Weekend Must List: The Royal Room, Holiday Happenings and Pricess Bride

Princess Bride Quote Along
Friday–Sunday (12/16–12/18)
Fans of cult-classic movie The Princess Bride can quote Inigo Montoya by heart (“Prepare to die!”). Now, SIFF offers the chance for groupies to take their skills to the big screen. As the film rolls, the audience recites the movie’s best-loved lines—all while waving toy swords given out at the door. 12/16–12/18. Times vary. $7–$12. SIFF Cinema at The Uptown, 305 Harrison St.; 206.324.9996; siff.net

Grand Opening of The Royal Room

Friday–Monday (12/16–12/19) Seattle keyboardist, composer and experimental jazz fixture Wayne Horvitz has never shied away from mixing things up—and now he’s bringing a fresh idea to the local music scene. Partnering with restaurateurs Steve Freeborn and Tia Matthies (owners of OK Hotel and Rendezvous, among others) he’s created The Royal Room, a new music venue, restaurant, bar and “project room.” Get thee to Columbia City for the opening weekend kickoff festivities, which include Robin Holcomb, Soul Food Piñata, Today! and the Yada Yada Blues Band, and check the website for future shows. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S; theroyalroomseattle.com  

The Big Spin
Sunday (12/18)
Seattle’s biggest throw-down, blowout Hanukkah party adds another element of child-friendly fun this year: a special edition of the wildly popular kids’ dance party known as Baby Loves Disco. Shake your dreidel in the air like you just don’t care! And don’t miss our complete list of holiday happenings to make the season bright.

12 Days of Gift Giving
Seattle mag shopping editor Kate Calamusa continues with our “12 Days of Christmas” themed gift guide online, offering last-minute ideas to grab on the go, from hostess favors to locally made calendars and planners. 

It’s a family time of year, so why not dine out family style? Allecia Vermillion rounds up Seattle’s best restaurants for gathering the fam and sharing a few plates any night of the week. Read more here.

Restaurant Insider
Seattle’s beloved Skillet confirms it will open a new location inside the re-imagined Seattle Center “food court.” Read more here.