Abby Millager

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January 4, 2016
by Abby Millager
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Writing=Tango

I’ve been thinking about how writing and tango are similar. I think it has to do with receptiveness—that animal frame of mind in which you de-concentrate your attention and operate primarily according to peripheral vision. This is how you pay attention to the landscape and the herd—the big picture—all at once. If you zero in too closely on any single thing or give in to expectations, you will miss crucial signals and ideas as you go along.

Tango at Hummingbird to Mars, Wilmington

Tango at Hummingbird to Mars, Wilmington

March 18, 2014
by Abby Millager
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Abby Millager Poetry Reading April 18th in Newark

Music, Mocha and More

Poetry Reading

April 18, 2014

7– 9 pm

 

Central Perk Café

42 E Main St, Newark, De 19711

(Also reading: DE Poet Laureate JoAnn Balingit)

 

“Friends of Newark invites you to our April Main Street Coffeehouse (and every third Friday of the month)! Celebrate National Poetry Month and enjoy wonderful performers in our 6th year of live entertainment on Main Street offering spoken word in poetry, story and song, with music ranging from old time bluegrass to Brazilian samba, from performance chanting to classical pentameters. Musical performances follow the readings. Central Perk Cafe offers a delicious hot and cold menu. Events are family-friendly. Free & open to the public. For more information, contact or .”

March 18, 2014
by Abby Millager
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Inaugural Tango Prohibido Practica

TP march 2014

Tucked away from the St. Patty’s Day hubbub below, a kernel of civilization takes root at Hummingbird to Mars, complete with cortinas courtesy of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington & co.

 

If you missed it, come next time–Sunday, April 27th from 6-9pm.

 

 

March 7, 2014
by Abby Millager
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Tango Prohibido-new Practica in Wilmington!!!

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Tango Prohibido–practica

Catherine Rooney’s Hummingbird to Mars

1616 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806

3rd Sundays of every month, beginning Sunday, March 16

( 4th Sunday in April, ie not Easter)

6-9pm

Eat, Drink, Tango!

Come dance Argentine tango in a glittering, old-world café setting—Hummingbird to Mars, the speakeasy upstairs at Catherine Rooney’s in Trolley Square.

To get you and your partner dancing right away, each session will begin with an introductory mini-lesson. An open, guided practica will follow, at which tango dancers of all levels may practice to a mix of traditional and contemporary tango music. During the practica, dancers with more experience will help less experienced dancers develop their skills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

This is a dance—or style of dance—like no other.  More tender than ballroom and more subtle than salsa, it is absolutely beautiful, and habit-forming. Come unravel the mystery of Argentine tango, in a setting reminiscent of the 1930s and 40s—tango’s Golden Age.

Abby & André

Origins of the Tango

The exact origins of the tango are uncertain. In the early 1900s, the dance and music developed together in the social cauldrons of port cities Montevideo and Buenos Aires, where fortune-seeking immigrants from all over Europe rubbed shoulders with native South Americans and African slaves. Most of the immigrants were men—competition for women was fierce—and it was in this lonely and desperate environment that they developed the intimate, elegant and seductive tango, practicing it and refining it so that when they went to a milonga—a social dance—women would be enticed to dance with them.

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February 5, 2014
by Abby Millager
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Forthcoming Events

 

FYI Hummingbird to Mars=upstairs lounge at Catherine Rooney’s and the 12th is next Wednesday!

1616 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806

Yours Truly will be reciting Her Kind and singing White Rabbit.

There will also be Dylan and California Dreamin’.

Do not miss.

 

AND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Music, Mocha and More

Poetry Reading

April 18, 2014

7– 9 pm

 

Central Perk Café

42 E Main St, Newark, De 19711

(Also reading: DE Poet Laureate JoAnn Balingit)

 

“Friends of Newark invites you to our April Main Street Coffeehouse (and every third Friday of the month)! Celebrate National Poetry Month and enjoy wonderful performers in our 6th year of live entertainment on Main Street offering spoken word in poetry, story and song, with music ranging from old time bluegrass to Brazilian samba, from performance chanting to classical pentameters. Musical performances follow the readings. Central Perk Cafe offers a delicious hot and cold menu. Events are family-friendly. Free & open to the public. For more information, contact or .”

September 13, 2013
by Abby
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Because Science is Satan with extra letters thrown in, and a couple subtracted: no science laureate

 

From ScienceInsider:  US Science Laureate Bill Hits Roadblock

  • Climate science skeptics have derailed a congressional proposal to create the honorary position of U.S. science laureate. (Republicans put House vote on hold after complaints from the likes of Larry Hart of the American Conservative Union.)

 Roadblock symbol

Seriously, though, why are we allowing ludicrously backward and destructive thinking to hogtie public policy? It’s easy to blame the politicians. But what if it’s because a significant number of Americans really are this ignorant and suspicious of science?

As far as public knowledge goes, in a recent Pew science and technology quiz poll, 77% of Americans understood that overusing antibiotics may lead to resistant bacteria. The same percentage knew about continental drift. Fifty eight percent answered that carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas believed to raise atmospheric temperatures. While this performance may not be stellar, it’s apparently not abysmal, compared with the rest of the world’s. We know something, if not much.

However proficient we are or aren’t, though, how much do Americans say we value science? National Science Foundation surveys indicate that American attitudes toward science—ie, does it make our lives better, do the benefits outweigh the risks—are at least equal to or somewhat more positive than those of Europeans, Russians, and Japanese. Furthermore, in 2010, 82% of us agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “even if it brings no immediate benefits, scientific research that advances the frontiers of knowledge is necessary and should be supported by the federal government.” A 2009 Harris Poll found scientist to be a very prestigious occupation, second only to fireman. It seems we at least like the idea of science.

Possibly conscious of how ignorant we are, ourselves, Americans definitely want to encourage our children to learn more about science and technology. When Pew asked which subjects merit greater emphasis in grades K-12, Math + Science accounted for 42% of the responses. 

 pew poll k-12 subjects

Notice, this chart breaks the responses down by party. Interestingly, the Republican combined Math and Science percentages are almost identical to the Democratic combined Math and Science—42 and 41% respectively. However, while 17% of Democrats favored more Science, only 7% of Republicans did. For some reason, it appears that Republicans are shying away from Science.

At the same time, scientists are shying away from Republicans. According to another 2009 Pew poll, only 6% of American scientists now consider themselves Republicans. This percentage has fallen drastically over the past 50 years. Why?

I would imagine, it’s because scientists see the Republican party as not helping. Some will argue, the left-leaning press has smeared the Republicans’ image. I would argue two things: one is that Rupert Murdoch can hold his own, just fine. The second is that scientists operate in a research-driven, evidence-based, logical realm; if anyone can sift through the BS and find out the facts, they will. If the question is, who supported and who cut funding for basic science, and who is advancing vs. hindering science education, they know.

Why would Republicans dislike science? The fascinating article “Why Conservatives Turned Against Science” in The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that the reasons are as much economic as anything. For one thing, science leads to efforts at conservation, which lead to major financial headaches for industry. If you are for free enterprise, maybe you are against free science.

The Education section of the 2012 Republican Party of Texas platform puts on a blatant display of Republican anti-science. The following two sections are particularly telling:

  • Controversial Theories – We support objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories. We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.
  • Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

Does this platform represent the entire party? No, of course not. But the thing is, the Republican leadership is full of educated people who know better. How are they not mortified by this kind of idiocy? How can they keep catering to the minority in their party who insist on being so vocal and so regressive? Larry Hart squawks, and the Republican knee-jerk is to CANCEL THE VOTE to create a lousy science laureate! All I can think is that the Republican leadership actually finds this downward-spiraling attitude toward science useful, and hopes to encourage it.

September 1, 2013
by Abby Millager
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The art of mis-orientation

 

Witness Reggie Watts’ montage of sense, mis-sense and senselessness, a short attention span send-up of tech-age informational gloss, containing just enough of what feels like truth to make believe.