On The Look Out

New Survey Contains Surprising Findings About Community Hopes For Jelleff

April 1, 2019

The results of a recent survey on the Jelleff Community Center showed strong support for fitness and exercise programs for all ages as well as community programming compliment traditional organized soccer and basketball needs.


Department of Parks and Recreation has scheduled a meeting on May 8th at 6:30 pm at the Georgetown Library to update the comunity and hear from residents about Jelleff's planned renovation. 

Elizabeth Miller and Kishan Putta (Photo by: Elizabeth Miller) Elizabeth Miller and Kishan Putta


A diverse group of more than four hundred community members participated in a survey about the future of the Jelleff Community Center.  The survey found a series of insights that could inform the upcoming renovation.  Those include:

  • More than 50% wanted Jelleff to include Yoga, fitness and other exercise classes and spaces.
  • Just over 30% expressed strong support for basketball and soccer facilities.
  • 20% wanted more general community related programming ranging from photography to art classes to movie screenings and senior wellness.

“If we take a close look at the survey, it is clear that we should be thinking more broadly about exercise, fitness and community programming as a way to serve the most residents and make Jelleff as vibrant as possible,” said ANC Commissioner Elizabeth Miller. 


“This survey is intended to inform DPR about the community’s needs and priorities.  The Georgetown community deserves a modernized rec center and seems to want a multipurpose space that serves residents of all ages,” added ANC Commissioner Kishan Putta.


Taken over six weeks in the winter of 2019, 411 residents filled out the survey via Survey Monkey.  More than 85% of respondents lived in 20007 zip code, the other 15% were in neighboring zip codes.  65% of respondents were between the ages of 35-64 and nearly all had children.  20% were ages 64+.


Below are a selection of comments registered by survey participants:


“Would love to make this a REAL community space!”


“It is important to focus on making this a strong community resource providing as best possible a safe place with a full range of activity spaces for ages pre-K through seniors.”


“It is imperative that Jelleff be a multi-generational facility.  Now it is only geared to youth.  We have so many seniors in this neighborhood, and we have a need for programs.”


“Jelleff needs to be rebranded as open to the community.  It feels like a private gym and the activities on their fields/courts always seem associated with private leagues.”


“Thanks for surveying the community.”

“Very excited to see what the future holds for Jelleff!” 

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Zilia Sánchez at The Phillips Collection

February 7, 2019

The Phillips Collection presents the first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana) from February 16 through May 19, 2019.


The exhibition, I Am an Island, serves as a personal metaphor for Sanchez's experience as an islander—connected to and disconnected from both the mainland and mainstream art currents.


Sánchez’s artistic journey is traced from her early days in Cuba to her extended visits to Europe and residence in New York, and finally her move to Puerto Rico, where she now lives and works. Many of Sánchez’s works reference protagonists from ancient mythology (such as Trojans, Amazonians, and Antigone—all warriors and female heroines). 

Others have reoccurring motifs of lunar shapes, erotic topologies, and tattoo drawings that map physical and psychological spaces and add another dimension to her curvilinear geometry, rich with metaphorical meaning.


The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

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Jonathan Butler Live at Blues Alley

October 25, 2018

Grammy-nominated South African expatriate, Jonathan Butler, known for his laidback, slightly jazz-tinged approach to worship music, will be performing live at Blues Alley, November 1-4, 2018.


The youngest of 13 children, Butler grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, ruled by Apartheid and segregation. “I was born poor, but richly blessed with talent and the gift to make music,” he says. “I can’t dismiss where I’ve been or where I’ve come from. I’m a proud South African and I came from nothing.”

Butler began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records (“Please Stay” went double gold and “I Love How You Love Me” went gold) in 1975 as he became a teenager.

More than a decade later, Butler moved to London, England after signing with Jive Records and released his first album internationally. The self-titled set went gold in 1987 in the United Kingdom and in the USA. He received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel. Butler’s 2004 album, Surrender, went gold in South Africa where he remains a superstar. “I don’t think I’ve ever really celebrated these moments in my life. I’ve spent my whole life taking care of people ever since I was seven. And I’m grateful, but this is the season of me.”


Butler’s tenacious, indomitable spirit and effervescent view of silver-lined clouds infuses his music like a heaven-sent harbinger of healing. “Music is spiritual and it heals. It soothes the heart and mind,” states Butler, who after a tumultuous year wrought with immense personal loss, pain and suffering offers up his latest release "So Strong."

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