December 28 - January 3 agenda: 32nd Dakar Rally

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Weekly selection: comics in Tokyo, Mariah Carey launches her North American tour, various concerts are organized to celebrate New Year's Eve, the Dakar Rally kicks off in Argentina, among other events.

Comiket 77
December 29-31
Tokyo, Japan

Comiket, also called the Comic Market, is held twice a year in Tokyo to promote sales of doujinshi, or self-published Japanese works. Since the market began in 1975, attendance has grown to more than half a million people, making it the world's largest handmade comic book fair. The main attractions at the fair are doujinshi focused on manga, anime, and video games. Held at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center, Comiket is open to the public each of the three days from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. First-time attendees are advised to arrive in the afternoon to avoid the famously long morning lines.


Mariah Carey's 'Angel's Advocate' tour
December 31 - February 27
United States

Pop and R&B diva Mariah Carey is scheduled to make her first tour in three years, beginning with a New Year's Eve performance in New York City. The 19-city Angel's Advocate tour makes its way throughout the US in January and February, ending February 27 in Las Vegas. Carey will tour in support of her recent album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.


New Year's Eve concerts
December 31

Musical events to ring in the New Year can be enjoyed from home or at venues around the world. An annual performance by the Vienna Philharmonic is broadcast in more than 50 countries, and Japan's Red and White Song Festival airs internationally on NHK and select cable channels. From New York, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest airs on ABC-TV, and NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly airs on NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, and Bravo. Among confirmed concerts worldwide: Mariah Carey at New York's Madison Square Garden, Lady Gaga at Miami's James L. Knight Center, and Ministry of Sound Presents at London's O2 Arena. and


Motor racing: 32nd Dakar Rally
January 1-16
Buenos Aires, Argentina

The 9,000km race for both cars and motorbikes starts in Buenos Aires on New Year's Day, winding its way around Argentina and into Chile, across the dry Atacama desert before finishing back in the capital over a fortnight later.


Horseracing: New Year's Day Meeting
January 1
Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Racing takes place from 12:25 pm to 3:55 pm at this annual New Year's Day meeting in Gloucestershire, western England, with both racecourse restaurant and bar on hand to aid in shaking the cobwebs from any New Year's Eve celebratory ramifications still lingering in body and mind.