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Still Bill 

When: Fri., Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m. 2010
Price: free

Few soul singers are as indelible -- or as oft-imitated -- as Bill Withers, maker of such hits as "Just the Two of Us," "Lean on Me," and "Ain't No Sunshine." Withers is the subject of a new documentary by Damani Baker and Alex Vlack that's named for the singer's second studio album, Still Bill. More than just a biopic, Still Bill traces the blues lineage from which Withers arose and situates the singer in a particular historical context. To do so, the filmmakers wove together archival concert footage with commentary from Tavis Smiley, Cornell West, AngéliqueKidjo, and Jim James, all of whom pontificate on Withers' contributions to pop culture of the 1970s. Still Bill also shows Withers offstage, interacting with family members or struggling with his career. It screens Friday, Jan. 29, as part of EastSideCulturalCenter's (2277 International Blvd., Oakland) Final Friday series called "Films of Resistance and Solidarity." Local singer Martin Luther will supplement the evening with live performances of Bill Withers classics. 7-9 p.m., free. EastSideArtsAlliance.com

— Rachel Swan

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