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Ryan Lakich

Listings Editor

Born in Houston, Ryan grew up in the small town of Columbus near the banks of the Colorado River. He would later attend school at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a degree in both Radio-Television-Film and in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. 

Originally joining CultureMap Austin as an intern when the site launched in the summer of 2011, Ryan would continue writing for CultureMap as a regular contributor, at least when he wasn't too busy slinging cupcakes out of an Airstream trailer. Now the site's listing editor, Ryan enjoys writing about Austin's rich cultural scene in between his many hours spent at the Alamo Drafthouse and local indie wrestling shows.

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Sign Sealed Delivered

Texas Attorney General's office refuses gay marriage petitions in ridiculous display

By Ryan Lakich

On the morning of July 28, a group of same-sex families and members of Equality Texas had a special message to deliver to the office of Texas Attorney General Greg ...

Get Your 'Hrons' Up

Embarrassing typos, dismissals and major OU coup top UT football's worst week ever

By Ryan Lakich

No one ever said that the first season would be easy for Charlie Strong, but the new Texas football coach has certainly hit a rough patch this week. After appearing ...

Airport Boulevard's Evolution

Promising new restaurants head to eclectic Airport Boulevard

By Ryan Lakich

Things are looking up for the stretch of Airport Boulevard between I-35 and Highland Mall. Despite the shuttering of several longstanding establishments, ambitious restaurateurs are tapping into the potential of ...

Mack is Back

Mack Brown announces return to college football as TV personality

By Ryan Lakich

Just because Mack Brown is retired from the sidelines doesn't mean the former head coach of the Texas Longhorns is quitting the world of college football entirely. Today, ESPN ...

Austin Job Growth

Austin loses title of best U.S. city for job growth

By Ryan Lakich

Austin is no longer the top U.S. city for job growth, but the future still looks bright.  On Wednesday, Forbes released a new list of cities primed for substantial ...

Going Batty

Austin health officials spending Batman Day looking for man who picked up bat

By Ryan Lakich

In an odd coincidence, Austin health officials are spending the official Batman Day looking for a bat lovin' man who may have been exposed to rabies.  Health officials with the ...

Dine Out and Go Texan

Our picks for local restaurants to celebrate GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up

By Ryan Lakich

If there are two things Austinites love, it's food and Texas. During the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up, which takes place July 22 through July 27, locals can celebrate both ...

Keepin' It Cheesy

Austin's best queso crowned at Mohawk's Quesoff IV

By Ryan Lakich

On Saturday, the Quesoff wrapped up another successful year highlighted by all-you-can-eat queso and cheesy concoctions beyond our wildest dreams. More than 20 teams — from home cooks to professional chefs ...

Top Stories

Free summer fun, local brothers star on HGTV and more top stories of the week

By Ryan Lakich

From a guide to enjoying summer like a true Austinite (for free, no less) to an expose on Highland Mall's weird hidden gems, these are the headlines that grabbed ...

Guy Love Returns

Scrubs co-stars discuss new film and offbeat path to on-screen reunion

By Ryan Lakich

In April 2013, longtime fans of Scrubs had lots to talk about when Zach Braff started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film Wish I Was Here. While diehard fans ...

Blame It on The Rain

Rain washes out two major Austin events

By Ryan Lakich

Stop us if you’ve heard this before. The latest Blues on the Green, scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, has been postponed due to rain. KGSR announced Wednesday morning that ...

Cheer Up with ESK

East Side King continues dive bar domination with Cheer Up Charlies location and unexpected new menu

By Ryan Lakich

East Side King continues its dive bar domination with a new location at Cheer Up Charlies opening on Wednesday evening. The famed trailer's Asian-fusion fare — along with some unexpected ...

Quesoff Face-off

Quesoff returns to celebrate Austin's favorite cheesy concoction: Could Kebabathon be next?

By Ryan Lakich

A food pyramid for the typical Austin diet would have to include queso as a creamy foundation. And this Saturday the homegrown celebration of Austin's favorite cheesy concoction, the ...

Woodworking Wonder Twins

HGTV loves Austin: Local twin brothers to appear on new reality show

By Ryan Lakich

HGTV's love affair with Austin rages on with local twin brothers set to appear on a new show. Craig and Brian Welborn, owners of Welborn Woodworks in Austin, will ...

Vive la France!

Celebrate Bastille Day at these 5 French-inspired fêtes

By Ryan Lakich

With Bastille Day, July 14, comes one more chance to celebrate independence — this time of the French persuasion. For local Francophiles (as well as those of us who just enjoy ...

No Booze at DKR

UT chancellor says no to beer sales at the football stadium this fall

By Ryan Lakich

UT system chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced at the Board of Regents meeting Thursday night that he will not approve the sale of alcohol at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium this ...

Austin's Next Tech Hub

ACC and Rackspace plan to make Highland Mall Austin's next tech hub

By Ryan Lakich

On Tuesday, Austin Community College and Rackspace announced plans for a public-private partnership that could revitalize the dilapidated Highland Mall, turning it into a hub for education and jobs. The ...

Art Finds a Home

Local homeless artists get spotlight at Mondo Gallery

By Ryan Lakich

Social outreach ministry Mobile Loaves & Fishes is teaming up with Mondo Gallery to present one of the more unique art shows in Austin this summer. Featuring the work of nine ...

Stay Forever 21

Adults take over children's museum every month at Thinkery21

By Ryan Lakich

When the Austin Children’s Museum left downtown to reopen in the Mueller development, it may have rebranded itself the Thinkery, but it kept its mission to educate young and ...

Raccoon Rescue

Austin police officer saves adorable raccoon stuck in hot car

By Ryan Lakich

On Tuesday, the Austin Police Department had to make a very unique rescue. Around 2 pm, APD tweeted photos of an officer holding a small raccoon that had been rescued ...

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