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Event listings for Wednesday, February

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "I Used to Have This Cat": Robert Fritz's new play is presented by Rock River Players. Actresses: Sara Vitale and Natalie Neilson. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, March 03. $12, $10 seniors/students. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

KEENE Independent Filmmaking & the Creative Community: "Things We Say": Indie filmmaker Laina Barakat's new short follows three women during the course of one day, and is a subtle study of habit, desire, and things unsaid. Then a preview of Barakat's first feature, "Light Attaching to a Girl" will be shown. A panel discussion follows moderated by NHPR "Word of Mouth" host, Virginia Prescott. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Keene State College, Alumni Center, 229 Main St.

Music

BRATTLEBORO Tal National: By the time Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013's "Kaani," the band's first release outside of Niger, they had spent over a decade crisscrossing their native country playing 5-hour sets, every day, selling CDs on street corners and became Niger's most popular band. Following FatCat's release of 'Kaani,' Western audiences/critics embraced their sound. With new album "Tantabara," they continue their quest to translate that energy to tape and thrive in a country parched of resources but teeming with music and rhythm. Their songs combine original numbers with new arrangements of W. African folk songs with themes of love, tolerance, peace, feminine beauty, and woman's physical dance expression based on traditional African rhythms. They speak French but use the American expression "very rock and roll" seriously, implying their awareness that the loud guitars and bewildering rhythmic complexity separate them from their W. African peers. 8 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Government

BRATTLEBORO Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax preparation to eligible households that earn up to $54,000 per year and who live or work in Windham County. . Through Thursday, April 12. Free. Brattleboro Retreat, 75 Linden St. Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in VT for appointment ..

Dance

PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593, putneycares@svcable.net.

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