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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Blue Man Group performs in the 300-seat Astor Place Theatre (434 Lafayette St., between Fourth Street and Astor Place) in New York's East Village, across from the Public Theater.

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GETTING THERE: The nearest subway station to the theater is Astor Place, served by the No. 6 train; walk south one block on Lafayette Street to the theater. Other stations include Eighth Street (N and R trains late nights and weekends, R and W trains at other times) and Broadway-Lafayette (B, D, F and V trains).

SEEING THE NYC SHOW: BMG generally performs every day but Monday. Shows are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 7 and 10 p.m. Fridays; 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Sundays. Tickets start at $68 and are available at the box office, via Ticketmaster ( http://www.ticketmaster.com) or by calling 212-254-4370.

MORE BLUE MAN: The group performs in other cities, including Las Vegas, Berlin and Tokyo; ticket prices vary. Check out http://www.blueman.com for details. A touring show, "How to Be a Megastar 2.1," will be at Patriot Center ( http://www.patriotcenter.com) on Feb. 9-10; tickets start at $52.50. For information on the Blue Man Creativity Center, adjacent to the Astor Place Theatre, check out http://www.theblueschool.net.

WHERE TO EAT: The streets around the theater are packed with restaurants, though Blue Man co-founder Chris Wink is particularly fond of the fried bananas at Indochine (430 Lafayette St.), the French-Vietnamese joint that's been around forever and still draws a crowd. Dinner for two can easily run more than $100.

If you don't want to spend that much, there's a wide array of choices on nearby St. Mark's Place, include falafel stands, pizza places, Thai and Indian restaurants, sushi bars and Bamn! (No. 37), a pink-hued automat where food is displayed behind glass doors. Two bucks gets you such items as a salad wrap, grilled cheese and crudites with hummus. Bull McCabe's (No. 29) is the street's everybar, a good place to grab a beer and watch the interesting crowd stroll by.

INFORMATION: East Village.com ( http://www.east-village.com) includes neighborhood news and details on upcoming events. For general info on visiting the city, plus a guide to the East Village, contact NYC & Company ( http://www.nycvisit.com). -- J.D.


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