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Issue 95 February 2016

We’re back in print after our yearly January break and very pleased about it too. This month we are featuring the illustration of Joe Magee, who regularly does editorial work for The Guardian, Time, Nature and comedian Bill Bailey.

Elsewhere, we’ve got interviews with Andy Buck, Chief Executive of Sheffield Citizens Advice, singer-songwriter James Yorkston – talking about his new album as part of the Yorkston/Thorne/Khan trio, which we are bringing to Sheffield on 21 February – and Sam Hutchinson, producer of local comedy panel show A Little Bit Racey. I’d also strongly recommend you read Ben Dorey’s Sound piece on David Bowie, which really hit home for me.

We are playing around with some new page formats this month, including this opening page spread, the Favourites section, the back page and a new Stage section. Please give us your feedback so we can continue to improve the magazine. The best way to do this is probably over Twitter or Instagram – @nowthenmag.

As well as building this month’s mag, us lot at Opus have been working to get the Festival of Debate 2016 spring season confirmed. We have over 20 events confirmed for March, April and May, including keynote speakers, workshops and panel discussions. Read all about it in the Festival of Debate article.

This month’s mix is a celebration of women in music from local collective Girl Gang.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Wheels on the Ground

Sheffield is an 'outdoor city', the City Council insisted in a recent report. But in the past, walking, cycling and kids 'playing out' was…

Trident: Decision time

Can peace be achieved by two men, each with a loaded gun, a nervous finger on each trigger? Will fear of mutual destruction safeguard…

Going Japanese

Recipe by Edo Sushi Serves 2 2 Salmon fillets, fresh, cut into 1cm strips Plain flour Cornflour Salt & pepper Vegetable oil …

Live / stage review Waiting For Godot

Sheffield Theatres has kicked off 2016 with a month's rehearsals for its February production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. We…

Cool Beans Dry Jan Diary / Arms Length

Much like 99.9% of the population, I indulged until I resembled Jabba the Hutt on a fat day during the festive period and then attempted…

Headsup A Little Bit Racey

After a successful 2015, the brains behind radio comedy panel show A Little Bit Racey are heading back to the studio to record their third…

London Road: Meat Pies and Zatar

When my mind is on Sheffield and its food, rather than meat pies, Henderson’s Relish or roast pork sandwiches with dip I think of the…