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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

Delilah Pearl and The Mantarays

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  — FREE

Put on your dancing shoes, your skinny ties, those sartorial dark-rimmed glasses and lets swango again like we did last night. From Vashon Island, Delilah Pearl and the Mantarays crafts a signature sound and a style all their own. Throw in a bit of 1940’s hepcat jazz, a heap of modern soul and R&B, a […]

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Meet the Maker
Dragon’s Head Cider

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

We want to introduce you to the people behind your favorite local beer, wine and spirits. Join us in the Fireside Room on the fourth Monday of each month for a salon style talk where the maker will discuss their product and offer tastings. Meet the maker, learn about their craft and taste their bounty! On September 26, […]

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Gorgeous Sound Underground DJ Nina Grey

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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 at: gorgeousunderground.com.

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Sorrento Silent Reading Party

October 5 @ 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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Michel Navedo & Brazil Novo

October 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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Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints

October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Gin Joints is a new jazz project that features old school jazz, tin pan alley, western swing and Latin tunes that aren’t in the common “standard” repertoire. No charge, open to the public.

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“Sorrento Curiosities” – Tarot Card Tuesdays

October 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

During the entire month of October, join us in the Fireside Room every Tuesday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM to receive a professional tarot card reading. Presented as part of our “Sorrento Curiosities” event series, explore love, loss and cocktails and see how the cards fall. #Curiosities2016  

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Ask the Oracle at Hotel Sorrento
with Hugo House

October 11 @ 7:30 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? All the audience has to do is show up, write questions on sticky notes, and hand them to our mysterious, velvet tuxedo’ed host, poet Johnny Horton, before the show. He’ll pick a number of questions to […]

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“Got Ghosts?” – Presented by Neil McNeill

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us on October 12 and October 26 in the Fireside Room as paranormal expert and educator Neil McNeil presents ‘Got Ghosts?’. Offered as part of our “Sorrento Curiosities” event series, Neil will discuss what ghosts are, how to deal with them, and where to find them. Separate the fact from the fiction with a science-based peek […]

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“Sorrento Curiosities” – Alice B. Toklas Tour and Dinner

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  — $55

Join us on Thursday October 13 for a tour and dinner inspired by our favorite permanent resident, Alice B. Toklas. The night will begin exploring the nooks of our century-old property – view sites of recurring hauntings and hear stories about the hotel’s lively paranormal activity. After the tour, guests will enjoy a prix fixe dinner inspired by The […]

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Noir at the Bar Seattle

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Noir at the Bar Seattle features local and international crime fiction authors reading their work in front of a live audience, and also serves as a cocktail mixer for the Seattle crime fiction community. Noir at the Bar events have been held in cities around the country and world, including New York City, Los Angeles, […]

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The Side Project

October 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm  — Free

This sultry-pop husband and wife team grew from playing small Spokane venues to having their songs broadcast on the international television hit “Dancing with the Stars.” Together they’ve performed thousands of concerts in the Seattle area and throughout the Pacific Northwest. With Ben & Suzie Bradford at the core, The Side Project often plays as […]

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The Daphnes

October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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“Sorrento Curiosities” – Tarot Card Tuesdays

October 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

During the entire month of October, join us in the Fireside Room every Tuesday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM to receive a professional tarot card reading. Presented as part of our “Sorrento Curiosities” event series, explore love, loss and cocktails and see how the cards fall. #Curiosities2016  

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Gorgeous Sound Underground DJ Nina Grey

October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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 at: gorgeousunderground.com.

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Delilah Pearl and The Mantarays

October 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm  — FREE

Put on your dancing shoes, your skinny ties, those sartorial dark-rimmed glasses and lets swango again like we did last night. From Vashon Island, Delilah Pearl and the Mantarays crafts a signature sound and a style all their own. Throw in a bit of 1940’s hepcat jazz, a heap of modern soul and R&B, a […]

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A Witches High Tea – Costumes Encouraged!

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  — $37.00

Join us for a very special signature Sorrento High Tea Service. Become an expert in portions and potions while nibbling on assorted sweets including fresh baked scones, cookies, tea sandwiches, and truffles. The more seasoned sorcerers should also expect some tea inspired libations. Witches and wizards encouraged to dress in full All Hallows’ Eve regalia […]

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“Sorrento Curiosities” – Tarot Card Tuesdays

October 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

During the entire month of October, join us in the Fireside Lounge every Tuesday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM to receive a professional tarot card reading. Presented as part of our “Sorrento Curiosities” event series, explore love, loss and cocktails and see how the cards fall. #Curiosities2016  

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“Got Ghosts?” – Presented by Neil McNeill

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us on October 12 and October 26 in the Fireside Room as paranormal expert and educator Neil McNeil presents ‘Got Ghosts?’. Offered as part of our “Sorrento Curiosities” event series, Neil will discuss what ghosts are, how to deal with them, and where to find them. Separate the fact from the fiction with a science-based peek […]

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Seattle LitCrawl – Flash Fiction & Poetry

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We welcome Seattle LitCrawl for a very special event in the Fireside Lounge. Talented writers from all over the Pacific Northwest were given the theme of “Sorrento Curiosities” and tasked with creating a brand new work of poetry or fiction. Join these writers as they premier these new works and let your curiosities be peaked. […]

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Ormonde

October 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 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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A Witches High Tea – Costumes Encouraged!

October 30 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  — $37.00

Join us for a very special signature Sorrento High Tea Service. Become an expert in portions and potions while nibbling on assorted sweets including fresh baked scones, cookies, tea sandwiches, and truffles. The more seasoned sorcerers should also expect some tea inspired libations. Witches and wizards encouraged to dress in full All Hallows’ Eve regalia […]

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“Sorrento Curiosities” – Tarot Card Readings – Halloween

October 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On October 31, join us in the Fireside Room from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM to receive a professional tarot card reading. Presented as part of our “Sorrento Curiosities” event series, explore love, loss and cocktails and see how the cards fall. #Curiosities2016 .

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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.