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Go Out -- AND Watch TV

By RD Heldenfels Published: September 14, 2005

As I've mentioned here a couple of times, I originally saw ''No Direction Home,'' a new documentary about Bob Dylan, in a theater, in one 3 1/2-hour sitting. Well, you can wait until Sept. 20 and buy the DVD of the program, or until Sept. 26-27 to see it on PBS, or ...

See it the way I did, on a big screen. There's a showing set for The Kent Stage (175 E. Main St., Kent) at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22. Admission is free -- first come, first served -- and the doors open at 6 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by WNEO/WEAO (Channel 45/49), WKSU and The Kent Stage. For more info, see

Channels 45/49 are also doing a live event next week to mark the premiere of ''If You're Not Dead, Play!'' -- a documentary about the ''second wave'' of Akron bands including Chi Pig, Unit 5 and Hammer Damage. (The first wave, for those of you tuning in late, included Devo and the Waitresses. Phil Hoffman, the maker of ''If You're Not Dead,'' covered that era in the documentary ''It's Everything and Then It's Gone.'' Channels 45/49 will replay ''It's Everything'' at 8 p.m. on Sept. 27. ''If You're Not Dead'' will premiere at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28.)

But I'm getting away from the live part. ''If You're Not Dead'' will be shown on Sept. 21 in the auditorium of the main Akron-Summit County Library (60 S. High St., Akron.) Unit 5 and Chi Pig will also perform at the screening. Admission is free for this one, too.

Consumer advisory: People interviewed in ''If You're Not Dead'' include Beacon Journal columnist David Giffels and former Beacon Journal columnist Chuck Klosterman.

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