Must List: January

Sing happy birthday to Lake Quinalt Lodge, Lisa Dupar's perfect fried chicken recipe, science fictio

Sing Happy Birthday
Lake Quinault Lodge Turns 85

Lake Quinault Lodge in the Olympic National Forest turns 85 this year, and it has a present for you: $85-per-night rates from January 2 through March 12 on lakeside and main lodge rooms. For $85 more, you can repair to the Roosevelt dining room and enjoy a dinner for two, including a bottle of the house red or white from Maryhill Winery. A happy birthday indeed. 866.297.7367;

Get Cooking
Fried Chicken & Champagne

Released in November, Seattle chef/caterer Lisa Dupar’s first cookbook, Fried Chicken & Champagne: A Romp Through the Kitchen at Pomegranate Bistro (Southern Accents, $38), showcases her tasty fusion of high-end cuisine and Southern classics. With Dupar’s guidance, dreamy recipes—such as the seafoody Frogmore stew and the chocolate bourbon pecan pie—become realities.

Give a Hoot
Seward Park Owl Prowl
This monthly gathering of all things owl begins with nature facts for kids, children’s book readings and what every party needs: owl pellet dissections. A two-mile guided night hike through the forest follows, during which participants use newfound hooting skills to call down barred owls. 1/22. Times vary. $4. Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.; 206.652.2444, ext. 103;

Hop Across the Pond
Hamlet at National Theatre Live

Take a virtual trip to London with National Theatre Live, a series of theatrical productions recorded live on the esteemed stage and broadcast in high-def at SIFF Cinema. Kicking off the series is none other than Hamlet, directed by award-winning Sir Nicholas Hytner, whose brooding tones (and raingear costuming) pair perfectly with our gray skies. 1/10. 7:30 p.m. $15–$20. SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.324.9996;

Blow Your Mind
Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival
This competitive showcase of 20 original short films (animated and live action) is hosted by EMP/SFM and introduces audiences to quirky androids, dystopian futures, self-loathing Trekkies and dysfunctional aliens, to name a few. A panel of industry pros, including Seattle’s own Lindy West, Barbara Brown and Ben Kasulke, will determine which weirdness wins. 1/29. 4 p.m. $9–$15. Cinerama Theatre, 2100 Fourth Ave.; 206.770.2702;