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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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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 ...


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, BuildASign.com 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 ...


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