The preliminary program for the American Sociological Association meetings is out:
The Department Alumni Night is Saturday night (I'll be the one drinking underneath the Indiana University banner). Wisconsin's party is Sunday. To my knowledge, the time and place of this year's Pub Sociology Blogtogether has not been announced.
(Note: I went to ASA my first year of graduate school, and then didn't go again for the next four years because so many the presentations I saw seemed so boring and uninstructive that I didn't understand the point of anyone's attending, ever. Then I started having friends finish their degrees and (especially after I started here) getting to know people who were housed at other universities. Now, even though I've mostly stopped referring to myself as a sociologist, I still wouldn't miss it!
I still must admit that I don't attend many sessions, and I have vowed that I will henceforth ever only go to sessions in which I'm already either personally or professionally familiar with an author of the presentation I'm attending. never let myself be lured into attending a talk on the basis of a title, as I've been disappointed by those decisions too many times in the past. At least in sociology but I suspect far more widely, it is a zillion times easier to come up with an interesting title than an interesting 20 minutes to follow it--and, yes, this is a sin I've been plenty guilty of myself, especially since I'm prone to try to save especially inauspicious presentations by giving them good titles and feel less compelled to do so when I either (a) think I might actually have something interesting to say or (b) want to drive down attendance.)