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22 | | January 2012 WHITE PHoTo by ErIC HESTEr THE LOOP | now! cUlTUrE vUlTUrE Young at Art Age, apparently, is an issue for Menil Collection curator Michelle White . “Th e reaction is always like, ‘Aren’t you too young for that?’” laughs the 32-year-old California native. White was promoted to curator at the globally revered museum in November—announced the week she married artist Haden Garrett—having worked her way through the ranks since joining Th e Menil in ’06. Her fi ngerprints have been all over many important shows, and she co-curates the fi rst-ever retrospective of sculptor Richard Serra’s drawings, set for March. How did she get into the biz? White recalls going to art museums with her twin sister Tracy growing up. During post-grad at Tufts University, she worked at Harvard’s Fogg Museum of Art, which she says helped her settle on a career path. When she arrived in Houston, she was pleasantly surprised with the city’s resources and camaraderie. “Here, you actually have this possibility of sharing your ideas and getting feedback, especially with my colleagues, like Dean [Daderko of CAM] and the other curators,” she says. “I’ve had incredible opportunities since I’ve been here. I mean I’m only 32, and I’m a curator at Th e Menil Collection!” –Sarah Tressler CAN IT! White, 32, is a new curator at The Menil, whose globally revered collection includes Warhol’s “Big Campbell’s Soup Can 19¢” lUST-HAvE Razr Sharp! Th e skinny Motorola RAZR makes all other smartphones feel like it’s time to go on a New Year diet. Measuring in at 7.1 millimeters, the gadget sports a sculpted glass face; diamond-cut aluminum accents; and a hyper-vibrant display for images that rivals your living room’s HDTV. It’s also coated with a splash-guard to shield electric boards from water damage, and incorporates Kevlar fi ber and Corning Gorilla glass—same as hiking boots and cookware—to ensure the screen survives scratches and scrapes. Inside, there’s a 1.2-GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. Which means messaging, streaming and downloading is twice as fast as more typical single-core processor phones. Slimming down has never been this easy. From $299, at Verizon Wireless stores, motorola . com –Stephanie Davis Smith

The Loop Now!

Culture Vulture

Young at Art

Age, apparently, is an issue for Menil Collection curator Michelle White.

“The reaction is always like, ‘Aren’t you too young for that?’” laughs the 32-year-old California native.

White was promoted to curator at the globally revered museum in November—announced the week she married artist Haden Garrett—having worked her way through the ranks since joining The Menil in ’06. Her fingerprints have been all over many important shows, and she co-curates the first-ever retrospective of sculptor Richard Serra’s drawings, set for March. How did she get into the biz? White recalls going to art museums with her twin sister Tracy growing up. During post-grad at Tufts University, she worked at Harvard’s Fogg Museum of Art, which she says helped her settle on a career path. When she arrived in Houston, she was pleasantly surprised with the city’s resources and camaraderie. “Here, you actually have this possibility of sharing your ideas and getting feedback, especially with my colleagues, like Dean [Daderko of CAM] and the other curators,” she says. “I’ve had incredible opportunities since I’ve been here. I mean I’m only 32, and I’m a curator at The Menil Collection!” –Sarah Tressler cUlTUrE vUlTUrE Young at Art

CAN IT! White, 32, is a new curator at The Menil, whose globally revered collection includes Warhol’s “Big Campbell’s Soup Can 19¢”

LUST-HAvE Razr Sharp! The skinny Motorola RAZR makes all other smartphones feel like it’s time to go on a New Year diet. Measuring in at 7.1 millimeters, the gadget sports a sculpted glass face; diamond-cut aluminum accents; and a hyper-vibrant display for images that rivals your living room’s HDTV. It’s also coated with a splash-guard to shield electric boards from water damage, and incorporates Kevlar fiber and Corning Gorilla glass—same as hiking boots and cookware—to ensure the screen survives scratches and scrapes. Inside, there’s a 1.2-GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. Which means messaging, streaming and downloading is twice as fast as more typical single-core processor phones. Slimming down has never been this easy. From $299, at Verizon Wireless stores, motorola . Com –Stephanie Davis Smith

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EAT SHEET

Gimme “Liberty”

After almost a year of waiting, Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar (1050 Studewood St., 713. 802.0533) is open. Partner Lee Ellis describes the menu by his partner, chef Lance Fegen, as “creative, chef-driven American food using fresh and local products.” Choose from dozens of choices from the charcoal- and applewoodburning grill, including fish, rib-eye steaks, spare ribs, chicken and burgers. The cozy space is roadhouse-cool with retro touches like antique metal details, reclaimed wood banquettes and large light fixtures made from old ship glass found in the Heights. At the marble-and-metal-topped bar, custom-made Liberty beer from local Karbach brewery is poured, as are wine and cocktails. There’s also an oyster bar with selections from the East, West and Gulf coasts, along with the ceviche and “steamed and cast-iron” mussels and clams. Daily “long platters” are hefty dishes like beef stroganoff and fried chicken; starters include fried quail on a waffle. … River Oaks’ former Greatfull Taco is now H-Town’s first location of Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos (2411 S. Shepherd Dr., 713.595.8226). Expect gourmet-style tacos like fried avocado with vegetarian refried beans; the Dirty Sanchez with scrambled eggs and fried poblano chile; and the Brush Fire with Jamaican jerk chicken, grilled jalapeños, mango, sour cream and cilantro. Deep-fried chocolate chip cookies with powdered sugar and cherries for dessert! … Roost (1972 Fairview St., 713.523.7667) has hatched in Montrose. Young chef-owner Kevin Naderi, a Haven alum, helms the comfy 50-seat neighborhood café, a farm-to-table concept with a concise menu of about 16 sharable entrees in global styles including Persian, French, Asian and downhome Southern. … New Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge inside the Culinary Institute LeNotre (7070 Allensby St., 713. 358.5079) is a welcome addition to its industrial environs. Authentic French food, prepared by a teaching kitchen of culinary students and instructors, is both impressive and easy on the wallet. So is the French wine list: No bottle exceeds $36. Choose from housemade charcuterie by head chef Kris Jakob, plump steamed mussels in herbs and white wine served with artisan bread, salmon Provençal and Belgianstyle fries with curry ketchup. The softly lit contemporary space touts artwork by Houston artists. … Uptown French- Texan hot spot Philippe Restaurant + Lounge (1800 Post Oak Blvd., 713.439.1000) has added a full-service patio with seating. Tres chic! –Robin Barr Sussman

Clockwise from left: Firing up hanger steak at Liberty Kitchen, the newbie’s peach-wood salmon, and Philippe alfresco

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Number of flat-screen Tvs at the huge new Houston Texans Grille sports bar and restaurant in CityCentre (12848 Queensbury Ln., 713.461.2002). Grille’s namesake nFL team, having clinched a playoff birth for the first time ever last month, is set to tackle the Tennessee Titans in its last regular-season game Jan. 1.

Letter Perfect

Th e alphabet is so 2012! Whether it’s a Fornasettidesigned candle that celebrates the antique fountain pen or the real thing, monogrammed and découpage dishes or clever correspondence cards, never has the written word been so stylish—or so important. Perhaps with postholiday thank-you notes in mind, whip out your letter-pressed, engraved or handmade papers and show that good breeding. And if you just happen to curl up in a chair upholstered in fine script fabric to write, we’ll know you’re just as loopy about letters as we are. –Connie Dufner

cHEf’S cHoicE

Get the Scoop!

Trentino Gelato’s 55 flavors are already served in 70 area restos. And now owner Marcelo Kreindel is expanding with the “Chef Series”—flavors by local toques like T’afia’s Monica Pope (mascarpone with berries) and ryan Pera of revival Market (sorghum sea salt), whose respective portrait sketches don the packaging. Up next: Arturo boada’s crème brûlée! It’s Kreindel’s way of “giving back to the chefs,” he says. “For all the help they gave me.” –Constance Shook

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