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St. Louis Performing Arts The St. Louis Symphony, founded in 1880 and one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the nation, performs from mid-September to mid-May in Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd. This stately building has an elegant foyer resembling the royal chapel at Versailles. Free tours are available by appointment in-season; phone (314) 286-4104. The symphony also presents a series of concerts geared to ages 5 through 12; phone (314) 534-1700 for ticket and schedule information.

Acoustically renowned Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., presents a variety of concerts; phone (314) 533-9900.

There's no better place to see a musical under the stars on a warm summer evening than The Muny, the city's beloved outdoor theater in Forest Park. The Muny's first performances—of William Shakespeare's “As You Like It”—were given in June 1916 on a grassy hillside between two large oaks. Today this 11,000-seat outdoor amphitheater offers a 7-week summer season of Broadway classics, musical adaptations of hit movies and other entertainment. Stroll the Walk of Fame dedicated to venerable Broadway stars and composers. Free seats at the top of the house are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7 p.m. For show and ticket information phone The Muny box office at (314) 361-1900, ext. 550, or MetroTix, (314) 534-1111.

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Traveling Broadway shows, concerts and headlining entertainers are presented at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Blvd. Public tours of the ornate interior are offered Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.; phone (314) 534-1678 for additional information. For ticket information phone MetroTix at (314) 534-1111.

The Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Blvd.) dates from the era of grand old movie palaces and includes independent and foreign-language movies as well as the latest Hollywood offerings on its three screens; display cases are filled with movie memorabilia, vintage posters line the walls and yes, there’s an orchestra pit and a plush burgundy curtain.

During its heyday, everyone from Rex Harrison to Twisted Sister appeared at the grand old Kiel Opera House, downtown at 14th and Market streets. Two decades after closing in 1991—and following a thorough renovation and refurbishment—this Art Deco landmark reopened in 2011 with a new face and a new name: the Peabody Opera House. Now known as Stifel Theatre, the venue hosts theatrical performances, pop music and comedy stars, and sports and special events. For event information phone (314) 622-5435.

The Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, on Riverport Drive in Maryland Heights, is a 20,000-seat venue where concerts are scheduled April through September; phone (314) 298-9944.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (“The Rep”) is the city's leading professional theater company; phone (314) 968-4925. They give performances in the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Rd. on the Webster University campus, which also is the home of the university's Conservatory of Theatre Arts, (314) 968-7128, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, (314) 961-0644. The Opera Theatre's pre-opera informal picnic dinners on the scenic grounds are especially popular; guests may bring their own picnic baskets or purchase a boxed supper.

Dance St. Louis, (314) 534-5000, regularly gives performances September through April at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, the Grandel Theatre and the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Dance, music and drama are presented at the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University; phone (314) 935-6543. Stages St. Louis offers musical theater productions June through October at the Robert G. Reim Theatre, at the Kirkwood Community Center; phone (314) 821-2407.

The Touhill Performing Arts Center, on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, offers concerts, opera, comedy and dance year-round; phone (314) 516-4949 or (866) 516-4949. Chaifetz Arena, on the campus of St. Louis University, is a multipurpose arena featuring concerts, family shows and sporting events; phone (314) 977-5000.

The St. Louis Black Repertory Company offers theater and dance presentations December through April in the Emerson Performance Center at Harris-Stowe State University and the Edison Theatre at Washington University; phone (314) 534-3810.

At the Ivory Theater, St. Louis Shakespeare features classic works by the bard August through October, plus a spring production; phone (314) 361-5664. During the month of June, Circus Flora captivates audiences during its one-ring circus performances with a theatrical flair in a red big top tent; for information phone (314) 289-4040.

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Travel Information

City Population

319,294

Elevation

585 ft.

Sales Tax

The sales tax rate in the city of St. Louis is 8.49 percent. The city's lodging tax is 14.9 percent and there is a rental car tax of 7.82 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(314) 231-1212

Time and Temperature

(314) 321-2222 or (636) 441-8467

Hospitals

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, (314) 747-3000; Missouri Baptist Medical Center (Town and Country, Mo.), (314) 996-5000; St. Alexius Hospital, (314) 865-7000; St. Anthony's Medical Center, (314) 525-1000; Saint Louis University Hospital, (314) 577-8000.

Visitor Information

I-270 and Riverview Dr. St. Louis, MO 63138. Phone:(314)869-7100

Air Travel

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (314) 426-7555 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

The Amtrak terminal, (800) 872-7245, is at 430 S. 15th St.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal, (800) 231-2222, is at 430 S. 15th St.

Taxis

Cab companies include St. Louis County Cab & Yellow Cab, (314) 991-5300 or (314) 993-8294; and Laclede, (314) 652-3456 or (314) 403-7000 (to request a taxi via text message). All cabs in St. Louis are on the meter system. Base fare is approximately $2 to $3.50 for the first mile, with a rate of $2 to $2.50 per mile. The base fare goes up $1 for each additional passenger. A fuel surcharge of at least $1 also is added to the fare, and there is a $4 surcharge for airport pick-ups.

Public Transportation

Metro, the public transportation system—which includes MetroBus, the MetroLink light-rail train and the Metro Call-A-Ride para-transit van service—transports passengers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. The base bus fare is $2; $1 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities). Exact cash fare is required. A MetroLink one-ride ticket is $2.50; $1.25 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities). A 2-hour system pass (with transfers) is $3; $1.50 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities), or $4 from Lambert Airport. Weekly and monthly passes also are available. For route information, current fares and hours of system operation contact MetroTransit Information Mon.-Fri. 7-7; phone (314) 231-2345, or (618) 271-2345 in Illinois.

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