Allison Smith

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Dude, Sweet's Katherine Clapner Wants to Grow Her Chocolate Empire, and "Not Where You'd Normally Think"

    Katherine Clapner is much more punk rock than your average chocolatier. After spending decades in some of the best kitchens in Dallas and across the globe, Clapner has settled into a chocolate-covered takeover of Dallas-Fort Worth with her Dude, Sweet Chocolate shops. Since opening in Dallas' Bishop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2012

    From This Moment Forward, Woodall Rodgers Deck Park Will Be Known As Klyde Warren Park

    ​Behind the paywall this morning is The News's exclusive concerning "stealth billionaire" (Band Name Alert™) Kelcy Warren's purchase of the naming rights for the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, which henceforth shall be known as Klyde Warren Park -- so named for the Energy Transfer Equity CEO and cha ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2011

    The Dallas Observer 2011 MasterMind Awards

    The winners of our second annual art awards delve into the past and personal loss to bring new visions to Dallas

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Bill Holston's Take On Last Night's Adam Carter Memorial at La Grange

    Allison V. SmithRest in peace, Adam.​I made it to the concert memorializing the life of Adam Carter at The Bone last night, but other obligations kept me from making the earlier event held at La Grange, where friends and family gathered to share stories, listen to recorded songs, and watch video m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Top 10 Mayor Tom Photos of '10

    If 2010 turns out to be Mayor Tom Leppert's last full year in office before he attempts to snag Kay Bailey Hutchison's U.S. Senate seat in the March 2012 primary, it was certainly another productive year for the workaholic. Whoever takes his place has a lot to live up to as far as appearances go -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    He Worked for the U.S. Military in Iraq. Now, He Suffers Alone in an Arlington Apartment.

    The motto of the 89th Military Police Brigade, with whom Hadi worked in Iraq​This morning's Los Angeles Times visits Arlington to the story of Malek Hadi, an Iraqi who lost all of his right leg, some of his left leg and several of his fingers in September 2006. At the time the explosive shattered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    The Giving Tree: Dallas Urban Forest Chair Gets Bush Volunteer Award

    Steve Houser's the chair of the Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee, as well as the founder and former president of the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition, which is "a local citizens' group advocating protection and preservation of irreplaceable trees in urban landscapes." In other words, the dude's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    Sarah Jaffe's "Even Born Again" Is Song Of The Day On NPR

    How long before Dallas is a thing of Jaffe's past? (Allison V. Smith) And so it begins, I guess. A few weeks back, when we told you about Sarah Jaffe's incredible new EP, and, specifically, about the stunning title track "Even Born Again", we warned you this might happen. Well, now the national ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2008

    Way Up in The Air in Their Beautiful Corporate-Sponsored Balloon

    The air up there: Or, what the fields of North Texas look like from 500 feet high in the sky, as Allison V. Smith snaps outside the basket. They were beautiful and electric. Checkered patches of canary yellow and royal blue. Patriotic reds, blues and whites. An inflatable replica of the pilgrims’ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008

    Waiting for Bill

    Brian Harkin Former president Bill Clinton, speaking moments ago to a small crowd near Grauwyler Park. A surreal scene a couple of hours ago, a real WTF moment: Bill Clinton, former president of the United States, standing in the back of a blue pick-up truck off Harry Hines Boulevard and Anson Road ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2008

    Goodbye Girl

    Dallas, I love you, but I've found Austin

  • News

    May 24, 2007

    Hipster Jr.

    Fred Holston is cooler than you, and he's only 15

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    Kickin' It In Aisle Five

    We didn't get the budget for a DOMA documentary, so here's a quick behind-the-scenes rundown instead

  • Music

    June 2, 2005

    Musicians Unite

    Local bands to play benefit concert for Cory Helms

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Save Yourself

    Separate the "crap" from the "gold" at the Rock 'n' Roll RedemptionSale

  • Culture

    May 27, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics survey the local art scene

  • Culture

    May 20, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics survey the local art scene