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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 m…

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

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 securi…

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

Crime: Thatcherism and the ‘1980s Crime Wave’

The recent election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader provoked a rash of headlines and images on the web relating to his political sta…

The recent election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader provoked a rash of headlines and images on the web relating to his political sta

Citizens Advice: Citizens Advice Sheffield

Around 40% of the British population will be in touch with Citizens Advice at some point in their lifetime, a staggering statistic when you …

Around 40% of the British population will be in touch with Citizens Advice at some point in their lifetime, a staggering statistic when you 

Going Japanese

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

 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 spok…

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

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 to…

 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 to

Festival of Debate: The Debate Continues in 2016

Last year, we organised our first festival in the run-up to the General Election. The aim was to get local people talking about the politica…

Last year, we organised our first festival in the run-up to the General Election. The aim was to get local people talking about the politica

Joe Magee: This Month's Featured Artist

You may have spotted Joe Magee's illustrations in The Guardian or on the front covers of recent Bill Bailey DVDs, including the fantasticall…

You may have spotted Joe Magee's illustrations in The Guardian or on the front covers of recent Bill Bailey DVDs, including the fantasticall

Sound & Vision: Throwing Darts In Lovers' Eyes

The news arrived by text, waking me up on a Monday morning. No time was available to take stock of this, what it meant to me, or why. Yet, s…

The news arrived by text, waking me up on a Monday morning. No time was available to take stock of this, what it meant to me, or why. Yet, s

Proto Idiot / Field Music / Fleetmac Wood / Kaffe Matthews

21 January Tye Die Tapes HQ Tye Die HQ is a tiny, barebones loft space that is perfect for this DIY gig. First up is the one-man Sammartino…

21 January
 Tye Die Tapes HQ
Tye Die HQ is a tiny, barebones loft space that is perfect for this DIY gig. First up is the one-man Sammartino

James Yorkston: Scottish singer-songwriter comes to Sheffield

Hailing from Fife, singer-songwriter James Yorkston is a well established Scottish solo artist, first coming to prominence with his debut al…

Hailing from Fife, singer-songwriter James Yorkston is a well established Scottish solo artist, first coming to prominence with his debut al

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 s…

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 s

Filmreel Adventures in Amateur Filmmaking: Mistakes and Missed Takes

The lighting is perfect, the camera is rolling, the actors are nailing their lines - and a train roars past. Cut! Stupid train. My direct…

 The lighting is perfect, the camera is rolling, the actors are nailing their lines - and a train roars past. 
Cut! Stupid train. 
My direct

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 exotic…

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 exotic