We started with event list, which seems to have decent community support, and was free, but we didn't like the way it did reoccuring events, or archiving, so we kept looking.
JCal Pro was a great value. The 48 hour subscription is chump change, (I pulled it out of pocket rather than fill out the paperwork for and the software works perfectly. We'll sign up for a more extensive subscription in a heartbeat if we have any trouble with it.
Minor bug: End dates for reoccuring events in the front end must be set before 2022 or else a bug occurs in the back end.
Feature missing: no support for reoccuring event exceptions (not that EventList or JEvents supported that either, just something we could really use.)
Thanks for the kind words. We'll be adding recurring event exceptions after the Joomla 1.5 version goes stable.
It is Jevents 1.5 that is Joomla 1.5 native. This version is currently in alpha release.