The weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 2 is shaping up to be a frighteningly fun one for fans of thrillers, Benedict Cumberbatch, “Frankenstein,” festivals and the humble chicken wing.
Here are a handful of entertainments we recommend. Feel free to add more for other readers on the comments thread.
1 NT Live: 'Frankenstein'
Friday-Sunday at SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle (siff.net).
Pull up a front-row seat to the National Theatre of Britain’s production of “Frankenstein” – at SIFF. It’s a screening of the London stage show, filmed live, starring two fabulous actors you may know better as Sherlock Holmes: Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s “Sherlock”) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’ “Elementary”) alternating in the leading roles of Victor Frankenstein and the monster.
2 Dia de los Muertos
Welcome the spirits of ancestors and loved ones who have passed away at this annual celebration of life and death. You’ll find altar displays, music, food, sugar skulls and festivities at Seattle Center all weekend, and also at two neighborhood festivals on Saturday: One on Beacon Hill, the other on Phinney Ridge. Read Madeline McKenzie’s article for details on all three.
For showtimes and reviews, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this weekend’s big movie thriller. “It’s a strange and mesmerizing performance in a strange and mesmerizing movie,” writes critic Moira Macdonald.
4 Chicken wing deals
You’ve heard of the Great Halloween Chicken, right? OK, we’re stretching here. But if noshing is part of your weekend plans, you want to check out Tan Vinh’s write-up of the five best happy-hour wing deals in Seattle. They’re spread out across Capitol Hill, Ballard and Downtown. Some are only available on specific days, but many are available all weekend.
5 Halloween (and after) events
Whether you’re a grown-up primed to party, a teenager hoping for a haunted house or a kid craving candy, we’ve got you covered with this list of 10 seasonal events. About half are Friday only; the others continue through the weekend.