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Katie Friel

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Katie is the managing editor of CultureMap Austin.

When she's not editing some of the finest writers in Texas, you can usually find Katie riding her bike, maxing out her credit card at Book People, sipping coffee at Jo's or sitting at the Liberty. She has a dog named Huck.

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Pretty Pretty Perry

Of course everyone on the Internet photoshopped Rick Perry's mugshot

By Katie Friel

The Internet can be such a dark, sad place. But it can also turn, say, a really good mugshot of Governor Rick Perry into a magical meme. Mere minutes after ...

Development in Development

More East Austin changes as East Fifth Street graffiti wall is knocked down

By Katie Friel

Editor's note: This story has been updated since its initial publication. Visitors to Tamale House East on Tuesday morning may have noticed quite a difference in the nearby landscape ...

Surprising Selections

Austin food trailer surprisingly selected as No. 8 Best New Restaurant in U.S.

By Katie Friel

When Bon Appétit announced the finalists for the Best New Restaurants in the U.S. last week, Qui and Odd Duck were — rather predictably —  on the short list. But ...

KUTX Changes

KUTX 98.9 changes: John Aielli moves up, Folkways moves on and more

By Katie Friel

There are two types of people in this world: people that love John Aielli and people that, well, don't love him as much. We happen to love Aielli and ...

Pay It Forward

Pay it Forward with Daniel Curtis does just that by raising more than $60K

By Katie Friel

What: Pay it Forward with Daniel Curtis Where: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center The lowdown: More than 450 people came out for the fourth annual Pay it Forward ...

Can You Dig It

Local companies create famous Austin landmarks entirely out of cans

By Katie Friel

In order to raise donations for the Capital Area Food Bank, spearheaded a very Austin campaign. CANville Austin asked 13 local companies to create an Austin landmark entirely ...

Political Polls

Why Wendy Davis probably isn't going to win

By Katie Friel

As we inch ever closer to November's gubernatorial election, polls pitting Republican Greg Abbott against Democratic challenger Wendy Davis are being scrutinized by media outlets across the country. Since ...

Keep Austin Strippy

Former Teen Mom turned porno star is now an Austin stripper

By Katie Friel

If you don't know who Farrah Abraham is, we salute you. If you do know who Farrah Abraham is, it's okay. Let us all wallow in our secret ...

Don't Mess with Mueller

John Mueller the bandit catcher: Pitmaster's wacky scheme leads to thief's arrest

By Katie Friel

Why hasn't anyone given John Mueller his own reality television show yet? The pitmaster, arguably as famous for feuding with his family as he is for incredible barbecue, can ...

Best New Restaurants

Bon Appétit nominates 3 local gems for America's Best New Restaurants 2014

By Katie Friel

Bon Appétit released its highly anticipated America's Best New Restaurants 2014 nominations on Wednesday, August 13. Of the 50 best in the country, three are located in Austin ...

South Lamar Is Back

They're back: Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and The Highball announce opening date

By Katie Friel

For more than 18 months, that giant pit on South Lamar has been a constant and painful reminder of the lack of joy in our collective lives. No private karaoke ...

Pedestrian Death

Another victim of apparent hit and run killed in downtown Austin

By Katie Friel

Austinites woke up Sunday morning to news of another hit and run in downtown Austin.  A body was found lying on the northbound side of I-35 near East 11th Street ...

Hip Hop Hooray

Weird City Hip-Hop Fest announces lineup for inaugural festival

By Katie Friel

Weird City Hip Hop Fest, which will be held September 26-28, announced the first round headliners for its inaugural celebration. The festival will take over the Red River Cultural District ...

Poor Among Us

A list we don't want to be on: Austin's poverty rate is soaring

By Katie Friel

As Austin continues to grow in size, so too does the number of people living in poverty. Analyzing the 2010 U.S. Census, a 2014 report from the Brookings Institute ...

Sweet Life

Sugar Mama's Bakeshop opens on east side and nabs former Contigo pastry chef

By Katie Friel

Life on the east side just got a little bit sweeter. Sugar Mama's Bakeshop has announced it will open its east side location on Saturday, August 9. The hotly ...

Bad Bad Behavior

Texas detective fired after Facebook rant about 'lazy turd bags' and supermarket killing sprees

By Katie Friel

For this story, we're going to travel up I-35 to good old Marlin, Texas, a suburb of Waco. Detective Rob Douglas was fired after posting a rant on Facebook ...

Relive the '90s

Last week I relived the '90s — and it was everything I hoped it would be

By Katie Friel

Last week, I broke out my Doc Martens, donned my very best baby doll dress and took a flying leap back into the '90s. Well, that's not entirely true ...

Spurring Towards Equality

San Antonio Spurs hire first full-time female coach in history of NBA

By Katie Friel

Add another milestone to the San Antonio Spurs' banner year. In addition to winning the 2014 NBA Championship, the Spurs have just hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach — the ...

Hungover Texans

Hangovers by the numbers: What Texans drink and who is likely to be hungover at work

By Katie Friel

Austinites are known for partying like rock stars, but a new study from Blowfish shows that as a state, Texans don't actually spend that much time hungover. Out of ...

World's Best Hotels

Austin hotel named among world's best by Travel + Leisure

By Katie Friel

The World's Best Awards, Travel + Leisure's annual reader survey of the world's most luxurious and breath-taking travel destinations, named one local spot among the best on earth ...

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