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: Ed Fuentes Shares His View on L.A. County Arts
Around the Counties: Ed Fuentes Shares His View on L.A. County Arts
Ed Fuentes talks art walks, murals, and more to provide a closer look of the Los Angeles County art scene.
Around the Counties: Navigating the San Bernardino County Landscape with Kim Stringfellow
Around the Counties: Navigating the San Bernardino County Landscape with Kim Stringfellow
This week's edition of Around the Counties features Kim Stringfellow. Get a closer look into the art scene of San Bernardino County.
Around the Counties: An Overview of Riverside County Arts with Tyler Stallings
Around the Counties: An Overview of Riverside County Arts with Tyler Stallings
Riverside county columnist Tyler Stallings talks arts and culture in the area.
Around the Counties: Commuting between the Imperial County and Mexicali with Amy Sanchez-Arteaga
Around the Counties: Commuting between the Imperial County and Mexicali with Amy Sanchez-Arteaga
Columnist Amy Sanchez-Arteaga examines the small art scene in Imperial County and shares her experiences in Mexicali, Baja California.
Around the Counties: Discussing L.A. County Arts with Shana Nys Dambrot
Around the Counties: Discussing L.A. County Arts with Shana Nys Dambrot
Read about the three art trends columnist Shana Nys Dambrot sees occurring in Los Angeles county, as well as the weekend events you should attend.
Around the Counties: Touring the OC with Evan Senn
Around the Counties: Touring the OC with Evan Senn
Columnist Evan Senn talks art venues, trends, and events taking place in Orange County.
Around the Counties: Traversing San Diego County and Tijuana with Misael Diaz
Around the Counties: Traversing San Diego County and Tijuana with Misael Diaz
Columnist Misael Diaz talks arts and culture in San Diego County and Tijuana.
Around the Counties: Cruising the Central Coast with Sarah Linn
Around the Counties: Cruising the Central Coast with Sarah Linn
Columnist Sarah Linn and San Luis Obispo County resident discusses the local art scene in her area.
Around the Counties: Observing the Ventura County Art Scene with Tracy Hudak
Around the Counties: Observing the Ventura County Art Scene with Tracy Hudak
This week columnist Tracy Hudak answers five questions about the Ventura County art scene.
Around the Counties: Santa Barbara Art Venues and More with Charles Donelan
Around the Counties: Santa Barbara Art Venues and More with Charles Donelan
For this edition of Around the Counties, Artbound columnist Charles Donelan answers five questions about the Santa Barbara County art scene.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

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

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

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.

icon, Literature discipline

Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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