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.

City Hall

Seattle Is Set to Ban Plastic Straws and Utensils

"The bottom line is this: We are creating plastic pollution at an unprecedented scale, and we cannot clean or recycle it fast enough."

09/08/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Sales & Events

Wear What When: September 4–10

This week, Nordstrom Rack opens in Lincoln Square, Butch Blum celebrates 43 years, and Fluevog has a birthday bash.

09/04/2017 By Rosin Saez

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Contadino Is Closed and B-Side Is Open

Plus, Kentucky bourbon bar Commonwealth opens in Belltown.

09/01/2017 By Rosin Saez

Met Picks

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

Chris Rock’s return to stand-up, a modern take on ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ and Antarctica in Seattle.

08/31/2017 By Darren Davis

Raised Voices

Fall Arts 2017: Who and What to See This Season

Get ready for a season of diverse performances, challenging ideas, and personal stories.

08/30/2017 By Darren Davis

City Attorney's Race 2017

What to Know About the City Attorney's Race

Four major issues that will continue to play out in the months to come.

08/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Let's Turn This Party Out

Check It Out: Chateau Ste. Michelle Turned 50 and Is Throwing a Party

The Washington wine behemoth's new visitor center offers expanded tasting rooms and lets you mix your own red blend.

08/29/2017 By Stefan Milne

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: More Coffee in South Lake Union and Less Coffee on Capitol Hill

That is to say: Seattle Coffee Works will open a fourth cafe and Stumptown has closed its East Pine Street shop.

08/25/2017 By Rosin Saez

Fecal Matters

Meet Tucker, the Ultimate Orca Poop–Detection Dog

In a new study, orca pregnancy failures are up, salmon stocks are down, and fecal samples are in—thanks in part to a black Lab on dung duty.

08/22/2017 By Rosin Saez

Market Matters

King Street Station Could Be a Hub of International Street Food

MarketShare wants to create a food hall for immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs. Get a taste at the nonprofit's Summerfeast event on August 24.

08/22/2017 By Kendall Candioglos

Sales & Events

Wear What When: August 21–27

The eclipse is inspiring some seriously good sales this week: Baby and Company, Zara, NW Crystals...and likely a ton of free, used eclipse sunglasses.

08/21/2017 By Rosin Saez

Food For Thought

Weekday Culture Fix: Aug 21–25

Velocity Dance Center celebrates up-and-coming choreographers, Central Library previews the Seattle Urban Book Expo, and new Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Reneé releases yet another book of poetry.

08/21/2017 By Isabel Boutiette

Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo Jungle Party

Jungle party a roaring success!

08/21/2017

Seattle Met

Seattle Met's Scotch & Steaks

An intimate, insightful, and incredibly decadent meal like no other.

08/21/2017

Elements of Style

9 Great Carryall Bags for Seattleites On the Move

Haul all your essentials in some of Seattle’s best baggage.

08/21/2017 By Rosin Saez

Cambia Health Solutions

Cambia Health Solutions Centennial Celebration

Cambia Health Solutions celebrates 100 years of transforming health care.

08/18/2017

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Vegetarian Burgers and Vegan Ice Cream Expansions

Plus, Bakery Nouveau to open a flagship shop in Burien in September.

08/18/2017 By Rosin Saez

Snap Judgment

Is Secure Scheduling a Success?

In July, Seattle implemented a law requiring large retailers and food service employers to give workers their schedules two weeks in advance, compensate them if their schedules change, and provide 10 hours between opening and closing shifts.

08/18/2017 By Liz Weber

Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants 2017: L'Oursin

The Central District bistro isn’t trying to please everyone. That’s why it’s such a pleasure.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants 2017

Seattle's Best New Bars That Are Secretly Dining Destinations

Remember when Seattle’s bars and restaurants were kind of indistinguishable? These newcomers are proudly, defiantly drink destinations, two from the same pair of local beverage luminaries. And yet we keep coming back for the food.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion