The second-to-last day of Chicago's World Music Festival offers several free shows at a variety of venues; see our comprehensive festival guide for a complete schedule and reviews of every act by Reader critics.
At noon in the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater (78 E. Washington), the hereditary caste musicians in Rhythms of Rajasthan from India's northwestern Thar Desert region play their ancient string, percussion, and woodwind instruments. They're followed by Brazilian psychedelic pop songwriter Marcelo Frota, aka Momo. Also at noon, the Chicago Korean Music Ensemble play Korean chamber music at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph).
Wednesday evening there are three free performances: Congolese percussion troupe Tambours Sans Frontieres play the Washington Park Field House (5531 S. King Drive) at 6:30 PM, Bulgarian singer Vlada Tomova and her Balkan Tales band perform at Columbia College's Conway Center (1104 S. Wabash) at 7 PM, and Indian mandolin master Snehasish Mozumder plays the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall at 7 PM, accompanied by Subrata Bhattacharya on tabla.
10/24 -- Free screening of the 2008 kids' movie "Igor" and a costume contest with prizes and free portraits
10/18 -- "Proven" screens at Chicago Filmmakers, followed by an after party at the Darkroom
10/26-10/31 -- Donate your hair at Jonathan Breitung Salon & Luxury Spa and get a free haircut