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Performing Arts in Miami-Miami Beach The 1981 development of the National Foundation for the Arts was the springboard for cultural evolution in South Florida, and now there are many fun places to go. Included are the handsomely refurbished Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road in south Miami Beach, (305) 674-1040; the 1,567-seat, Moorish-styled Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler Street in downtown Miami, (305) 374-2444; and the Art Deco-styled The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts on Washington Avenue in south Miami Beach, (305) 673-7300.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County offers three theaters and an outdoor performance plaza showcasing everything from Broadway to opera, dance to drama and cabaret to comedy. The center is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami; phone (786) 468-2000, or (305) 949-6722 for ticket information.

The Performing Arts Network (PAN) offers dance, music and theater performances at 74 N.E. 150th St. in Miami; phone (305) 705-3994.

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Among the professional dance troupes in the Miami area is the Miami City Ballet, Florida's first fully professional resident ballet company. Artistic director Lourdes Lopez was a principal dancer for 24 years in the New York City Ballet under George Balanchine; works by Balanchine are included in the company's repertoire. Performances take place October through April at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Phone (786) 468-2000; phone (305) 949-6722 or (305) 929-7010 for things to see and ticket information.

The professional dance company Ballet Flamenco La Rosa moves to a flamenco and Latin-style beat; for ticket and schedule information phone (786) 320-6982.

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Miami Symphony Orchestra presents nearly a dozen concerts each year; phone (305) 275-5666. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas created the New World Symphony, the only advanced-training orchestra in the world, as an interim step for young musicians who have completed their academic instruction. Performances take place at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, 500 17th St. For subscriptions, season or single tickets phone (305) 673-3331.

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The celebrated Florida Grand Opera, which has provided South Florida with operatic performances since the early 1940s, offers productions in the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County; phone (786) 468-2000, or (305) 949-6722 for ticket information. Among the opera's offerings Nov.-May are international artists and the lower-priced performances where promising singers make their mark in lead roles.

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Off-Broadway plays are presented by Area Stage Company, 1560 S. Dixie Hwy. in Coral Gables, throughout the year; phone (305) 666-2078. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater, 280 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, offers year-round productions for adults and children and is host to the Kids Fest Family Day, which offers fun things to do with kids; phone (305) 444-9293.

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Travel Information

Miami Population

399,457

Miami Elevation

20 ft.

Miami Beach Population

87,779

Miami Beach Elevation

4 ft.

Sales Tax

Miami-Dade County sales tax is 7 percent. An additional hotel room tax is 6 percent in Miami-Dade County, with the exception of Surfside and Bal Harbour, where the resort tax is 4 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(305) 476-5423 (Miami-Dade County) or (305) 579-6111 (Miami)

Fire (non-emergency)

(786) 331-5000 (Miami-Dade County) or (305) 416-5400 (Miami)

Time and Temperature

(305) 324-8811

Hospitals

Baptist Hospital of Miami, (786) 596-1960; Jackson South Community Hospital, (305) 251-2500; North Shore Medical Center, (305) 835-6000; University of Miami Hospital, (305) 689-5511; Westchester General Hospital, (305) 264-5252.

Visitor Information

701 Brickell Ave. Suite 2700 Miami, FL 33131. Phone:(305)539-3000 or (800)933-8448

Air Travel

Miami International Airport

Rental Cars

Miami and Miami Beach are served by many major car rental agencies. Hertz, (800) 654-3080, or (305) 871-0300 at Miami International Airport, and (305) 534-4661 inside the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

The Amtrak Station is at 8303 N.W. 37th Ave. For arrival information phone (305) 835-1221; for reservations and other information phone (800) 872-7245.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc. stations are at 3801 N.W. 21st St., (305) 871-1810, in Miami; at 16000 N.W. Seventh Ave., (305) 688-7277, in North Miami.

Taxis

Cabs are plentiful and operate on the meter system. Fares are $2.95 base fee plus $2.40 per mile and 40c for each minute of waiting. A $1 fuel surcharge and an airport surcharge may apply. The largest companies are Yellow Cab Co., (305) 444-4444, and Metro Taxi, (305) 888-8888.

Public Transportation

Transportation by elevated light rail, people mover and bus is available in Miami.

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