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
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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
The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 38th annual Chaplin Award gala honors Sidney Poitier. Alice Tully Hall. Filmlinc.com
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