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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

Frank J. Clayton

May 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Multi-instrumentalist Frank Clayton is a highly regarded musician, performer and jazz educator. An old guard from the New York jazz scene, Frank has shared the bandstand with some of the most distinguished artists in contemporary jazz and has toured and performed throughout the United States and abroad. No charge, open to the public.  

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Denny Blaine

May 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Denny Blaine is an exciting Seattle acoustic duet featuring the singing and songwriting talents of Seattle based Jack Johnson and Steve Aliment.  Both performed in San Francisco’s Yanks, toured the USA and Canada, and recorded three acclaimed Yanks’ albums, two for DTI Records and one for the Lolita label in Paris.  Steve is also well […]

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Sorrento Silent Reading Party

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  — FREE

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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Gorgeous Sound Underground DJ Nina Grey

June 2 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm  — Free

This summer at Hotel Sorrento, wind down on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with music in the Garden! Enjoy cocktails while relishing in the chill, down-tempo style of DJ Nina Grey. Her sessions capture audio pleasures spanning through the eras and blends various genres into a flavorful collection of storytelling, blissful music. Learn more about her music at: gorgeousunderground.com.

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Michel Navedo & Brazil Novo

June 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 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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DJ Sean Morrow

June 3 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm  — Free

This summer at Hotel Sorrento, wind down on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with music in the Garden! On Fridays, enjoy cocktails while relishing in Indie/Rock sounds of Sean Morrow. Learn more about his music at: kexp.org/dj/sean Open to the Public | No Charge  

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Kurt Lindsay

June 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  — Free

Kurt Lindsay is a soulful singer/songwriter, who has been performing all over Washington state for the last seven years. With a voice that is influenced by old soul-singers like Otis Redding, but also spiced with some folk sensibilities.

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DJ Evie Cooke

June 4 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm

This summer at Hotel Sorrento, wind down on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with music in the Garden! On Saturday evenings, enjoy cocktails while relishing in sounds of Evie Cooke. Learn more about his music at: kexp.org/dj/evie Open to the Public | Free Event

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Ask the Oracle at Hotel Sorrento
with Hugo House

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Will you get that job you’re gunning for? Should you tell her you love her? Do you dare disturb the universe? Who better to answer these questions than Bruce Holbert, David Schmader, and Jane Wong, June’s featured writer-oracles? All the audience has to do is show up, write questions on sticky notes, and hand them to our […]

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The Daphnes

June 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  — Free

Harpist Monica Schley leads, The Daphnes, an unconventional trio of harp, violin, upright bass and voice. Drawing sounds from neo-folkster M. Ward, 90’s alternative bands Mazzy Star and Cowboy Junkies, and jazz musicians Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane, Schley writes modern compositions for the harp. The Daphnes’ soaring melodies evoke a gypsy folk aesthetic inside […]

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Bernie Jacobs Duo

June 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  — Free

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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Denny Blaine

June 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  — Free

Denny Blaine is an exciting Seattle acoustic duet featuring the singing and songwriting talents of Seattle based Jack Johnson and Steve Aliment.  Both performed in San Francisco’s Yanks, toured the USA and Canada, and recorded three acclaimed Yanks’ albums, two for DTI Records and one for the Lolita label in Paris.  Steve is also well […]

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GRAY CONVERSATIONS
Design Capitalism: How Corporate Design is Reshaping the PNW

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm  — $25

For the third year running, GRAY presents dynamic discourse with the Pacific Northwest’s top design talent. Join GRAY at Hotel Sorrento for the GRAY Conversations series—a cocktail hour followed by frank and inspiring panel discussions moderated by GRAY editors, on a variety of essential design topics. In June, we present Design Capitalism: How Corporate Design is Reshaping the PNW.  More info […]

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Kay Bailey

June 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  — Free

Come join us for a night of jazz in the Fireside Room, with dynamic vocalist Kay Bailey and Karin Kajita on piano.

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Delilah Pearl and The Mantarays

June 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  — FREE

This group captures the golden rhythm and romance of the 1940’s vocal jazz and swing standards. Lead by local singer Delilah Pearl, with Dodd John on drums, Michael Whitmore on guitar, Greg Dember on piano, Barry Cooper on trumpet, and Toliver Goering on bass. Influenced by the likes of Peggy Lee, the great Ella Fitzgerald, […]

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GRAY CONVERSATIONS
Learning from Tech: Dispatches from Design’s Next Frontier

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm  — $25

For the third year running, GRAY presents dynamic discourse with the Pacific Northwest’s top design talent. Join GRAY at Hotel Sorrento for the GRAY Conversations series—a cocktail hour followed by frank and inspiring panel discussions moderated by GRAY editors, on a variety of essential design topics. In July, we present Learning from Tech: Dispatches from Design’s Next Frontier.  More info to come! […]

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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

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce works daily to increase and maintain the vitality of our neighborhood by supporting commerce and creating platforms for important discussions about better transportation, development, housing and community spaces – all the while maintaining the unique character that is Capitol Hill. This makes the work of our Chamber broader than many traditional Chambers of Commerce and it’s why we’re not your daddy’s chamber.

DIFFA (Design Industries Fighting Aids)

DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Merging care and commerce, supporters of DIFFA come from all fields of fine design and the visual arts, including: architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography and consumer product design.

Elliot Bay Book Company

Located in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood business district, The Elliott Bay Book Company is a full service bookstore, home to over 150,000 titles, set on cedar shelves in a multi-level, inviting unique atmosphere.

Frye Art Museum

Located on Seattle’s First Hill, the Frye Art Museum first opened its doors in 1952 as the legacy of Charles and Emma Frye, prominent early-twentieth century Seattle business leaders and art collectors.

Since that time, works from the Frye Founding Collection of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century European paintings have continuously been on view. The Museum also hosts notable exhibitions of works by internationally renowned and emerging artists, as well as extensive public programs.

Historic Seattle

Historic Seattle is a public development authority established by city ordinance in 1974.

For 40 years Historic Seattle has shown what can be done quietly in the background with technical assistance and feasibility studies, and loudly by plunging head-on into full scale redevelopment of buildings that no one else in the community would assume responsibility to protect.

Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum is Seattle's premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

Seattle Arts & Lectures

Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.

SAM (Seattle Art Museum)

Seattle Chamber of Commerce

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse business association in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization representing 2,200 companies and a regional workforce of approximately 700,000.

SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival)

SIFF has been bringing great film experiences to the Northwest for over 40 years! Our year-round programming has three core programs, consisting of SIFF Education, SIFF Cinema, and Seattle International Film Festival.

Seattle Mayor’s Office of Film + Music

The Seattle Mayor's Office of Film and Music is devoted to promoting Seattle's film and music industries.

Town Hall Seattle

Town Hall fosters the expression & exchange of ideas through a wide range of arts, education, humanities, & civic programs.

Washington Filmworks

Washington Filmworks is the non-profit 501 (c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington’s film industry.