ANTIC AVE. - Brooklyn Paper


"Spring: A Fair," a springtime sibling of the Atlantic Antic, will feature puppets provided by Flying Bridge Community Arts director Jill Reinier.
The Brooklyn Papers / Greg Mango

Due to the street-fair restrictions stemming
from the Sept. 11 attacks, the annual Atlantic Antic was canceled
for the first time ever last year. The Atlantic Avenue Local
Development Corporation, producers of the event, have created
a new event, "Spring: A Fair," to take its place on
May 4.

The new festival features a roster of established and emerging
Brooklyn talent including Fort Greene resident and classic Indian
dancer, Sudha Seetharaman, as well as Boerum Hill comedian Larry
Getlen, who emcees East End Ensemble’s Brew-Ha-Ha on Saturday

"By inviting local performers, vendors and merchants of
demonstrated creativity to offer their wares on this annual day
of renewal, we hope to honor the talented individuals who perished
while on the job," said Carl Blumenthal, executive director
of the LDC. The LDC estimates 50 performing groups ranging from
Haitian drummers, to puppeteers, to street dancers will be on
display during the course of the day.

"Spring: A Fair" will be held on Atlantic Avenue between
Bond and Hicks streets, from 10 am to 6 pm, with the main stage
performances taking place on Atlantic Avenue at Boerum Place,
a dance stage on Atlantic at Hoyt Street, and country music on
the Little Red Hen Acoustic Stage on Atlantic at Court Street
beginning at 11 am. The Little Red Hen stage alone will feature
nine acts including DUMBO’s Jan Bell & the BQ Easys. For
more information about them, go to www.littleredhenmusic.com.

The dance stage will feature performances by everyone from Spoke
the Hub to the Caribbean Calabash Dance Theater to Dancewave’s
teen modern dance group.

Two hundred merchants and vendors will be represented and the
international cuisine available includes Syrian, Lebanese, French,
Caribbean, Italian and Mexican.

Even the New York Transit Museum will have a booth, between Smith
Street and Boerum Place, where you can take an "imaginary
’sentimental journey’ aboard a historic bus from the Museum’s
vintage fleet," and using materials they provide create
a bus of your own, according to Museum spokeswoman Roxanne Robertson.

The next Atlantic Antic after "Spring: A Fair" will
be Sept. 29. For more information, call (718) 875-8993 or visit
on the Web.

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