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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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Traffic Woes

Vice president rolling into town Friday just in time for rush-hour traffic

By Katie Friel

Democrat or Republican, we can all agree on one thing: When the president or vice president comes to town, traffic goes from abysmal to ... whatever is worse than abysmal.  Vice ...


SXSW by The Numbers

SXSW by the numbers: 87 countries represented, 13,990 hotel rooms booked and more

By Katie Friel

A week after the City of Austin released a public safety report of the event, SXSW held a media event on Thursday announcing that it pumped $315 million into the ...


Dating on Television

Wanna be on TV? 'Sexy Austin singles' wanted for new dating show

By Katie Friel

As if dating isn't fun enough, Baggage — On the Road, the newly re-vamped dating show from the Game Show Network is looking for "sexy Austin singles" for an upcoming ...


Picture This Pet

Meet APA!'s Marybell, the cuddle-loving dog looking for her best friend

By Katie Friel

Marybell is one of those dogs that proves that a hard life doesn't make you hard. Though APA! suspects Marybell spent the first few years of her life not ...


Thai One More On

Cry in my pad Thai: Downtown restaurant Thai Passion to close after 18 years

By Katie Friel

Thai Passion, the restaurant that's been a downtown staple for nearly two decades, is set to close. In a phone call, an employee confirmed that the restaurant is closing ...


New Film in Town

What are they filming? New indie movie crew is popping up at these Austin locales

By Katie Friel

A new independent film kicked off production in Austin last week and filming is set to continue through September.  The Big Spoon, which was funded by a wildly successful Kickstarter ...


Daily Show Texas Style

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is filming at ZACH Theatre in October

By Katie Friel

Editor's note: After less than 10 minutes, tickets are no longer available. We will update this story if more are released to the public. Move over Fun Fun Fun ...


Dating Is the Pits

'You didn't adopt your dog' and 7 other Austin-y reasons to dump someone

By Katie Friel

In a city that is constantly voted healthiest, hippest, most attractive and coolest, being single in Austin is like being at a veritable dating buffet. Dudes riding motorcycles, ladies riding ...


Burn Ban Back

Ditch the cigs: Burn ban returns for all City of Austin parks and greenbelts

By Katie Friel

Ditch the cigarettes and leave your grills at home because as of September 8, the burn ban is back for all City of Austin parks, greenbelts and reserves. Thanks to ...


Whole Lotta Sugar

Ain't that sweet: Whole Foods accused of lying about sugar in its Greek yogurt

By Katie Friel

When Consumer Reports decided to do a taste test of plain Greek yogurt last month, researchers didn't expect to uncover a potential conspiracy. Among the yogurt being tested was ...


Ciao Y'all

Ciao y'all: The world's best gelato maker may be living in Austin

By Katie Friel

Being the best can be exhausting. Though it's not even noon, Matthew Lee has been up since 5 am trying to get 70 pounds of pecans through Italian customs ...


Most Popular Stories

Biggest beer pack ever, watching porn in public and more top stories

By Katie Friel

It's Labor Day, which means backyard barbecues, lakeside beach hangs and parties galore. It also means you're gonna need some conversation fodder. Take a look at our top ...


Lists And Lists Forever

Breaking news: Austin drivers are just terrible

By Katie Friel

A few years ago, the comedian John Mulaney played the Cap City Comedy Club. During his set, he did a bit about taking an exit ramp off I-35 only to ...


Toilet Time

No more separate bathrooms: Austin considers gender neutral toilets

By Katie Friel

Thursday's Austin City Council features a particularly interesting item: gender neutral restrooms. Council members Chris Riley and Bill Spelman, along with Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, are sponsoring the ...


Live Forever

Leave your mark on downtown's famed Day of the Dead mural

By Katie Friel

While we have no shortage of great murals in Austin, the Dia de Los Muertos-themed piece on Fifth Street at Congress Avenue is particularly special. As you meander down the ...


Love Thy Neighbor

Watching porn in public: Dan Savage is bringing his dirty movie festival to Austin

By Katie Friel

Fans of Dan Savage — whether for his syndicated column in Seattle's The Stranger, his podcast Savage Love or his work on This American Life — have come to expect subversive ...


Campus Neighborhood Guide

Back to cool: A guide to the best things about the campus area

By Katie Friel

When I made the decision to move from the east side to the campus area last year, some of my, ahem, hipper friends furrowed their brows and asked, "Why do ...


Museum Madness

Free admission at 35 museums and galleries for Austin Museum Day

By Katie Friel

Something that often — and unfairly — gets overlooked about Austin is our plethora of museums and galleries. From the world class Blanton Museum of Art to the lesser known "Bugs, Bones ...


Bike Thieves

Austin Police release more information about renegade bicycle thief

By Katie Friel

An alleged bicycle thief caught on camera stealing four bikes worth more than $14,000 from an East Austin garage is still at large. Today, the Austin Police Department released ...


Southern Fare

Much anticipated Olamaie set to open, bring Southern cuisine to downtown Austin

By Katie Friel

When Olamaie started hosting pop up dinners last summer, diners raved about its farm-to-table Southern fare. Originally slated to open a brick-and-mortar in Winter 2013, Olamaie has finally announced that ...


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