December 2 agenda: Paul McCartney launches European tour

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Wednesday's selection: Paul McCartney starts touring Europe, Art Miami opens, Los Angeles organizes its auto show, the highest tower in the world opens to the public in Dubai.

Paul McCartney begins European tour
December 2
Hamburg, Germany followed by other cities in Europe

Paul McCartney is scheduled to begin his first European tour since 2004, beginning with a December 2 show in Hamburg. Dates follow in Arnhem, Paris, Cologne, Dublin, and London - his only UK date of the year. For information about where to buy tickets for each show, visit this link on the Paul McCartney website:


Art Miami
December 2 - 6
Miami, USA

In 2009, Art Miami will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The event will take place during Miami Art Week and will showcase contemporary artworks from over 80 international and local contemporary art galleries. A range of special exhibitions will be held as part of Art Miami's anniversary celebrations including a video art exhibition entitled "Mapping the Blank Spots."


Los Angeles Auto Show
December 2-13
Los Angeles, USA

One of the world's most important auto events, the 2008 version displayed 23 world debuts, the most in the exhibition's history. The list of world and North American debuts for this year is still being finalized but the latest Ford Fiesta, which has topped the bestseller list in Europe this year, will no doubt make a big splash. General admission for the public begins December 4. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65 and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.


Parts of the Burj Dubai tower open to the public
December 2
Dubai, UAE

The world's new tallest building, the 800-meter-high Burj Dubai tower is set to open a new visitors' area on December 2, featuring a panoramic view platform on its 124th floor.


Grammy nominations concert
December 2
Los Angeles, USA

On December 2, the nominations for the 2009 Grammy Awards will be announced at a special concert event in Los Angeles hosted by LL Cool J and featuring Black Eyes Peas, Maxwell, and Sugarland. One of the most prestigious music award shows worldwide, the Grammys are now in their 52nd year. Nominations, which are submitted by the Recording Industry Association of America, cover 31 fields, including pop, rock, classical, and a wide variety of other genres. The Grammy award celebration will take place on January 31. For updates and breaking news from the nominations concert and awards show, visit the Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.