Digital editor Rebecca Jacobson oversees Portland Monthly's website and helms the magazine's social media platforms. She also contributes print stories—about the arts, cannabis, mermaids, and more—and edits the occasional feature package.

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 as Stage & Screen Editor at Willamette Week, where she also covered heroin kingpins-turned-barbers and little-known scraps of local history. Her WW 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.

Theater

A New Portland Show Searches for Utopia Onstage

Partly inspired by the Rajneeshees, innovative company Hand2Mouth presents a “mind experiment” for 2017.

10/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Light a Fire 2017: Emerging Leader

The Oregon Jewish Museum’s April Slabosheski Teaches Living History

The 28-year-old has risen quickly at the nonprofit, which moved to a much larger space in the Pearl this year.

10/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Media

A Smart New Portland-Based Magazine Covers Travel for Women of Color

Backed by advertising giant Wieden & Kennedy, On She Goes already has a lot going on.

10/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson Illustrations by Lisk Feng

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 12–15

From Laika to Loudon Wainwright, the All Jane Comedy Fest to the Paul Taylor Dance Company, here are 16 ways to spend your weekend.

10/12/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Hannah Bonnie

Books & Talks

George Saunders Talks Fear, Joy, and Getting 'More Precisely Manic'

We caught up with the Lincoln in the Bardo author in advance of his Portland visit.

10/10/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Bike Fun

Portland’s New Kid-Designed Bike Lane Art Is Delightful

Blast off—it's a cyclist in space!

10/06/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 5–8

The Shins, a dance tribute to David Bowie, gospel tunes about climate change, German films galore, Feist, and photos of dogs—get after it, Portland.

10/05/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Hannah Bonnie

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 28–Oct 1

From Nick Offerman to Janet Jackson, Beyoncé-themed burlesque to the Portland EcoFilm Festival, here's how to send out September.

09/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Marijuana

Meet the Women at the Forefront of the Northwest's Cannabis Industry

Head to Holocene on Wednesday, September 27 for a free cannabis community fair and the launch of how-to book Grow Your Own.

09/22/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

The Lost World

How a Legendary Photographer Captured (Really, Really) Old Portland

Imagine a time before parking lots.

09/21/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 21–24

Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher bring their stand-up to Revolution Hall, Vagabon plays Holocene, Raymond Carver's short stories come to the stage, and Fun Home opens at the Gerding.

09/21/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

TBA 2017

Our Top 8 Moments from TBA 2017

After 10 days of provocative, entertaining, emotionally raw work, we’ve pulled together the most impactful moments from this year’s Time-Based Art Festival.

09/20/2017 By Kayla Brock, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 14–17

George Takei joins the Oregon Symphony, RAC plays the Wonder, feline fanatics tell their stories, and the Time-Based Art Festival blasts through its final days.

09/14/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

The Essentials

13 Portland Shows, Events, and Pure-Genius Things to Know This October

From George Saunders to a comedy about cockfighting to a major museum exhibit about Laika, here's what you can't miss this month.

09/13/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Dance

Celebrating 20 Years of White Bird Dance

The venerable dance presenter launches its 20th season this fall. We look back on big moments from the last two decades.

09/13/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Advertising

A Portland Ad Agency Plays Matchmaker with Bands and Brands

"This is like a young fawn in the forest."

09/13/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 7–10

From garbage paintings to environmental operas, OK Go to Kubrick on 70 mm, here are ways to distract yourself as the world burns.

09/07/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Anyi Wong-Lifton, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 31–Sept 3

From cat-themed sketch comedy to edgy theater, alfresco concerts to fermentation festivals, here's how to fill your Labor Day weekend.

08/31/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Anyi Wong-Lifton

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 24–27

Catch Iggy Pop, Nas, and Lizzo on the waterfront, ponder climate change at the theater, watch This Is Spinal Tap on a downtown roof, and eat dumplings and empanadas in Montavilla.

08/23/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Anyi Wong-Lifton

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 17–20

The eclipse is coming. Here's how to survive the last days before total meltdown.

08/17/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Anyi Wong-Lifton