Baynard Woods compiles an oral history of the Transmodern Festival, Baltimore's celebration of the experimental and avant garde

In this week's feature, Baynard Woods compiles an

, Baltimore's celebration of the experimental and avant garde, which starts this Thursday and runs through the weekend, culminating in the 6th annual Love Parade on Sunday (check out our schedule of highlights).

In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith continues his extensive reporting on the


in light of the new federal charges against Correctional Officers in the far-reaching corruption case. Edward Ericson Jr. details the conviction of a

and the lack of oversight that allowed it, and in

he profiles a retired cop with a fear of math who built a robot.

In the Arts, Baynard Woods ponders the

street artist Gaia and Sondheim-finalist Caitlin Cunningham make of Paul Gauguin; Michael Shank stays awake at night thinking of James Kelman's

(sic); and Evan Serpick reviews

at Everyman Theatre. In Music, Josh Sisk profiles

in advance of another reunion show, and Brandon Weigel tells us what's up with

. In Film, John Barry interviews the director of

, a documentary about the Filipino frontman of the band Journey and Courtney Cousins interviews Jeff Krulik, the director of the classic

Heavy Metal Parking Lot

about the


In Eats and Drinks, Martha Thomas finds

sublime and, in

, introduces us to three news chefs and details the new coffee shops of Mt. Vernon.