Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Baltic 39 and More

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Baltic 39 and More

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The Futureheads, A Cappella & Acoustic Tour, The Sage Gateshead, April 8, www.sagegateshead.org We're not boastful, but when the fabulous Futureheads started about going unplugged, they treated Culture to an a cappella taster at our awards a year ago. And here the boys are, stripped of guitars, bass and drums and anything involving the National Grid for their new album Rant. It's a bold step assisted by mandolin, banjo and cello and lets hope their fans revel in the new naked noise.

Baltic 39, 39 High Bridge, Newcastle, opens April 6, www.balticmill.com/39 It's had more ups and downs than a wellused yoyo, but finally the big white gallery space on Newcastle's High Bridge is opening. Originally a Waygood venture, it all went horribly wrong but the former Wards print factory is finally opening as Baltic's little brother. The inaugural group exhibition at the city centre gallery will feature work by Newcastle-born sculptor Phyllida Barlow.

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Ponteland, www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk How long does it take baby meerkats to stand up on two feet and go on the lookout? Find out at Kirkley Hall where there are two meerkat babies to coo over. Other animals for kids to get excited about are donkeys, emus, wallabies, marmosets and goats. There are lots of childrens activities and forest trails too.

Ellen and the Escapades, The Cluny, Newcastle, April 21, www.thecluny.com Escapades are usually capers, scrapes or pranks, possibly involving a Bertie Wooster character, but in this case it is a collective of young Yorkshire chaps supporting the lovely Ellen. Their catchy folk-pop songs charmed festival audiences last year and this month they release a captivating debut album All The Crooked Scenes and take their songs to entrance on tour.

Elizabeth Price: HERE, Baltic, Newcastle until May 2012, www.balticmill.com Is it possible to combine the apocalyptic and phantasmagorical in video? Yes, says British artist Elizabeth Price whose three films are presented in her first major show. Choir, User Group Disco and West Hinder are dramas involving consumerism, ship wrecks, hallucinations and physic forces. …

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