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.

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: May 2018

From an exploration of black hair to a poetic tribute to Janet Jackson and nacho cheese, here's what you can't miss this month.

04/24/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 19–22

Soul'd Out! James Comey! Frankie Cosmos! TEDxPortland! Sloane Crosley! What a bounty, folks.

04/19/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Beardly Beauty

Behold the Most Fabulously Decorated Beards in the World

From glitter to googly eyes, this Portland duo turns facial hair into a work of art.

04/12/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 12-15

Young composers reimagine the work of Elliott Smith, Andrea Gibson brings slam poetry to the Wonder, and Oregon Ballet Theatre digs into gender stereotypes.

04/12/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Comedy

Hannibal Buress Talks Prom, Sobriety, and Spin Class

The stand-up comic and Broad City fave swings through Portland on April 15. We caught up with him ahead of the show.

04/10/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 5–8

A ninja shape-shifts into a cat, drag queens set out to save democracy, Sama Dams drops new tunes, and Hamilton wraps up its Portland run.

04/05/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 29–Apr 1

We've got dreamy guitar rock, a house party of a book, geolocated tweets, and a bunch of pianos to rocket you into April.

03/29/2018 By Sarah Hutchins, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler

Trophy Case

Style Your Ride with This Portland Cycling Gear

Snackholes to snazzy socks, your commute just got a whole lot cushier.

03/27/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Essentials

12 Things to Do and See in Portland: April 2018

Soul'd Out brings the likes of Erykah Badu and Wyclef Jean to town, Portlander Anis Mojgani drops new poetry, and young composers reimagine the music of Elliott Smith.

03/27/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 22–25

Didn't score Hamilton tickets? Console yourself with Trevor Noah, Superorganism, and lexicography.

03/22/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Christine Menges, and Natasha Tandler

Body Talk

Has This Portlander Designed a Better Menstrual Cup?

When Voxapod founder Amanda Wilson couldn't find a cup that worked for her, she decided to produce her own. A Kickstarter campaign is live now.

03/16/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 15–18

NW Dance Project puts a modern spin on Ibsen, Matthew Dickman drops some new poetry, Daniel Mallory Ortberg chats with Andi Zeisler, and Darlingside plays Mississippi Studios.

03/15/2018 By Sarah Hutchins, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Christine Menges

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 8–11

Lorde plays the Moda, POWFest turns 11, Bag & Baggage travels to a post-Pinochet Chile, and a Seattleite evangelizes about jazz.

03/08/2018 By Sarah Hutchins, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

Theater

How to Score $10 Hamilton Tickets

May the odds be ever in your favor.

03/06/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 1–4

Urban Bush Women storm the Newmark, Blind Pilot plays the Schnitz, kids get a tailor-made film fest, and Oregon Ballet Theatre goes through the looking glass.

03/01/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Global Comfort Food

We Asked 20 Portland Chefs and Foodies: What Tastes Like Home?

From hearty Haitian soups to pupusas, here's what makes these locals feel safe and loved—and where to score these touchstone eats.

02/27/2018 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Karen Brooks, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Rebecca Jacobson, Pechluck Laskey, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Molly Woodstock

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: March 2018

Portlander Haley Heynderickx drops her debut album, Patton Oswalt swings by Powell's, and Northwest Dance Project takes on Henrik Ibsen.

02/27/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 22–25

From jazz master Dr. Lonnie Smith to pop-art ballet to new tunes from Typhoon, here are 13 ways to stave off cabin fever.

02/22/2018 By Sarah Hutchins, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

Performance

Feyonce Brings 'Messy Drag' to the Masses

In Strong Female Protagonist, Wayne Bund—a first-grade teacher by day—takes us on a hero's journey.

02/15/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 15–18

Tiny cats! The Portland International Film Festival! Psychedelic stoner rock! An epic play about climate change! Get out there, folks.

02/15/2018 By Sarah Hutchins, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Christine Menges, and Anya Rehon