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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 nights.

"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

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.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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