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Two talented local teens will be on the program at the Monterey Jazz Festival next month. Nate Schwartz, 18, is the winner of the Next Generation Jazz Festival Big Band Composition Competition for high school students. He’ll receive the Gerald Wilson Award (named after the composer and trumpeter) and a $1,000 cash prize, writes proud grandma Fritzie Davis Noble. Nate’s composition, “Ninjas Can’t Catch You If You’re on Fire,” will be performed on the Jimmy Lyons Stage at the festival on Sept. 22. Nate is a graduate of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Brother Max Schwartz, 15, and his Berkeley High School Jazz Combo A also will perform at the jazz festival — also on Sept. 22. They’ll be playing at noon at the “Nightclub” venue on the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Besides Max, Combo A group members are Liam Collins, Hugo Shiboski, Sam Klein-Markman, Michael Orenstein and Marcelo Perez.
Film festival postscripts
In other film festival news, writer-director Jill Soloway, whose “Afternoon Delight” screened Aug. 3 at the California Theatre in Berkeley, said her film takes place around her own turf, the JCC in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. The producer of “Six Feet Under” and other TV shows, she says her film about a bored Jewish housewife who becomes fixated on a young stripper — it won a directing award at Sundance — will open in theaters on Aug. 30, just in time to “talk about it at Rosh Hashanah services and at your break-fasts,” she joked.
Brandeis Hillel Day School alum and San Francisco native Eric Rachmany, frontman for the rock, world and reggae band Rebelution, will play Berkeley’s Greek Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 17 with the beatboxing reggae star Matisyahu. The two groups will headline amphitheater venues along the West Coast and across the country … The Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science has been established at the Romberg Tiburon Center with a $1 million donation from the couple. It will focus on issues such as global climate and habitat change and public engagement on the health of the San Francisco Bay.
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