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.

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Seattle Music Exchange Project's Angelo Rondello

The founder, director, and pianist for the new worldly music exchange program discusses the state of Seattle classical music.

02/02/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: February 2017

Stay engaged with the political art of Ernesto Yerena Montejano and images from the Women's March.

02/01/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Social Dance

Spectrum Dance Theater Takes Its 'Shot'

The company's latest piece confronts police shooting unarmed black people. Plus, a conversation about resistance with artistic director Donald Byrd.

01/31/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Met Picks

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

‘Let the Right One In’ aims for the jugular, Dude York packs a pop rock punch, and Sarah Silverman goes as blue as she wants.

01/30/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: January 30–February 5

The best American portraits grace Tacoma Art Museum's walls for 'The Outwin,' local hip-hop pioneers Ghetto Children reunite at MoPop, and the Seagull Project takes on Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard' at ACT Theatre.

01/30/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Kate Wisniewski

The Upstart Crow Collective co-founder and actress discusses the creation of 'Bring Down the House,' Seattle Shakespeare's all-female version of 'Henry VI.'

01/26/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: January 24–29

SIFF hosts a Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Fest encore, Childbirth's punk brings together nasty women, and comedian Harland Williams gets weird in Tacoma.

01/24/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Festival Season

Frank Ocean and Chance the Rapper Headline Sasquatch! 2017

The Memorial Day excursion at the Gorge also features Twenty One Pilots, the Head and the Heart, MGMT, and the Shins.

01/23/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Jim Woodring

The artist and cartoonist shares of his latest collection of oversized surreal imagery at Frye Art Museum.

01/19/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

hope and resistance

Stay Inspired in 2017 with These Local Anthems

With a new POTUS comes a new soundtrack. Stream the playlist today.

01/19/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Dance

Spectrum Dance Theater Is Resisting Too—Artfully

The three works of the 2017 Spectrum season don’t pull any punches when it comes to hot-button issues.

01/19/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

Radiohead Comes to KeyArena in April

The band returns to Seattle for the first time in 5 years in support of 'A Moon Shaped Pool.'

01/17/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: My Only Friend, the End

Bidding a less than fond farewell to the reality show's stint in Seattle.

01/11/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

(Formerly) Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Shane "Swerve" Strickland

The indie pro wrestler (known as Killshot on 'Lucha Underground') and Tacoma native returns home to face Cody Rhodes at Washington Hall's DEFY1 Legacy.

01/11/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Season Announcement

'Hamilton' Headlines Broadway at the Paramount's 2017–18 Season

The slate of musicals also includes 'Les Misérables,' 'Disney's Aladdin,' and 'The Book of Mormon.'

01/09/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

U2 Brings 'The Joshua Tree' Tour to CenturyLink Field

U talkin' U2 to me? (Yes, we are.)

01/09/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang for Your Buck

Cheap Week: January 9–15

Gazebos and Summer Cannibals team up to rock Chop Suey, Jet City improv mixes comedy and baking, and Northwest Film Forum hosts some of the best Sundance shorts.

01/09/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: Why Are We Yelling?

Another cast member leaves the house and a relationship turns ugly.

01/04/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: January

Start off the year on an artistic note.

01/03/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: January 2–8

SIFF offers an outlet for mourning David Bowie via a 'Labyrinth' Quote Along, Fantagraphics celebrates a new queer and quirky installment of 'Wuvable Oaf,' and Central Cinema presents pro- and anti-screenings of 'Titanic.'

01/02/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld