Melody Soto
Melody Soto

Melody Soto is a journalist living in the San Fernando Valley.

She loves a good story.

Q&A

LOCATION: The Valley

WHAT INSPIRES ME: Passionate people!, "the Other," clouds that resemble things, old clothing, cowboy boots, gothic cathedrals, Joan Baez, rocks and mountains, a really good film, dark chocolate and the sweet sound of music.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: Sycamore Cove, a majestic summer (or any other time of the year) getaway.

FAVORITE WRITERS: William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Albert Camus, Pablo Neruda, Jerzey Kosinski, and my wise high school philosophy teacher: Ray Linn.

ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Can I have a picnic? I'm assuming the person in question must be alive, so, it would have to be environmental artist, Christo.

MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: I don't know if I have the time for this..

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Nothing too upbeat. I have a tendency toward the meloncholy. Folk music will do the trick, something written ages ago relating to never marrying or being murdered. I like Jackson C. Frank and more contemporary folksy folk when the creative juices run low and a deadline is approaching.

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: The diversity of Los Angeles is extraordinary. I can wander off to any given direction and instantly be transported to a remote corner so distinct from my starting point.

We have the beach and mountains in our backyard.

Why not embark on a new expedition everyday?

Recent Articles
Around the Counties: Looking into Los Angeles County Arts with Robby Herbst
Around the Counties: Looking into Los Angeles County Arts with Robby Herbst
Robby Herbst contributes to Around the Counties from Washington D.C. this week. The columnist recommends three events.
Around the Counties: Browsing San Diego County Arts and Culture with Gordon Johnson
Around the Counties: Browsing San Diego County Arts and Culture with Gordon Johnson
Columnist Gordon Johnson talks arts and culture, shares details about his performance piece "Tears in my Beer" and lists several events taking place this weekend in San Diego County.
Around the Counties: A Glance at L.A. County Arts with Oliver Wang
Around the Counties: A Glance at L.A. County Arts with Oliver Wang
Interested in attending a weekend event that combines sports and music? Columnist Oliver Wang discusses L.A. County arts and recommends an event just for you.
Around the Counties: A Venture into the Central Coast with Catherine Trujillo
Around the Counties: A Venture into the Central Coast with Catherine Trujillo
Catherine Trujillo discusses the arts and culture of San Luis Obispo County.
Around the Counties: Mapping San Diego County Arts with Kinsee Morlan
Around the Counties: Mapping San Diego County Arts with Kinsee Morlan
Kinsee Morlan discusses the podcast project she is working on. The columnist recommends four weekend cultural events.
Ten Tiny Canvases: Elevating Finger Nail Art
Ten Tiny Canvases: Elevating Finger Nail Art
"NAILED" at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS, continuing until Saturday, Oct. 6, confirms that nail decorating, occurring at a global scale, has everything to do with identity and self-expression.
Around the Counties: Peering into Palm Springs Arts and Culture with Patrick McGrew
Around the Counties: Peering into Palm Springs Arts and Culture with Patrick McGrew
Architect Patrick McGrew comments on the arts and culture of Palm Springs.
Around the Counties: Engaging in L.A. County Arts with Sharon Mizota
Around the Counties: Engaging in L.A. County Arts with Sharon Mizota
Columnist Sharon Mizota discusses the art in Los Angeles County and recommends an event taking place at LACMA this weekend.
Around the Counties: Wandering the High Desert with Ted Quinn
Around the Counties: Wandering the High Desert with Ted Quinn
Columnist Ted Quinn gives a run down of his favorite art spaces in San Bernardino County.
Around the Counties: An Inside Look at Riverside County Arts with Gayle Brandeis
Around the Counties: An Inside Look at Riverside County Arts with Gayle Brandeis
Columnist Gayle Brandeis weighs in on Riverside County arts. Recently appointed as Inlandia Literary Laureate, Brandeis provides an update on her work.
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Architecture/ Design

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Literature

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Multi-Disciplinary

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Music

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Performance

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Visual Arts

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