Thursday, Dec. 25
Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along Brunch
There is no better Christmas Day combo, so far as Jews, atheists, and Wiccans are concerned, than movies and Chinese food. So again SIFF is programming a buffet/matinee screening of Norman Jewison’s 1971 adaptation of the famous Broadway show, with songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, to which you are encouraged to add your own voice. (Those include “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” etc., layered atop Sholem Aleichem’s stories of shtetl life in Czarist Russia.) Topol stars as Tevye, a man with five daughters to marry off, which ought to put your own family pressures in perspective during the holiday season. Before the screening there will be kosher Chinese food served from Leah’s Gourmet Kosher Foods, with live music performed in the lobby by Orkestyr Farfeleh (playing tunes from the movie, no less). Fiddler is three hours long, so it includes an intermission for more noshing. And why not make a day of it, since parking is free? SIFF is also playing another musical, Into the Woods, at 5:15 p.m. with Wild following at 8:30 p.m. It’ll be a cinematic trinity if you see all three. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., 324-9996, siff.net. $20–$25. Noon brunch, 1 p.m. screening.
Friday, Dec. 26
Ridley Scott’s vanguard science-fiction epic from 1982 has been digitally tweaked in hundreds of ways, most of which will be noticed only by the most pious of fanboys. Mainly, the rerelease is a good excuse to indulge once more in Scott’s iconic and highly influential vision of a future Los Angeles choked by rain, neon, and cheap pleasure palaces, where Harrison Ford’s bounty hunter trolls the godforsaken urban landscape for those renegade “replicants.” Of course, there comes a steely-eyed brunette (Sean Young), who may be a replicant herself. It has always been difficult to discuss Blade Runner—one of the few genuine masterpieces of the forlorn 1980s—without focusing on its style, and yet it is a movie where style becomes content and vice versa, as the romantic fatalism of ’40s film noir freely intermingles with the visionary imagination of Philip K. Dick. And yes, a sequel is said to be planned with an actual script written, though those rumors have been circulating for years. But if Ford can reprise Han Solo, why not Rick Deckard? (Through Tues.) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 686-6684, central-cinema.com. $7–$9. 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 28
Seahawks vs. Rams
Few things are more satisfying than revenge. And for the Seahawks—and their rabid fans—a chance to exact sweet gridiron vengeance arrives today, when coach Jeff Fisher, his stupid mustache, and his St. Louis Rams come to town to close the regular season. As you may recall, the Rams beat the Seahawks back in October, thanks to a fake punt, a ridiculous trick return, and some seriously questionable officiating. All of which negated an obvious Rams fumble and robbed our beloved team of a chance to come back. This time, in the home of the 12th Man, no comeback should be required. With playoff seeding on the line and Russell Wilson and company gearing up for a Super Bowl defense, expect the Rams to be sheep in Week 17 and the Hawks to soar. CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., seahawks.com. $72 and up. 1:25 p.m.