Sunday, September 21, 2003

Card is passport to arts discounts

This one is for getting-older-by-the-minute one-stop shoppers.

Enjoy the Arts/START offers a $50 20/20 Passport Card to us decrepit folks age 32 and older. There are discounts and special offers for 20/20 II Festival events (running Tuesday through Oct. 12). More significantly, the card can be used for discounts (usually in the range of 20-25 percent) to 20 performing companies and museums for the remainder of the season.

There are better individual deals. Playhouse offers two-for-one day of show discounts. Cincinnati Symphony has been known to sell concert tickets for $8 (get to know a subscriber).

But the 25 percent discount (for two tickets per show) on the passport is less stressful than hustling to the box office during lunch and the discount is good for the entire season, as long as seats are available to a performance.

The passport also can be used multiple times for the Ballet, Opera, Pops, Shadowbox Cabaret, Contemporary Dance Theatre, May Festival, Broadway Series, Know Theatre Tribe (to name a few). The Taft Museum of Art promises specials when it reopens.

For details: 621-4700,

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