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1. Paul Carrack, Sheffield City Hall, today, 7.30pm

Paul Carrack is one of Sheffield’s finest recording artists. The voice behind a songbook of household hits and the owner of his own label, Carrack is an independent, one-man engine room. He has staying power that would put young artists to shame, and this time he’s even surprised himself with how quickly another fine album has arrived. Tickets from £29.50. Tickets are available online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk, over the phone on 0114 2 789789 and in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office. Tel: 0114 2789789

2. Brendan Cole: A Night to Remember, City Hall, Wednesday, February 4, 7.30pm

Following his last sell-out tour of Licence to Thrill, Brendan Cole is once again set to dazzle audiences across the UK with his brand new show, A Night to Remember. Brendan, one of Strictly Come Dancing’s most charismatic choreographers and performers, will host throughout as he leads his cast on a journey of music and dance in a spectacular night of theatrical entertainment. Loaded with ballroom magic and Latin excitement, Brendan’s newest live music and dance extravaganza will be 2015’s must see show. Tickets from £20. Tel: Tel: 0114 2789789

3. The Illustrated Aviary, Millennium Gallery, until Sunday 14 June

In the mid-1800s, naturalist Thomas Campbell Eyton was buying watercolours and prints of birds by the carriage load. Now part of the Ruskin Collection, these illustrations reveal the extraordinary beauty of birds. Together with over 70 works by notable bird artists such as John James Audubon, Edward Lear and John Gould, The Illustrated Aviary allows Eyton’s spectacular collection to take flight once more. From the weird and wonderful to familiar feathered friends, the exhibition will chart their discoveries and techniques with vivid and luxurious imagery. Monday-Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Tel: 0114 2782600

4. Skate with a Princess, iceSheffield, today and tomorrow, 10.45am

Let your little one’s imagination go wild as they take to the ice with everyone’s favourite Ice Princess Elsa and her friends Bella and Cinderella. Don’t forget to keep your camera handy– magical moments like these are worth remembering forever. Tel: 01142 233900

5. Sheffield Steelers vs Dundee Stars, Motorpoint Arena, today, 7pm

Come and support local ice hockey as the Sheffield Steelers take Dundee Stars at home in a League/Conference Game. Ice hockey is a thrilling, high-octane sport with increasing numbers of fans. Come and see for yourself. Tickets £5.50 to £16.50. Tel: Tel: 0114 2565656

6. Peter Pan, University of Sheffield Drama Studio, Thursday, February 5 – Saturday 7, 7.45pm

When Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, flies into the house of the Darlings and leaves with Wendy and her brothers, we embark upon a journey into the Neverland meeting pirates, Indians, fairies and crocodiles. Tickets £9 / £7 concessions. Tel: 0114 233 5333

7. Picturing Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, running until Sunday , April 12

This new exhibition journeys through Sheffield past and present to examine the relationship between views of the city and the identity of the people who have lived and died here. Picturing Sheffield includes work by key artists from the 1700s to the present day, including JMW Turner, Joe Scarborough, Bill Brandt, Frank Constantine, Godfrey Sykes, Linda Benedict Jones and John Hoyland. Free to attend. Mon-Sat 10-5pm, Sun 11-4pm. Tel: 0114 2782600

8. The Sound of Music, Lyceum, Monday 2 – Saturday 14 February

One of the greatest musicals of all time, The Sound Of Music returns in an all-new magnificent production. Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish production tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains and works its magic for young and old alike. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and of course, the title song The Sound of Music. Tickets £22-£38. Tel: 0114 2496000

9. The Great Outdoors – Paintings by Stanley Royale, Graves Gallery, running until May 30

Stanley Royle was one of the most popular Sheffield painters of the 20th century. This major retrospective exhibition, the first in almost 30 years, will showcase Sheffield’s magnificent collection of his paintings, the largest in the country. This exhibition will include works from throughout his career including iconic paintings such as Morning on the Derbyshire Moors, Sheffield from Crookes, and his last ever painting Mevagissey, Cornwall (1960). Free entry. Open Tues-Sat 11a-4pm (Wed 1–6pm). Tel: 0114 2782600

10. The Absence of War, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, Friday 6 – Saturday February 21

An Academy Award-winning writer, David Hare’s funny, stinging political drama is directed by Jeremy Herrin, artistic director of Headlong, whose recent work includes Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies (RSC), The Nether (Headlong/Royal Court/West End) and This House (National Theatre). See it first in Sheffield before a timely national tour during the build-up to the General Election. Tickets from £12. Tel: 0114 2496000