Allison Smith

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    July 16, 2013

    True Widow's New Album Is Now Streaming at Pitchfork Advance

    Allison Smith The latest sign of local "stonegaze" (their word, not mine) band True Widow breaking through into the big time is the fact that their forthcoming album, Circumambulation, appeared this morning on Pitchfork Advance, the all-encompassing music website's album preview listening section. ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    A Dallas Photographer Went Inside DISD's Closed Schools And Took Some Awesome Pictures

    This summer, Dallas photographer Allison V. Smith was given carte blanche to wander through the halls of nine of the 11 schools trustees voted to close earlier in the year. The result is a series of vaguely nostalgic, strangely touching photos that you'll find after the jump. "Living in Dallas, whe ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Big Tex Burned Down Today at the State Fair

    State Fair mascot Big Tex has gone up in flames. It's still not clear what caused the fire, which is reported to be "under control." Remembering Big Tex: "Big Tex Gets a Makeover," by Allison V. Smith Alice Laussade's exclusive interview with Big Tex "Big Tex Will Haunt Your Dreams," by Robert Wil ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    John Tesar is a Jedi of Self-Promotion

    Allison V. Smith​Back in January, chef John Tesar announced he was kind of over the whole Commissary, One Arts Plaza thing. He was pulling out and shifting his focus to a new restaurant on Westchester Drive in Preston Center. Spoon was what Tesar called the space, and bloggers got to bloggin ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    It Ain't Easy Judging Photos of the Trinity River

    When I directed your attention to those pretty pictures filling City Hall's 2012 calendar yesterday, I forgot to note: Those are the latest top-prize-getters in the third annual Trinity River Corridor Project Photo Contest. Tops, again, was the great Sean Fitzgerald, winner of the second annual cont ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Gratitude: These Local Artists Are Giving Thanks

    Pamela and Dylan, Dowdy Studio We are so very thankful for all the great holiday foods we're about to pig out on, and also thankful that the menu won't be including cat sandwiches, because they're really tricky to prepare and would probably taste like fur balls.

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    March 25, 2011

    Watch: Ryan Thomas Becker & Last Joke Cover New Science Projects at 35 Conferette

    Allison V. SmithRyan Thomas Becker​Ryan Thomas Becker was a busy man during 35 Conferette, putting on performances with RTB2 and the now-defunct Eaton Lake Tonics, as well as his other project, Ryan Thomas Becker & Last Joke, which features Tony Ferraro of Eaton Lake Tonics, Andy Rogers of Oso ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Memorial Concert For Adam Carter Set To Take Place On Wednesday Night at The Bone

    Allison V. SmithAdam Carter​I'm really torn with how we should be handling coverage of Spector 45 bassist Adam Carter's recent suicide. Adam was a sweet guy, a great sound man, a heck of a musician (in addition to his role in Spector 45, he played in a number of other great bands, including The Ma ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Spector 45 Bassist Adam Carter is Dead.

    Allison V. SmithAdam Carter, just three months ago, performing at the memorial concert held for his Spector 45 bandmate Frankie Campagna at Club Dada.​ Former Spector 45 bass player Adam Carter is dead of an apparent suicide. He was 27. Details are still trickling in, but those close to Carter con ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Good Friday: The O's, The Hope Trust, Reverend Horton Heat, The Sword, Jonathan Richman, Lynch Mob, The Boom Boom Box, Dax Riggs, Max Bemis, Plain White T's & More!

    Allison V. SmithThe O's​It's hard to put your finger on an actual date when The O's will officially celebrate the release of their new album, Between The Two. The hilarious duo, who we caught up with in this week's print edition, have already played a handful of release shows this week, but Club D ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    My First Show: Don Cento Saw Van Halen, Metallica and a Trash Tsunami at His First Show

    Welcome to a Unexpected Influences, where we talk to musicians about the music no one expects them to like. Allison V. SmithDon Cento​Don Cento is a familiar face around town, given his time as a keyboardist with Chomsky and as a guitarist in Shibboleth. But this skilled ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Watch: Friends Share Their Favorite Frankie 45 Memories at His Club Dada Memorial Concert

    Allison V. SmithFrankie 45​I'm not going to say that this is going to be the last post we're going to do on Frankie 45 -- because, to be honest, I highly doubt that much to be the case. There are too many other memorials in the works -- a tribute album is currently in talks, and, at La Grange on J ... More >>

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    January 8, 2011

    Picture Shows: The Frankie 45 Memorial at Club Dada

    Allison V. SmithSee Allison's photos from the memorial in her slideshow.​As you saw yesterday in Pete's thoughts of Frank Campagna Jr.'s memorial at Club Dada, it was an incredibly moving night. For those that couldn't make it, there are no better words on the Frankie's memorial than what Pete ... More >>

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    January 1, 2011

    Spector 45 Frontman Frankie Campagna Died Early This Morning At the Age of 24

    Allison V. Smith​The e-mails began arriving in the Unfair Park in-box at around 10 this morning. They said: Frank Campagna has died, referring to the longtime muralist and beloved owner of the Kettle Art gallery in Deep Ellum. But, no. It was not Frank. It was his son, 24-year-old Frankie, frontma ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Watch: True Widow Releases Teaser Video Clip For Upcoming Sophomore Album

    Allison V. SmithIs True Widow looking at a more acoustic future? Perhaps.​Speaking of True Widow, as we were earlier today, we just stumbled across quite the treat for those who, like us, are salivating at the thought of the band's to-be-released-in-March sophomore album, called As High As The Hig ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Three More Acts With Local Ties Get Added To SXSW's Early Performer List

    Allison V. SmithThe Secret Handshake​Speaking of Erykah Badu, it seems the Queen finally has some local musicians to keep her company down in Austin next year when she performs at the annual cluster-you-know-what that is South by Southwest. After having releasing an early early list last month of ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    We're All Winners When It Comes to the Trinty River Corridor Project Photo Contest

    The Dallas City Council doesn't have the most exciting agenda today -- though if you're interested in the state of sales tax revenue from '02 to '09, I've got just the PowerPoint for you. But to the more interesting business: First thing this morning, Dave Neumman, chairman of the Trinity River Corr ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010
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    November 2, 2010

    Kemado Announces True Widow Signing, Slates Sophomore Disc For March 2011 Release

    Allison V. SmithTrue Widow​ We'd been suspecting this for a while now, but, according to a press release sent out by Kemado Records this morning, now it's official: The New York City-based label home to The Sword and Saviour, and formerly to acts like The Soft Pack, Dungen, Marissa Nadler and Lang ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Raves for Dallas-Based Rave Theater Chain

    ​Our pal Allison V. Smith has a rather nice photo in this morning's Los Angeles Times: a portrait of Thomas W. Stephenson Jr., whose Rave Motion Pictures is on the fast-track to becoming the fifth-largest movie-theater chain in the U.S. once Rave's acquisition of 35 theaters from Sumner Redstone's ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Bonus MP3: Ryan Thomas Becker -- "Where Your Father Didn't Go"

    Allison V. Smith​As you no doubt read in the current print supplement to DC9, Ryan Thomas Becker--who plays with The Slow Burners, Eaton Lake Tonics, and the Rymandas, and who is the RTB of RTB2--stays plenty busy with his bands, yet somehow finds time for solo efforts as well. Becker's latest sol ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    If Nothing Else, the Trinity River Corridor Project Inspires Some Awfully Nice Photos

    Paul Sokal's grand-prize winner in the city's Trinity River Photo Contest​Meranda Cohn at Dallas City Hall directs our attention to the winning photos from the Trinity River Photo Contest, for which our pal Allison V. Smith was one of the four judges. You can view as either a PDF or a PowerPoint. ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    True Widow Gets Some Love In San Francsico: "Records Like This Come Along So Rarely."

    Allison V. SmithTrue Widow peaks in at our DOMA pre-party back in July.​ It might not be "Best New Music," but, regardless, congratulations to True Widow, one of our favorite area rock outfits here at DC9, as Aquarius Records, the oldest independent record store in San Francisco, has named the ban ... More >>

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    August 9, 2009

    In Maine, a Dallas Wedding as Allison V. Smith and Barry Whistler Tie the Knot

    ​Occasional Dallas Observer photographer Allison V. Smith and the namesake of the Barry Whistler Gallery on Canton Street were hitched Saturday evening at Allison's family vacationland in Maine. Just read all about it in The New York Times, which has a lovely photo of the couple as well as a few f ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Picture Show: DOMAXXI House Party/Photo Shoot Slideshow

    Allison V. SmithTrue Widow peaks in at RTB2's house party performance. Last week, we shared a slideshow of images caught by Wheeler Sparks at the house party we through as a photo shoot for this year's DOMA print package.And though you can see a bunch of photos Allison V. Smith took at the part ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Picture Show: The DOMAXXI Photo Shoot Through One Photographer's Lens...

    On Tuesday, July 7, we invited all of this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees to a photo shoot/house party that turned out to be a heckuva time, thanks in no small part to the performances The O's, Damaged Good$ and RTB2 gave their fellow nominees at the event. We had our own photographer ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Corn Dogged: Garrison Keillor Visits the State Fair of Texas For National Geographic (?)

    Allison V. Smith's photo of Big Tex's 2008 makeover remains one of our favorite State Fair of Texas photos ever.Actually, once you read the piece -- which appears in the issue hitting newsstands this week but which you can read right now -- it seems rather unlikely that the Prairie Home Companionist ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Picture Show: Record Store Day at Good Records

    With a day-long lineup of local acts, Good Records went big in its celebration of National Record Store Day last Saturday -- right on until Erykah Badu's set got broken up that night.With a stage inside, a stage in the parking lot, and free food and beer, there was plenty going on, and we've got the ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Last Night, the Great Quincy Jones Got a Head Start on His Dallas Book Signing

    Last night, Quincy Jones got a jump on signing copies of his coffee-table history-of The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey and Passions, which he'll do for you starting at 6 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Park. With his good pal Allison V. Smith in tow, Q stopped by UT Southwestern's Zale ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009

    Like No Other

    Stautberg brings her Unique view to Barry Whistler

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    December 2, 2008

    Check Out Eastwood's Formal CD Release Gig On Friday

    Allison V. SmithLet's put a short guy in there for some perspective on all this height.You may recall a while back when we previewed the upcoming release from Dallas' own Americana/Alt-country group Eastwood by offering up the band's "Right Place, Wrong Time" as a free download. Well, now the group ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    A Short Film About Someone for Whom We Are Thankful, Sarah Jaffe

    Friend of Unfair Park Bill Holston, author of the Veterans Day essay to which we linked earlier this month, was kind enough to forward our way this mini-doc about Sarah Jaffe, winner of multiple Dallas Observer Music Awards in July. As photographer Allison V. Smith notes on her blog, it was made ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    Poll of Poles (With Video!)

    Allison V. Smith This week’s cover story probes the pole-dancing-as-fitness trend and poses the following question: Is swinging ‘round stripper-style a healthy way to empower one’s femininity as those who do the classes attest, or is it just plain demeaning? Would you learn The Swing as a wa ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008
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    September 11, 2008

    The New Year (Kinda) Quit Their Day Jobs

    The New Year...getting all sorts of Internet love. (Allison Smith) The New Year has been getting love all over the world wide interweb this week: We loved the local boys's new disc, Pitchfork did, too, and now Stereogum is showing them the love. The New Year was spotlighted in the site's weekly ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Pass It On

    Smith goes back to school

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    September 10, 2008

    Pitchfork Reviews The New Year's The New Year...

    Los Bros. Kadane...and friends...The New Year. (Allison Smith) ...and gives the band's new disc (we reviewed it last week...and we gave you a free there) a very respectable 7.5 rating while saying some very nice things, like, "what continues to set them apart is the way they put these piec ... More >>

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    July 18, 2008

    So That's Why They Call You Big Tex

    Allison V. Smith Big Tex got fitted for his new Dickies today at Fair Park, and we sent the great Allison V. Smith to shoot the wardrobe change. Her suggestion for a cutline: "I have a crush on Big Tex." Yours? More to come shortly in aSlide show! --Robert Wilonsky

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    July 1, 2008

    Hey, Ladies, the Watters is Fine

    Trademark Property Company Oddly, we have this same painting hanging over the bed. For those bored by today's news, how about something from tomorrow's New York Times. Like, oh, this business story about how Fort Worth-based Trademark Property Company developed the 52-acres Watters Creek Shopping C ... More >>

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    February 8, 2008

    An Eye For the 'Zine

    Allison V. Smith, duh The late Stanley Marcus may have Reflections of a Man to showcase his lifetime of photographs, but his grandaughter, Allison V. Smith, isn’t waiting for her bio-compendium to get a published collection out there. And thank goodness for us art lovers: Her use of color is ast ... More >>

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    December 14, 2007

    Famous Pussy From Dallas

    Allison V. Smith We live in the land of The Lodge and Candy Barr. There's no shortage of well known pussy associated with our fair city de one big ball, and our fame grows by the minute, courtesy Allison V. Smith. No, the respected local photojournalist hasn't ventured into the realm of pr0n, but ... More >>

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    December 4, 2007
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    October 4, 2007

    USA Today Proclaims Ross Jr. Downtown Dallas' Savior -- Huzzah!

    "Meet the new urban Texas," proclaims USA Today in a story about, among other things, Ross Perot Jr.'s Victory Park spawl-mall built on "on 275 acres of former wasteland." It's quite the advertorial for the Hillwood development: Perot, perched atop the Ghostbar balcony in a photo taken by the great ... More >>

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    February 15, 2007

    I Will Die Childless And Alone And Without Stretch Marks

    Allison V. Smith This is Weekly Bob, who Andrea Grimes finds so adorable she's thinking of having a Lil' Bob herself. Or, maybe not. Last night, the man o' the hour and I had a lovely Valentine's Day dinner at CiCi's Pizza. We went to the nice one, of course, up in the Medallion Center. We were enj ... More >>

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    October 26, 2006

    Lens Crafters

    Smith and Stautberg shine in Whistler’s gallery

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    August 3, 2006

    Sweet Success

    AP is the gallery most likely to

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    May 26, 2006

    Strange? Sad? True.

    Allison V. Smith Sorta is kinda screwed at the moment: The band has no idea how it's going to release its new album in time to make the scheduled August 8 release date. Living up to their name, Quick published a music news short yesterday that was all speed, no substance. The paper reported that So ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2005

    Odds & Ends

    Pre-music awards "awards"; praise for a Dallas photographer; and Band to Watch

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    January 20, 2005

    Super Group

    Scott Barber is A Friend In Deed

  • News

    December 28, 2000

    Media Bias

    All year, we tell you who's been naughty. Now, a list of those whose work is nice.

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