There's a lecture by very cool visiting artist Roger Shimomura at 4:00 in the Meese Auditorium. Hit it. A show including his work opens at the Schneider Museum tonight.
Be sure to check out Jen Harlow's blog as she's going through the same animation convulsions as you are, though she's in her second year of Maya madness. She has a good bit on different approaches to blocking in 3D animation.
There's a free night of cool silent films over in the Meese Auditorium this weekend. Great stuff for animators--Check 'em out!