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Aaron Spencer


Aaron Spencer was a producer for OPB's Arts & Life team. A Louisiana native, Aaron graduated from Louisiana State University and has produced content for The Clarion-Ledger, the International Herald Tribune, the Daily Journal of Commerce and Willamette Week, among others. He's also a compulsive premium cable junkie and can't say no to a karaoke mic.

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local | Arts

Weekend Holiday Performances: December 26-31

OPB | Dec. 26, 2013 midnight

Ring in the new year with the Oregon Symphony and a host of Portland talent, including Thomas Lauderdale, Gus Van Sant, China Forbes and Storm Large. See this event and other New Year's picks for this weekend.

local | Arts

Weekend Holiday Performances: December 20-22

OPB | Dec. 19, 2013 midnight

Oregon Mandolin Orchestra plays its winter concert in Hillsboro and Salem. See this and other holiday performance picks for your weekend.

local | Arts

Weekend Holiday Performances: December 13-15

OPB | Dec. 12, 2013 midnight

Rat armies, toy soldiers and the Sugar Plum Fairy bring in the holidays with the Oregon Ballet Theatre's classic ballet The Nutcracker. See this and other picks for your weekend.

local | Arts

Weekend Holiday Performances: December 6-8

OPB | Dec. 5, 2013 midnight

Perhaps the most offbeat of holiday performance options, Wanderlust Circus brings back its Beatles-backed stunt show White Album Christmas for a sixth year. See it and other picks for your weekend.

local | NW Life | Arts

Spinning Yarns: Knitwork On Statues Is Compliant Mischief

OPB | Dec. 4, 2013 midnight | Portland

The eye-catching yarn decorations on downtown Portland statues may look like the work of pranksters, but they are actually a coordinated move by marketers and the city's public art managers.

Music

Studio Session: The Parson Red Heads

OPB | Dec. 3, 2013 midnight | Portland

Orb Weaver, the third full-length record from the Portland quartet The Parson Red Heads, finds the group exploring louder, more up-tempo territory with the help of producer Scott McCaughey.

Books

Salman Rushdie On His Memoir

OPB | Nov. 29, 2013 midnight

Salman Rushdie, who went into hiding after his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses prompted the Ayatollah Khomeini to call for his death, has written a memoir about his experience.

local | Arts

Weekend Holiday Performances: November 29-December 1

OPB | Nov. 28, 2013 midnight | Portland

The Rankin/Bass stop-motion animation special comes to the stage, thanks to the same people who've turned '80s cult films into bar plays. See Rudolph On Stage! and other weekend holiday picks.

local | Arts

Weekend Holiday Performances: November 22-24

OPB | Nov. 21, 2013 midnight

Portland Center Stage's new irreverent holiday show mixes improv with Dickens' classic tale. Find out about Twist Your Dickens and other holiday picks for this weekend.

local | Books

Karen Karbo's 'Julia Child Rules' Is A Recipe For Living

OPB | Nov. 19, 2013 midnight

Karen Karbo's book Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life is a collection of rules for living modeled after Julia Child's life. Watch Karbo read an excerpt from the book.

local | Arts

In Narrative Photo Exhibition, Every Picture Tells A Story

OPB | Nov. 12, 2013 midnight | Portland

Spinning Yarns, a traveling exhibition of narrative photography, uses metaphor, open-ended narrative and subtle manipulation to tell stories.

local | Music

Studio Session: Modern Kin

OPB | Nov. 7, 2013 midnight

Modern Kin, the Portland trio made up of former Pastors' Wives Drew Grow, Kris Doty and Jeremiah Hayden, introduce themselves as a new band with a self-titled, Janet Weiss-produced debut.

local | Arts

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Shows Range Of Region’s Talent

OPB | Nov. 5, 2013 midnight | Portland

Work from six Pacific Northwest artists is on display at the Portland Art Museum. Browse photos of the pieces and read about their creation.

local | Arts

Portland's Pretend Picasso: Stewart Holbrook's 'Mr. Otis' On Display

OPB | Oct. 21, 2013 midnight | Portland

The popular historian and columnist for The Oregonian is perhaps most well known for creating the fictional modern artist Mr. Otis in the 1950s.

Music

Studio Session: Lovers

OPB | Oct. 18, 2013 midnight | Portland

Lovers' new album, A Friend in the World, fuses the band's synth pop sound with intimate lyrics. Watch the band perform "Purple Sage."

local | Arts

Portland Playhouse's 'Detroit' Paints Grim American Portrait

OPB | Oct. 16, 2013 midnight | Portland

Portland Playhouse Artistic Director Brian Weaver talks about why he chose this Pulitzer Prize finalist play as part of their season and how audiences are reacting to it.

local | Music

Studio Session: JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

OPB | Oct. 7, 2013 midnight | Portland

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's latest record, Howl, finds the band putting some modern twists on the retro soul foundations they've established thus far.

local | Arts

Hula Dancing Brings Hawaiian Culture To Portland

OPB | Oct. 3, 2013 midnight | Portland

A hula exhibition will showcase some of the dancers promoting Hawaiian culture in the Portland area.

local | Books | Food

Le Pigeon Features Inventive Recipes In First Cookbook

OPB | Oct. 1, 2013 midnight | Portland

Chef Gabriel Rucker collaborated with his colleagues on a book of recipes from his Portland restaurant.

local | Music

Studio Session: Magic Mouth

OPB | Sept. 25, 2013 midnight | Portland

Magic Mouth recently released their new EP, Devil May Care. Watch them perform "Swampy Seconds."