At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
I like surprise, enterprise, mishap (without dire outcome); I like being shaken out of the ordinary and yet I also like to explore the ordinary.
— Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean has been called “one of the most creative literary journalist of today.” Come to Benaroya Hall on May 14th and hear her speak on “Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary: a Writer’s Journey”. Be surprised, stimulated, perhaps provoked and surely entertained by an engaging conversation—an evening not to be missed!
Tickets for Susan Orlean’s lecture at Benaroya this evening will be on sale beginning at 6pm at the Box Office at Benaroya Hall. Tickets will be available at all levels with cash, check or credit card.
Susan Orlean is a novelist whose books include Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend (2011) and The Orchid Thief (1998), which was made into the film Adaptation. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992: her subjects have included designer Bill Blass, Harlem high-school basketball star Felipe Lopez, “kitsch master” Thomas Kinkade, and taxidermy. Previously, Orlean was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and at Vogue, where she wrote on numerous figures in both the music and fashion industries. She has also written for the New York Times Magazine,Spy, Esquire, and Outside. She was a 2004 Neiman Fellow at Harvard University.
Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall.
Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.
From Southbound I-5 Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Northbound I-5 Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue) Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue) Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.
Parking is also available at:
The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.
All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.