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Katie Friel

Managing Editor

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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Austinite's Orphan Thanksgiving

The Austinite's last-minute guide to celebrating orphan Thanksgiving

By Katie Friel

With lower gas prices and a recovering economy, many people — and Google! — are projecting this will be a record-breaking weekend for Austin-area travel, both on and off the road. Traffic ...

Kung Fu Controversy

Another Kung Fu Saloon controversy: Employee charged with brutal attack on patron

By Katie Friel

Kung Fu Saloon, the downtown bar famous for its arcade games — oh, and enforcing dress code policies that patrons in Austin and Dallas have criticized as racist — is under fire ...

Ransom Center Expands

Harry Ransom Center snags archive from Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel García Márquez

By Katie Friel

The Harry Ransom Center has snagged another major collection from one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century. Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist ...

Scientology Secrets

Scientology film based on local writer's infamous book ready for 2015 release

By Katie Friel

HBO is eyeing a 2015 release date for its film based on Austinite Lawrence Wright's infamous book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief. According to The Hollywood ...

Austin News Feed

Austin news feed: 5 things Austinites wish they could bring back, UT misplaces brains and more

By Katie Friel

Editor's note: Over the course of a week, we come across dozens of newsy tidbits and interesting links that we want to share with you. For this weekly roundup ...

Fiber for All

Google Fiber offers free high-speed Internet to Austin public housing residents

By Katie Friel

Austin is no stranger to the spotlight, and on Thursday, November 20, it was announced that the city would play host to an inaugural program that could forever change the ...

Smarty Pants

2 area schools land on Best Public High Schools in America list

By Katie Friel

It's not just the home to a world-class university; Austin is also home to some pretty impressive high schools. According to a recent ranking by Niche, two local public ...

Gigabit Bit by Bit

Grande Communications expands gigabit service to parts of Central Austin

By Katie Friel

Bit by bit, the rest of Austin is getting gigabit. As AT&T's U-verse and Time Warner Cable clamor to offer high-speed Internet at the lowest price (and we ...

Saving Springdale

East Austin's Springdale Farm could shutter without support: Here's how to help

By Katie Friel

On Thursday, November 20, Austin City Council will vote to determine the future of East Austin's Springdale Farm. The urban farm which hosts a biweekly farm stand and sells ...

Yoga Yoga Everywhere

Big changes coming to local donation-based yoga studio Black Swan

By Katie Friel

If you're a fan of donation-based Black Swan Yoga, expect to see some changes to the studio over the next few months. Onnit, an Austin-based lifestyle and fitness company ...

East Austin Changes

New plan could turn East Austin parkland into ritzy golf course — but some people are teed off

By Katie Friel

A new plan before the Austin City Council could turn part of an East Austin park into a golf course. Under the current proposal, approximately 735 acres of the Walter ...

Wall Street Journal Fail

Wall Street Journal wrote an article on Austin barbecue and got it wrong — so very, very wrong

By Katie Friel

Hell hath no fury like an Austin barbecue lover scorned. Following the publication of a downright sacrilegious article about Austin barbecue in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, local barbecue ...

Austin News Feed

Austin news feed: Teen Vogue loves UT fashion, Frank's $250 hot dog and more

By Katie Friel

Editor's note: Over the course of a week, we come across dozens of newsy tidbits and interesting links that we want to share with you. For this weekly roundup ...

Light It Up

Austinites gather to witness Waller Creek's magical transformation

By Katie Friel

Bundled up with hot chocolates in hand, Austinites descended below the city streets and onto the beds of Waller Creek on Thursday, November 13 for Creek Show. For one night ...

Talk Fast and Drink Coffee

Gilmore Girls to reunite for ATX Television Festival

By Katie Friel

Put down that cup of coffee, slap on a backwards cap and grab your old Hep Alien CDs because the Gilmore Girls are reuniting — and it's happening in Austin ...

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Critical mass: City of Austin launches first-ever music industry census and survey

By Katie Friel

On Wednesday, the City of Austin announced the creation of a new music industry census and assessment study. For the first time ever, the city is launching the online survey ...

LGBTQ Friendly

Human Rights Campaign gives Austin perfect LGBT equality score — but the rest of Texas doesn't equal up

By Katie Friel

For the third year in a row, the Human Rights Campaign has analyzed the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks in more than 300 cities across the nation ...

Black Fret Black Ball

Local music supporters get uniquely Austin concert at Black Fret's Black Ball

By Katie Friel

Austin music supporters descended on the majestic Paramount Theatre on Saturday, November 8 for Black Fret's inaugural Black Ball. Part fundraiser, part concert, this unique evening was a chance ...

Nashville Rocker in Austin

Jack White announces two performances at Austin Music Hall

By Katie Friel

Former White Stripe and producer extraordinaire Jack White is returning to Austin. On Monday, the Nashville-based rocker announced his 2015 tour will include two shows in the Live Music Capital ...

We're Freezing!

Austinites prepare for cold weather the best way we know how: Complaining on Twitter

By Katie Friel

I'm freezing, you're freezing, everyone in Austin is so cold right now. Thanks to what is now being dubbed the "Arctic Outbreak," we are going to have a ...

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