Advertising Week 2006: Charting the Events, Dos, Don’ts, and Industry Heavyweights Making the Scene

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As everyone in advertising knows, September 25th through 29th marks the weeklong celebration of the industry, cleverly known as Advertising Week, here in New York City. The days are filled will events, seminars, and conferences that feature an array of topics and a number of activities.

But while the day’s events prove useful and engaging from a network/industry state of the union standpoint, we all know that the real fun lies in the nighttime hours. Fortunately for the advertising masses, there is no better place to celebrate than the Big Apple, from restaurants, clubs, and theater shows, to landmark attractions, museums, and festivals. To help you organize your social schedule for Advertising Week, we’ve compiled a list of official Ad Week receptions, many of which require invitation, and some suggestions to get you acclimated to the New York scene.

And as is our loyal duty here at ADOTAS, beginning today, we are not only compiling many of the week’s activities for you, we are also proud to spotlight some of the industry pros who will make their mark with panel discussions and speeches at this year’s major Ad Week conventions–including Carat Americas CEO David Verklin and Mobile Marketing Association Executive Director Laura Marriott.

In the meantime, we hope these event listings will assist you as you distribute business cards, schmooze clients, and peck incessantly at your PDA throughout the hectic week.

Official Advertising Week Events:

September 26 — Mixx Cocktail Reception
5:30 pm-6:45 pm

The OMMA Awards
New York Marriott Marquis
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Mixx Awards
Gotham Hall
6:45 pm — 9:45 pm

Yahoo!’s Music Upfront Live
BB King’s (237 West 42nd St)
8:00 pm-11:00 pm

September 27 – CEO Comedy Stand Up Showdown
The Friars Club (57 East 55th St)
9:30 pm-11:00 pm

September 28 – GeneratioNext
Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick St)
7:00 pm — 10:30 pm

September 29 – Procession of the Great Icons & After-Party
Streets of NYC and Bryant Park
3:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Other places to check out in the Midtown/Times Square area:

Restaurant Row — 46th St. between 8th and 9th Avenues

Megu Midtown — 845 United Nations Plaza (between East 47th and 48th streets)
Celebrate Advertising Week with high-end Japanese cuisine

MoMA — 11 West 53rd St.(at 5th ave)
Museum of Modern Art

The Modern — 11 West 53rd St
Upscale restaurant at the newly reopened MoMA

Laugh Factory — 303 West 42nd St
Features headliner and showcase acts; includes two bars and a
selection of upscale finger food

Eatery — 798 9th Ave (between 52nd & 53rd)
Trendy comfort food

5th Avenue stores (you’re bound to find something you like)

Empire State Building — 350 5th Avenue

Rockefeller Plaza — 30 Rockefeller Plaza
5th to 6th Avenues

Time Warner Center — Columbus Circle (West 59th street)

TKTS — center island of 47th St between Broadway and 7th
Discount theater tickets to check out popular Broadway shows

Central Park —the zoo, several cafes, beautiful sites to explore, and more

Other things to do in NYC during Advertising Week:

WIRED Magazine’s Next Fest — 9/29
Jacob Javits Center
655 W 34th St.
More than 130 interactive exhibits to showcase the work of
innovative global researchers

Organic Italian Wine Tasting — 9/25-9/30
Quartino Restaurant
21 Peck Slip
5:00 pm
Joy of Sake — 9/28
Puck Building
295 Lafayette St
A sake gala showcasing more than 250 types of sake along with fine foods

Picasso and American Art — begins 9/28
Whitney Museum of American Art

To find out more events and activities while in the Big Apple, we highly recommend these sites:

Citysearch

Daily Candy

Flavorpill

AOL Cityguide
Now, enjoy the show…

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