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CHILD’S PLAY Alex Prud’homme reads from his great aunt Julia Child’s (pictured, center) memoir at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit on Wed 20.

CHILD’S PLAY Alex Prud’homme reads from his great aunt Julia Child’s (pictured, center) memoir at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit on Wed 20.

SUN 17

ANTIC ROADSHOW

No open-container laws! That’s just one of the perks at the 32nd annual Atlantic Antic—Brooklyn’s largest street fair—which features more than 400 vendors, eight stages for live music, multiple activities, and lots to eat and drink (63 vendors, to be exact). The strip has long been known for great Middle Eastern food; neighborhood faves like Sahadi’s, Oriental Pastry and Grocery and Bedouin Tent will all be serving up regional grub. Bars like the Brazen Head, Waterfront Ale House and Last Exit will pour Six Point Atlantic Antic Amber Ale, a beer created for the event by the Red Hook brewery.

FREE Atlantic Antic. Atlantic Ave between Fourth Ave and Hicks St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. 10am--6pm. For more information call 718-875-8993 or visit atlanticave.org

SUN 17

A BRINE TIME

Once upon a time, a good sour pickle was associated with the Jewish Lower East Side. Not anymore. At the sixth annual Pickle Day, you’re just as likely to see kimchi, chutney and pickled ginger as the standard kosher dills. One block of Orchard Street will be crammed with all kinds of briny festivities: multiculti pickle tastings, walking tours, children’s activities, live music and home-canning demonstrations.

FREE Pickle Day. Orchard St between Broome and Grand Sts. 10am--4:30pm. For more information call 212-226-9010.

WED 20

TAKING IT TO THE STREET

Forget fancy French fare and upscale Italian: Street food is the cuisine du jour. Starchefs.com, the online magazine and host of the 2006 New York Rising Stars awards, certainly thinks so. This year, their gala bash at Crobar will feature high-concept street foods conceived by award recipients including Iacopo Falai (Falai), Zak Pelaccio (Fatty Crab), Galen Zamarra (Mas) and Jennifer Giblin (Blue Smoke). Each dish will be paired with a wine by sommelier Arnaud Devulder of DB Bistro Moderne. A $200 VIP ticket includes a pre-event reception at 7pm hosted by Josh DeChellis (Sumile) featuring vintage Nicolas Feuillatte champagne. You’ll never look at dirty-water dogs the same again.

2006 New York Rising Stars Gala.Crobar, 530 W 28th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves. 8--10:30pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 212-966-7575 or visit starchefs.com/risingstars. $125, VIP $200.

WED 20

ONLY CHILD

We hear you can eat your words, but can you drink them? Brooklyn-based author Alex Prud’homme, who recently published his great-aunt Julia Child’s memoir, My Life In France, will be reading from the book at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit on Wed 20. In addition to literary bons mots and a book signing, there will be tastings of wines from regions—Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhne—that inspired Child, as well as French bread and cheeses. Julia would approve.

FREE Alex Prud’homme Reading.Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, 5 W 19th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves. 6--8pm. For more information call 212-929-2323.

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