Because the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, bridge three Sundays in February and follow the Feb. 2 Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the entertainment community's kudofests have parted like the Red Sea.
This week marks the last lap of film awards season. Here's a guide to biz events leading up to Sunday's 85th annual Academy Awards.
TODAY: Audra McDonald will be feted at the Drama League's 29th annual Musical Celebration of Broadway fundraiser. Hotel Pierre. DramaLeague.org
TODAY: "Modern Family's" Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen host the Saban Free Clinic tribute to ABC's Paul Lee and Chuck Lorre Prods.' Bob Broder. Beverly Hilton.
TODAY: Ben Affleck hosts Human Rights Watch's fundraiser honoring Libya's justice minister Salah Marghani and others. Beverly Hilton. Hrw.org
TODAY: Sting and Trudie Styler are among the honorees at the We Are Family Foundation gala hosted by Rosie Perez and Toure. Hammerstein Ballroom. WeAreFamilyFoundation.org
TODAY: Producers and cast members from Fox's "Touch" take part in a TV Academy panel sesh. Leonard Goldenson Theater. Emmys.tv
Moving its business into a new social-networking realm, Ticketmaster has launched a fully functioning ticketing app on Facebook.
As region booms, these events are becoming essential stops on the global fest schedule.
TODAY: The Saban Free Clinic's 16th annual Golf Classic and awards dinner fetes WME's Patrick Whitesell. Tarzana's El Caballero Country Club. Thesabanfreeclinic.org