CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, March
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 3. $12, $10 seniors/students. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.
KEENE Film Premiere with Indie Filmmaker Laina Barakat and NHPR Host Virginia Prescott: "Independent Filmmaking & the Creative Community" is co-presented by the Keene State Film Department and Keene State Film Society, in partnership with the New Hampshire Film Office. The evening opens with Barakat's new short, "Things We Say." The narrative follows three women during the course of one day and is a subtle study of habit, desire and things unsaid. This will be followed by a preview from her first feature, "Light Attaching to a Girl." A panel discussion follows with Matt Newton, NH Film Office; Dave Sezhi, actor; Lindsay Jackson, Keene State College film program alum, and Susan MacNeil, author "When Jumanji Came to Town" moderated by the NHPR "Word of Mouth" host exploring how communities and filmmakers can create together in the Granite State. Q&A with area cast and crew of "Things We Say.". 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. Keene State College, Alumni Center, 229 Main St.
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.
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Women's Chorus Open Sing: The spring repertoire features Vermont songs--songs about Vermont and ones by Vermont composers and arrangers, including several by the chorus director Becky Graber. Concerts for the main chorus will be Mother's Day weekend, May 12 and 13. Women may sing in chorus for the music and camaraderie without participating in the concerts. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Come for free to see if it's right for you. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-8994, www.BrattleboroWomensChorus.org.
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 ..
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Alzheimer Caregivers Support Group: Come share, obtain a support network, or just listen. 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (first Thursday of every month). Free. The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace St. Sharon Snider: 802 254-6559.
PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593, firstname.lastname@example.org.