Nashville Performing ArtsOne of the most important events in Nashville's history was the building of the Ryman Auditorium. The home of the Grand Ole Opry for 31 years, the stage of the Ryman Auditorium also has been graced by the likes of Enrico Caruso, Katharine Hepburn, Helen Keller and Harry Houdini. In 2015 a $14 million renovation and expansion project once again put the Ryman in the spotlight as the city's premier cultural venue; audiences enjoy concerts, musicals and award shows there. The facility also serves as a daytime museum and one of the many fun things to do in Nashville, documenting the Ryman's past through a variety of exhibits and videos.
Built in east Nashville along the Cumberland River in 1974, the Grand Ole Opry House in Gaylord Opryland is a center for country music shows. For those who are looking for places to eat prefer down-home cookin' with their music, Nashville Night Life Dinner Theatre fills the bill daily; phone (615) 885-4747 or (800) 573-7973 for schedule information.
In the heart of town the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) has four showcases for top shows and artists: the Andrew Jackson Hall for concerts, operas and touring Broadway shows; the Andrew Johnson Theater for theater-in-the-round; the James K. Polk Theater is a great destination for theatrical productions, operettas, dance and chamber concerts; and the War Memorial Auditorium for orchestral and theatrical shows. Phone (615) 782-4000, or (615) 782-4040 for the box office.
Nashville Ballet presents classical and contemporary works at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center as well as at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, 3630 Redmon St. In addition to Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Opera and the Nashville Repertory Theatre are resident organizations at TPAC; call (615) 297-2966 for the ballet, (615) 832-5242 for the opera and (615) 244-4878 for the repertory theater if you are looking for things to do this weekend.
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The Nashville Symphony performs year-round in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, one of only a few major concert halls in North America to use natural lighting; phone (615) 687-6400 for information and reservations.
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Colleges and universities in Nashville also offer their share of music, dance and drama productions. Some of the programs are free and many are performed at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, (615) 322-7651. The Nashville Children's Theatre, 25 Middleton St., specializes in children's productions; phone (615) 252-4675 for the box office. Chaffin's Barn Theatre, 8204 SR 100, presents comedies and musicals along with dinner. On the main stage, a platform descends from the ceiling at the start of each show. Phone (615) 646-9977 or (800) 282-2276.
Concerts take place on weekends, mid-May to mid-September at Centennial Park and other area parks; for more information phone (615) 862-8424. The open-air Ascend Amphitheater, along the Cumberland River at 310 1st Ave. S., hosts concerts April through late October. The amphitheater is also home to the Nashville Symphony in summer; phone (615) 999-9000 for event information.
Downtown art galleries host receptions and art openings during the First Saturday Art Crawl, held on the first Saturday of the month at venues along 5th Avenue. These are great things for couples to do and fun things to do with friends.
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Tennessee's statewide sales tax is 7 percent; Nashville's sales tax can be up to an additional 2.25 percent, and the city has a 6 percent lodging tax, plus $2 city tax per night.
Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, (615) 341-4000; Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, (615) 284-5555; Saint Thomas West Hospital, (615) 222-2111; TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, (615) 781-4000; TriStar Summit Medical Center, (615) 316-3000; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, (615) 322-5000.
501 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203. Phone:(615)259-4747 or (866)830-4440
For tourists with airline flights,
Hertz, (615) 275-2600 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
The Greyhound bus terminal is at 709 5th Ave. S.; phone (615) 255-3556 or (800) 231-2222.
Cab fare is $3 to start and $2 per mile; a $25 flat fee is charged for transportation between the airport and downtown. Cabs are not easy to hail outside downtown, but they can be ordered by phone. The major cab company is Yellow, (615) 256-0101.
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has more than 50 city routes, including an airport connection. Exact change is required. The fare is $1.70; $1.00 (ages 5-19); 85c (ages 65+ and riders with disabilities). Buses generally run daily 6:15 a.m.-11:15 p.m., depending upon the route. For information phone (615) 862-5950.