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THE ARTS: Last King of Scotland benefit, Feminist Film Festival, At the Mondavi Center

By Dave Jones on February 16, 2007 in University
LAST KING OF SCOTLAND BENEFIT: To help with its forthcoming Ugandan aid project, a UC Davis student engineers group is sponsoring a benefit showing of The Last King of Scotland, a movie about former Uganda dictator Idi Amin, who happened to be obsessed with Scottish history and culture. The Engineers Without Borders fundraiser is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St., Davis. Organizers said the evening will begin with a 15-minute talk on Ugandan history and culture. The presenter is listed as Fred Kizito, a native of Uganda who is a postdoctoral researcher in the hydrology program of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. A question-and-answer session will follow the movie, organizers said. Members of the Davis Engineers Without Borders group plan a trip this summer to Nkokonjeru, Uganda, to assist with sanitation and health issues. Tickets: $10, available at the Davis Farmers Market on Feb. 17, and at the theatre starting Feb. 23.

FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL: The second annual Davis Feminist Film Festival is scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at Veterans Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., with the doors set to open at 7 p.m. and the films to begin at 8, running for about two hours with intermission. Advance tickets are being sold at a discount, and are available through the UC Davis Gender and Global Issues program, (530) 752-8205 or


Sydney Dance Company—This Australian troupe, in a return appearance at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, plans to present choreographer Stephen Petronio’s Underland. The work is described as “a visually spectacular and eerily beautiful work,” with edgy dance, wild costumes, apocalyptic imagery, and rocker Nick Cave’s dark and dramatic music. 8 p.m. March 2 and 3, Jackson Hall. A preperformance lecture featuring Barbara Sellers-Young, a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, is scheduled at 7 p.m. March 2 in the Mondavi Center’s Studio Theatre. Post-performance question-and-answer sessions are planned both nights.

SFJAZZ Collective—Saxophonist Joshua Redman leads this octet, which plans to perform music composed and inspired by the legendary pianist Thelonious Monk. 8 p.m. March 9, Jackson Hall. A preperformance lecture is scheduled at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre.

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Dave Jones, Dateline, 530-752-6556,