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Transmodern

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Transmodern is the city’s best festival, because it has the essence—and only the essence—of what makes every other festival great. This year’s Artscape, for example, had a lot of really cool stuff, but it was hard to find amid all the white (tent) noise. Transmodern was all really cool, unapologetically experimental stuff, and that’s it. Now in its eighth year, the festival has expanded beyond the galleries in the H&H building, though H&H was still the hub—Celebration filled one floor with its art-psych-rock and the Effervescent Collective performed a video-game dance on another. But Rooms Play was performed—if that’s even the right word—down the block in the Current Gallery. Imagine what Baltimore would be like if the city gave the $7 million in tax dollars it spent on the Grand Prix to Transmodern instead. Baltimore has no special claim on racing. But it does have a claim on strange. And Transmodern is Baltimore Weird at its best.

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