The Ulster Orchestra's Valentine's Night concert on Friday opened appropriately to a packed Ulster Hall with the Balcony Scene from Prokofiev's Romeo And Juliet, though the tenderness of Shakespeare's drama was a little lost by the ensemble's brass and percussion at times outplaying the strings.
A man who suffered horrific injuries as a teenager in a no-warning bomb said it is important to keep sharing his story as a way to deal with the past and create an understanding of what brought Northern Ireland to where it is today.
A few years ago, California-born Lauren Taylor was backpacking around the world, forging a successful career as an artist and illustrator while indulging her travel bug.
In this week's interview Rachel Dean talks to ballet dancer Melissa Hamilton (31), who is from Dromore, Co Down. A first soloist with the Royal Ballet, she lives in London with her fiance Michael Christou and their dog Apollo.
She's just a year into motherhood and already actress Jayne Wisener has been hit by 'mummy guilt'. The Northern Irish star, who shot to fame with her role alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, became mum to son Michael in January last year.
Ruby Market Place Theatre, Armagh January 23, 8pm. Michael Cameron's play looks behind the triumphs of Belfast singer Ruby Murray, who became one of the world's most popular singing stars in the 1950s. We see the darker story that's unfolding in Ruby's life as she battles her inner demons and struggles to make sense of her stardom. Libby Smyth gives an intimate portrayal of a woman who both had it all - and had nothing at all.
The widow of the acclaimed Belfast-born actor, director, writer and artist Sam McCready has talked movingly of how her husband of almost 57 years was "an object lesson in how to die". Sam died at the age of 82 in his adopted home of Baltimore in America in February last year and Joan McCready recalled: "There never was a happier man. He accepted it and he said his goodbyes."
In this week's interview, Rachel Dean talks to artist Aly Harte (36) who lives in Belfast with her husband Michael and their three sons, Elijah (10), Tobias (8) and Abraham (3)
Like five-year-olds across the country, little Kasper Segner can't wait for Santa Claus to come to his house this year. But unlike any other child of his age, Kasper will be spending the festive season entertaining thousands as the star attraction as a trapeze artist in a circus.
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