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Christy DeSmith

Assistant Arts & Entertainment editor | Newsroom
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Christy DeSmith edits the Star Tribune's music and dance coverage. She's also creator and editor of our 10,000 Takes essay project. In her previous roles at the Star Tribune, she was founding editor of the annual Best of MN title and the weekly Outdoors Weekend section.


DeSmith was a magazine writer and editor for 10 years before joining the Star Tribune. A native of Circle Pines, Minn., she went to the University of Minnesota and is a proud first-generation college graduate. She lives in a highly musical household in Minneapolis with her husband (a conductor) and her daughter (an eager young pianist). When DeSmith isn't working, she enjoys running, reading, theater-going and indulging her diverse musical tastes.
Recent content from Christy DeSmith
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

8 Minnesota music lovers reveal favorite movie scores, soundtracks

What are the undercelebrated triumphs in nearly 100 years of musical movie moments?
Newlyweds may find unknown commonalities when blending books.

Should newlyweds combine their book collections?

Many couples maintain strictly separate stacks through years and decades, while others find a way to marry different tastes.
Liquid Music's 2018-19 season features new works by Philip Glass and Kim Gordon.

Philip Glass, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon on tap for 2018-19 Liquid Music Series

Glass will write a piece for Chicago's Third Coast Percussion, while Gordon will perform a "very intimate" work at the American Swedish Institute.
Can the “sharing economy” work like replacement therapy for a problematic shopping habit?

Minnesota mom conquered her online shopping addiction by renting designer clothes

Rent the Runway got its start in 2009, leasing expensive dresses for weddings and other special events.
“Love Power” Jesus mural in Minneapolis’ West Bank neighborhood in 2017

Minneapolis' landmark Jesus mural is crumbling — can it be saved?

One of Minneapolis' most prominent public paintings is falling apart. An anonymous donor recently gave the church $1,000 to "beautify" the mural.
Walker Art Center board member Nina Hale wore her “rooster” dress at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opening.

Minneapolis woman makes rooster dress to celebrate Sculpture Garden reopening

Walker board member crafted a rooster frock for Sculpture Garden reopening.
Look for the label: Many Minnesota retailers added their labels to designer clothes.

How to find vintage fashions from Dayton's and other bygone department stores

Secondhand stores peddle high-end designs from the great Twin Cities department stores.
Jyn Erso provides young "Star Wars" fans with another female role model.

Best thing about new 'Star Wars'? Girls like me won't have to play Chewbacca

With just one female character, the original movies were a drag for imaginative little girls.
Joni Mitchell

Paying tribute: Why these 3 Minnesota singers love Joni Mitchell

Vocalists will perform in tribute concert Sunday in St. Paul.
Amy Anderson and set designer Kate Sutton-Johnson.

Theatrical looks: Twin Cities actors don dramatic fashions for Ivey Awards

How did the Twin Cities theater community celebrate the 12th annual Ivey Awards? With daring dresses, dapper suits and plenty of sparkle.
Never mind the bro bars: Why I love raising my family in Uptown

Never mind the bro bars: Why I love raising my family in Uptown

I've lived in Uptown for the better part of 16 years. I started noticing the insults about 10 years ago. The truth? I love living there. Urban amenities mean life is good in Minneapolis' most hated neighborhood.
Why I insist on riding Metro Transit with my preschooler

Why I insist on riding Metro Transit with my preschooler

It's been 12 months since my daughter and I switched to mass transit. That means 12 months of embarrassment, hassles and important life lessons — for both of us.
A runner braved the cold for a jaunt around Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis.

Why I love running outside in the winter

For this Minnesotan, there is something magical about running in the cold.
Worth the drive: 20 great museum artifacts in Minn.

Worth the drive: 20 great museum artifacts in Minn.

Load up the car, and get set for a drive with a worthwhile destination. Here's a highly selective guide to the best art and museum artifacts in outstate Minnesota.
Jacob Steele, 2, of New Brighton plays on the train exhibits at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul.

Tiny places for tiny people: 5 family-friendly museums

The Bakken, Science and Minnesota Children's museums are all beloved Twin Cities destinations for families. Here's where to bring the little ones next.
Wade Barisoff’s son Cailer, 6, shows off his dad’s Chevrolet Volt.

What's it like to own a Chevy Volt?

What's it like to own a Chevy Volt? We asked Wade Barisoff of Maple Grove, who bought one last year.
Audi introduces the Audi RS 7 Sportback at the 2013 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center on Monday, January 14, 2013, in Detroit.

Car color: White, black, silver, gray or adventurous

White cars now comprise 22 percent of the global market. Silver and black are close behind with 20 and 19 percent, respectively. Gray is trailing slightly at 12 percent.
Twins fans Edward Listiko left and Jasmin Hass gathered in Legends Club at Target Field to watched there team open the season against the Detroit Tige

Join us: Talking Twins baseball today at noon #StribHQ event

Twins president Dave St. Peter and Star Tribune journalists will talk baseball and make predictions for the season at the Star Tribune's new headquarters. (Plus: Natedogs and free Killebrew root beer floats.)

Upholstery, hardwood, rugs: Don't throw it, fix it!

1. FRESH UPHOLSTERY Myth: Reupholstering is only for fancy antique chairs. Truth: Valuable antiques and family heirlooms are always great candidates for re-upholstery jobs. But…

Modern furniture from Minnesota

If you're shopping for furniture, check out these small companies — the state's newest purveyors of a modern design tradition.
Doll House Illustration

A winter survival guide for your house

How to get through this winter without burst pipes, broken furnaces, heat loss and other problems that can plague the Minnesota homeowner.
Tom Gunkel

The leaders' way: Three CEOs discuss award-winning approaches

They provide employees with a consistent approach and plenty of opportunities for personal growth.
Troy Nodes, of Roseville, braved the snow and cold for a workout with No Quit Fit in Roseville's Central Park.

Outdoor fitness options for hardy Minnesotans

Studies show outdoor exercise is one of the best ways to treat seasonal affective disorder, aka the "winter blues."
One of two new yurts at Afton State Park. The Minnesota DNR hopes to have it ready for overnight guests by New Year’s weekend.

Yurts arrive in Minnesota State Parks

Ultra-cool yurts have arrived at some Minnesota State Parks. Reservations available soon.
Uptown Curl co-owner Kristy Wilson cut and shaped a customer’s dry hair at her Minneapolis salon, dedicated to serving women with curly hair.

Club curl: Minneapolis salons help women love their hair

At two Minneapolis salons, women are encouraged to love the natural state of their hair. No blowouts allowed.
Liam Irwin, 8, center, of Ocala, Fla., plays with tractors while his mom studies the menu at Half Pint, a kid-friendly cafe at the Minneapolis Institu

When it comes to kids' menus, these restaurants get an A+

Forget bland and boring. These restaurants have interesting options for the little ones. What are your favorite kid-friendly menus? Let us know in the comments.
Howard Ojalvo ran along Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis.

MIDLIFE: Training for the long run

Howard Ojalvo started running in his late 50s. Six marathons later, he reflects on the benefits of arriving late to the sport.
Rachel Greeninger, 18, of Woodbury, stops for gas at Kwik Trip in Woodbury.

Top Workplaces: Special award winners

Employees singled out these companies for special praise.

How to plan a funeral

In an ideal world, the process of planning a funeral begins long before death. It's helpful to know about the deceased person's favorite poem, or…

How to plan a funeral

In an ideal world, the process of planning a funeral begins long before death. It's helpful to know about the deceased person's favorite poem, or…
The Okee Dokee Brothers partnered with the Wilderness Inquiry on this hybrid concert-canoe trip in July.

The Okee Dokee Brothers: Instruments of outdoor adventure

The Okee Dokee Brothers write songs that move families to fish, camp, paddle — and dance.
Four road trips through Minnesota museum country

Four road trips through Minnesota museum country

Our state is simply loaded with hole-in-the-wall attractions and other idiosyncratic treasures. Care to sample these far-flung institutions? We've plotted four all-American road trips.
Sisters Mary Protas, Kathy Korsgaden and Suzie Nelson held a favorite family heirloom: their grandmother’s china. Protas recently plucked a cup and

Past forward: Heirlooms for the 21st Century

Old Polaroids, vintage brooches and wilted letters on onion skin paper have a way of acquiring special meaning — because they help us remember those we loved. Don't relegate these heirlooms to some dusty attic.

Keep up the good work: Jobs for the over-50s

Let’s get one thing straight: This company has a somewhat misleading name. A better name for Hire Retirees would be Hire Baby Boomers, since the…
Old hand and money

Gray and green: How to tell if an older adult needs help managing finances

How to tell if a retired parent needs help managing finances? Look for these five warning signs.
Diane Adams, 52, of Bloomington, reacted to her tandem parachute jump with Mike Petri at the third annual Martini Jump Skydive in Winsted, Minn.

Jumping for joy

An annual skydive is one of the many outings organized by Aging But Dangerous, a membership organization that encourages 50-plus women to take risks and follow their dreams.
With skyrocketing farmland prices and crop insurance guarantees, farmers are looking for the gold at the end of the farming rainbow. This beauty over

5 steps to being happy

We consulted a bona-fide happiness expert, who offers five easy steps to being happy.
Gladys Lavitan, 92, receives 24-hour in-home care from caregiver Rebecca Littlejohn.

Help wanted: In-home caregivers

Good news for the 50-plus jobseeker: Demand for in-home caregivers is booming.
"Half in Shade: Family, Photography and Fate" by Judith Kitchen

Memoir builds poetic stories from old photos

BOOK REVIEW Judith Kitchen riffs on old photographs, diaries and letters in constructing this alternative history of her ancestors' lives.
Godspeed to the 80-plus triathlete

Godspeed to the 80-plus triathlete

Sister Madonna Buder, the so-called Iron Nun, didn't start running until her late 40s.
Joey McLeister,Special to the Star Tribune,Eden Prairie,MN June19,2012

Fellowship of sporty seniors

Leading an active lifestyle is easy when exercise doubles as socializing.
The winners of the Leadership Award for Top Workplaces CEOs: Paul Blom, Right at Home; Nancy Lyons, Clockwork Active Media Systems; and John Collopy,

Leadership awards: Where they lead, others follow

What makes a CEO a great leader? Our three award winners know the answer: It's all about taking care of their people.
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