Yes, I've been a slacker blogger, but to this, attention must be paid.
And yes, I know that we're not really sure what Shakespeare's birthday was in 1564, and that the April 23 thing is probably just a too-tidy parallel to his April 23 death date in 1616. (And I'm not even getting into the question of whether Shakespeare was really Shakespeare.)
But come on - a 450th birthday party? It's worth a mention.