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Culture Hub

The Sorrento is more than a bastion of hospitality for visitors. Since the very beginning, Seattle’s most invigorated minds and outsized talents—poets and playwrights, opera singers and burlesque stars—have found inspiration and audiences under our roof.

These days, the Fireside Room and the Top of the Town bustle with regularly scheduled lectures, readings, musical performances and eclectic events that transcend easy description.

Upcoming Events

GRAY Conversations: The Sorrento Sessions
Art, Landscape, & the Public Realm

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  — $10

For this panel, presented in partnership with Interior Design Show West, designers and artists will discuss how cities create dynamic, vibrant public spaces through architecture, landscape design, and art, both commissioned and guerrilla.

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Ormonde

July 10 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Ormonde are Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William/Lotte Kestner) and Robert Gomez, and Cartographer/Explorer is the Seattle duo’s second album. The sound is equally intimate and experimental, as they take turns at the helm, combining classical guitar, synths, and vocal effects. No charge, open to the public.

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Bernie Jacobs Trio

July 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bernie Jacobs has been a professional musician for over 40 years and effortlessly transitions between instrument and vocals through rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop landscapes. He performs around Seattle with his own group BJQ as well as with ensembles. No charge, open to the public. Look and Listen

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Michel Navedo & Brazil Novo

July 18 @ 8:00 pm - August 18 @ 10:00 pm  — Free

Michel Navedo and Brazil Novo recreates the era of classic Bossa Nova for fans of Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, and Stan Getz. Led by Puerto Rican trumpeter Michel Navedo singing in Portuguese and improvising with his mellow, soulful tone, the group strives to stay true to the roots of Brazilian urban music. No […]

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Overton Berry

July 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Overton Berry began his musical career over fifty years ago at the age of 16, when he played USO shows at military bases on the west coast with the first Overton Berry Trio. Since those early beginnings the music has never stopped. He is described in the Pacific Northwest as “a living legend”, and his […]

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Silent Reading Party

August 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Invented by Stranger editor-in-chief Christopher Frizzelle, the reading party is every first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. That’s when the Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel goes quiet and fills with people. The reading public. It fills right away with all these people who don’t know each other, and they sit very close, […]

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Michel Navedo & Brazil Novo

August 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm  — Free

Michel Navedo and Brazil Novo recreates the era of classic Bossa Nova for fans of Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, and Stan Getz. Led by Puerto Rican trumpeter Michel Navedo singing in Portuguese and improvising with his mellow, soulful tone, the group strives to stay true to the roots of Brazilian urban music. No […]

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Michel Navedo & Brazil Novo

August 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm  — Free

Michel Navedo and Brazil Novo recreates the era of classic Bossa Nova for fans of Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, and Stan Getz. Led by Puerto Rican trumpeter Michel Navedo singing in Portuguese and improvising with his mellow, soulful tone, the group strives to stay true to the roots of Brazilian urban music. No […]

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GRAY Conversations: The Sorrento Sessions
Next-Wave Graphic Design & Branding

August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  — $10

Presented in partnership with Interior Design Show West, this talk will explore graphic design and its role shaping the visual culture of Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest. We will discuss new frontiers in design and branding, and illuminate some of the innovative ways brands today are making a bigger impact socially, while making less […]

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Collaborators

The Sorrento is part of the humming social web that comprises Seattle, offering a dramatic stage and interested audience to the city’s skilled artisans, craftspeople and creative professionals.

Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce

DIFFA (Design Industries Fighting Aids)

Elliot Bay Book Company

Frye Art Museum

Historic Seattle

Northwest Film Forum

Seattle Arts & Lectures

SAM (Seattle Art Museum)

Seattle Chamber of Commerce

SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival)

Seattle Mayor’s Office of Film + Music

Town Hall Seattle

Washington Filmworks