Take refuge in a Star turn
The Morning Star, Pottinger's Entry, Belfast.
The Morning Star, Pottinger's Entry, Belfast.
Belfast:The RockTheatre, Whiterock Road. Tonight and tomorrow, Clarence Players present Look Who's Talking by Derek Benfield, 8pm, £7/6 (conc.) & 9020 2222
Planet Love has become a key event in the UK dance festival diary. What especially appeals to you about it?
ZZ Once on the playlist of many a DJ, now two of the Happy Mondays (pictured) will be mashing it up themselves, with a mix of funk, indie, classic rock - and even some Madchester - promised
The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's may be over for another year, but the Belfast Telegraph — official media partner to the event — is proud to announce the results of its ever-popular Audience Award.
So that's it for another year. Belfast's 10-day long party has come to an end. Performers from more than 24 different countries have packed up and headed home. Festival staged more than 70 shows – many of them performed for the first time on this island.
Vote early, vote often. That old Northern Irish adage took new life last night as the audience at Pending Vote clutched their remote controls and pressed 'yes' or 'no' in response to questions on a big screen.
I think it's fair to say that a fair percentage of people here would question whether politicians are really acting on our behalf. Orange or green, right or left, they often seem more comfortable in the trenches than out doing battle for their electorate.
The theme for this year’s festival may be an international one — but tonight it’s all about Belfast.
The official unveiling of an amazing 11-acre land art portrait of a girl making a wish has opened this year's Belfast Festival at Queen's.
They may have been to the Arctic wastes to record their new album, but the Danish rockers will be hoping for a typically warm welcome when they visit our own fair city
Mary-Kate Olsen is “ready to have a baby with Olivier Sarkozy”.
Sam Smith has landed a Brit Award after being named the winner of the Critics' Choice prize for next year's ceremony.
Damian Lewis has apologised to Sir Ian McKellen after saying he did not want to end up a "fruity actor" who is known for playing wizards.
Oprah Winfrey is amazed by her nomination for supporting actress at the SAG Awards
Khloé Kardashian is reported to be ready to divorce Lamar Odom.
Kim Basinger has confessed she enjoys life more without drugs.
Jessie J's brave decision to shave her head live on Comic Relief was the television moment most tweeted about in 2013, a survey has found.
Drew Barrymore is thrilled to be having another daughter.
Ellen DeGeneres has quashed rumours her marriage is heading for divorce.
The bar tzar Bill Wolsey, who owns one of the biggest portfolios of pubs, restaurants and hotels in Northern Ireland, can trace the roots of his vast empire back to Bangor. In the heady days of the Sixties and Seventies, Bangor was the seaside resort of choice for the middle classes. Later it became an oasis of relative peace and calm which remained largely immune from the Troubles and as a result of its blessed position was able to offer night time entertainment as Belfast's bars and clubs closed their doors at 6pm for security reasons.
There's a lot to be said for the efficiency of European city centre mid-range restaurants geared up for feeding shoppers, office workers and museum visitors. Pick any city between Amsterdam and Albufeira and in their centres you will find clean, formica-clad, brightly lit, food businesses offering a small range of dishes of the day at reasonable prices. They generally don't have much character or charm. They are there to service, not to entertain.
New restaurants should be treated with the same patience you would show a toddler taking his first steps. The nightmares experienced by owners choosing the cutlery, furniture and glassware are one thing. But the horror show which an executive chef will have suffered before finally agreeing the menu (strike the last one if you're opening a burger bar, fish and chip counter or pie stall) is worse than any torture.
Saturday Kitchen James Martin has heated up speculation that he’s cooking up plans to open up a top nosh new restaurant in Northern Ireland.
A series of culinary events celebrating the best of our tasty local cuisine kicks off tomorrow.
Northern Ireland may be overwhelmingly carnivorous but vegetarians do exist here. They don't make a fuss like vegetarians do in the rest of the west, rather keeping a low profile. This is because they don't like people taking the mick. We are hard on vegetarians here. When they go out, they feel isolated, patronised and relegated to eating at tables next to the toilets. I know people who are for ever trying to bounce their veggie friends and family members back to meat by constantly frying bacon in their presence and offering them pulled pork sandwiches.
Food, like travel, broadens your horizons. And none more than that served up in the Steamboat Chinese restaurant on Belfast's Donegall Pass.
This very welcome addition to the bustling Italian scene in Belfast can boast a supremely talented chef and a reasonably-priced menu
Chef Brian Donaldson and manager Barry Burns are clever restaurateurs – just look at what they achieved in Comber's Sugarcane Café in Comber. Now the duo has signed a deal with Colin Bell, owner of the Villager pub in Crossgar, to run the restaurant upstairs and create a second out-of-town hit.
The first headliners for next year's Latitude arts and music festival have been announced, with Irish indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club making their first festival headline appearance at the event.
Simon Cowell has appeared on the Jay Leno show to discuss his impending fatherhood, and also revealed some of his regrets as a music executive.
John Mayer has admitted he had doubts about recording a duet with his girlfriend Katy Perry.
Hailee Steinfeld is tipped to play a pregnant teenager in an upcoming coming-of-age movie.
Robert Pattinson has signed up for period drama The Childhood Of A Leader.
David Oyelowo has revealed Lee Daniels had no qualms about shouting at actors on set of The Butler, no matter how big a star they were.
Jared Harris has revealed he relished the opportunity to be in a large-scale movie like Pompeii.
Bette Midler is to play late Hollywood star Mae West in a new biopic.
Adam Sandler has been named the "most overpaid" actor of 2013 in a new poll.
Another year, another Opera House panto, and another occasion for John Linehan to break out the thickest pancake make-up seen since Vanessa Feltz opted for a career in radio.
Victor Hugo's Gothic classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame isn't perhaps the most seasonal of tales, but in the raunchy and rocking Hunchback: The Musical, Newtownabbey's Theatre at the Mill has come up with a real Christmas cracker.
Spread over four and a half miles of both the Waterside and Cityside, the 17 installations of Lumiere are a dazzling feast for the eyes.
Narnia-inspired chocolate cakes, sardines and Turkish delight started a week's festivities dedicated to the life and work of one of our most loved literary sons – CS Lewis.
The beauty of Belfast's Linen Hall Library will provide the perfect backdrop for an exhibition by one of the world's top children's book illustrators.
A major exhibition of work by the internationally acclaimed British painter William Scott is drawing art fans to the Ulster Museum.
A dead shark in formaldehyde, a dirty, unmade bed, and blobs of elephant dung. Just three of the 'exhibits' submitted over the 29-year history of the Turner Prize, the annual competition from Tate Britain to find the cream of British-based visual artists under the age of 50.
The Turner Prize would not be the most famous award in the art world were it not for the controversy surrounding it.
Actress Roma Tomelty is currently being directed by husband Colin Carnegie in their Centre Stage company's production of Kennedy's Children at Belfast's Grand Opera House. Their daughters – Ruth, Rachel and Hanna – are also following in their parents' footsteps