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Phoenix Performing Arts Phoenix's rapid growth has been cultural as well as industrial, and it’s quickly becoming a vacation destination for fans of performing arts. The following theaters present many fun things to do with a mix of classic and contemporary drama: Herberger Theater Center, (602) 254-7399, 222 E. Monroe; Phoenix Theatre, (602) 254-2151, 1825 N. Central Ave.; Greasepaint Youtheatre, (480) 949-7529, 7020 E. 2nd St. in Scottsdale; and TheaterWorks, (623) 815-7930, at 10580 N. 83rd Dr. in Peoria. Arizona's professional state theater group, the Arizona Theater Co., (602) 256-6995, performs at the Herberger Theater Center during its October to June season.

The historic Orpheum Theatre, (800) 282-4842, at 203 W. Adams St., was originally built for vaudeville acts and movies in 1929. Scheduled to be condemned, the city bought the theater and in 1997 reopened it as a 1,400-seat performing arts center offering unique things to do in Phoenix throughout the year.

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For music and dance lovers, the Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona and Phoenix Symphony offer performances throughout the year. The symphony performs in the striking Symphony Hall, Phoenix Civic Plaza, 75 N. Second St.; phone (602) 495-1999.

Cabarets, special concerts, big-name entertainment, shows and lectures travel from all over the world to perform at the Herberger Theater Center, (602) 252-7399, 222 E. Monroe; and the ASU Gammage, (480) 965-3434, on the campus of Arizona State University at Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard in Tempe.

Other special performance areas to see during your trip include PHX Arena, (602) 379-7800, 201 E. Jefferson St.; Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, (602) 252-6771, 1826 W. McDowell Rd.; Celebrity Theatre, (602) 267-1600, 440 N. 32nd St.; Ak-Chin Pavilion, (602) 254-7200, 2121 N. 83rd Ave.; and the Comerica Theatre, (602) 379-2800, 400 W. Washington St. In Mesa are the Mesa Arts Center, (480) 644-6500, 1 E. Main St.; and the Mesa Amphitheater, (480) 644-2560, 263 N. Center St. Many venues are close to local restaurants if you’re looking for places to eat before a show.

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Phoenix, AZ

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Travel Information

City Population

1,445,632

Elevation

1,117 ft.

Sales Tax

The statewide sales tax is 5.6 percent; an additional 2.3 percent is added in Phoenix and an additional 0.7 percent is added in Maricopa County. There is a hotel/motel tax of 12.57 percent. Rental cars incur a 15.1 percent tax, plus an 11.11 percent concession fee. There is a stadium tax of 3.25 percent. Airport parking includes a daily surcharge of $4.50.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(602) 262-6151

Hospitals

Banner Estrella Medical Center, (623) 327-4000; Banner—University Medical Center, (602) 839-2000; Maricopa Integrated Health System, (602) 344-5011; St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, (844) 369-5479.

Visitor Information

125 N. 2nd St., Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone:(602)254-6500 or (877)225-5749

Air Travel

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Rental Cars

At the airport, Hertz, (602) 267-8822 or (800) 654-3131, offers discounts to AAA members.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc. has terminals at 2115 E. Buckeye Rd., (602) 389-4200, and 2647 W. Glendale Ave., (602) 246-0907 or (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

Taxi companies serving the greater Phoenix area include Yellow Cab, (480) 888-8888; Discount Cab, (602) 200-2000; and VIP Taxi, (602) 300-3000.

Public Transportation

Valley METRO Light Rail connects downtown Phoenix to the neighboring communities of Tempe and Mesa. To reach Sky Harbor International Airport, get off at the station at 44th and Washington streets. From there, the free PHX Sky Train connects to the East Economy parking area and Terminals 3 and 4. At Terminal 4, shuttle buses provide transportation to Terminals 2 and 3.

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