The Latest in Portland Arts News—Unknown Mortal Orchestra on Seth Meyers

Plus NW Dance Project’s Ching Ching Wong’s major national award, and last call for POWFest submissions.

By Fiona McCann August 13, 2015

Portland Dancer Ching Ching Wong Wins National Award

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Photo courtesy of NW Dance Project.

NW Dance Project dancer Ching Ching Wong has won a prestigious dance award, the Portland dance company announced this week. Wong, who was born in Manila, Philippines and has been with NW Dance Project for five years, won a 2015 Princess Grace Award for Dance, given to only six dancers annually. We attended a dance class with the “quick-learning, boundlessly personable” Wong last year. Here's our profile of the diminutive dancerHer new accolade brings to four the number of NW Dance Project members who have won the Princess Grace Award. The other previous winners are Andrea Parson [2010], Franco Nieto [2012], and Viktor Usov [2014].

 Watch Wong in action here, as she answers 34 questions about herself—while dancing.

One Day Left For POWFest Submissions

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The deadline is fast approaching for your submission to POWFest—Portland’s annual film festival dedicated to movies made by women. The festival is still accepting submissions for next year’s festival, to take place March 3–6, but for one more day only. To qualify, films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style or genre. Deadline is Friday, August 14 if you want to get your submission in for the regular $35 fee. (Sneaky tip: There is a late submission option for an extra $10 if you’re reading this in a late Thursday night panic).


Unknown Mortal Orchestra On Seth Meyers

Portland’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra made an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers last night (Wednesday). Singer Ruban Nielson was perched on top of a white piano for the band’s performance of Multi-Love, the titular track from their 2015 album.


While they were at it, they appear to have snuck their way onto the SNL set . . .


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