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.

Hot Take

Panels That Should Probably Exist at Upstream Music Fest and Summit

Sure, Paul Allen’s inaugural Upstream Fest brings more than 100 local acts and a slew of music industry panels to town this month, but here are a few talks we wish were on the roster.

04/20/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Performance

Cirque du Soleil Dreams of Mexico with 'Luzia'

The theatrical circus troupe heads south of the border with its new show at Marymoor Park.

04/19/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang for your buck

Cheap Week: April 17–24

Mount Eerie deals with loss through song, MoPop fuses musical and political discussions at this year's Pop Conference, and the Leafly Comedy Tour caters to the 4/20 crowd.

04/17/2017 By Kelli Kauakanilehua Adams Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Points of Reference

How the New Pornographers Built 'Whiteout Conditions' with Krautrock and Legos

AC Newman chats about how Neu!, the Feelies, and his son's toys influenced the band's new record.

04/11/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: April 10–16

Upstart Britpop band Blossoms visits Vera Project, Jet City takes improvised aim at the tech world, and 'FoodArt Invitational' explores culinary aesthetics.

04/10/2017 By Kelli Kauakanilehua Adams Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Film

Seattle International Film Festival 2017 Opens with 'The Big Sick'

The Judd Apatow–produced comedy tells the real story of Kumail Nanjiani ('Silicon Valley') falling for his wife as she was falling ill.

04/10/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Theater

David Byrne Discusses the Hedonistic Musical Magic of 'Here Lies Love'

A chat with the iconic musician (and Seattle Rep artistic director Braden Abraham) about the one-of-a-kind political disco theatrical experience.

04/06/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Summer Festivals

Upstream Music Fest and Summit Bolsters Its Lineup

The full slate now includes Dinosaur Jr., the Thermals, the Long Winters, Jay Park, Metz, and over 300 total acts for the fest's three-day premiere.

04/06/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: April 2017

Check out the printmaking legacy of American immigrants, aquatic glass sculptures, and hot rod allure.

04/05/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

The Sporting Life

Roger Federer Heads to KeyArena for Charity

The greatest tennis player ever comes to Seattle this month for a match with John Isner (and some doubles with Bill Gates).

04/04/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Daniel Carrillo

The Seattle photographer captures the essence of other local artists with the daguerreotypes of 'Studio Visit.'

04/04/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: April 3–9

The Henry offers up another Jacob Lawrence exhibit, Open Books hosts a reading by Jenny Johnson and JM Miller, and Paws gets feral at Vera Project.

04/03/2017 By Kelli Kauakanilehua Adams Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

(Formerly) Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Cirque du Soleil's Kelly McDonald

The Seattle native returns home to show off her acrobatic artistry in Cirque du Soleil's Mexican-themed 'Luzia.'

03/29/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

Fleet Foxes Finally Return

The Seattle-formed indie folk group schedules a concert at the Showbox as part of its first U.S. dates in six years.

03/28/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

An Orchestration of Ice and Fire

'Game of Thrones' Composer Ramin Djawadi Brings Westeros to KeyArena

We chat with the man behind the hit TV show's music before the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience stops in Seattle.

03/28/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: March 27–April 2

APRIL Festival bookishly says farewell, Allison Crutchfield and Vagabon bring their sweet songs to Vera Project, and Alex Cameron hauntingly shimmies at Tractor Tavern.

03/27/2017 By Kelli Kauakanilehua Adams Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

SxSeattle

Making Sense of SXSW 2017

From Seattle bands to up-and-coming acts that will be visiting soon, we recap an exhausting week in Austin.

03/22/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Met Picks

The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle: April 2017

Alec Baldwin brings his memoir to town, Sera Cahoone and the Maldives celebrate new albums, and Seattle Symphony musically explores Andy Warhol.

03/21/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Hot Take

The Mariners Playoff Drought Is Looooooong

Major League Baseball’s longest stretch without postseason play dates back to October 2001. For a little context, the last time the Mariners made the playoffs…

03/21/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang for your buck

Cheap Week: March 20–26

Seattle Fringe Festival give an outlet for Seattle's more out there artistic voices, Victor Lodato and Geoffrey Nutter read selections from their latest books, and Bambu brings a social bent to his rapping.

03/20/2017 By Kelli Kauakanilehua Adams Edited by Seth Sommerfeld