Assistant Editor (Arts)

Seth Sommerfeld runs the arts department at Seattle Met, crafting the magazine's On the Town section, editing the Culture Fiend blog, and contributing to reader service features such as “The Ultimate Seahawks Guide” and the front-of-the-book department, Mudroom.

Seth has written about music and culture for Rolling Stone, Spin, Pacific Northwest Inlander, Charleston Post and Courier, Syracuse Post-Standard, and Billings Gazette. He also extensively covered the NBA Draft for years for Fox Sports and NBADraft.net, and was published as part of Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology.

Originally from Billings, Montana, Seth first lived in Washington while earning an undergraduate degree in journalism and broadcasting at Gonzaga University. He followed up those studies at Syracuse University, where he earned a master’s degree in arts journalism.

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: December 5–11

Fantagraphics turns 40, Freakout Festival gathers together Seattle's musical weirdos, and 'Ham for the Holidays' delivers its usual yuletide irreverence.

12/05/2016 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

Seattle Singer-Songwriters Come Together To Honor Leonard Cohen

Ben Gibbard, Kimya Dawson, Tomo Nakayama, and more prepare to play a tribute concert for the departed Cohen at Town Hall on December 22.

12/01/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: Whoa, We're Half Way There

Taking stock of the cast as the season reaches its midway point.

11/30/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Met Picks

The Top Things to See and Do This December and Holiday Season

A guide to the most festive festivities this month.

11/29/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Mark Calderon

The Seattle artist creates hands of stone and fighters of felt for his new Greg Kucera Gallery exhibit, 'Show of Hands.'

11/29/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: November 28–December 4

Warm up with Cathedrals concerts from Damien Jurado and Lemolo, swing away with Sad13's electropop at the Vera Project, and laugh along with Joe Mande, 'Austen Translation,' or Emmett Montgomery.

11/28/2016 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

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Cheap Week: November 21–27

Car Seat Headrest plays a homecoming gig at the Neptune, My Goodness experiments with new sounds at Chop Suey, and local comedians perform drunken standup at Laughs Comedy Club.

11/21/2016 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

‘Real World Seattle’ Recap: Living in a Bubble

When are these people going to experience Seattle?

11/16/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

EMP Museum Rebrands as Museum of Pop Culture

The Seattle Center institution settles on a new (more accurate) name.

11/16/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Hidden Seattle

Secret Shows, Underground Comedy, and Undiscovered Talent in Seattle

Hidden performances and hidden history lessons are worth the hunt.

11/16/2016 Photography by Seth Sommerfeld

Sound Off

The Color (Rush) of Money

The garish new Seahawks jerseys are just another tacky NFL cash grab.

11/16/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: November 14–20

EMP throws a free Pop Culture Party, the Antlers's Peter Silberman plays tearful ballads at the Triple Door, and Chastity Belt brings mid-tempo female fortitude to Chop Suey.

11/14/2016 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: Color Me Bad

Let's trade the drama for coloring books.

11/09/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

(Formerly) Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Laura Kaminsky

The former Cornish music chair teams up with Seattle Opera to bring the transgender opera 'As One' to Washington Hall.

11/08/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: November 7–13

SIFF screens Italian cinema and top short films, Crater brings some electro darkness to Barboza, and Tacoma Art Museum looks at C. C. McKim's Northwest impressionist legacy.

11/07/2016 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: 'Stranger' Than Reality

An armchair psychologist's investigation into pop culture abandonment.

11/02/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: November 2016

Check out this month's offering of painted birds with psyches, unsettled aluminum waters, and iPad art.

11/01/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: October 31–November 6

The Paramount host a Halloween screen of 'Nosferatu,' PWR BTTM plays its gloriously glittery rock, and standup comedians battle in the Seattle International Comedy Competition.

10/31/2016 Edited by Seth Sommerfeld By Jane Kidder

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: Badness of Blood Power Rankings

A look at the secondary cast's beefs and shoddy reality show writing.

10/26/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Met Picks

The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle: November 2016

Figure out what’s the deal with Jerry Seinfeld at the Paramount, finally see Soundgarden–Pearl Jam supergroup Temple of the Dog play live, and watch Seattle Rep stage a modern royal satire.

10/25/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld