get Quickcal widget from http://smellypuppy.com/wp/quickcal/ - it does exactly whet you want
I've been looking around for an enhancement to iCal - a menubar item that would display upcoming schedule items, and allow you to add things to your iCal schedule without having to open iCal each time.
I remember that classic app, Claris something-or-other, that could sync with a Newton, was designed like that.
anyway, has anyone heard of something like this to extend functionality of iCal in this way? Preferably OS 10.4 compatible, as I don't have 10.5.