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Carolyn Soyars

About Carolyn Soyars

Carolyn Soyars is a freelance writter/blogger and musician, who performs under the name Carolyn Edwards. She has played with such critically acclaimed bands as 3D Picnic and The Negro Problem, and performs traditional folk music with her husband, Dave Soyars. For more info., see www.carolynsoyars.com for writing, and www.carolynedwards.com for music.

CD Review: Justin Hayward “All the Way”

We’re in the midst of the most hostile election season I can remember; during these contentious times, I find myself wanting to get away from all the noise, name-calling and anger. And my musical choices at the moment reflect my desire … Continue reading

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Fruit! The Juiciest Art Show of the Summer! Thursday, 7/21

Is the oppressive summer heat getting you down? Are you waking up in your stiflingly hot, un-air conditioned apartment in the middle of the night, sweating, sadly pushing away your beloved pet and/or significant other because it is just too … Continue reading

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Bloomsday Celebration at The Hammer, June 16

You don’t have to finish all 1,000 or so pages of James Joyce’s mighty tome, “Ulysses,” in order to celebrate Bloomsday, nor do you have to live in Dublin. The celebration (named after the book’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom), occurs every … Continue reading

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Noir City: 18th Annual Los Angeles Festival of Film Noir

Now just look here, all you hard-livin’ broads and fellas, with a knack for seein’ things in black’n’white. Dem picture folks over at American Cinematheque, in cahoots with da Film Noir Foundation, are puttin’ on a show – why, it ain’t … Continue reading

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Skip Heller 78 RPM Release Party Thursday 3/24/16 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

For years, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of owning an antique Victrola. I can picture strolling over to it in the corner of the living room, taking a scratchy old record out of the gorgeous wooden cabinet, watching the … Continue reading

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Pete Seeger Tribute at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Sat., March 12, 1:00 P.M.

On Saturday, March 12, at 1:00 P.M., Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon will be holding their annual Pete Seeger tribute, in their woodsy open-air theater. Each year, performers gather together onstage at the Botanicum in honor of the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Revenant

Arrows impaling necks. Faces slapped with rifles. Bloody strips of meat. Grizzly paws on flesh. A disemboweled horse carcass used for a sleeping bag. Bitter cold. Rape. Shootings, stabbings, and villages set on fire. Animal entrails. Blood in the river. … Continue reading

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The Big Short

When making “The Big Short,” the story of the Wall Street crash of 2008, it seems director Adam McKay (former head writer of “Saturday Night Live”) must have been considering the short attention spans of Americans. The film is interspersed … Continue reading

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Love & Mercy, or, Escape from Landy: Brian Wilson’s Story

It is almost impossible for a diehard Beach Boys fan to watch Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy” (released by Lionsgate 9/15/15 on DVD and DVD Blu-ray) with any sort of objective detachment. The Beach Boys’ world was (and still is, … Continue reading

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2001: A Space Odyssey / Hollywood Bowl, 8/18/15

Sitting under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl was the ideal setting for experiencing Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by conductor Brad Lubman, gave a stellar performance of the … Continue reading

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