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Critically acclaimed talents and youth groups alike will strut their stuff on the Beard Street Pier in Red Hook this Saturday, May 22, as part of the 10th annual Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival.

Among the troupes that will take the stage are the Urban Bush Women, Dance Wave Kids Company and the Pee Wee Hoofers (pictured). The band Heritage O.P., whose music has been heard in Broadway’s "The Lion King" and Marc Levin’s 2001 film "Brooklyn Babylon," will perform traditional African and modern music.

The Waterfront Arts Festival also includes dance and beat-box workshops, storytelling and hula-hoop performances as well as boat rides and other activities offered by the Gowanus Dredgers and Urban Divers.

An exhibit of a wide variety of artworks by hundreds of artists, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Pier Show 12 continues, and will be on display in the warehouse at 499 Van Brunt St. from noon to 6 pm.

The Arts Festival events take place from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Beard Street Pier, Van Brunt Street at the Red Hook Channel, and the performances are free. For more information, visit the Web sites or

A New York Water Taxi shuttle will run between Pier 63 Maritime at West 23rd Street in Manhattan and the arts festival on May 22. For the New York Water Taxi schedule, visit or call (212) 287-2224.

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