5 things to do today: Saturday, August 10
Bud Billiken Day Parade and Picnic This massive kid-centered parade, founded in 1929 by Robert S. Abbott (who also established the Chicago Defender newspaper), features upwards of 160 floats and vehicles, marching bands and community groups. Running for the 82nd year in a row, it's thought to be the largest and oldest parade of its kind. The parade ends with a large-scale picnic in Washington Park. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Dr. 10am.
Chicago Comic Con 2013 Chicago Comic Con returns with the promise of costumes, nerd-approved celebrities and inexplicably expensive merchandise. Among this year's visitors is the legendary Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men, Dr. Strange and more. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. 10am–7pm. $100 for four day pass, advance $90.
Demdike Stare Manchester's Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty are back for a mini tour of the States—one not to be missed. They've been issuing more music on the Modern Love label this year, but it is their dex-n-FX sets which we crave, combining a horror-tinged atmosphere and psychedelic pastoral sonics with dizzying live visuals. Duane Pitre, Stave and Karl Meier stoke our pagan sonic fires. Empty Bottle. 9:30pm. $12.
Lil Wayne + T.I. + 2 Chainz Remember when people were calling Lil Wayne the best rapper alive? Okay, sure, that was mostly coming from his precious-metal–filled mouth, but some critics honestly believed that. The human tattoo sample book has had a rough few years since—foolishing fiddling with metal, suffering seizures and sliding into the laziest rhymes of his life. The recent I Am Not a Human Being II was 80 percent yelling about blow jobs. Honestly, it seems like he (and many other rap stars who should be above it) are straight jacking 2 Chainz, who is simple dumb fun and knows it. T.I. remains one of the game's most nimble flowers, and he's even singing a little, too, on his latest cinematic album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. 7pm.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Earthen Grave with Rachel Barton Pine We've always noticed a large crossover between fans of classical and metal. Makes sense, all the shops and theatricality. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine rocks her 5-string electric violin, the Viper, in this intricate, heavy band of headbangers. They're classicists of the metal sort, too, covering tunes by Pentagram. So, yeah, fair warning, this is not a chamber music gig. But we knew there are RBP fans out there willing to raise the devil's horns. Mayne Stage. 8pm. $15–$20.