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.

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

Preschool of Rock

Caspar Babypants Makes Children’s Music That Won’t Drive Parents Insane

And he's helped Seattle become a hotbed for other up-and-coming kindie artists.

03/20/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Street View

How Capitol Hill's Pac-Man Park Came to Be

SDOT’s Pavement to Parks program turned an underused roadway into a gaming delight.

03/20/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: March 13–19

John All shares his harrowing scientific adventures, author Mary Gaitskill muses on fiction's "inner weave," and Japandroids rock the Neptune.

03/13/2017 By Kelli Kauakanilehua Adams Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

(Formerly) Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Ann Wilson of Heart

The rock and roll legend preps for a homecoming solo show at the Moore.

03/07/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Summer Festivals

Run the Jewels, Diplo, and Lord Huron Headline Capitol Hill Block Party 2017

The urban summer music festival's lineup also features Angel Olsen, Thundercat, Wolf Parade, and Perfume Genius.

03/07/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: March 6–12

Rapper Porter Ray finally drops 'Watercolor,' poet Morgan Parker adds pop culture flair to her powerful prose, and the Northwest's best young musical acts compete at the Sound Off! Finals.

03/06/2017 Edited by Seth Sommerfeld By Kelli Kauakanilehua Adams

The Sporting Life

Don't Miss Your Last Chance to See UW's Kelsey Plum

The NCAA's all-time leading scorer looks to cement her legacy by leading the Huskies to a Pac-12 Tournament title at KeyArena.

03/02/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Seattle Sound

Song Premiere: Gibraltar's "Cold"

The Seattle postpunk band delivers a blast of straightforward anthemic rock from its new album, 'Let's Get Beautiful.'

03/01/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld