you should go monday [bruce mau] and tues [Hani Rashid] and all the parties monday night [dont know when the martini party is but dont miss it]
it cost $0 to go through all the showrooms and the main programs and by wednesday everybody is gone and the place has cleared out. plenty of food in the morning lunch + dinner. theres always a great boat party which is free but you have to have a ticket -- cant remember which show room does it -- i think it is a carpet group--get there monday early, ask around. worth the effort.
TED i wish i could, but I am limited into how much time I want to take off because I am leaving my job in 23 days to travel. I heard Bruce Mau speak a couple weeks ago at the AI, and as far as the parties, they sound fantastic but alas i have no time, moving and preparing to leave the states is a huge hassle but ill certainly keep all this in mind for next year =)