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It is no surprise that one of the three songs in heavy rotation at Pete’s Piano Bar on Houston & 6th, Piano Man (the other two being Brown Eyed Girl and Tiny Dancer, of course), are making national headlines as TMZ has released cell-phone video footage of Ben Roethlisberger and a few of his offensive linemen — who, as the AFC team are staying in downtown Fort Worth for this weekend’s Super Bowl — drunkedly merrily singing the Billy Joel classic Tuesday night.  View the video here.

The Chisolm Trail lot bounded by Main and Houston at 3rd and 4th, will be transformed into a 2500 square-foot stage where ESPN will be broadcasting live all throughout Superbowl Week.  Starting tomorrow, crews will be installing a 48-by-28 football field on Main Street, as well as a pair of Jumbotron screens.    Beginning January 31st, “Mike & Mike in the Morning”, among other ESPN shows and specials, will be on-location live in downtown Fort Worth.

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The Fort Worth Symphony is offering readers of DowntownFortWorth.com a 50% discount on selected seating sections for The Music of Michael Jackson at the Bass Hall on January 7th at 8pm. The show features Las Vegas entertainer James Delisco backed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as they cover songs throughout the span of Michael Jackson’s career. Call 817.665.6000 to book your seats!

Simply Fondue (4th between Main and Houston) is featuring 11 days of 2011 with $11 off their four course Original House Special until January 13th; valid for up to four people per table.  Reserve your table here

The push for Fort Worth to have a modern streetcar has been made clear with the arrival of an actual Portland streetcar planted right on 7th Street for all to view and tour through November 26th.  Fort Worth residents are encouraged to attend a “town hall” meeting on December 2nd at the Fort Worth Convention Center (1201 Houston Street) concerning the project, starting at 6:00pm with an open house.

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As a fitting end-cap to the cavalcade of national news coverage of Joel Burns’ now-legendary city council speech from last Tuesday, Burns’ husband JD Angle joined him via sattelite on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Chris O’Donnell. When asked if he was surprised by his fellow councilmembers’ supportive response to his speech, Burns had effectively conveyed Fort Worth’s unique character trait in our ability to hold civilized city council meetings unlike other cities who are well-known for their divisiveness.  View the clip here.

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Straight from his appearance on NBC’s Today Show, Fort Worth District 9′s esteemed city councilman Joel Burns flew to Los Angeles to tape a segment for The Ellen Show on Tuesday.  During its airing on Wednesday afternoon, downtown’s Simply Fondue was kind enough to open their doors early for a crowd of constituents and downtown friends as they had the show on their screens.  You can view Burns’ Ellen appearance here.

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From what is certainly the most-viewed Fort Worth City Council clip ever, Joel Burns appears on The Today Show and discusses with Matt Lauer his “It Gets Better” speech and how it’s skyrocketing to over a million views in under one week has spread the word about this campaign in unprecedented proportions.   The clip can be viewed here.

Our now world-famous city councilman has been all over the Internet, television and radio discussing his touching speech he made during last Tuesday’s city council meeting.  We have the audio posted here of  Mr. Burns’ interview with Melissa Glass from NPR’s All Things Considered.

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District 9 City Councilman Joel Burns’ passionate speech during last Tuesday’s city council meeting has been viewed over 500,000 times in just one day, and been featured on Gawker.com, Huffingtonpost.com and scores of other news websites worldwide.  CNN aired an unprecedented thirteen minutes of Burns’ YouTube video before the live interview. Click here to view his interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN.Joel Burns on CNN