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Columbus Performing Arts The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, (614) 469-1045, brings to the area productions that include well-known musical performers and plays. Professional theater and Broadway shows visit area stages on a regular basis; PNC Broadway in Columbus performs at the Ohio Theatre and Palace Theatre; phone (800) 294-1892.

Jazz is prevalent in Columbus, with the Jazz Arts Group's Columbus Jazz Orchestra playing the familiar Big Band sounds of Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman; phone (614) 294-5200. The 17-piece big band plays a subscription series at the Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St.; phone (614) 469-0939 for tickets. The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra also offers concert series at the Southern Theatre; phone (614) 464-0066. Aspiring musicians comprise The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, which performs on campus.

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The Columbus Symphony Orchestra plays a regular 9-month concert season in the opulent Ohio Theatre , directly across from the Ohio Statehouse. The venue is decorated with plaster ceilings, brocaded paneling, gold leaf trim and a chandelier in the grand foyer; phone (614) 469-0939. The symphony also presents pops and chamber music concerts as well as youth concerts. Popular in the summer is Picnic with the Pops, an outdoor concert at the Columbus Commons downtown.

Opera Columbus presents several major opera productions throughout the year; phone (614) 461-8101 for information or (614) 469-0939 for tickets. BalletMet, (614) 229-4848, produces classical and contemporary works.

Community groups also provide a full schedule. Gallery Players at the Jewish Community Center offers productions, including musicals; phone (614) 231-2731 for tickets. Contemporary American Theater Company (CATCo) performs in the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St.; phone (614) 469-0939 for tickets. Grove City's Little Theatre Off Broadway performs comedies, dramas and musicals; phone (614) 875-3919. Short North Stage performs in the 1920 Garden Theater, 1187 N. High St.; phone (614) 725-4042. Available Light Theatre is at 77 S. High St.; phone (614) 558-7408.

Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St., presents a schedule of performances blending seemingly unrelated forms of entertainment like sketch comedy, live rock and roll and new media; phone (614) 416-7625.

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Travel Information

City Population

787,033

Elevation

777 ft.

Sales Tax

Columbus has a sales tax of 7.5 percent and a lodging tax of 10 percent. There is an 11 percent concession fee on rental cars picked up at Port Columbus International Airport.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(614) 645-4545

Fire (non-emergency)

(614) 221-3132

Time and Temperature

(614) 281-8211

Hospitals

Doctors Hospital, (614) 544-1000; Grant Medical Center, (614) 566-9000; Mount Carmel Medical Center (Mount Carmel West Hospital), (614) 234-5000; The Ohio State University Hospital East, (614) 257-3000; The Ohio State University Medical Center, (614) 293-8300; Riverside Methodist Hospital, (614) 566-5000.

Visitor Information

277 W. Nationwide Blvd. Suite 125 Columbus, OH 43215. Phone:(614)221-6623 or (800)354-2657

Air Travel

Port Columbus International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (614) 239-1084 or (800) 654-3080.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc., (614) 228-2266 or (800) 231-2222, 111 E. Town St. between S. 3rd and S. 4th streets, serves Columbus.

Taxis

Yellow Cab, (614) 444-4444, is the largest cab company. Fixed fares are $3 base rate, $4.50 for the first mile, 45c for each additional 2/9 mile and $2.25 for each mile outside Franklin County. A $3 surcharge is added for fares originating at the airport.

Public Transportation

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides bus transportation throughout the city and suburbs Mon.-Fri. 5:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 8-7. The basic fare is $2, express fare is $2.75 and transfers are free. Multiday passes and reduced rates for children and senior citizens are available. Passengers must have exact change.

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