5 things to do today: Saturday, August 17
Chicago Air & Water Show Trick pilots and aviation teams, such as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute team, dazzle crowds at North Avenue Beach for two days at the largest free event of its kind. North Avenue Beach. 10am–3pm.
John D'Emilio D'Emilio, a UIC historian, discusses the life and work of Bayard Rustin and answers audience questions about the influential activist. Copies of D'Emilio's books will be available for purchase and signing. Chicago Public Library, Edgewater Branch. 2pm.
Dance for Life The annual HIV/AIDS benefit welcomes many homegrown giants, including members of Hubbard Street, the Joffrey, Giordano Dance Chicago and River North. Expect premieres from Chicago stalwart choreographers Randy Duncan and Harrison McEldowney, per tradition. Auditorium Theatre. 8pm. $50–$75.
Gogol Bordello Gogol Bordello is a gypsy-punk band fusing supercharged folk influences with a sideshow cabaret. This concert—originally scheduled to take place at the troubled Congress Theater—marks the grand opening of the Concord Music Hall, although the venue launched earlier this month with a performance by Adam Ant. Concord Music Hall. 6pm. $42.50.
SPORTS & FITNESS
Millennium Park Workouts Munching on picnic food and watching great indie bands aren't the only activities to enjoy on the great lawn in Millennium Park. Get out early Saturday mornings this summer and enjoy four hours of 45-minute classes on the Great Lawn. Look forward to everything from tai chi to yoga to Pilates and dance classes. Millennium Park. 7am–11am. Free.