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Oklahoma City offers a diverse palette of cultural entertainment. Oklahoma City Ballet, (405) 848-8637, stages elaborate productions at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. The music hall also is the home of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, (405) 842-5387, which performs both classical and pop music. Their seasons run concurrently from September or October through April or May. The Chamber Music Series of Oklahoma City, (405) 974-2415, complements the symphony's season with its concerts at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8005 Dorset Dr., from October to early April.

Oklahoma City University's music school also contributes to the performing arts scene with six musical performances and vocal and instrumental performances scheduled throughout the year; phone (405) 208-5227 or (800) 633-7242. The Canterbury Voices, (405) 232-7464, performs October through April at the Civic Center Music Hall.

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In summer the great outdoors provides a showcase for pop and rock concerts at the amphitheater at Frontier City. Plenty of guitar playin', banjo pickin' and foot stompin' goes on at Del City's Oklahoma Country-Western Museum and Hall of Fame, 3925 S.E. 29th St., during Bluegrass Music Society performances on the second Saturday of each month and during gospel bluegrass music performances on the fifth Saturday of the month; phone (405) 308-3595 or (405) 677-7515.

Oklahoma City's theater scene offers several choices. The productions of the Black Liberated Arts Center focus on African American culture and are held at various locations throughout the city; phone (405) 524-3800. A professional summer stock company, the Lyric Theatre, performs musicals from June through August at the Civic Center Music Hall; for ticket information phone (405) 297-2264.

Locals show their talent in a six-play season of musicals and dramas at the Jewel Box Theatre, 3700 N. Walker; phone (405) 521-1786.

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Oklahoma City, OK

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Travel Information

City Population

579,999

Elevation

1,201 ft.

Sales Tax

Oklahoma City levies a sales tax of 8.38 percent, a lodging tax of 13.87 percent and a rental car tax of 14.37 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(405) 297-1000

Fire (non-emergency)

(405) 297-3439

Time and Temperature

(405) 599-1234

Hospitals

AllianceHealth Deaconess, (405) 604-6000; Integris Baptist Medical Center, (405) 949-3011; Integris Southwest Medical Center, (405) 636-7000; Mercy Hospital, (405) 755-1515; OU Medical Center, (405) 271-4700; St. Anthony Hospital, (405) 272-7000.

Visitor Information

123 Park Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Phone:(405)297-8900

Air Travel

Will Rogers World Airport

Rental Cars

Several rental car agencies serve the Oklahoma City area. Hertz, (405) 681-2341 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak's Heartland Flyer provides daily train service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas. The station is at 100 South E.K. Gaylord Blvd. Phone (800) 872-7245.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc. and Jefferson Lines are the major bus lines that serve the city. They both operate out of the same terminal at 1938 E. Reno Ave. Phone (405) 606-4382.

Taxis

Cab companies include A1 Taxi Service, (405) 321-3111; and Yellow Cab, (405) 232-6161. Taxis are metered and charge $2.75 per call for the first 1/8 mile and an additional $.25 per 1/8 mile. There is a $1 charge for each additional passenger ages 12+.

Public Transportation

EMBARK, (405) 235-7433, operates throughout the metropolitan area. The main terminal/transit center is at 420 N.W. 5th St. Bus fare is $1.75; 75c (ages 7-17 and 60+). A 1-day pass is $4; $2 (ages 7-17 and 60+). Downtown Discovery shuttle buses traverse the downtown area between the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and Bricktown; fare is free.

Boats

Oklahoma River Cruises operates on the Oklahoma River April through December. Boarding points for the 1.25-hour trip are at Regatta Park, 701 S. Lincoln Blvd.; Meridian Landing, 4345 S.W. 15th St.; Exchange Landing, 1503 Exchange Ave.; and Bricktown Landing, at 334 Centennial Dr. Fare is $6 per stop, $15 maximum; $3 per stop, $7.50 maximum (ages 7-12 and 60+). Phone (405) 702-7755.

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