Tucson Performing ArtsWhen it comes to enjoying theater during your vacation, Tucson offers many choices. Top billing is given to the Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona's professional state theater. This premier company performs six plays during its September through May season at the Temple of Music and Art, (520) 622-2823, 330 S. Scott Ave. A forum for experimental theater is The Invisible Theatre, (520) 882-9721, 1400 N. 1st Ave., which stages six plays between September and June.
If you’re looking for things to do with kids, the Gaslight Theatre, (520) 886-9428, 7010 E. Broadway, offers entertainment for the entire family. The melodramas, comedies and musicals produced here encourage audience participation; reservations are required. The University of Arizona adds to Tucson's theater offerings. The school's resident company, (520) 621-7008, 1025 N. Olive St., presents its offerings of musicals and serious drama in spring, summer and fall, while the UA Presents series brings national touring companies to Centennial Hall, (520) 621-3341, 1020 E. University Blvd.
No bit players, Tucson's opera company plays a major part in the performing arts arena. Accompanied by a full orchestra from October through April, members of the Arizona Opera, (520) 293-4336, present five operas at Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.
Completing the cultural scene are the city's orchestras. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra, (520) 882-8585, plays both classical and pop music in the Tucson Music Hall September to May. Under the desert skies at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park, the Tucson Pops Orchestra, (520) 722-5853, entertains audiences in the spring and fall. From September through May the University of Arizona's Centennial Hall resounds with sounds from Broadway shows to jazz to chamber music performed by guest artists and musicians.
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Arizona's statewide sales tax is 5.6 percent; an additional 2 percent is levied in Tucson. The tax on a hotel room in Pima County is 13.05 percent, plus an additional $2 per room per night in Tucson. There is a combined state and county rental car tax of 10 percent, plus a Pima County rental car fee of $3.50 per rental; a concession fee of 11.1 percent is added if the car is picked up at the airport, and an additional 2 percent tax is added if the car is picked up off airport property but within the Tucson city limits.
(520) 791-6813 (8 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, (520) 873-3000; Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, (520) 872-3000; Northwest Medical Center, (520) 742-9000; Tucson Medical Center, (520) 327-5461; University Medical Center, (520) 694-0111.
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Ten miles south of downtown,
Hertz, (520) 573-5201 or (800) 654-3131, offers discounts to AAA members.
The Amtrak station is at 400 N. Toole. For advance ticket and schedule information phone (800) 872-7245. Tickets may be purchased at the station.
The terminal for Greyhound Lines Inc. is at 471 W. Congress St.; phone (520) 792-3475 or (800) 231-2222.
There are many independent taxi companies in Tucson. Rates are not regulated by the city. Companies that serve the area include Discount Cab, (520) 388-9000; VIP Taxi, (520) 300-3000; and Yellow Cab, (520) 624-6611.
Sun Tran, (520) 792-9222, operates a fleet of buses running throughout the metro area as well as a streetcar line downtown.