Comment on iCal Events

cocoi: Well, I have to admit that you're right: it's not free (but all features are available unregistered), and it is not a widget. MenuCalendarClock does address the problem of the events calendar in a more interactive fashion, however, and it does not clutter your menu bar. It replaces the default date and time with a similarly sized (and customizable) menu extra that has a drop down monthly calendar.

I have an iBook, so I'm with you on extraneous menu extras, but I have found this app much better than this widget, which only lets you see up to two weeks of coming iCal events. MenuCalendarClock is more like Ubuntu's (and other Linux builds') clock/calendar. It's just too bad it's so expensive.