah Bonnie

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 21–24

Ian Karmel plays a hometown show, Banana Stand Media celebrates its 10th anniversary, and Imago mashes up theater and dance. Oh, and Christmas stuff. Lots of Christmas stuff.

12/20/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Hannah Bonnie, Eleanor Van Buren, and Kayla Brock

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 14–17

Jay-Z storms the Moda, John Mulaney hits the Schnitz, sugarplum fairies twirl through the Keller, and Ebenezer Scrooge does his cantankerous thing at Portland Playhouse.

12/14/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Eleanor Van Buren, Hannah Bonnie, and Kayla Brock

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 7–10

Queer storytellers, Valerie June, festive sketch comedy, Patterson Hood, and dance numbers set to Billie Holiday are on deck this December weekend.

12/07/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Eleanor Van Buren, and Kayla Brock

Theater

Oregon Teen Gets Glowing Reviews in Broadway Debut

Raised in Happy Valley, 18-year-old Hailey Kilgore is earning raves for her starring role in Once on This Island.

12/05/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 30–Dec 3

Joe Biden! A Die Hard musical! Pere Ubu! Animal posters! The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus! The Builders and the Butchers! Buckle up, y'all.

11/30/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Kayla Brock, Eleanor Van Buren, and Fiona McCann

Video Games

This Video Game Tells People to Stop Touching Black Women’s Hair

Hair Nah, designed by Wieden & Kennedy art director Momo Pixel, follows a black woman as she attempts to reach her travel destination—while swatting away grabby hands.

11/30/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 23–26

Do your turkey (or tofurky) trot, then celebrate the 20th anniversary of OK Computer with Portland Cello Project, catch holiday stories onstage, or take in some Day-Glo-tinged psychedelia.

11/21/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Kayla Brock, Fiona McCann, and Molly Woodstock

The Essentials

13 Things to Do and See in Portland: December 2017

From Hillary Clinton to Ian Karmel, Explode Into Colors to serpentwithfeet, here's what you can't miss this month.

11/20/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Theater

This Oregon-Raised Teen Could Be Broadway's Next Big Star

Hailey Kilgore grew up in Happy Valley. Now she's starring in a Broadway revival of the musical Once on This Island.

11/20/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 16–19

Ilana Glazer and Phoebe Robinson storm Revolution Hall, Ari Shapiro sings solo, Chicano Batman plays the Wonder, and Disjecta auctions off lots of local art.

11/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Hannah Bonnie, and Eleanor Van Buren

Theater

Don't Throw Away Your Shot: Hamilton Tickets Go on Sale This Friday

The Broadway sensation hits Portland March 20–April 8, and you can score tickets starting at 10 a.m. on November 17.

11/13/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Peak Goat?

In Portland, You Can Get a Flower Bouquet Delivered by Goats

And then they'll devour it before your very eyes.

11/10/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson