Places you should have been seen

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1 Three on the Bund, Shanghai

Time magazine called this historic waterfront building, renovated by architect Michael Graves in 2004, a "monument to the Chinese dream." It's also the favored watering hole for local entrepreneurs and expat ad execs running regional outposts of multinational companies. Start with a banquet lunch at the Whampoa Club, followed by shopping at Armani, drinks at Jean Georges and dinner at Laris.

2 Cobo Conference Center, Detroit, May 13

"The gospel according to Martin and John" is how Ad Age labeled its story on the first-ever joint appearance of industry kingpins John Wren and Martin Sorrell. Who could get the rivals to share a stage? Detroit's ad club, of course, dominated by the ad world's biggest spenders-the Big Three automakers.

3 Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sept. 29

If you were there that night, you spent most of the evening squirming in your seat as Jon Stewart, hired by the Magazine Publishers of America to moderate an Advertising Week panel on the power of print, slammed his editor panelists and the medium repeatedly, saying the magazine biz's place is at the "children's table."

4 Michael's (yes, Michael's), New York

After more than 10 years, Michael McCarty's midtown eatery remains the prime lunch spot for key media players. Enhancing its rep as a grown-up version of the high school cafeteria, began running weekly lists of notable diners, complete with seating charts and fashion commentary.

5 50 Glebe Place, London

Eccentric ad legend Frank Lowe is known to summon folks to his grand Chelsea mansion to deliver pronouncements while pacing the garden. No one's been answering the phone, not even the butler, since Sir Frank announced a new agency and stole the top client of his former shop. But, boy, it would've been fun to be there while he brainstormed his return.

6 Maloney & Porcelli, New York

Show up for a glass of Scotch or three any weekday evening at this Manhattan expense-account chophouse, just round the corner from Omnicom's HQ. A sampling of those around the bar on a recent night: John Wren, DDB's Bob Scarpelli, Dick Rogers and Frank Palmer, August Busch IV and A-B marketing chief Bob Lachky.

7 Palais des Festivals, Cannes, June 24

The first-ever Cannes Debate, an all-star panel |put on by the new owners of the International Advertising Festival. Full disclosure: The panel was moderated by Ad Age's Scott Donaton. But the panelists themselves-a soon-to-depart-News-Corp. Lachlan Murdoch, Martin Sorrell, Chuck Porter and Howard Draft-riveted the creatives.

8 The Biltmore Grill, Phoenix, Oct. 7

At a private roundtable luncheon during ANA's powerhouse conference at the Arizona Biltmore, Motorola's Geoffrey Frost passed around gee-whiz gizmos and played host, just weeks before his untimely death, for a lively debate on the ad biz attended by, among others, music maven Steve Stoute and Microsoft's Joanne Bradford and Eric Hadley.

9 U.S. District Court, lower Manhattan, Feb. 22

That's the day the guilty verdicts came down in the trial of former Ogilvy & Mather executives Shona Seifert and Thomas Early on charges of conspiracy and fraud in the handling of the White House anti-drug advertising account. The trial focused on banal issues such as time-sheet-keeping, but transfixed the industry for three weeks.

10 Outside Mike Burns' apartment, Feb. 24

That's where a paparazzi photographer hired by Advertising Age grabbed a shot of the elusive adman as he walked through a snowstorm with a bottle of wine in each hand. The executive who worked on the General Mills account for 25 years avoided phone calls and comments while at the center of the Saatchi 17 saga, and has yet to turn up in a new gig.

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