The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, April 23 through Tuesday, April 29

1 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

Conventions: Also known as C2E2, the city’s massive ode to comic books features appearances from players in cult TV shows such as Breaking Bad (RJ Mitte) and The Walking Dead (Chandler Riggs).
4/25–4/27. $25–$70. McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore.

2 Demetri Martin

Comedy: The cofounder of the Velvet Underground is in town. Do you really need more info?
4/17 at 8. $33–$35. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln.

3 Mike Epps

Comedy: Martin has made a name for himself delivering dry non-sequiturs with guitar accompaniment. It works.
4/24 at 10. $35. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln.

4 Sound of Silent Film Festival

Classical: The new-music collective’s signature Sound of Silent Film Festival, in which composers write scores for previously silent films, will occur in an honest-to-God music theatre—a first for the nine-year-old event. In another first, ACM solicited submissions instead of using famous silent films.
4/29 at 7:30. $8–$20. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport.

5 Diana Ross

Soul: One of America’s most heralded solo artists hits town for a rare appearance.
4/29 at 8. $46–$101. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State.

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Sally Schwartz
Sally Schwartz Photo: Courtesy of Sally Schwartz

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Sally Schwartz, founder and creative director of Randolph Street Market.

“Friday, I’m going to go to C2E2. We get a lot of vintage comic books at the Market and I want to see what the next big thing is. We also want to go to Baconfest. I’m a Hyde Parker, so I try to find stuff to do where I don’t have to drive past Solider Field, and there’s a lot going on this weekend.

“We have a market this weekend; it’s our summer preview—10 to 5 Saturday and Sunday. We have the two very best caramel makers, Katherine Anne Confections and Chocolate Twist, which is sort of an addiction. We’ve got a Schwinn bicycle rep. You can test ride an old stingray bike around the parking lot.

“Saturday night, I’m going to a bat mitzvah party at The Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus. I used to throw parties there when I was a party planner.

“Sunday night, we’ll go to Emperor’s Choice in Chinatown. I like chop suey and I like knowing the family who runs the place.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week

Thomas Roach

Art: The emerging Chicago photographer turns moving images from his television screen—ranging from sitcoms to local news—into droopy, warped pictures. Consider it a comment on the banality of most modern entertainment.
4/25–5/31. Free. Document, 845 W Washington.