WEDNESDAY : The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation fetes Mikhail Baryshnikov at its Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala. NYU’s Skirball Center. NYCdance.com

The Paley Center for Media’s L.A. fall TV preview parties kick off with a screening of “The New Normal” and panel sesh with actors and producers from the show. Also screening: “Go On,” “Revolution,” “Animal Practice,” “Chicago Fire” and “Guys With Kids.” PaleyCenter.org

FRIDAY : Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas and others take part in the third Stand Up to Cancer live telethon. Shrine Auditorium. StandUp2Cancer.org

SUNDAY : A series of docu screenings opens the three-day WestDoc unscripted and reality programming confab, to feature keynote presentations from National Geographic Channels topper Howard Owens and filmmaker Kirby Dick. Culver City’s Pacific Culver Stadium 12 Theaters and the Culver Hotel. TheWestdoc.com

Samuel L. Jackson hosts a roast of NBA great Bill Russell as a fundraiser for the National Mentoring Partnership. Long Island’s Friar’s Head golf course.


Alexis Bledel, Elizabeth Perkins, Frances Conroy and others take part in a 25th anniversary staged reading of “Steel Magnolias” to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Santa Monica’s Broad Stage.


SEPT. 10 : AMPAS’ Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study marks its 10th anniversary with an “Inside the Vaults” tour and screenings of the Pickford 1912 short “The New York Hat” and a restored print of 1920’s “The Mark of Zorro.” Oscars.org

SEPT. 13 : L.A.’s Theater West fetes Beau Bridges at its 30th anniversary gala. Taglyan Cultural Complex.


SEPT. 14 : Toon historian John Canemaker hosts an AMPAS tribute to the late animators John and Faith Hubley. Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Oscars.org