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Chippy of the Year: Here’s your Top 10 - now choose a winner

We asked you to help us find the best chip shop in the Sunderland area - and how you responded!

Lifestyle

18 pictures of a Big Night Out at Port of Call and Gatsby's in Sunderland

Here's this week's selection of pictures from our Big Night Out team, taken in Port of Call and Gatsby.

Pubs and Clubs
Sir Ridley Scott is to be honoured with a fellowship at the Bafta Awards tonight.

Sir Ridley Scott set to receive highest accolade at Baftas

North East-born film director Sir Ridley Scott is due to receive a special honour at the British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) tonight.

South Shields
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performing at the O2 Academy in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

Review: Franz Ferdinand, O2 Academy, Newcastle

A decade and a half has passed since Franz Ferdinand made their mark on the UK indie scene, shooting into the public’s consciousness with a fervour like few before or since.
Music

Meet the nine hopefuls vying to become Top Model of Sunderland

Meet the nine hopefuls bidding to fly the flag for Sunderland on the national modelling stage.

Sunderland
Franz Ferdinand  Always Ascending (Domino Records).

Album review: Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending

More than four years after their last record, Scottish art-rockers Franz Ferdinand are back, and it’s like they’ve never been away.

Music
The Rezillos - Flying Saucer Attack: The Complete Recordings 1977-1979 (Cherry Red).

Album review: The Rezillos - Flying Saucer Attack

Formed in Edinburgh in 1976, The Rezillos are perhaps best known for their single Top Of The Pops, which made No.17 in the UK charts a couple of years later.
Music

Looking back at Sunderland’s Chinese New Year celebrations

This year’s Chinese New Year takes place today - February 16 - heralding in the Year of the Dog.

Whats on
Thriller the musical arrives at Sunderland Empire Theatre
From left Britt Quentin, Eddy Lima and Ina Seidou

The cast of Thriller Live moonwalk into Sunderland

The cast of Thriller Live have moonwalked into Sunderland - and they Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.

Theatre and Comedy
The Lake Poets has previously performed at Evolution Emerging

Do you have what it takes to perform at this year’s Evolution Emerging festival?

Evolution Emerging, the North East’s biggest event for emerging music, is set to return for its 10th anniversary and is looking for up-and-coming bands and musical talent to play at the event in June 2018.

Music
Lupita Nyongo as Nakia, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther (TChalla) and Danai Gurira as Okoye.

Movies AND TRAILER: Black Panther stars on the latest Marvel blockbuster

Black Panther is Marvel's first black hero to get his own standalone film. Stars Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and Michael B Jordan tell Laura Harding why it's about time.

Film
Alington House in North Bailey, Durham.

Review: Penny’s Pantry vegan pop-up, Durham City

The saying ‘never meet your heroes’ is one thing, but it’s something else when a member of one of your favourite bands serves your dinner.

News
Hotel Chocolat will open in the city next month

Hotel Chocolat to open cafe and shop in Sunderland

Sweet tooths are in for a treat when Hotel Chocolat opens its doors in Sunderland.

Eating Out
The cast of Beautiful

Bronté Barbé on bringing Carole King musical Beautiful to Sunderland

How do you step into the shoes of a living legend?

Theatre and Comedy
Michel Roux Jnr holding a skrei cod.

Food and drink: Fishing for wild skrei cod in chilly Norwegian waters with chef Michael Roux Jr

It’s rather extraordinary to be 300km north of the Arctic Circle, in the land of the Northern Lights, eating fresh cod – so fresh it was still swimming the fjords a couple of hours ago – with two-Michelin–starred chef Michel Roux Jr. But this isn’t just any old cod (and it’s certainly not battered).

News
Elmer outside St Oswald's Hospice

Elmer the Elephant to follow in Great North Snowdogs’ paw prints

The Great North Snowdogs replacement is a theme you’ll never forget.

Arts
Half term fun for all the family at The Alnwick Garden

Half term fun for all the family at The Alnwick Garden

From free golf to planting trees, there’s lots to do in the holidays

Promoted content
El Nido in Frederick Street is one of the restaurants taking part

Dates announced for the return of Sunderland Restaurant Week

Loosen your belts - Sunderland Restaurant Week is returning next month.

Eating Out
Matilda book cake statue. From left Coun John Kelly, Empire learning officer Anthony Hope and Sunderland's library Sue Potts

Matilda-style workshops delivered at Sunderland libraries

Sunderland Library Service has unveiled a Matilda-inspired Cake of Books ahead of the hit show’s North East debut.

Whats on

Legally Blonde heads to Sunderland to find four-legged stars at dog auditions

The Empire went barking mad as auditions were held to find a local dog to take a lead role in Legally Blonde.

Theatre and Comedy
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