I also tried out version 2.0.9 with the default permalink structure, WordPress 3.4.2, using the Max Magazine theme, and had the same issues that the navigation menu was missing on both the events calendar and events list pages.
It was not an option for me to alter the permalink structure of the site. I tried all three Events templates that were supplied with the plugin (Settings | The Event Calendar | Template | Events Template) and all had the same issue.
I checked the source of the web pages and indeed the HTML code does not include the navigation menu - other threads suggest that the menus might be hidden and could be fixed by changing the spacing around the menu in theme or altering a CSS template.
The solution for me was to use an older version 2.0.5, which I downloaded from the wordpress web site by guessing the URL. I could not find a direct link or archive to previous versions.
For users contemplating this path, the differences between v2.0.5 and the present version v2.0.9 looks like that the menus for the plugin are organized differently, the help within the plugin (Settings | The Event Calendar) is not as good as v2.0.9. Otherwise the functionality seems the same.
So it looks like something got broken between v2.0.5 and v2.0.9.
The other issues that I had were:
- When viewing the event detail, if a feature image was inserted, images following it (such as from would be wrapped around the feature image, such as those from the WordPress Sociable plugin.
- When entering the start and end dates for a new event, the fly-out calendar only had the dates up to the current date highlighted and it was not possible to select a date into the future, only the past(?). The solution is to manually type in the date in the numerical date box.