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PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods: Local Pizza Shop and Musuem to Showcase World Record Collection March 21, 2012

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Brian “Brain” Dwyer is taking his world record collection of pizza memorabilia and opening Pizza Brain along Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. It’s expected to be the world’s first pizza museum and restaurant.

Thanks to Brian and the Pizza Brain team for the shout out on their website.

Grab a slice and experience the story behind Pizza Brain!

[This content was originally created for PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, a project of the Department of Journalism at Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater. You can find the original story here.]

El Vez: A Taste of Mexico in Center City February 1, 2012

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Fresh guacamole and one of the city’s best margaritas? Yes, please!

El Vez, 121 S. 13th St., offers diners a unique dining experience that only local restaurateur Stephen Starr could pull off. From the food to the decor, El Vez transports guests into a world of Mexican cuisine.

For starters, this Mexican eatery offers seven different guac options. Seven! All made fresh and served in a traditional molcajete or as a sampler platter.

When it comes to the main course, the portions are just right. Be sure to pick up a few of the side options to spice up your meal. I recommend the grilled corn on the cob with lime and queso fresco or the creamy poblano corn rice. Yum!

So, go and explore! The food’s great and the drinks are too. Plus, the guest service at the Center City establishment is beyond extraordinary.

Oh, El Vez also offers a photo booth! Three bucks to get some a strip of retro, black-and-white photos. Over the weekend, a group of friends and family went for Abby’s Birthday and the waitstaff offered to have the photo booth images screen printed onto an El Vez t-shirt. How cool?

Temple’s ‘OwlCapella’ Appears in ABC Network Promo September 27, 2011

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Temple’s student a cappella singing group, OwlCapella, recently appeared across ABC’s media platforms in a spot focused on promoting the network’s morning show, “Good Morning America.”

Fellow Owl Ambassador Kevin is a part of the university’s singing students, which appear 18 seconds into the “How Does Philadelphia Say Good Morning America” commercial.

‘Sparks Fly’ at Taylor Swift’s Sold-Out Philadelphia Spectacular August 7, 2011

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Sparks were flying as Berks County native Taylor Swift opened her 2011 “Speak Now” World Tour in Philly Saturday night.

Over 50,000 fans packed the field and stands at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia to welcome the country singing sensation to their city.

While most of those screeching for Swift were barely legal, hundreds of those cheers were surely from Swift’s self-proclaimed “Chaperone Dads (or Moms).” But, a few of those screams and ill-pitched sing-alongs did come from Section 116 where four double-daters were seated (My sister and her boyfriend, Greg, along with Abby and me).

And “Swifties” had plenty to sing-along to, as the Grammy-winner belted out 17 songs throughout her old stage show/musical-themed show.

Saturday’s sold-out show was one of six shows scheduled at football stadiums during the “Speak Now” Tour.

Gleek Out! ‘Glee’ Tour Coming to Wells Fargo Center June 8th February 8, 2011

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‘”Glee” fans, get ready to Gleek Out! “Glee Live! In Concert!” is scheduled to stop at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia June 8th.

The cast of FOX’s smash hit about awkward high school scenarios is skipping summer school and hitting the tour circuit in 15 states.

Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer and Dianna Agron, and the rest of the singing troupe are expected to perform hits like “Empire State of Mind,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” My Life Would Suck Without You,” and the popular mash-ups, including, “It’s My Life.”

Presale for American Express cardholders begins Friday. Tickets go on-sale to the general public Saturday, February 19th at 10 a.m. through ComcastTix.com, by phone, or at the Box Office at the Wells Fargo Center.

“Glee” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on FOX.